Loredana Puñal

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My personal journey

It was nearly two decades ago that a number of challenging life events converged to unsettle life as I knew it. Losing a parent to cancer, going through a divorce, having a challenging relationship with the other parent, and coming to terms with a desire to change careers.

It was in the depths of grief,  loss and change, and sometimes despair, that I connected with a desire to heal from past trauma and hurts. Along the way, I have grappled with emotional challenges such as depression, anxiety, perfectionism, anger, body image issues, fertility issues, miscarriage and conflictual close relationships.

I have come to know and heal, and continue healing, from the impact of my early childhood experiences, the impact of migration and relocation, as well as the impact of intergenerational trauma and addiction.

My journey towards healing included, and includes, personal development and growth, individual and group therapy, conscious and authentic relating and parenting, yoga and meditation, and embodied mindfulness practice.

Life continues to provide opportunities for processing, healing and growth, as challenges are never in short supply. These challenges are a very different experience from a more embodied and empowered self.

My professional journey

Before training as counsellor and psychotherapist, I spent a decade in the corporate information, technology and telecommunications industry, after graduating with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

In 2008, I completed a Diploma of Counselling at The Hammond Institute (formerly known as The College of Holistic Counselling). This laid the foundations of my humanistic and holistic approach to counselling and solidified person-centred skills as the basis of my therapeutic work.

In 2019, I completed a Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy at the Jansen Newman Institute, which is part of Torrens University Australia. My skills expanded into deeper and longer-term psychotherapeutic work, supporting individuals to make more significant and lasting changes.

​I am deeply committed to my ongoing professional development and training, as well as quality supervision and mentoring, as cornerstones of my expanding abilities to support individuals with whatever they bring into a therapy session, both in the short term, and over the longer term.

I am currently actively pursuing further training to further expand my skills in the areas of somatic psychotherapy, working with complex trauma, and internal family systems.