Jenny Sanbrook, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker/Family Therapist BSW, Masters Couple and Fam.Ther. Grad. Cert. MH, MAASW (Acc.)  
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PH:  0416 847 646
Jenny holds a degree in Social Work and a Masters of Couple and Family Therapy obtained at the University of NSW.
 
She began her career in 1995 in Adult Community Mental Health in Western Sydney where she worked on a crisis mental health team. She then worked with young people with first episode psychosis. After this she began her work with adolescents and families at Westmead Hospital Department of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry (Redbank House) where she stayed for 7 years. Jenny first worked in private practice in Neutral Bay at the Family Systems Institute and then moved to The Hills Clinic, Hornsby.  She is now based in her own rooms located at Gordon.
 
She has presented workshops on the importance of enhancing secure attachments, teaching emotion regulation in children and promoting resilience, along with strategies for families where a loved one has a mental illness. She has also run workshops for the Macquarie University Psychology Program on working with families.
 
Jenny uses a person centred approach which emphasises the role of the therapeutic relationship as being a vehicle for change.  It is hoped that in therapy, the client can experience their emotions as important and tolerable, enabling the client to make sense of their emotions and live life with more control, satisfaction and freedom.

​Jenny uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy and has completed Levels 1,2 and 3 of the Gottman Method Training.  She is currently undergoing certification to be a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist.  

Jenny emphasises a  “systems view” which places special importance on interpersonal and relationship dynamics rather than a person's personality or "diagnosis".  At the same time, recognising the interplay between the interpersonal and intrapersonal.  
Jenny has also been trained in Bowen Family Systems Theory  which highlights the role family of origin in present relationships along with Milan Family Systems.  The importance of early attachment relationships are also a key part of work.  
 
In addition to a foundation in family systems work, Jenny is familiar with the key principles used in the following approaches. 
 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Techniques
  • Mindfulness Strategies
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy  
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Jenny incorporates ideas from John Gottman for working with couples
  • Emotionally Focussed Couples work
  • Training parents to use the Positive Parenting Program.
 
Supervision
 
Jenny provides supervision for other health professionals and is listed on the AASW supervision register.
She has worked in teams where supervision has been provided via the use of one-way screens and has also had individual professional supervision, group supervision and peer supervision/mentoring. 
 
Continuing Professional Education
 
Jenny has professional individual supervision and attends regular training to update her skills. 
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Courses and workshops attended in 2017:  
Completion of Level 3 Gottman Method Couples Training

Courses and workshops attended in 2017:
Contemporary Approaches in Family Therapy

Courses and workshops attended in 2016:
Acceptance and Committment Therapy workshop
Motivational Interviewing Training

Courses and workshops attended in 2015:
Treating Bipolar Disorder From a Psychological Perespective
Motivational Interviewing
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduciton 8 week training
 
Courses and workshops attended in 2014:
Motivational Interviewing workshop
Interpersonal Psychotherapy workshop
Domestic Violence Training
Australian Association of Social Workers Ethics workshop
Men in Therapy Workshop
 
Courses and workshops attended in 2013:
Addressing Non-Melancholic Depression in the Anxious Worrier and Perfectionist
Building Resilience to Mood Disorders
 
Jenny Sanbrook Ph: 0416 847 646