Sorèl in the library of the Parliament of South Australia, as a social researcher

Sorèl is the Director of Adelaide Gender Counselling & Consulting.  She has worked in the social services sector for much of her life as a counsellor, psychologist, Accredited social worker, researcher and consultant.

Sorèl’s Background

Sorèl has spent over twenty years in the social well-being sector.  After ten years as an Anglican parish priest, she finished her studies in psychology and became a community mental health practitioner with a large NGO. Sorèl then began her internship as a psychologist during which time she came out as transgender, changed professions and completed a Masters in Social Work. 

Sorèl currently works at Adelaide Gender Counselling & Consulting, a private practice she founded, as an Accredited Social Worker.  Sorèl is currently applying for candidature in a PhD examining ageing transgender Australians, family diversity and social well-being.

Sorèl is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH), the National LGBTI Health Alliance, and the LGBTIQ Advisory Group to the Council of the Ageing.

Sorèl 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 two clinics in Carrington Street, Adelaide and Young Street, Unley.  In addition to clinical work, Sorèl is engaged in professional consultancy, policy development, education 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.

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

Sorèl is currently undertaking research in preparation 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.

  • Council of the Ageing (SA) – LGBTIQ Advisory Group
  • International Positive Psychology Association
  • Australian Association of Social Workers