Our Values...


Mandy and Sonia understand that the experience of grief is unique for everyone. So when you visit the Centre you will be offered personalised support that best meets your needs at that time. You can meet with us individually, as a couple, or join one of our support days. Our goal is to promote wellbeing and growth through your grieving experience and to provide you a safe space for this to occur.

Mandy and Sonia share common values which underpin the support and services offered at Canberra Grief Centre:

Respect  |  Compassion  |  Authenticity  |  Acceptance  |  Trust  |  Honesty
 

Mandy Cox

Mandy is a registered counsellor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).  She also has qualifications as a spiritual director (trained through WellSpring Australia) and in Clinical Pastoral Education.

Mandy has worked in the area of grief, loss and trauma since 2006, providing counselling and support to a diverse range of clients across a number of organisations. 

Her experience resides in working with the dying and bereaved through palliative care, parents who have suffered the loss of a baby or child, those who have endured domestic violence, sexual abuse and other traumatic events and providing support and counselling for those encountering a coronial process through the sudden and unexpected death of a family member.

Mandy spent eleven years living in the Northern Territory which allowed her opportunity to support people from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  She has a special interest in providing holistic care focusing on the emotional as well as spiritual wellbeing of a person.

Mandy is a sessional academic lecturer on grief and loss at the University of Canberra.  

Qualifications:  Master of Counselling, Bachelor of Ministry, Spiritual Director, Clinical Pastoral Education, Certified Bereavement Practitioner with the Australian Centre of Grief and Bereavement.


Sonia Fenwick

Since 2002, Sonia has been supporting people and organisations who have been affected by death, dying, grief and bereavement. She has professional qualifications in psychology, counselling, psychotherapy and trauma support.  She has completed training with the Bereavement Care Centre in Sydney, international bereavement providers such as Robert Neimeyer, William Worden and Katherine Shear and with the United States military in the care of deceased service personnel and their families.  

She is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association (7895), Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and the Association for Death Education and Counselling.

Sonia's long association with the Australian Defence Force has led to her special interest in the provision of grief support to Defence members and their families following any form of loss. 

Sonia is committed to ensuring services offered by Canberra Grief Centre support men who are affected by grief. In addition, her commitment extends to the provision of support services for professionals who are affected by a death/multiple deaths or accumulated exposure to death while operating in a professional capacity.

Sonia is trained and experienced in supporting children coping with a dying family/friend or grief following a loss.  

Sonia is a sessional academic lecturer on grief and loss at the University of Canberra.

Qualifications:  Master of Counselling, Master of Management (Human Resources), Bachelor of Health Science, Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Certified Thanatologist (death, dying and bereavement), Certified Trainer and Assessor.  Trained in supporting trauma (PTSD) and traumatic grief.