Mob: 0402 152 563 or Email Judith
Jude is married with three children. She and her husband David are based in Brisbane where David currently teaches in a school on the north side.
Judith is a registered Primary School Teacher in Queensland and has had over 15 years’ experience working in a variety of educational settings. She has also attained postgraduate ministry qualifications and is a credentialed pastor with the Australian Christian Churches.
In 2012 Judith completed counselling qualifications and established a private practice called Thrive Counselling and Family Therapy. She is currently also on staff with the Australian Institute of Family Counselling as a Trainer and Assessor.
In her private practice, Judith provides counseling to individuals, children and families for a range of issues including grief and loss, depression and anxiety, parenting, relationship difficulties, and other issues as requested.
John Silver; Auxilian Counselling
Mob: 0413 157 617
John Silver is married with three adult children. He and his wife, Julie both grew up in Mount Isa where they married in 1975.
He has had three major careers during his life, Electrician, Baptist Minister and now Counsellor and Educator in Counselling programs. This has given him a deep understanding of the social, personal, work and Spiritual pressures that everyday men and women face daily.
It is out of these experiences that the desire to provide professional emotional support and counselling arises. He has been involved in counselling, helping and guiding people for over thirty years in various roles. He has a major interest in helping men with anger, depression, stress and addictive behaviour. However he also has experience working with other issues like abuse, complex trauma and relationship issues.
Paul Bonanno; (Grad Dip Pastoral Counselling)
Mob: 0420 944 462 or Email Paul
Raised in a small farming community I first started working in the human services field in the early 90’s as a youth worker in Western Queensland. Since that time I have had a varied career encompassing owning businesses in the farming and media sectors. A family tragedy in 2004 triggered a chain of events that led me back into human services and I trained to be a counsellor. I firmly believe in the restorative nature of God, and while my practice embraces many accepted therapeutic interventions, I ensure these are applied within the framework of orthodox Christian Theology.
After attaining a Diploma of Counselling and a Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs, I commenced work within two separate residential AOD treatment facilities operating under differing treatment philosophies. Due to the complex nature of addiction and its many associated behavioural and mental health issues, I gained invaluable insight and experience that still serves me to this day. I have gone on to study further with Charles Sturt University and St Marks National Theological College in Canberra and you find me today in private practice under the banner of Christian Counselling Townsville.
My Work Process
While each individual requires counselling that is tailored specifically to his or her needs, I approach most sessions in a similar manner that is very conversational and as relaxed as possible. It’s my role to assist each person to clearly identify the goals they wish to achieve from the counselling process and then to work towards those goals. We will draw from various treatment models and work at a pace that is appropriate to the needs of the client, changing modalities when necessary to achieve better outcomes.