At work as a Policy Researcher and Writer for the South Australian Parliament, 2017 

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Sorél is the Director of the Adelaide Gender Clinic.  She has worked in the social services sector for much of her life as a counsellor, psychologist, social worker, researcher and consultant.

Sorél’s Background

Sorél has been a community mental health practitioner, psychologist and currently practices as a social worker, psychotherapist, organisational consultant and trainer.

Sorél operates out of values-based practice framework which is client-driven, strengths and solutions focused, narrative grounded, where growth is the goal.  This framework is explained further here.

 

Professional Services

The practice divides its time between therapeutic work, based from our office in Carrington Street, Adelaide, LGBT Clinic work, and professional consultancy and training.  For further information, you can read more here.

Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Systematic Theology
    • Graduate Diploma of Psychology
    • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology Honours)
    • Masters of Social Work

Research

In 2017 Sorél completed a major piece of research for the Parliament of South Australia which resulted in a report being presented to the South Australian parliament.  The report addressed innovative responses in the care of people with Lewy Body Dementia:   A Sense of Self_Hope in Lewy Body Disease.  Her research has been published in the South Australian Parliamentary Library.

Her previous significant piece of research was for the CSIRO Centre for Health and Wellbeing and focus on examing the psychosocial factors associated with weight regain after people had lost weight on the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.

Sorél brings together her training as a psychologist and as a social worker in a way that is clinically refreshing, client centred and deeply reflective.  

Sorél is currently undertaking research in preparaton to write a book about relationship and loneliness amongst LGBTIQ+ people.  With a working title of “The Lonely Unicorn: sociological perspectives of queer people”.  While most research has focussed on psychosocial perspectives this piece of research brings in a wider a view using sociology to unearth what role our society plays in defining the identities, relationships, roles, and social experiences of LGBTIQ+ people.

 

The unicorn depicted as a tamed creature with a virgin in a 17th-century fresco. Photograph: De Agostini Picture Library

Professional Affiliations

  • Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • National LGBT Health Alliance

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.

  • International Positive Psychology Association
  • Australian Association of Social Workers