Heidi Gaspar

Counselling Psychotherapist

Creative Arts Therapist

Child, Teen & Family Therapist

Qualifications

B.A. (Psychological Science)
M.A. (Counselling Psychology)

B. A. (Management)

M.A. (International Marketing Communications)
Diploma of Art Therapy
Certificate in Sand Play Therapy

Certificate in Expressive Therapies

Memberships
Registered Psychotherapist of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

Member of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia)

Member of Anzacata (Australia, New Zealand & Asia Creative Arts Therapies)

Key Areas of Focus in Practice

Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Parents & Families

  • Anxiety & panic attacks
  • Anxiety & the Gut (such as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Attachment Issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (developing social skills)
  • Bullying
  • Couples conflict & Relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental disorders
  • Device or digital overuse / addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional difficulties (excessive rumination, worrying, overwhelm, crisis, anger management)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Insomnia and sleep difficulties 
  • Learning disabilities
  • Life skills and coaching
  • Manage addictive behaviours related to devices, technology, food, spending, or work
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Mood disorders
  • Panic attacks & agoraphobia
  • Parenting problems, managing children and adolescents & challenges with raising a child with special needs
  • Personal development, assertiveness and self-worth
  • School problems (behavioural, social, emotional, school refusal, subject choices, VCE stress)
  • Sexuality and identity
  • Support and counselling for other allied health professionals (social workers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists, psychotherapists)
  • Traumatic experiences (sexual abuse, PTSD, birth trauma, ambulance, paramedics, accidents)
  • Transitions across the lifespan (change in relationships, premarital, pregnancy, post-natal, parenthood, mid-life)
  • Transgenerational family issues
  • Work/Life Balance and Burnout

Modalities

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Awareness and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Sandplay Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Solution Focussed Therapy

Assessment tools

  • Parenting for a Digital Future Questionnaire (PFDF)
  • Digital Use Questionnaire
  • Nonattachment Scale Short Form (NAS-SF)
  • Satisfaction with Life Questionnaire
  • Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC)
  • Behaviour Assessment System for Children (Q-global BASC-3)
  • Parenting Relationship Questionnaire (PRQ)
  • Psychometric Testing for Children and Adolescents:
  • Art Therapy Dreams Assessment (ATDA)
  • Birds Nest Drawing Assessment (BND)
  • Mandala Assessment
  • The Bridge Drawing Assessment (BDA)
  • Art Therapy Projective Imagery Assessment (AT-PIA)

               Projective Scribble;

               Favourite Weather Drawing;

               Human Figure Drawing;

               Kinetic Family Drawing;

               Reason for Being Here Drawing; and

               Free Choice Drawing

Approach to Psychological Counselling

Assisting individuals, couples, parents and families I use an eclectic mix of evidence-based approaches from counselling psychology, family therapy and expressive therapy modalities.

I believe that psychotherapy and counselling can help us find ways to integrate the various parts of ourselves that are rejected or unresolved and process emotionally charged experiences which impact on our psychological health, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Therapy can also enable us to take proactive steps towards living a calmer, more authentic, meaningful and connected life, helping to challenge the status quo and find courage to try something different. Psychotherapy offers a possibility to discuss and sound out solutions to existing problems and to strengthen personal relationships, improve your relational skills and capacity for self-regulation which positively impacts all areas of life.

My approach is to help you find balance and harmony both internally and in your external world. I aim to help you to create and nurture relationships, develop self-understanding, try new coping strategies and improve your communication skills from a position of greater self-awareness and intentionality. I hope to assist you, your child or your family in creating more meaning, happiness and inner peace, to enhance your personal relationship with yourself, connect to your dreams and passion, to find contentment and happiness, in order to lead a more joyful life.

Background and Experience
Heidi has over 10 years of experience in private practice, in both public and private, primary and secondary schools working with students, teachers and families. Prior to this she worked as a branding consultant in advertising and marketing both agency and client side and she understands the pressures / stressors of the corporate world. She also runs a program with families to help them find digital harmony at home, empowering and supporting parents to create and maintain fair and consistent boundaries. She is also passionate about helping people with anxiety and gut related issues. Heidi has practiced yoga and meditation for over 20 years, paints, dances, runs and enjoys travelling the world with her husband and two young boys.  

Days/Hours of Work

Wednesday 10.30-2.30pm
Thursday 5.30-8.30pm
Friday 10.30-2.30pm

Saturday (fortnightly) 10.30am-2.30pm