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Nick Valentine is a Level 4 member of the ‘Australian Counselling Association’ (ACA) and a Clinical Counsellor with the ACA 'College of Clinical Counsellors'. Nick has worked as a qualified therapist for over 10 years. In addition to his work in private practice, Nick has worked as a Branch Manager, Family Violence Coordinator and Media Spokesperson regarding relationships and trauma. Nick’s extensive experience across government and private organisations has included individual and group therapy with adults, adolescents and children in their struggle with complex emotions and circumstances.
In recent years, Nick has extended his training and skills to the field of domestic violence, which has included work with perpetrators (via the Men’s Behaviour Change Program) and survivors (via counselling). Furthermore, Nick is qualified and experienced in Relationship Counselling and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which has enhanced his knowledge and practice in holistic therapeutic work.
Nick practices within several therapeutic modalities as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. He facilitates mindfulness in his practice and attention towards cognitive, emotional and somatic experience to guide therapeutic direction and processing. Nick’s broad experience and training has guided him to be able to adapt his eclectic skill-set to people’s unique personal needs in therapy. 
With respect and adherence to the principals of attachment theory, Nick views close relationships as important areas of focus in therapy, given their typical influence on people’s (i) learned patterns of thinking, feeling, and doing, (ii) emotional health, and (iii) progressively developed values, morals and beliefs. In addition to nurturing connections with people, he focuses on providing understanding, insight, validation and support. Nick's extensive qualifications ensures his practice is evidenced based, holistic, strengths and solution-focused.
Training & Qualifications
Road to Mental Readiness Training
Hakomi Embodied Awareness Relationship Training (HEART)
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFTC) - Externship
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
Level 1 - Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defences, and Traumatic Memory
Level 2 - Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair
The Gottman Institute
Level 2 Training (Couple Counselling)
Swinburne University of Technology
Graduate Certificate in Social Science - Male Family Violence
Latrobe University
Post-Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Latrobe University
Bachelor of Behavioural Science
Previous Employment
Country Fire Authority - Member Wellbeing Advisor
LifeWorks - Branch Manager and Family Violence Coordinator (Wyndham & Geelong)
Department of Human Services -  Health Coordinator
Department of Justice - Forensic Psychologist (Provisional)
Adolescent Specialist Support Service - Specialist Counsellor and Case Manager
Depatment of Justice - Assessment Officer