About Kathryn Walton
Welcome to my website where you’ll find information about my services which make a difference to the health (especially mental health) and wellness of individuals and communities. My name is Kathryn Walton - I’m a passionate advocate for women and human services professionals, particularly in rural and regional areas where I’ve lived and worked for over 20 years. My love of family, nature, healthy lifestyle practices and creativity guide my personal and professional life.
I developed my unique training packages and workshops so that I can more widely share inspiring and practical evidence-based information and skills across communities. There are so many ways to be proactive in your own health care, and often the little tweaks make an enormous difference to how you feel. Some of the theories and approaches I use include mindfulness, cognitive and behavioural approaches, creative and expressive therapies, focused psychological therapies, strengths-based approaches and healthy lifestyle practices.
My experiences across various sectors and my active engagement in healthy living enable me to engage and inspire clients towards improved health and wellness, living life to the full, and feeling great! My professional background includes work in child protection, residential care for children in care, community-based adolescent and parent support programs, school counselling, child and youth mental health, community development and private practice. I have complemented my Masters level university studies in Social Work with additional training in Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work, Training and Assessment, Focused Psychological Therapies and numerous other professional and personal development programs.
“I have been a GP in Warwick since 1994 and have been working collaboratively with Kathryn Walton since 2005. She has been involved with our medical practice both as an educator and as a very valued colleague to whom I have referred many patients over the years. Kathryn’s approach to her work is one of complete professionalism, focussing on exemplary patient and family care. Her commitment reflects the excellent clinical outcomes of her patients.” (Dr Louise Clarke, Condamine Medical Centre, Warwick)
“I've known Kathryn Walton in her professional capacity over several years; firstly, when I saw her for counselling, and where I found her to be a down-to-earth, warm, and intelligent presence in the therapeutic relationship. I have since referred other clients to her, in my capacity as a counselling colleague. Since that time, Kathryn and I have worked together developing and running women’s wellness programs, and I have relied upon and appreciated her capacity for connection, insight, and a clear understanding of the needs of our client group and individuals. She is also a fabulous organiser! Kathryn reaches out into the community with continuing courage, wisdom and integrity as she develops her practice.” (Client then Colleague)
“I have worked with Kathryn on interagency teams as well as attending her workshops and retreats for many years. I have found her positive, gentle manner invites active involvement by her workshop participants. Kathryn's professional approach and extensive knowledge of mental health means programs she designs are of a high quality.” (Helen McFarlane, Retired Senior Guidance - Education)
“Kathryn’s professional development groups have assisted me on my journey of self-reflection in both my professional and personal life. The relaxed and open way that Kathryn facilitates these groups creates a safe space for sharing and learning. Some of the practical tools I learnt during these sessions have proven to be invaluable to my self-care toolkit and I use them all the time.
Kathryn is able to help group participants to create positive change in their lives by implementing practical and user friendly techniques to reflect and bring awareness when an issue is present.” (Heidi Davidson)
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of the help that you gave me over the last few years. You were a true sounding board for me at times when I had so much going on that I could barely see straight and somehow helped me to sort through the muddle that I often felt my mind was. I truly appreciate your good work, and your unbiased approach. You do great work and what you do makes such a difference to people and their lives. Thank you very much.” (Counselling Client)