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Nicola Albery

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Mentor - Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Accredited Mindfulness Facilitator.
Bachelor of Social Work, Monash University, 
Bachelor of Business (Marketing), RMIT University.

Perinatal Non-Directive Counselling Training.
Neurodiversity Affirming Training (ADHD, ASD).
Psychiatric Triage Specialist.

Children’s Mental Health Service Professional Development Training: Fundamentals.

Play and art therapy training.

Single Session Family Work Training.
DBT training.

Nicola has over 14 years' experience working in mental health with both children and adults. She has had experience with acute and chronic mental health presentations including perinatal mental health, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. She has worked both in both community and clinical settings as a recovery clinician and psychotherapist.

Nicola is the owner of Stepped Care Counselling, a mentor with the AASW and works within the public health sector as a psychiatric tirage specialist. 

Nicola is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the International Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance (IMMA).

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A Stepped Care Approach

"Don't go through life, grow through life" - Eric Butterworth

Nicola uses a stepped care, client-centered approach and supports individuals, children and their families to develop a care-plan and counselling focus that best meets their needs. Evidence-based supportive psychological interventions include: 

  • psychoeducation;

  • mindfulness skills;

  • anxiety containment strategies;

  • cognitive and behavioural interventions (CBT);

  • emotional regulation strategies;

  • problem solving skills;

  • activity scheduling;

  • strengths based work;

  • positive psychology strategies;

  • self-care and recovery plans;

  • activity scheduling and goal planning;

  • core skills of mental coping based on the acceptance and commitment therapy framework (ACT);

  • age appropriate play and art-based interventions for children; and

  • general supportive therapy.

Nicola will conduct a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and determine which stream of care best suits your needs.

Stepped Care Streams

Stream 1 - Intensive Support (face-to-face or online consultations with additional weekly phone check-ins between sessions). 
Stream 2 - Recovery Care.
Stream 3 - Wellness Coaching.

If you would like to learn more about these streams of care please contact

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