Speaker

Sally Lewry

Sally Lewry

Bio and Qualifications:

My first job was providing assessments and court reports working with children in temporary care while legal decisions about their future care was decided. I have worked in several positions including developing the Friends and Relatives of Gamblers Program, working as a rehabilitation counsellor with CRS, managing a counselling and consultancy, working as a TAFE counsellor and as a teacher in the Diplomas of Counselling and Community Service and as a lecturer in Community Work for the Counselling degree. I have always gravitated towards AOD work and have extensive training and experience in working as a dual diagnosis therapist. This is where my interest in working with survivors began, many people with addictive behaviours would reveal to me their childhood experiences of sexual abuse. In the 1990’s this was still a taboo subject and learning to help people speak about their experiences and the resulting lifelong affliction. Over the past three years, with training and professional development, I have been working as a counselling facilitator running groups assisting survivors to process the trauma and learn to cope with the complex issues related to childhood sexual abuse. Currently I work as a D&A counsellor with NSW Health and use my background in working with survivors of childhood abuse every day with people trying to find a way to cope with the unspeakable.