Sorèl is the Director of, and psychotherapist at One Life To Live. She has worked in the social services sector for much of her life as a counsellor, psychologist, Accredited social worker, researcher and consultant.
Sorèl has spent over twenty years in the social well-being sector. After she finished her studies in psychology and Sorel became a community mental health practitioner with a large NGO. Following this, Sorèl then began an 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 One Life To Live, a private practice she founded, as an Accredited Social Worker. Sorèl is currently researching otherness and the consequences of social exclusion.
Sorèl operates out of a values-based practice framework that is client-driven, strengths and solutions-focused, narrative grounded, where growth is the goal. This framework is explained further here.
The practice is based at its clinic in Westpac House, in the Adelaide CBD.
Sorèl offers the following services
- a complete private-practice hormone and surgical referral service in conjunction with a number of medical specialists in Adelaide for older adolescents and adults.
- Assistance with social transition
- Psychological asssessment and psychotherapy
- Wellness programmes including self-acceptance, resilience, and mindfulness
In addition to clinical work, Sorèl is engaged in professional consultancy, policy development, education and training. For further information, you can read more here.
- Bachelor of Systematic Theology
- Graduate Diploma of Psychology
- Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology Honours)
- Masters of Social Work
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 examining 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.
- Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPath)
- 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
- Rotary International LGBT Fellowship