Jai Friend is a Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Family Therapist who provides therapeutic counselling for adolescents and adults via telehealth. Jai's approach to counselling is grounded in collaborative and strengths focussed principles, where each person is the expert on their life. She believes in the importance of individualising her sessions to suit each person's interests and skills.
Jai specialises in trauma counselling, drawing on a number of therapies for alleviating the way that trauma impacts on the body and mind. These include Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, Havening, Internal Family Systems, Deep Brain Reorienting and Narrative Therapy. Jai takes care to work at a pace that suits each person, in accordance with the Three Phase Trauma Recovery model.
Jai’s knowledge and skills have developed over 25 years as a clinician working with people impacted by trauma, across a range of services including child and adolescent mental health, domestic violence, child protection and Aboriginal health services. Jai has published and presented at international conferences in the area of attachment and trauma treatments.
Jai is a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, and an accredited Medicare provider as a Mental Health Social Worker. She has a Masters in Clinical Family Therapy, and is a registered supervisor with the Australian Association of Family Therapists.