Charles Maddison

Family Therapist & Counsellor

Charles is an accredited mental health social worker who is especially interested in working with complex and co-morbid mental health matters including trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and sexual and emotional abuse.

He is also skilled in family therapy and has experience with clients who present with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), depression, anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), intellectual disability, adolescent behaviour issues, couples’ disputes, or alcohol and drug problems (AOD). A post-colonial practitioner, Charles is committed to supporting members of Australia’s First Peoples communities who experience mental health challenges.

Charles tailors therapy depending on clients’ needs and their personal goals, utilising evidence-based therapies such as: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) including behavioural interventions, behaviour modification and exposure techniques; relaxation and mindfulness strategies; skills training including parent coaching, assertiveness and anger management; psychoeducation and motivational interviewing; Non-Violent Resistance; and interpersonal therapy.

In addition, Charles’ social work training and experience in the clinical and corporate worlds provides a rich background to systemic work on problems involving service delivery agencies such as health, child protection, education and justice. He also accepts EAP clients.

After more than 20 years in journalism and public relations, Charles completed a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Flinders University in 2015. He has since completed a Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and has worked in the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic (CNC) since mid-2015, beginning as a Masters student on placement.

As a mental health social worker accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers, Charles has a Medicare provider number. This allows clients who have a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP to claim the applicable Medicare rebate for his services.

Charles is available for consultations in the CNC on Mondays and Fridays, and in the Bower Place private practice on Tuesdays.