Zeljka Josipovic/ Senior Counsellor
She worked with non-government organisations for 13 years and nearly 13 years with Government organisation - Family and Community Services (FACS).
Zeljka came to Australia in 1991 with a Law Degree from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was working with refugee and migrant communities across cultures since 1993. Zeljka also completed her Master of Social Work (2011) and Master of Counselling (2003) in Australia. Zeljka has extensive work experience with various non-government and government services. She worked with non-government organisations for 13 years and nearly 13 years with Government organisation – Family and Community Services (FACS). Since November 2017 Zeljka has started her private practice in counselling and social work services.
In addition, since 2005 Zeljka is working as a sessional (contracted) multilingual counsellor/ cross-cultural consultant at the NSW Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) and Multicultural Problem Gambling Service (MPGS) for NSW. As part of this role Zeljka provides counselling, mental health assessment and cross cultural assessment to clients from different ‘Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds’ (CALD), as well as the training to CALD communities and other professionals. As part of this role she accepts referrals from GPs, NGOs, Mental Health professionals and clients/ carers/ family members.
In her practice Zeljka utilises number of different treatment modalities/ approaches, psychotherapeutic techniques and assessment tools to provide appropriate care to clients/ carers/ families according to their needs. The treatment modalities that Zeljka does utilise the most (as she have found them most effective for the population group that she sees in her practice) are: CBT, Solution- Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Couple Counselling, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, relaxation techniques, etc. (Zeljka is an eclectic clinician, who updates the therapeutic skills regularly).
One of her key strengths is a comprehensive, holistic assessment that acknowledges that an individual’s psychological presentation must be understood within context and unique circumstances. Furthermore, Zeljka is an accredited mental health social worker and she is specialised in assessment and treatment of mental health issues. Zeljka use evidence based treatments to help clients facing a range of issues including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, substance abuse (alcohol)/ problem gambling and post-trauma issues such as war trauma, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Lastly, this year is beginning of the 5th year that Zeljka see patients via Medicare as an Accredited Mental Health Practitioner.