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- Irvin D. Yalom

“To love means to be actively concerned for the life and the growth of another.”
 

I was fairly young when I first took an interest in psychotherapy. Adults' behaviour puzzled me, and I became curious about my own sources of pain and hurt. I began to explore what it meant to live well and how adverse conditions impact one's experience of life. At 24 I developed a disease that changed my life, and it is then that I came to understand the inherent connection between the mind and body. I became inspired to live a more meaningful life and dived into the practice and teaching of Yoga. Furthermore, in 2015, I founded Kahuna Temple, a business dedicated to supporting the restoration of the body and mind through bodywork and movement. 

 

Most importantly, this journey has taught and humbled me about the incredible resilience of human beings. It has also underscored the vital importance of trust and the necessity of anchors in one’s life. Having supportive and understanding people to turn to—friends, family, or a reliable, professional therapist—forms the foundation for all healing.

Irene Quintavalle
Founder and Psychotherapist

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Irene sees clients in-person and online  Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

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In my time in this field, I have lived in many different countries. This allowed me to experience the impact that cultural and socioeconomic background can have on a person's worldview and very way of being. Today, I work with multi-cultural community and welcome people from all walks of life.

 

My love for animals has also led me to train my dog Theo as a therapy dog. I, or together with Theo, work to offer a safe, open, non-judgmental atmosphere that communicates trust and confidence.

In my practice with individuals and couples, I adopt an integrative approach that acknowledges the close ties between the body and mind. Drawing on theories from a wide array of models, I account for variables that many traditional clinical approaches to therapy may overlook. My approach encompasses but is not limited to, Trauma-informed, Humanistic, Integrative Attachment Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, and somatic-oriented therapies.

I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to create personalized treatment plans that ensure their needs and desires for change are met. Together, we embark on this therapeutic journey at a pace that suits you, fostering a supportive and effective environment for growth and healing.

Moreover, I offer therapy in 4 languages: English, Italian, Spanish, and French.

Training & Education

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  • 2024 (currently studying) - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma Themes - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

  • 2023 - Lev 3, certified Integrative Attachment Therapist - Integrative Psychology

  • 2023 - A Gestalt and Somatic approach to processing
    traumatic experiences - Connect Ground Clinic

  • 2023 - Emotional Focused Therapy  for Couples - EFTTA

  • 2023 - Specialist Course In Integrative Couple Therapy - Relationship Australia

  • 2023 - Canine Assisted Therapy - Provisonal Certified handler - Lead The Way Institute

  • 2022: Mentalised Based Treatment Practitioner Training - MBT Australia

  • 2019-2022: Bachelor of Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy - Ikon Institute of Australia

  • 2022: Gottman Method Couple Therapy, Level 1 Training

  • 2022: Complex Trauma Certification Training Level 1 & 2 (CCTP/CCTP-II) - Janina Fisher

  • 2020: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga 20-hour Foundation Workshop for Health Professionals & Yoga Teachers - Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI

  • 2018: Diploma of Remedial Massage - The Australian College of Eastern Medicine

  • 2017: CERT IV - 800 hours Purna Yoga Training - Byron Yoga Centre

  • 2013: 500 hours Hatha Yoga Training - Rishikesh Yog Peeth

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