Meet Our Therapists

Meet our team of highly skilled and professionally accredited psychotherapists and psychologists. Some of our therapists are able to provide the Medicare rebate. Those who are not subsidised offer a reduced rate. Give us a call or email us to discuss the options.

Select the suburb you are interested in below, to view the available therapists.

Couples Therapists

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Al Jeffery

(he/him)

Al is an integrative psychotherapist aiming to create spaces of trust for clients to explore the intricacy and fullness of their own lives and minds, coming to a greater sense of resilience and compassion within themselves, and their world. Using a collaborative, relational, embodied, and integrative approach, Al has experience supporting clients living with; depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship challenges, emotional and relationship disturbance. As a queer man, he offers an inclusive space for LGBTQIA+ folk, and often works with men surrounding topics of masculinity, sexuality and identity. With his other life in the regenerative leadership world, Al also supports founders, CEOs and executives in developing greater capacity for living and leading in regenerative ways.

As an intersectionalist at heart, Al carries an appreciation for the integration of the personal, social, ecological, and spiritual. Born of his Indian heritage, he studies and aims to integrate both Eastern and Western philosophy and practice. In this way, he aims to create spaces for clients to develop both a robust self in a social world, as well as a compassionate and generous self through contemplative practice.

Al is also a couples therapist.

Al’s fee is $160 per session for individuals (50 minutes), $200 for couples (50 minutes) and $240 for couples (80 minutes).

Sherridan Green

(she/her)

 

Sherridan is a Gestalt therapist | EMDR therapist | clinical counsellor in private practice for 15 years working with Couples and Individuals. Sherridan draws on multiple modalities such as Existential Life Coaching, Internal Family Systems (IFS), grounding, body and breathe awareness and relaxing techniques, visualisation and retrieval exercises, all tailored uniquely for you in a collaborative process of listening and exploring reoccurring concerning themes.

As part of Gestalt therapy work Sherridan can guide you through Empty Chair work and support you in understanding your childhood development years through Gestalt principles and experiential work.

EMDR – Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy is a mental health treatment technique. This method involves moving your eyes a specific way while you process traumatic memories. EMDR’s goal is to help you heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences.

Sherridan supports individuals and couples on journeys of self-discovery through understanding vital areas of their lives, including emotional development, identity, responses to the world, awareness, process of enquiry, living skills, and capacity for self-responsibility.

Sherridan’s personal style as a therapist is attentive, compassionate, and supportive. You will experience being listened to and responded to with curiosity and authenticity. She provides a safe and welcoming space for you to explore your deepest concerns. A concern/s can be anything including depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, confusion, stress, loss, grief, overwhelm, sexuality, life direction, live-work balance, relationships, lack of purpose, confidence, perspective, emotional insecurity etc.

She is an inclusive practitioner who is sex positive, LGBTQIA+ friendly, sex-worker friendly, and cross-culturally supportive.

Sherridan’s fees are: $300 for the required initial 80 minute session, $250 for subsequent 80 minute sessions, and $190 for subsequent 50 minute sessions. 

Shaun McMahon

(he/him)

Shaun is a warm, caring and calm psychotherapist who works with both individuals and couples. He is passionate about helping his clients to overcome their challenges and to live more fulfilling lives, while offering a compassionate and comforting presence. Shaun recognises that every individual is unique, and therefore requires a unique therapeutic approach. He takes the time to discover your needs and goals in therapy, and will then work with you to find the best treatment path to take together. He strives to create a relationship in which you feel safe, understood, and cared for.

Shaun works with clients from all walks of life struggling with a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and relationship issues. He can also offer assistance to couples who are struggling with conflict and communication, issues with intimacy and desire, and repairing a relationship after infidelity. He has a special interest in working with clients who have experienced trauma, including childhood trauma, relationship trauma and sexual trauma, as well as individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Shaun’s fee is $140 for individuals and $150 for couples for a 50 minute session.

Jules F.B. Silva

(she/her)

Jules is a psychotherapist | counsellor in private practice working with adult individuals and couples. Bringing rich life experience and training to her work, Jules is deeply interested in all aspects of the experience and suffering that clients bring to the room with specialised training in grief and loss, trauma, existential concerns (incl. climate crisis-related anxieties), emotional self-regulation, and addiction. Jules listens deeply, with respect, non-judgement, compassion, and a ‘beginner’s mind’. Jules draws on multiple modalities, tailored to the needs of the client: Existential Psychotherapy, Jungian-informed and Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Jules’ fees are: $140 per session for individuals, $180 for couples, and $220 for an 80 minute couples session.

 

Gillian Fernandes

(she/her)

Gillian has a Masters Degree in Counselling specialising in couples and relationships. She is experienced in working with couples, individuals, and polyamorous relationships to increase emotional connection and relationship satisfaction.

Gillian supports folks to de-escalate their relationship conflict, gain insight into what is keeping them stuck in their problematic patterns, use strategies to avoid escalating relationship distress, enhance deep connection, and increase sexual intimacy.

Gillian began her career at Relationships Australia where she worked with people facing infidelity, parenting concerns, emotional distance, communication difficulties, sex and intimacy issues, identity and sexuality questions, separation, and forming new relationships. She also practices at the Melbourne Specialist Relationship Counselling Clinic.

Gillian has an energetic and warm approach to counselling. She uses a combination of therapeutic approaches such as emotionally focused therapy, attachment theory, Gottman, and neuroscience to create an individualized approach for each relationship.

