For Online or Face-to-face
Individual, Couple, or Family Counselling, Treatment of Diagnosed Depression/Anxiety, Trauma and
and/or Prayer/Spiritual Support with
MAASW (Adv. Accr)
BSW (Curtin) MA (Counselling)
BEd (Science) Grad. Dip. Management
Accredited Mental Heath Social Worker/Medicare Provider
Supervisor and Training Consultant
Open Arms (formerly Veterans & Veterans Families Counselling Service) Outreach Programme Counsellor
Department of Veterans Affairs Provider
Insurance Commission of WA Provider
Listed as a Blue Knot Foundation Trauma-informed Service
For info Phone: 0408 890 887
(please allow one day for replies to messages)
NB Medicare rebates are available if you see a GP for a mental healthcare plan
Online options available
Signal (preferred secure phone app), Skype or Zoom options are available for online sessions.
Canning Vale Serviced Offices
Unit 15, 64 Bannister Road,
Western Australia 6155
Medicare Provider 442250DX
For Appointments Phone/SMS 0408 890 887
To mail: PO Box 260
This is NOT an emergency service. For Western Australian mental health emergencies please contact the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788
attend the nearest Emergency Department of a hospital.
Alternatively contact Lifeline on
13 11 14.
Helplines: (click )
Other support services:
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 - for 24/7 telephone counselling for young people 5-25 years
Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 - for 24/7 telephone crisis support for people at-risk of suicide, carers and bereaved
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78 - for 24/7 telephone and online support, information and referral services for men
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 - for 24/7 telephone support and online chat 4pm - 10pm (AEST)
Meth Helpline : 1800 874 878 - The Meth Helpline is a free confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone concerned about their own or another person's meth use.
1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732 - 24 hour 7 days a week, confidential telephone and online support - 1800RESPECT is not only a support service for people affected by sexual assault, domestic and family violence. It is also an information and support service for family, friends, and frontline workers.
WA COVID-19 Hotline - Phone 13 COVID
Lifeline - Phone 13 11 14
MensLine - Phone 1300 789 978
Jobseekers Contact Line - Phone 132 850
Small business advice – Phone 133 140
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Supervision and Training
You might be interested to know I hold a supervision qualification having completed a 40 hour course in provision of professional supervision. This course meets requirements of several peak bodies for professional counsellors and mental health workers e.g. PACFA, ACA and AASW.
You will find 'Owen Robinson' listed under 'find a supervisor' on the site for my peak professional body:
Supervision-related professional development (with Australian Childhood Foundation) was completed in 2015 titled “Supporting Staff, Transforming Trauma: Exploring a Supervisory Framework For Those Supporting Staff Who Work With Traumatised Children, Young People And Families.”
There are many reasons to have supervision when providing counselling and/or provision of supervision.
In Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851), a character describes being on duty monitoring pots of burning whale oil. He becomes mesmerized by the fire, fearing the visions of “fiend shapes…capering half in smoke and half in fire,” which then “begat kindred visions in my soul”. The story warns us,
“Look not too long into the face of the fire”
Observing things that are not pleasant can affect us and even change us. Supervision can be a way to monitor the effects of client work on us as clinicians.
The Fascination of What’s Difficult by W B Yates contains this statement:
"The fascination of what's difficult
Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent
Spontaneous joy and natural content
Out of my heart. There's something ails ..."
Albert Schweitzer makes this observation:
"As soon as you notice the slightest sign of indifference, the
moment you become aware of the loss of a certain seriousness, of
longing, of enthusiasm and zest, take it as a warning. You should
realize your soul suffers if you live superficially."
Since this work has the power to affect us intentional self care is important. It's tough to do that though if life taught us to not have (notice) our own needs.
