Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (La Trobe University)
Bachelor of Arts, (Hons.) in Art History and Women’s Studies (Melbourne University)
Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Perinatal & Fertility Counsellor, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Chanel Keane is an accredited mental health social worker and counsellor with 23 years experience in private practice and a variety of community based and health care settings. She is passionate about being a counsellor – particularly the therapeutic benefits her clients experience of being heard and engaged in a human relationship that is respectful, safe, honest, and focused on their needs and resolution of their struggles.
Throughout Chanel’s counselling and social work career she has been dedicated to supporting women through many life challenges particular to women. This includes experiences with infertility, IVF, unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy loss and perinatal and postnatal mental health issues. She believes deeply in the importance of reproductive choice in a woman’s life and that women’s reproductive journeys are complex and can be fraught with challenges. So often women can feel very alone and isolated in these experiences which in turn compounds some of the distress and suffering they feel.
Her engagement with clients is passionately grounded in a person centered, feminist counselling practice. Chanel respects that the lives of people are complex – your needs are diverse and always influenced by the broader social, political and economic realities in which you live. Her approach to supporting you is to listen to your experiences and needs in an open, non-judgemental and empathic way, providing counselling, information, options, advocacy and therapeutic interventions in partnership with you. She honours each person’s subjective experience of their struggles, and lived experience, exploring how these experiences intersect with their identity and sense of self.
Chanel has extensive experience in working with people whose lives have been affected by childhood and adult trauma, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependence, sexual assault, and family violence. It is her hope that through therapy, you can develop a greater self-awareness of your emotions, thoughts, strengths and supports, and in so doing feel an improvement in your overall well-being, connection with yourself and with others.
Chanel believes that you feelings and struggles are not signs of weakness or ill health, but are most often normal responses in trying to cope with challenging life experiences. She likes to encourage the use of diverse mediums such as creative writing or journal writing and other creative forms of expression to explore and express your experiences.
Chanel’s employment experience includes roles at Adora Fertility, CASA House (Centre Against Sexual Assault), The Royal Women’s Hospital, Pregnancy Advisory Service (RWH), Marie Stopes Australia, Headspace, Sexual Assault Crisis Line, 1800 Respect.
Areas of counselling experience
Mandatory and Supportive Counselling (for City Fertility only)
Chanel offers phone and zoom consultations.
Medicare rebates may apply for up to 10 sessions per year – this requires you are referred from your GP or medical practitioner with a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan and have a valid medicare card. The rebate is $77.80 for Mental Health Accredited Social Workers.
Read our step-by-step guide to accessing a medicare rebate for your counselling sessions here
Private Health Rebates may also apply – please check with your health fund. The amount you can claim depends on your level of cover.
Book your free telehealth 10-minute introduction consult with Counsellor and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Chanel Keane by navigating to Counselling > 10-minute Free Counselling Introduction TELEHEALTH