Ayesha has a breadth of clinical experience working across the mental health, disability, Aboriginal wellbeing and hospital sectors as a fully qualified Social Worker. She also has qualifications and experience in the law and education sectors.
Prior to completing her Master of Social Work, Ayesha was employed in a counselling and triage role within a suicide-prevention agency, where she received supervision by a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of professional experience. Upon graduating, Ayesha continued to work in the mental health sector in a counselling, triage and crisis intervention capacity. On average, Ayesha worked with up to 40 clients per week for initial triage assessments, and up to 6 clients per day for 1:1 evidence-based psychotherapy sessions. Ayesha has also facilitated small-group and family counselling sessions. Some of the common presenting concerns Ayesha has worked with include suicidality, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder/EUPD, complex trauma, psychosis, drug and alcohol misuse, PTSD and grief/loss.
In addition to her work in the mental health sector, Ayesha spent time living in a rural Australian town where she worked as part of the social-emotional wellbeing team at an Aboriginal Medical Clinic. As part of this role, Ayesha was required to work within mental health, child protection and domestic violence contexts. She also undertook outreach work in corrective service (ie. prison) and home-based settings.
Ayesha has also worked directly with clients in the disability sector, in which she was employed by the federal government. In addition, Ayesha has worked with involuntary patients on locked mental health wards, where she formed part of a multidisciplinary team encompassing psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and dieticians. In this role, Ayesha was employed by the state government and worked across several hospitals throughout the state.
In terms of her therapeutic approach, Ayesha describes this as follows:
“I strongly believe in using an evidence-based, holistic and person-centred approach within my clinical work. I offer my clients a safe, compassionate and non-judgemental therapeutic service, encompassing trauma-informed cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness and meditation strategies, grounding and breathing techniques, and dialectical behavioural therapy. I aim to develop a genuine and authentic relationship with my clients to gain an informed understanding of their needs, goals and presenting symptomology. From there, I develop a personalised therapy program which best-suits my clients’ personal circumstances. As an ex-Muslim myself, I understand the complexities that come with leaving Islam and how this can impact our mental and physical wellbeing. My aim is to empower clients to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to persevere and thrive within their lives using a strengths-based, solution-focused framework.”
Additional information about the training, professional development and accreditation requirements for Australian Social Workers can be found via the following links:
Code of Ethics: https://www.aasw.asn.au/document/item/1201
Mental Health Accreditation Process: https://www.aasw.asn.au/information-for-the-community/mental-health-social-workers
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Policy: https://www.aasw.asn.au/document/item/12932