Chantell Jones – Mental Health Clinician
Why did you decide on a career in this industry?
I have a passion for connecting with people on which ever level they are presenting at and being able to sit alongside them in their journeys to wellness, whatever that may look like to them.
What do you enjoy about your current role?
The clientele base, rural work and child safety work.
Do you have any particular interests areas?
Relational trauma and attachment work with parents, carers, children, Gut-mind connection and how this can affect mental health, sensorimotor psychotherapy, the ageing brain and all its wonders. I like working with the WHOLE person regardless of presentation or age. This encompasses past, present, future, body, mind, brain, spiritual, connection to self and others, positive aspects and not so positive.
What does good mental health look like to you?
As above. Understanding that mental health is human, we all have it, it doesn’t need to be taboo, sometimes we have healthy mental health and other times we struggle. Sometimes we build up
adaptations that have helped us that we may not need anymore which can impact daily functioning, other times we experience something so big for our body and minds that we need a professional
connection to help us through, but it is all human. Good mental health is a person being able to function as well as they can despite the situation they are in.
How do you personally look after your mental health?
– I use a lot of mindfulness in my life in the form of Wheel of awareness (daily) and being present, I use ACT skills on a regular basis and accept that having emotions is a part of life
and I hold on to them and let them do there thing and then move them somewhere safe.
– I eat well with the understanding that what I eat can impact my mood.
– I keep up to date with current knowledge when I can as this helps my selfcare and my confidence.
– Interact with my friends and family where possible
Best advice you’ve received in life?
“ Stay passionate, it suits you”
Have you ever read a book or quote that had a huge impact in your life? If so, what was it and why?
Anything delivered by Gabor Mate’, Daniel Siegel, Bruce Perry, Pat Odgen, Dan Hughes or Lou Cozolino.
“We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves. (p. 221)” ― Daniel J. Siegel
“Trauma is not what happens to you. Trauma is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you” – Gabor Mate
“We may not be responsible for the world that created our minds, but we can take responsibility for the mind with which we create our world” – Gabor Mate
“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” – Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
I have many, the above resonated with me and the work I choose to do and why I do it.