 

Fees: $200 for 50 minute sessions, $230 for 50 minute sessions out of office hours.

Dr Kamil Wolyniec

(he/him)

 

 Kamil holds  PhD in psychology and is a registered psychologist (clinical registrar). His therapeutic orientation is guided by a holistic integrative approach to mental well-being. He trusts in each person’s inherent potential to experience wholeness through self-compassion and self inquiry/self-awareness. Kamil is committed to creating a person-centred, safe, non-judgmental, compassionate, and collaborative therapeutic experience. He is flexible in his practice and works in the most suitable and helpful ways for each individual.

Kamil’s main areas of interest include supporting people with trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, existential problems, anger issues, grief and loss, addiction, OCD and LGBTIQ+ related challenges.

Kamil is passionate about supporting individuals with chronic pain, fatigue and psychological distress related to physical illnesses e.g. cancer patients and their families, given his PhD research in this area. Kamil has lived in Asia, Europe, and South America, which informs his culturally sensitive approach to working with people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions.

Kamil’s way of working is influenced by the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, trauma-informed practice, attachment and polyvagal theories. He draws from evidence-based modalities e.g., Mindfulness-based, and Somatic approaches, Internal Family Systems, Psychodrama, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Adult Attachment Repair Therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Kamil also employs drumming and music as therapeutic tools.

Kamil’s clients would describe him as warm, curious, validating, authentic and caring. Clients have often said that Kamil makes them feel heard and empowered.

Kamil enjoys spending time in nature, exploring various cultures and ancient wisdom traditions. He also loves playing flutes, guitar, world percussion as well as dancing, reading, yoga and capoiera.

Kamil provides individual and couples therapy online and in-person in Warrandyte. Kamil’s fees are $220 for individuals and $240 for couples for a 55 minute session. If referred by a GP or psychiatrist with a mental health care plan, you will receive a rebate of $93.65 per session via Medicare. 

 

Fitzroy North Therapists

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Louise O’Dwyer

(she/her)

Louise is a Gestalt therapist working in a supportive, nurturing environment for people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, conflicts in relationships, life changes and ongoing difficulties and challenges. She is passionate about giving her clients the support, connection and attuned listening they need to deepen awareness, increase wellbeing and growth, and experience fulfilling lives.
She supports her clients to step into the lives they want to live, to resolve stress, self-esteem issues, attachment wounds and many other personal issues and concerns. Her intention is to create a respectful, receptive and non-judgemental environment of support and growth.
Her approach to therapy is about encountering and honouring the natural intelligence that exists within. When space is created to understand and listen to this, our self-dignity, sense of connection and self-esteem naturally start to resolve, grow and change. Louise’s interest is in supporting individuals to navigate, understand and thrive in our complex world. Louise’s fee is $120 for a fifty-minute session.

Michael Dods

(he/him)

Michael is a registered psychologist (clinical registrar) and draws upon a variety of evidence-based therapeutic models to help provide treatments unique to the needs of each individual. He is currently is undertaking core training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), an attachment-based psychodynamic approach and recently completed the MDMA-assisted Therapist Training delivered by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in collaboration with The Clinical Psychedelic Lab at Monash University. Michael has previously undertaken training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Hakomi Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Schema Therapy.

As the therapeutic relationship is the most important ingredient in the effectiveness of psychological treatment, his aim is to understand and respect your experience and to genuinely engage with each client to develop an authentic and compassionate relationship grounded in deep listening.

Michael studied psychology as a mature age student, having previously worked in government, hospitality, as a FIFO miner and a Myotherapist for ten years – where he had an interest in the education and treatment of persistent pain and working with high performance athletes.

Michael’s areas of research in psychology were focused on Men’s Health – exploring men’s expectations of psychological therapy, and Eco-Psychology – utilising Forest Therapy as a complementary intervention for clients with a background of complex trauma.

Michael has a personal interest in transpersonal psychology, including: eco-psychology, Buddhist psychology, non-ordinary states of consciousness and the emerging treatment approaches that explore psychotherapy through these frameworks. Further, he engages in his own regular psychotherapy (ISTDP), psychological supervision (ISTDP), professional development and is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction that explores the human experience. The cost of a 50-minute session with Michael is $240. If referred by a GP or psychiatrist with a mental health care plan, you will receive a rebate of $137.05 per session via Medicare. Up to 10 Medicare rebated sessions can be claimed per calendar year.

Northcote Therapists

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Sherridan Green

(she/her)

.Sherridan is a Gestalt therapist | EMDR therapist | clinical counsellor in private practice for 15 years working with Couples and Individuals. Sherridan draws on multiple modalities such as Existential Life Coaching, Internal Family Systems (IFS), grounding, body and breathe awareness and relaxing techniques, visualisation and retrieval exercises, all tailored uniquely for you in a collaborative process of listening and exploring reoccurring concerning themes.

As part of Gestalt therapy work Sherridan can guide you through Empty Chair work and support you in understanding your childhood development years through Gestalt principles and experiential work.

EMDR – Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy is a mental health treatment technique. This method involves moving your eyes a specific way while you process traumatic memories. EMDR’s goal is to help you heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences.

Sherridan supports individuals and couples on journeys of self-discovery through understanding vital areas of their lives, including emotional development, identity, responses to the world, awareness, process of enquiry, living skills, and capacity for self-responsibility.

