Julie Perrin
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Karuna Centre
1st Floor,
10/10 Kennedy St Kingston, Canberra

Postal Address
PO Box 4149
Kingston ACT 2604
Email Julie

Phone: (02) 6257 1605
Mobile: 0402 262 168

Julie Perrin

“Sometimes life gets tough, we feel stuck and unsure. And sometimes a careful listener with a different view frees us up to tap into our own resources so we can act and effect desired changes”

I am a Mental Health Accredited Social Worker, with over 30 years’ experience in the health sector.

I derive a great deal of pleasure from my work with others. Every day is different. Every individual, couple, family and their context unique and challenging. I work hard to create a respectful, open and encouraging therapeutic space where meaningful discoveries are possible. Whilst I am compassionate, I am also direct. I prefer our work together to be active; getting you closer to where you want to be.

My work extends across relationships, parenting, resilience, grief/bereavement, drug and alcohol and mental health. Another important aspect of my work is providing clinical supervision (individual and group) to other clinicians.

Something I value is learning. I am a perpetual student and just can’t get enough. Consequently, I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare, Master in Primary Health Care specialising in the Addictions, Bachelor of Social Work with first class honours and a Master in Social Work specialising in couple and family therapy. And just so I don’t get bored I am currently working towards the completion of my doctoral studies.

I hold membership with the Australian Association of Social Work with Mental Health Accreditation, Australian College of Social Workers – clinical division, Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and Drugs, Australian Family Therapy Association and I am a life member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

A new way of working – telecounselling, telesupervision, telehealth

“It’s convenient, requires no travel or parking, is accessible in the comfort of your own home, and flexible – it can be out of business hours.”

I often work offsite. However, I am available at the Karuna Centre at a minimum every second month (although more by negotiation) for counselling and supervision. In between sessions I use videoconferencing facilities to continue working with people. There are many other ways to videoconference, and I have used most facilities, including skype, facetime, messenger, appear.in, Vsee and WhatsApp. To date I have found Skype the most robust but I remain open minded.

Telehealth, teleconcounselling and telesupervision are not new. They are gaining momentum internationally and nationally, simply because there is greater reach, accessibility and flexibility.

If you are interested in pursuing telecounselling or telesupervision with me please let me know via email. I usually meet with people prior to the first session to check connectivity, familiarise ourselves with features of the videoconferencing facility and discuss backup plans if technology fails for some reason. We also have to check that using videoconferencing is a suitable mode for working together, and there will also be some paperwork to complete which I will explain.

What do you need to videoconference?

  • a reliable and secure internet connection.
  • a computer or other device with a camera and microphone (so we can have an audio-visual link) for videoconferencing.
  • a private and comfortable place to talk without interruptions.

What are some limitations:

  • The technology can fail or the connection can be poor. This can be disconcerting especially if this happens mid-session.
  • And, because of my remoteness, it is not the most suitable way to work with someone who is feeling highly distressed or suicidal.



Julie's contact details are:  
Postal Address Australia
PO Box 4149
Kingston ACT 2604
Mobile: 0402 262 168
Skype: juliekarunacentre