PROFILE - KRISTA MUNKRES

Areas of Interest:

  • Survivors of childhood trauma (physical, sexual, emotional)

  • All areas of Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Problematic sexual behaviour/sexual offending  

  • Mood, Depression and Anxiety Disorders

  • Attachment disruptions

  • Drug and alcohol abuse

  • Adolescent concerns

  • Self-harm, bullying, body image and self-confidence

  • Difficulties with interpersonal relationships

 

I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and hold full registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). Over the last 14 years I have worked with children, adolescents and adults across a number of different settings. I have worked with sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors, with children who have experienced significant childhood trauma, with children and adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviour, people with drug and alcohol addictions, homeless children and adolescents suffering with a range of mental health concerns, with refugees and asylum seekers on Christmas Island and as a private practitioner working with a wide range of presenting concerns.

 

I have a particular interest in exploring ways to creatively engage with children and adolescents through the use of art, play, story, movement and their connections with others. I am a qualified yoga teacher, specialising in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and often use this as a tool in assisting my clients to begin building a relationship between their minds and their bodies through breath and movement.

 

I provide a compassionate, safe, and supportive environment in which my clients can explore the issues and challenges they face. I utilise a person-centred and strengths-based approach in my work with clients recognising that each person comes with their own intrinsic wisdom and lived experience. My role is to help empower clients to connect with strengths and skills they already possess and to integrate these with new skills and ways of being. My therapeutic model is eclectic and is drawn from the following models/theories: Attachment theory, neurobiology and developmental trauma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, Dyadic Developmental Therapy (DDP), somatic and sensorimotor techniques, expressive therapies (including play, art and dance), Theraplay, trauma-sensitive yoga and narrative therapy.

 

On a personal note, I believe life is a journey and I find meaning in supporting people. I continue my own journey of self-knowledge through personal reflective therapy and professional supervision as a commitment to my own self-care and practice. 

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