Sherridan’s personal style as a therapist is attentive, compassionate, and supportive. You will experience being listened to and responded to with curiosity and authenticity. She provides a safe and welcoming space for you to explore your deepest concerns. A concern/s can be anything including depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, confusion, stress, loss, grief, overwhelm, sexuality, life direction, live-work balance, relationships, lack of purpose, confidence, perspective, emotional insecurity etc.

She is an inclusive practitioner who is sex positive, LGBTQIA+ friendly, sex-worker friendly, and cross-culturally supportive.

Sherridan’s fees are:  $150 for an initial 50 minute Gestalt or EMDR assessment (some concessions available).

Subsequent Gestalt psychotherapy sessions are $150 for a 50 minute session (some concessions available).

90 minute EMDR sessions are $320, and subsequent sessions are $250.

 Watch this video for more information on EMDR

 

Giorgia Deslandes

(she/her)

Giorgia is a Melbourne-based holistic counsellor. Giorgia is registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and practices both counselling and psychotherapy.

Giorgia is certified in Somatic Therapy for Complex Trauma and draws upon her qualifications in Counselling Psychology (MA) to ensure an integrative, person-centred and strengths based approach to therapy. Giorgia has worked in the community sector over the past few years and has gained experience in various therapeutic roles in family violence, family therapy and mental health.

Giorgia adopts a neurobiologically informed approach and draws upon interventions from Somatic Psychology to support the body and nervous system to heal from the experience of trauma and adversity. Giorgia also integrates interventions from evidence-based therapies such as Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment-based Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Informed CBT, Schema Therapy and Existentialism to create a safe space for clients to process and heal at their own pace. Giorgia’s approach is tailored to the needs of each person and may involve cultivating mindful self inquiry, deep present moment-awareness, compassion, curiosity and spirituality. Giorgia’s practice ultimately centres around upholding each individual’s inherent capacity for growth and healing.

Areas of interest:

  • Complex trauma
  • PTS-D
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship challenges
  • Identity and self esteem challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Existential concerns and meaning making 

Giorgia’s fee is $140 for a 60 minute session, $175 for a 75 minute session and $210 for a 90 minute session.

Giorgia is available on Mondays between 10am and 7pm and offers both in person and telehealth sessions. Giorgia is based in Northcote.

 

Carlton North Therapists

Amelia Batrouney

(she/her)

Amelia is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Narrative Therapist with over eleven years’ experience working in women’s health, sexual assault, and trauma services. She is currently undertaking specialised training in perinatal mental health, and is enjoying an expansion of her practice to support new and expecting parents with Gidget Foundation Australia. 

Amelia is a compassionate and warm clinician. She provides a respectful, non-judgemental, and collaborative therapeutic space for those she works with to explore and unpack their experiences, connect to their hopes, and enhance a greater sense of safety and presence.

Amelia takes an integrative approach to therapy, using a range of tools and frameworks that are flexible and tailored to the person seeking support. Amelia’s approach is informed by relational and psychodynamic perspectives and is strengths-based, with a particular interest in mindfulness and narrative practices. She also uses aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema therapy and polyvagal/nervous system perspectives.

 
Amelia works on Tuesdays and has both Telehealth and face to face appointments available. Amelia’s fee is $170. A Medicare subsidy is available  for ten sessions per year with a referral from your GP.

Dash Russell

(he/him)

Dash completed his Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at Ikon Institute. The first phase of therapy with Dash focuses on getting to know each other, hearing about your life history, and getting clear on a mutually agreed upon set of focuses. Sessions progressively work towards pathways of change and repair; this can involve resolving emotional wounds, forging self-esteem, overcoming shame, deepening relationships, re-evaluating thoughts, facing fears, psycho-education, imaginative visualisation, building self-understanding, and beyond. Treatment is tailored for the individual, which can mean some trial and error before finding what best works for you. Sometimes a session is simply getting things off your chest, finding relief in unpacking your stories and personal experience with someone who cares.

Dash’s key areas of interest include childhood neglect, meaning and purpose, authenticity, self-esteem, friendship, romantic relating, PTSD, creativity, spirituality, activism, and nature-connection.

Whether you’re inhabiting a dark place in life, or are simply curious to explore and further develop yourself in this one precious life, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a free consultation.
Dash’s fee is $130 per session

Anna Orzech

(she/her)

Anna is an experienced Gestalt psychotherapist, offering open-ended and fixed term therapy for adults, welcoming clients of all cultural and class backgrounds, and diverse sexuality, relationship, and affectional orientations. Anna has worked with a wide range of individuals from all walks of life, dealing with issues including anxiety, low mood, anger, grief and loss, trauma, parenting, sexuality, relationships (including non-monogamous), life transitions, existential questions, and creativity.

Having studied psychology at the University of Melbourne, Anna completed a rigorous 5 year training in individual and group Gestalt psychotherapy in London, where she established a successful private practice as well as working in community mental health. Anna is now offering sessions internationally online as well as in person in Melbourne. She holds professional registration in both Australia (PACFA) and the UK (UKCP), which ensures high standards of training and qualifications including in depth personal therapy, and a commitment to follow ethical codes and standards and to undertake ongoing training, supervision and development.

Anna views psychotherapy as a wonderful opportunity to develop relational self-awareness and explore your experience, as well as a process to engage with difficulty and distress in your life. She offers a supportive and thoughtful space to explore what may be difficult to talk about, with compassion, sensitivity, curiosity and insight. By understanding and illuminating your feelings and experiences, we begin a process of discovery, bringing your deeper self-knowledge into awareness to expand the possibilities of how you live, relate, and make choices.

