Social Worker / Counselor

Rishi Sharma

Rishi is an AASW accredited social worker with experience working with people from all walks of life. His previous work includes working with men in correctional centers, mental health, EAP, drug and alcohol treatment, working with young people and carers in the foster care system, adoption, victims and perpetrators of family and sexual violence. He has also worked with families with complex dynamics and separated parents.

Rishi has experience with clinical psychosocial assessments with adults, exploring trauma, attachment, stress management and overall adjustment. Rishi’s experience also includes running group AOD and violence treatment programs, as well as co-facilitating trauma informed group yoga, respectful relationship programs for people with disability.

Rishi is passionate about helping people manage stress, complex family relationships with the lense of culture and intersectionality, self-actualisation, and a holistic approach to physical and mental health. Born and raised in north India, Rishi migrated to Melbourne at 18 and completed his Psychology undergrad from Swinburne University and masters in Social Work from Federation University.

Ever since Rishi was young, he wanted to help people manage the cards life has dealt them and create a better future for themselves, no matter how rocky the start has been. He is passionate about helping people from all walks of life, young or old, Australians or migrants. Apart from English, Rishi is a native Hindi and Punjabi speaker and can also communicate reasonably with Urdu and Nepalese speaking people. Rishi’s lived experience in two different continents, living both regionally and in metro Victoria.

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