About Stu Fenton
I am a psychotherapist and a qualified counsellor and I work from a mainly Gestalt perspective. I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their goals in regard to alcohol and drug addiction, self esteem issues, life skills, grief and loss and more. My desire to work in this field comes from my own experiences with drug addiction, recovery, low self esteem, relationships, sexuality, identity and beliefs, body image issues and family conflict.
My background is in high school and primary school teaching. I completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling in 2008. In 2009 I received my certificate IV in Mental health. In 2012 I completed a four year course of study at the Sydney Gestalt Institute and graduated from GTS to attain a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy. My Major work was on attachment theory and how we relate and communicate with others. My secondary focus was Grief and Loss and working with gay men using a Gestalt framework.
Gestalt is an existential and experimental form of psychotherapy that focuses on the individuals experience in the present moment, the relationship between therapist and client, the context and environment from which the client comes and the self regulating adjustments or the coping mechanisms a person uses as a result of their situation.
As part of my work I use psychodynamic interventions, experiments and aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy as well as pragmatic skill building. I also draw also upon Pia Melody's 'Relational Developmental Model' the key stone and style of therapy used at South Pacific Private in Curl Curl, Sydney.
Additionally I place great emphasis on understanding each person for who they are, their particular formative life experiences and valuing each individual without trying to pathologize how they have come to be as they are.
Masters in Gestalt Therapy at 'Gestalt Therapy Sydney.' Final Year 2012.
Certificate of Gestalt Counselling - Sydney Gestalt Institute 2010
Certificate IV in Mental Health - 2010
Family Constellation Training - Maria Dolenc -2010
Graduate Diploma in Counselling - Australian College of Applied Psychology, 2008.
Diploma of Education U.N.S.W, 2001
Bachelor of Arts UNSW, 2000 - Majoring in Theatre, Film and English Literature.
Current First Aid Certificate -The Australian Red Cross
Developing your Presence as a Group Leader - CCWT Sydney.
Suicide Assist - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer
Keeping Current in Child Protection - CCWT
South Pacific Private - Therapeutic Fundamentals - 2008
South Pacific Private - Integration of Therapeutic Fundamentals - 2008
Certificate in Fitness Instruction -Fitness Institute Australia - 2009
Intern Member CAPA - The Counsellors and Psychotherpists Association of N.S.W.
Membership Number 38908
Location: 95 Forbes Street, Wooloomooloo.
'Thrive' Chiropractic @ 185 Victoria Street, Potts Point.
Saturday mornings starting from 9am till 3pm
Mondays 9am - 3pm
Phone: (M) 0410324384 or (W) 02 80132035