Her fee is $140 for a 50 minute session.

Henry Fowkes

(he/him)

Henry is a PACFA registered Gestalt psychotherapist and has taught a therapeutic movement practice called Open Floor for the past 10 years. He is passionate about change, embodiment, and relationships, and provides a safe, comfortable environment for you to expand your awareness and develop inner resources to fully embrace life’s challenges.

Henry’s approach is grounded in Gestalt’s holistic philosophy, which believes in our inherent wholeness, resilience, and interconnectedness with the world around us. He offers a somatic approach that deepens your connection to mind and body. This can help get to the root of issues, supporting your healing, growth, and a greater sense of choice-fullness in your life. Henry integrates other evidence-based and trauma informed techniques such as Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Attachment Theory and Mindfulness to meet your needs.

From His experience, both as a client and therapist, he has found Gestalt therapy to be transformative work that expands one’s awareness of their habitual ways of being and relating, and offers new experiences of what is possible. This offers more choice in how we relate to the many parts of ourselves, and how we then engage with the people and world around us.

As a warm, creative, and skilled practitioner, Henry brings a real sense of authenticity to the therapeutic relationship. Drawing on his own therapy experiences, he deeply respects the courage it takes to reach out for support. He sees the process of therapy as enlivening and profoundly life-affirming. As a therapist he sees himself as a guide, and collaborator with you.

Henry’s areas of focus include relationship issues, anxiety, life transitions, self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma, burnout, depression, conflict, spirituality and creativity. He warmly welcomes people from all cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and identities.

Henry offers open-ended and fixed-term therapy for adults, in-person in the inner-north of Melbourne and online.

Henry’s fee is $130 for a 50-minute session, with some discounted spots available.

Thornbury Therapists

8-10 Mansfield Street, Thornbury

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DJ Khalsa

(she/her)

Therapy is challenging. We are looking at shadows, beliefs and pattens that may have been hidden for along time. I honour the courage it takes to actually start therapy and always in awe of the results that it brings, you feel happier, more positive and confident.

You are worth it and I am the type of therapist that is going to bring a lightness to each session to help you access your own wisdom within.

My approach is heart centred and simple. Having worked overseas and with a diversity of hundreds of people from around the world. It is in the simplicity of being seen in a safe space that the connection begins to help you uncover the layers that have blocked you from feeling your authentic self.

A practicing Gestalt therapist since 2008, Kundalini Yoga teacher, Systemic Constellation facilitator and TRTP practitioner with many tools to practice and support you in daily life. These tools combined can bring fast transformation and I will teach you mindfulness tools to anchor the experience.

If you struggle to fit in or fear not belonging. If you feel unworthy or don’t achieve the success you deserve or feel anxious when you used to feel confident or keep experiencing the same negative patterns then I can help you get to the root cause and heal to make lasting change.

 

Sessions are 1 hour and available online or in person in Thornbury. DJ’s fee is $160 for an initial session and $140 for subsequent sessions.

Jules F.B. Silva

(she/her)

Jules is a psychotherapist | counsellor in private practice working with adult individuals and couples. Bringing rich life experience and training to her work, Jules is deeply interested in all aspects of the experience and suffering that clients bring to the room with specialised training in grief and loss, trauma, existential concerns (incl. climate crisis-related anxieties), emotional self-regulation, and addiction. Jules listens deeply, with respect, non-judgement, compassion, and a ‘beginner’s mind’. Jules draws on multiple modalities, tailored to the needs of the client: Existential Psychotherapy, Jungian-informed and Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Jules’ fees are: $140 per session for individuals, $180 for couples, and $220 for an 80 minute couples session.

 

Carina Pérez

(she/her)

Carina is an integrative and passionate art psychotherapist, who has a background in
psychology and phenomenological integrative psychotherapy. She has a deep understanding of the therapeutic benefits that art can provide, and she is passionate about helping people heal and grow through the creative process.

Carina provides an intermodal, person centered, accepting, collaborative, respectful and compassionate approach in therapy. She focuses on strengths, the present moment and embodied awareness. She believes that the relational aspect is essential in any therapy, and she always uses an invitational approach.

Carina has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with intellectual disabilities, as well as people from diverse backgrounds. Also, she has worked with grief and loss, anxiety, attachment, addiction, life transition and relationships difficulties.

Carina can also provide sessions in Spanish.
She is LGBTQIA+ friendly and culturally inclusive.

Carina’s fee is $120 for a 50 minute session.

Ange Cook

(she/her)

Ange is an Integrative Psychotherapist who works collaboratively and creatively with people to navigate the often complex and diverse challenges of ‘being’ in the world. Central to her work is an understanding that the quality of one’s life is determined relationally beginning with deep relationship and connection to self. Ange appreciates that coming to therapy is an opportunity to understand the places where one may feel stuck, disconnected, uninspired, overwhelmed or challenged – fostering a longing for change.

Exploring the ways people uniquely adapt, cope and communicate, she offers therapy for anxiety, depression, PTSD/CPTSD, grief and loss, intimacy, identity, self-esteem, family systems, parenting, life transitions and relational issues. Specialist areas include Domestic Violence in Teen Relationships and working with Post-Cult recovery.

Ange works with adults and adolescents (14+), offering a non-judgemental, safe and trauma-informed space from which she draws from a multi-model practice framework. Because people are unique, therapy is not a one-size fits all process, Ange works aligned to the creativity within her clients. She warmly welcomes cultural diversity including LGBTIQA+ and Neurodiverse people.

