Meeghan Bourne, Principal Therapist
Meeghan is an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in private practice, hospitals, nursing homes and private home settings in corrective exercise therapy, massage and rehabilitation. She is also registered Supervisor to counsellors with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
Meeghan entered the world of counselling and mental health 5 years ago. She completed her Bachelor of Counselling in 2015. She worked at a private hospital The Sydney Clinic – Bronte , where she facilitated and assisted in running mood and anxiety/ alcohol and other drugs inpatient groups.
Meeghan is passionate about supporting individuals and couples with relationship problems, communication difficulties and mental health concerns.
“I use emotion-focused techniques, practical strategies, psycho-education, mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Action Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to help you put in place solutions that help to relieve your struggles and enable you to live the life you hoped for and deserve!”
Bachelor of Arts – University of Sydney
Bachelor of Counselling – Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP)
Diploma of Remedial Massage – New South Wales School of Therapeutic Massage
Admitted as a Counsellor Supervisor to the Australian College of Supervisors
Meeghan specialises in the assessment and treatment of psychological concerns such as anxiety, relationship issues, issues adjusting to a life stage transition, depression, eating disorders and complex trauma.
She has experience in using the following evidence-based approaches:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on changing unhelpful, thoughts, beliefs and behaviour patterns that are causing distress and replacing them with helpful coping strategies to improve quality of life. CBT has been extremely researched and it is one of the most effective treatments for adults, younger adults and children.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
The aim of this treatment is maximise the client’s potential and meaningful life by teaching them to accept what is out of their control. It also encourages a cultivation of happiness and vitality through living mindfully and committing to actions that are consistent with established values.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT uses cognitive and behavioural strategies to assist in regulating emotions. It is effective in the management of distress with life issues both past and present. DBT integrates Western and Eastern approaches and places emphasis on acceptance and change for the person.
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
A useful framework for engaging people in the context of change. MI is a communication style aimed at engaging clients in the change process. The role of the therapist is to elicit and strengthen change talk, develop a change plan, consolidate commitment whilst moving the client along the continuum of directing, guiding and following, This approach is particularly useful for individuals who are ambivalent about bringing change into their lives and continue to remain stuck in unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns. Engaging in the experience of MI with your therapist can be life changing….
This treatment is particularly useful for younger adults and children struggling with emotional and behavioural concerns. Toys, sand play and art is used to engage the younger person to help them safely express their concerns. Ultimately it aids to make sense of their challenges and bring about growth and change.
Meeghan is an accredited member of Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and works in accordance with their guidelines, code of ethics and on-going accreditation requirements. She is a registered Supervisor to counsellors with the ACA.