Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Heart Matters, a Heart Centred Counselling Practice
About Idalina (Idi) Pimenta
Heart Matters is a heart centred counselling practice offering professional counselling, psychotherapy and focused psychological services north of the river in Western Australia. We provide a welcoming, respectful and supportive environment where individuals can resolve their difficulties. At Heart Matters our therapeutic approaches emphasise the importance of the relationship between therapist and client, as the basis of a positive and satisfying outcome for our clients by combining the latest developments in relational, body-oriented and brain-based approaches to personal growth, recovery and change.
Heart Matters uses an overall approach to therapy that is both trauma-informed and grounded in the neurobiology of emotional attachment patterns and interpersonal relationships. It is our heart’s intention to provide a contemporary model of counselling service and a new paradigm for healing trauma. We specialise in assisting people with trauma, emotional distress and life transition issues to move out of pain, and return to a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness.
Idi is a Clinical Social Worker and currently shares her time between private practice and working as a senior counsellor, clinical supervisor and educator at a sexual assault crisis centre in Perth. Since the late 1990′s Idi has worked on the frontline in public agencies providing counselling and treatment intervention for addictions, domestic violence and sexual assault – both group work and individual therapy. Idi was an in-house clinical supervisor for social workers and psychologists in clinical practice and although she went on to work in clinical management, her inner calling is and has always been to be involved therapeutically with people. Idi’s passion, skill and who she is, is best suited to connecting with the human spirit through the service of counselling and therapy. It is here that Idi comes alive and facilitates the best outcomes. At Heart Matters we are committed to practising within a holistic understanding of people that takes the whole self into consideration – body, mind, emotions, relationships, spirit and greater historical/cultural context.
We feel deeply honoured to make the journey inward with you.
Victims of Sexual Abuse
Victims of Domestic Violence
Grief and Loss
Adults abused as children
SE™ Practitioner – SE™ Assistant
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Bachelor Social Work, Graduate Diploma Counselling (Human Services), Master Human Services Counselling, Advanced Diploma Business Management, Somatic Experiencing Certificate, EMDR
Medicare Rebates available
Idalina is a clinical social worker, counselling in public agencies in the areas of addiction, domestic violence, and sexual trauma since the late 1990′s.
Idalina is currently in private practice at Heart Matters, a heart centred counselling practice, and is also a senior counsellor, clinical supervisor and educator at a sexual assault crisis centre in Perth. Idalina specialises in assisting people with emotional distress, trauma and life transition issues to move out of pain and return to a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness. Her background is in humanistic, family systems and narrative psychotherapy, and she is increasingly noticing spiritualty themes emerging in her sessions.
Idalina believes that the body holds the key to what is unfinished and needing to heal and, that knowing how the body and brain react to trauma opens powerful tools that can offer hope to those who have been stuck in cycles of reactivity, shame, and hopelessness. Idalina credits SE as a methodology that provides a ‘holding environment’ for working through traumatic or emotional wounding that helps people get back in control.
Idalina trained under Maggie Kline and Berns Galloway in the first Australian SE training in Melbourne. She is an assistant at the Brisbane training and is passionate about building a local SE community.