Ange’s fee is $140 for a 50 minute session

 

Dash Russell

(he/him)

Dash completed his Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at Ikon Institute. The first phase of therapy with Dash focuses on getting to know each other, hearing about your life history, and getting clear on a mutually agreed upon set of focuses. Sessions progressively work towards pathways of change and repair; this can involve resolving emotional wounds, forging self-esteem, overcoming shame, deepening relationships, re-evaluating thoughts, facing fears, psycho-education, imaginative visualisation, building self-understanding, and beyond. Treatment is tailored for the individual, which can mean some trial and error before finding what best works for you. Sometimes a session is simply getting things off your chest, finding relief in unpacking your stories and personal experience with someone who cares.

Dash’s key areas of interest include childhood neglect, meaning and purpose, authenticity, self-esteem, friendship, romantic relating, PTSD, creativity, spirituality, activism, and nature-connection.

Whether you’re inhabiting a dark place in life, or are simply curious to explore and further develop yourself in this one precious life, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a free consultation.
Dash’s fee is $130 per session

Anthony Olsen

(he/him)

Anthony is a Melbourne-based psychotherapist and holotropic breathwork practitioner. He works from a gestalt informed, process oriented, transpersonal lens which also draws its roots from traditional Chinese medicine. At its base is an awareness-based approach that utilises the breath and the body to facilitate healing and transformation. He is especially interested in the power of states of awareness and their healing potential. He has been working in the fields of healing and personal development since the late 1990s and currently offers one-on-one counselling and psychotherapy, one-on-one breathwork sessions, men’s groups, and more.

Anthony’s fee is $140 per session.

Emma O

(she/her)

Emma O is an intimacy coach specializing in women’s pleasure and power. With qualifications in psychology, narrative therapy, craniosacral therapy and a long history of working with people and systems impacted by oppression and the “power-over” paradigm she holds exquisite space for the gentle unravelling of stories, patterns and projections that no longer serve.

“What I love is accompanying women on the journey of claiming themselves; their body, their pleasure and their power. The link between these 3 things might not seem obvious and indeed prioritizing pleasure in these times might seem like a frivolous pursuit. I’m not talking pleasure as an escape from the horrors of the world. I’m talking pleasure that brings us into delicious contact with our own beingness, our choice and ultimately our power.”

In session together with Emma you learn how to master the flow of your attention to shift away from what you don’t want, and to orient instead towards what you deeply (and maybe even secretly) long for. You unearth any resistance to what it is you desire in your life, your relationships and your world. You get to playfully wonder about the function and form of the resistance so that this life force can be an ally in your heroic quest for freedom and wholeness.

Emma’s approach is embodied and invitational above all else.

This work might feel resonant for you if you have a feeling that there’s more to life, more to you and your capacity for life, pleasure, deliciousness and ultimately your own power.
It might feel resonant if you find yourself in patterns of relating that you’re feeling ready to alchemize.
It might feel resonant for you if you want to learn how to reclaim your pleasure for yourself.
It might feel resonant for you if you’ve experienced consent violations and you want to learn how to feel safe in your body again.
You might already be pleasure literate and just want MORE! I’m here for it all.

Emma’s fee is $150 per session.

Victoria Campion

(she/her)

Victoria is a Somatic and Gestalt Psychotherapist. Her collaborative and dynamic work emphasises developing and deepening embodied awareness, strengthening relational connections, nervous system expression and regulation, and orienting her clients into more layers of aliveness.

Victoria has a deeply embodied approach grounded in her psychotherapy training, as well as it being her personal passion. She also holds a Master’s in Psychology. Her work is influenced by depth psychology, internal family systems, and her contemplative Vipassana practice.

Previously operating a floatation-tank centre, Victoria supported people intentionally exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness. In the therapy room, Victoria continues her work with non-ordinary states including psychedelic integration, exploration and integration of spiritual experience, trauma states, and the contemplation of dying.

She is an inclusive practitioner who is sex positive, LGBTQIA+ friendly, sex-worker friendly, and dedicated to being cross-culturally supportive.

Victoria’s fee is $120 per session.

Chelsea Herbert

(she/her)

Chelsea is a Somatic Psychotherapist who works to co-create a space of safety, compassion and curiosity; supporting clients to explore and transform from their unique experiences and challenges. 

Bridging Integrative and Somatic Therapies allows her to work collaboratively, bringing the felt sense of the body into the heart of therapy. This allows clients to deepen their self-awareness while gently unravelling and resolving the core traumas and imprints that are stored within their body and nervous system. Working on this level can have a transformative and lasting impact on their experience of self, as they come into felt contact with who they are beneath the many imprints, stories and beliefs. 

Chelsea’s approach is deeply person-centred; acknowledging the individual’s inherent knowing and capacity for growth. She supports clients to come into more compassion for self; allowing existing challenges, behaviours and patterns to find their healthiest expression from a place of ease and non-resistance. From this place, it is possible to experience more vitality and clarity, a greater capacity for connection within relationships and a deeper sense of purpose and belonging. 

Chelsea tailors each session to meet the presenting concerns, needs and goals of the individual; dynamically drawing upon her training in Psychology (B.A), Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (M.A), Somatic Psychotherapy (Dip. Internal Tracking) and Compassionate Inquiry (Cert. Gabor Mate). Her diversity of training allows for body-based processes to work in conjunction with methods such as Internal Family Systems and Attachment-based Therapy. 