A self-care plan might include:
· choosing hours that suit our bodies and our energy at different
times of day (e.g. see early clients rather than late clients)
· choosing what kind of referrals we will not accept (e.g. eating
disorder treatment in life threatening cases that demands very
specialised treatment; sexual offending cases if we realise for any
reason that work is not good for us)
· choosing when to refer a client whose work with us is affecting us
too much even when we have used supervision well (e.g. ending
therapy with a client who rejects our influence)
· referring a client when we recognise a client's battle is ours too
(and we have not grown enough in that area ourselves yet);
possibly taking on our own therapy to support our own needs
· becomeing more selective about what referrals we accept when
we are not doing as well emotionally ourselves (e.g. grieving)
· planning more positive experiences outside of work, things to look
forward to and eagerly anticipate
· being proactive with physical health concerns
· looking after sleep needs
· moving more, especally using rhythm
· singing, humming, laughing, gargling, chew food well
(vagus nerve calming strategies)
· practicing other tools we give clients when our own needs are
add to that playlist of music that relaxes and moves us;
make that massage appointment;
plan the next weekend away;
add to the list we keep of great things people have said about us
and what they see in us;
encourage ourselves by reviewing our accomplishments and
practice gratitude multiple time per day (starting in bed)
So, if you are simply looking for some inspired ideas as a clinician, chaplain or pastoral care worker I have many years of supervision experience:
1. supervised within a school counselling service (2000-2001);
2. managed a branch of Relationships Australia (facilitating staff peer supervision 2006-7);
3. provided supervision in an adult mental health setting to social workers (2007-2011);
4. operated a private practice since 1999 and provides guidance to supervisees establishing a practice;
5. provided supervision to trainee counsellors since 2007;
6. provided group supervision 2016.
7. provided supervision to qualified private practice counsellors since 2008.
Also I annually exceed the ongoing professional development requirements of the AASW as a mental health accredited social worker.
In 2017 I added a formal supervision qualification to my graduate and post-graduate qualifications. I have a passion to equip people with the skill I has acquired through many years of experience and training. Having said that please check with your training organisation or peak body to ascertain whether my qualifications and experience satisfy their supervision requirements. I hold the highest mental heath specialist titles of the Australian Association of Social Workers: Clinical Social Worker; Mental Health Accredited Social Worker (Advanced Accreditation); I holds a MA (Counselling); and am a member of the Australian College of Social Work - Clinical Division.
So if you want to utilise the training and practice knowledge of an experienced clinician/clinical social worker you are welcome if you are a:
student counsellor needing supervision during your study;
student or practicing qualified chaplain and would like supervision;
practicing qualified counsellor and would like to utilise my experience working in private practice, and in public mental health settings;
practicing social worker if you would value my social work experience and Christian value system;
Christian counsellor who would like to discover more about supporting people through prayer and Christian counselling.
As well as being involved in regular professional development I engage in professional reading and my own clinical supervision (usually 4 weekly) to maintain standards of practice.
Further, I also participate in several Mental Health Professional Network (MHPN) groups for ongoing professional development:
1. Perth Complex trauma MHPN
2. WA Diabetes & Mental Health MPHN
3. Perth Mental Health Professionals working together to assist cancer patients and their caregivers.
4. Perth Borderline Personality Disorder MHPN.
Owen also attends meetings of clinicians in the Australian Psychological Society Child Sexual Abuse and Psychology Interest Group.
If you are interested I routinely share resources I have developed with supervisees and often forwards professional development information to supervisees.
Since a supervisee brings so much of the 'self' to their work I will ask you in supervision sessions if you wish to process things you identify that trigger disturbing responses in you when working with certain clients or if you prefer to process those things on your own or with someone else.
Owen often provides training opportunities to groups of counsellors or pastoral care workers.
Recent training opportunities provided include: Family and Domestic Violence in Churches (Connections Counselling); Emotional Neglect and Its Effects on Adult Relationships (Connections Counselling); Domestic Violence: More Than a Punch (Mental Health Professionals Network - Midland, Christian Counselling Association (WA), Connections Counselling); Post-traumatic stress disorder and complex trauma (Connections Counselling); Effective prayer with clients who want prayer (Connections Counselling); Child Trauma and Responding to Family and Domestic Violence (Australian Institute of Family Counselling); Looking after My Mental Health (Christian Schools Association); Responding to Family and Domestic Violence in Churches (several churches); Working with Adolescent and Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Neglect - a trauma-informed approach (Abortion Grief Australia and Christian Counselling Association (WA))
Owen provided two public seminars titled Rising from the Ashes for survivors and firefighters involved in the 2014 Parkerville fire.
Professionally Owen is also involved in the Social Workers in Private Practice national forum for the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the Western Australian Private Practice Interest Group (AASW). Owen is registered to use the trademaark of the AASW and is listed as a supervisor on the
Here's one more quote for people starting their own business who might be wanting to explore some ideas in supervision. It's from Simon Sinek:
It is not logic or facts but our hopes and dreams, our hearts and our
guts, that drive us to try new things. If we were all rational, there
would be no small businesses, there would be no exploration, there
would be very little innovation and there would be no great leaders to
inspire all those things. It is the undying belief in something bigger
and better that drives that kind of behavior.