Gearchange is operated by me, Jeannene Eastaway. I am passionate about couples, individuals and family relationships working to make them safer, healthier and more content places to be in.
My intention is to also include the empowerment of the workplace and the community to follow suit and work towards more open, safe, functional networks for the employee, employer and all citizens alike.
I aim to explain things using a variety of different strategies that are practical and appropriate to your circumstances. I aim to listen well to what you want and help you meet your goals. Our relationship will be based on two-way communication so all parties are clear about each stage of the process and are informed and supported along the way.
I encourage questions for clarity and reassurance, and aim to respond to requests promptly.
My private practice in counselling has been established now for over 10 years. Coupled with my previous years in agency work I have thousands of hours of individual, couple and family counselling. I love this aspect of the work where I am privileged to work closely with people who want a change in their relationship with themselves or others. Attending counselling often challenges long-standing behaviours and beliefs that have been generational in the making, set in concrete and take some ‘guts’ to shift.
Over last 10 years I have facilitated hundreds of hours of groupwork. Amongst them, I have been dedicated to facilitating the Men’s Behaviour Change Programs. The men have often been mandated by the courts in these programs to attend as a response to their use of violence within their family.
Those who completed these programs would learn that true strength is about self-control, taking responsibility for your actions and taking courage enough to hear the impact of their behaviour on those around them; even it does not mean reconciliation.
I have facilitated my own communication course Build A Better Self, a 12-week groupwork program that ran successfully within the community sector for 6 years. Those who completed the course will vouch that it is not for ‘wimps’.
Good communication through self-awareness and practice can be confronting especially in a group.
The group experience offers validation and effective practice with clear feedback. A shift in communication this way when achieved with support is sustaining and liberating.
Other work that I have been involved with has included within the corporate sector developing and facilitating training involving: Customer Care, Conflict Resolutions, Stress Management & Coping in Challenging Situations at Work.
I have given presentations on Parenting Skills & Managing Escalating Situations and facilitated workshops on Developing Emotional Intelligence at Work. These were tailored to suit the agency or company according to their needs and wants; they are always informative and fun for the participants and the facilitator too!
Master of Couples & Relationship Counselling 2011
La Trobe University / The Bouverie Centre / Relationships Aust. VIC
Graduate Certificate in Male Family Violence Facilitation 2011
Swinburne University of Technology, VIC
Bachelor of Counselling 2001
University of New England, NSW
Certificate 4 in Training & Assessment 2014
RMIT City Campus, VIC
Clinical Marriage & Family Training 1997
LifeCare Counselling & Family Services, NSW
Advanced Welfare Work Certificate 1987
Sydney Technical College of TAFE, NSW
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
(Clinical Membership, Accredited Supervisor)
Australian Counselling Association
(Level 4, Registered Supervisor)