Chelsea has a deep understanding and interest in working with major life events and transitions, relationship challenges, grief, loss and death, personal and familial crises, chronic pain and psychosomatic symptoms, emotional regulation, identity & esteem challenges, anxiety, depression, eco/existential/spiritual concerns, attachment and developmental issues. 

She also works with those seeking more meaning, purpose and creativity and offers in-depth mindfulness and embodiment tools to empower people with resources to navigate life in more ease and resilience. 

Her personal history of recovering from a major spinal accident has deepened her passion for somatic-based psychotherapy; as the inner resources it provided were paramount to her navigation of this time and her returning to a life of vitality, mobility and service. 

With a background in facilitating music therapy, voice work, deep ecology and wilderness rites of passage, and a devotion to eastern philosophy and practice; Chelsea recognises how our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing is not isolated from our social, ecological, spiritual and creative selves and the context within which we exist. If relevant for the individual, she can also support the cultivation of a personal practice or creative outlet that is fulfilling and resourcing. 

Chelsea’s fee is $160 for a 60 minute session

Alexandra Heynatz

(she/her)

Working with Alexandra is a collaborative process, oriented by choice, curiosity and acceptance.
Sessions provide opportunity to rekindle awareness for what you most need and want, build trust in your wisest impulses, and reconnect with ways of living that disrupt harm, promote healing, and support ease of being.
Alexandra brings more than 15 years of experience in clinical and community settings as a mental health clinician, therapist, and supervisor. She has specialised in trauma-informed care and worked with diverse people across different ages and stages in times of challenge and uncertainty. This has included relationship and identity concerns, healing from trauma, and navigating significant transitions, such as periods of loss, growth or stress.
She is grounded in a range of evidence based interventions and therapeutic modalities, with mindfulness and somatic practices informing an integrative approach. Alexandra will meet you where you are to support your path forward.

Alexandra’s fee is $170 for a fifty-minute session with some reduced fee spaces available.

Sally Gotlieb

(she/her)

As an integrative psychotherapist, Sally works collaboratively with clients to co-create a therapeutic container to explore their mental landscape, life experiences and aspirations. By tailoring therapy to meet the unique needs of each individual, Sally endeavours to create a safe, and empowering space for clients to come into deeper self-awareness, and gently move towards their goals.

At the heart of Sally’s approach is a deep appreciation for the intricacy and vastness of what it means to be human. She believes therapy is not a means to “fix problems”, but rather, a powerful instrument for meeting ourselves, understanding our histories, and through such insight, crafting widened narratives of possibility for our lives. Narratives that have the potential to enrich life with meaning, connection and fulfilment.

Sally’s work is informed by a diverse range of theories and passions, including attachment theory, existentialism, somatic experiencing, developmental psychology, philosophy, systems thinking, eastern practices and the creative arts. Through an embodied, person-centred, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed approach, Sally’s intention is to tailor these rich modalities to meet the unique needs of her clients.

She welcome individuals from all walks of life, and invite all of life’s challenges, including (but not limited to), grief and loss, existential and spiritual concerns, depression and anxiety, relationship challenges, sexuality, life transitions and identity/self-esteem challenges.

Respecting the complexity and diversity of every individual, Sally upholds sensitivity to the context of one’s background, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and spiritual and/or religious affiliation. She welcomes clients to educate her on how to best understand and respect themselves and their world views.

Sally’s fee is $120 for a fifty-minute session.

Ala Purchla

(she/her)

Ala is an integrative therapist who co-creates containers with her clients to explore their goals, relationships and life transitions. She invites all of life’s challenges including grief, loss, depression, self-esteem issues, anxiety and existential concerns.

Her work is inspired by a range of modalities including Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems, Existentialism, Gestalt & Somatic Experiencing. However she is most interested in drawing uniquely from those tools to support her clients in meaningfully connecting with their bodies, emotions and stories.

In her work, Ala draws on her experiences of immigrating from Poland as a child, her explorations of creative expression, spirituality and ecology & her previous work in the social change sector and as a nurse in emergency, remote and hospice settings.

Ala values the importance of fostering an inclusive space for all individuals to safely share the experiences and stories that have shaped them. She is LGBTQIA+ friendly & culturally inclusive.

Ala’s fee is $130 per session.

Amelia Glass

(she/her)

Amelia is trained as an integrative psychotherapist, her therapeutic approach is warm, attuned, compassionate and collaborative. Amelia aims to create a deep sense of safety, trust and understanding for her clients. She works with an embodied approach that sees you as a whole person. Amelia’s work is imbued with reverence for the full spectrum of our shared human experience. She believes in the importance of locating our own experiences in the broader time and tapestry in which we are living and knows this as an important antidote to pathologising the individual. As Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “it is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Amelia gently supports clients to foster greater insight, understanding and self-compassion. She empowers clients to come to a deeper understanding of their relationship with self, their relationship with others and their relationship with the world. Amelia believes in every person’s innate creativity and movement towards healing. Her practice centers slowing down and coming to safely know and feel our emotions.

Amelia holds the view that change is made possible when we are witnessed in and learn to hold the places within ourselves that feel our darkest. She walks alongside clients as they come back in touch with the wellspring of their own intuition.

Amelia is passionate about providing a therapeutic relationship that places her clients as experts in their own story, is strengths-based, culturally sensitive, LGBTIQ+ inclusive, and welcoming of clients’ intersectional lived experiences. In her practice Amelia recognizes that trauma is not just a psychological phenomenon but also a physiological one, manifested in bodily sensations, movements, and nervous system responses.

Amelia has over 10 years experience in client-focused work in the community and public sector across the fields of systemic reform, advocacy, co-design, and specialist family violence social work; in addition to being an experienced therapeutic group-work facilitator.

Her integrative psychotherapy practice may draw on the following approaches: metacognitive therapy; developmental theory; attachment theory; somatic experiencing; existential therapy; mindfulness; systems approaches and parts work; psychodynamic therapy; narrative therapy; cognitive and behavioural therapies (including CBT and DBT); philosophy and poetry.

Amelia’s fee is $140 for a 50 minute session

Al Jeffery

(he/him)

 Al is an integrative psychotherapist aiming to create spaces of trust for clients to explore the intricacy and fullness of their own lives and minds, coming to a greater sense of resilience and compassion within themselves, and their world. Using a collaborative, relational, embodied, and integrative approach, Al has experience supporting clients living with; depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship challenges, emotional and relationship disturbance. As a queer man, he offers an inclusive space for LGBTQIA+ folk, and often works with men surrounding topics of masculinity, sexuality and identity. With his other life in the regenerative leadership world, Al also supports founders, CEOs and executives in developing greater capacity for living and leading in regenerative ways.

As an intersectionalist at heart, Al carries an appreciation for the integration of the personal, social, ecological, and spiritual. Born of his Indian heritage, he studies and aims to integrate both Eastern and Western philosophy and practice. In this way, he aims to create spaces for clients to develop both a robust self in a social world, as well as a compassionate and generous self through contemplative practice.

Al is also a couples therapist.

Al’s fee is $160 per session for individuals (50 minutes), $200 for couples (50 minutes) and $240 for couples (80 minutes).

Marcus Mogford

(he/him)

Marcus is a registered counsellor and gestalt psychotherapist who has worked in a variety of
mental health settings since 2016. His clinical practice has focused on areas such as anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, grief, suicidal ideation, and challenges in relationships.

Marcus primarily uses a gestalt approach, but also draws on attachment theory, Internal Family Systems, relational neuroscience, trauma-informed treatment modalities, and psychospiritual approaches in accordance with the needs and interests of his clients. His aim is to situate his therapeutic approach in the context (and service) of each client’s unique experience, history, and circumstances.

Marcus’s interest continues to be in mental health – but not merely the absence of symptoms or illness, as it is sometimes misunderstood to be. He is interested in supporting people to deepen their relationship with themselves, other people, and the world around them. Depth of relationship in this sense is inseparable from depth of awareness and both lead to lasting change.

Marcus believes that such depth of relationship and awareness profoundly affects the quality of our experience, while also enabling us to respond to demands and challenges with greater choice and flexibility.

Marcus’s fee is $130 per session, with some concession spaces available.

Luke O’Higgins

(he/him)

Luke is a gestalt psychotherapist who focuses on the creation of emotional awareness, acceptance, and integration. He has experience in supporting a diverse range of clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, addiction, grief, and loss.

Luke helps people reconnect to the world through solid and caring relationships, and believes when we genuinely ‘meet’ someone where they are and accept them without judgement, a harmonious rapport and trust can be built, which facilitates positive life changes.

Luke has worked as an NDIS support worker, helping clients reconnect with community and increase their social, communicative, and emotional skills, and as a language teacher in Spain and Australia, supporting students in their learning and providing counselling to help them through the various challenges they face.

Luke can also provide sessions in Spanish.

Luke is LGBTQIA+ friendly, sex-positive, and is committed to creating an inclusive and cross-culturally supportive space.

Luke’s fee is $150 per session, with some $120 concession spaces available.

Kyle Miller

(he/him)

I am an ACA registered integrative psychotherapist, and have completed a Bachelors Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from The Ikon Institute of Australia.

My approach to therapy is warm and person-centred, holding the unique nature and rich history of each client at the forefront of our work together. I work with clients to create a collaborative, explorative, and relational container through which understanding, compassion, and insight may be fostered. At the core of my therapeutic approach is a deep sense of positive regard, and a strong belief in each individual’s capacity for lasting and meaningful change. I endeavour to deliver an attuned and safe therapeutic encounter, one which restores connection to self, other, and the world in which we live.

I am deeply interested in and impassioned by Psychotherapy. I see it as both a means of understanding our history and all that we hold from our past, whilst contacting and engaging all of our future potentialities, all waiting to be known, held, and met. I think of the engagement in therapy as an act of willingness to take this step towards a deeper knowing and understanding of one’s self. Indeed, I believe therapy is a choice – in many respects, I feel the decision to start therapy to be the first (and potentially, most potent) reclamation of agency, the restoration of a hope in one’s capacity to find freedom, and wholeness.

In my work as a therapist, I draw upon a variety of evidence based and trauma-informed models of practice, including Psychodynamic theories, Attachment theory, Existentialism, Developmental Psychology, and Sensorimotor and Somatic-based Trauma theories. I work with individuals of all ages and presentations, ranging from anxiety, depression, developmental neglect and trauma, relationship challenges, attachment based issues, and emotional regulation. More specifically, I have a particular interest in working with veterans from the armed forces, and helping with the unique challenges they face following military service.

If any of this resonates with you, I encourage you to reach out, and see if working together feels right.

My fee is $120 per session, with some concession spaces available.

Gillian Fernandes

(she/her)

Gillian has a Masters Degree in Counselling specialising in couples and relationships. She is experienced in working with couples, individuals, and polyamorous relationships to increase emotional connection and relationship satisfaction.

Gillian supports folks to de-escalate their relationship conflict, gain insight into what is keeping them stuck in their problematic patterns, use strategies to avoid escalating relationship distress, enhance deep connection, and increase sexual intimacy.

Gillian began her career at Relationships Australia where she worked with people facing infidelity, parenting concerns, emotional distance, communication difficulties, sex and intimacy issues, identity and sexuality questions, separation, and forming new relationships. She also practices at the Melbourne Specialist Relationship Counselling Clinic.

Gillian has an energetic and warm approach to counselling. She uses a combination of therapeutic approaches such as emotionally focused therapy, attachment theory, Gottman, and neuroscience to create an individualized approach for each relationship.

 

Fees: $200 for 50 minute sessions, $230 for 50 minute sessions out of office hours.

Anna Orzech

(she/her)

Anna is an experienced Gestalt psychotherapist, offering open-ended and fixed term therapy for adults, welcoming clients of all cultural and class backgrounds, and diverse sexuality, relationship, and affectional orientations. Anna has worked with a wide range of individuals from all walks of life, dealing with issues including anxiety, low mood, anger, grief and loss, trauma, parenting, sexuality, relationships (including non-monogamous), life transitions, existential questions, and creativity.

Having studied psychology at the University of Melbourne, Anna completed a rigorous 5 year training in individual and group Gestalt psychotherapy in London, where she established a successful private practice as well as working in community mental health. Anna is now offering sessions internationally online as well as in person in Melbourne. She holds professional registration in both Australia (PACFA) and the UK (UKCP), which ensures high standards of training and qualifications including in depth personal therapy, and a commitment to follow ethical codes and standards and to undertake ongoing training, supervision and development.

Anna views psychotherapy as a wonderful opportunity to develop relational self-awareness and explore your experience, as well as a process to engage with difficulty and distress in your life. She offers a supportive and thoughtful space to explore what may be difficult to talk about, with compassion, sensitivity, curiosity and insight. By understanding and illuminating your feelings and experiences, we begin a process of discovery, bringing your deeper self-knowledge into awareness to expand the possibilities of how you live, relate, and make choices.

Her fee is $140 for a 50 minute session.

Fiona Bell

(she/her)

An Irish Somatic Therapist, Fiona has 30+ years clinical experience. She forges a supportive therapeutic relationship to bring awareness and choiceful response to life challenges and relationships. Her niche is recovery and ease through embodied therapy work. A registered Independent Social Work Therapist, Fiona is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and accredited Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) provider. She brings her ongoing Gestalt Psychotherapy training and other extensive training to support recovery, ease, aliveness and well-being. Her work supports personal, interpersonal and community connection.

Fiona also offers an eclectic range of therapeutic interventions, including dreamwork, creative arts, transpersonal and grounded spirituality. She brings her experience of growing up in conflict in the North of Ireland as well as migration, to support themes such as belonging, exile, isolation, purpose, meaning and connection.

Her clinical experience is diverse, including mental health, anxiety and depression, trauma, adverse childhood experiences, intellectual disability, functional neurological disorder, fibromyalgia, sexual abuse, loss and grief, life transitions, stress, confidence and self-esteem amongst others. Fiona works with both individuals and groups and is passionate about people, community and connection.

Photo @ Uisneach – Sacred Centre of Ireland

Laura Emilia

(she/her)

Laura, a Somatic Psychotherapist, brings a deep understanding and interest in working with major life events and transitions, relationship challenges, grief, loss and death, personal and familial crises, chronic pain and psychosomatic symptoms, emotional regulation, identity & esteem challenges, anxiety, depression, eco/existential/spiritual concerns, attachment and developmental issues, into her practice. She uses a somatic approach to reduce stress and anxiety physiologically, changing the autonomic nervous system and discharging trauma through embodiment and somatic practices. Laura works to co-create a space of safety, compassion, and curiosity, supporting clients to explore and transform from their unique experiences and challenges.

Laura integrates somatic psychotherapy, counselling, yoga, embodiment, and bodywork to lead individuals on profound journeys of transformation. Her passion for somatic psychotherapy and creative expression movement stems from her own lived experience, where she confronted pain, shame, and trauma, once living outside her body due to a painful gynecological condition.

Navigating a tumultuous path marked by cultural conditioning and disordered behaviours, Laura embarked on a quest for healing, confronting burnout, overwhelm, and anxiety. This journey led her through a messy spiritual awakening, where she encountered both deception and wisdom, ultimately deciding to leave her job and immerse herself in somatics, psychotherapy, and philosophy.

Laura’s expertise encompasses trauma resolution, anxiety management, spiritual awakening support, and navigating intergenerational trauma, C-PTSD/PTSD, and nervous system regulation. She also has extensive experience working with dissociation, dysregulation, anxiety and trauma. Furthermore, Laura has facilitated various groups that empower women to reclaim their voice, expression, and connection to their bodies and selves.

Each session with Laura is meticulously tailored to address the individual’s unique concerns, needs, and goals, drawing upon her extensive and diverse training. Laura collaborates closely with clients, fostering an environment of trust and support to create more ease, possibility, agency, empowerment, vitality, joy, and resilience.

Her commitment to holistic healing is evident in her diverse studies from her Postgraduate Counselling & Psychotherapy degree accredited through PACFA and trained under renowned practitioners like Scott Lyons in Somatic Stress Release™ , Somatic Movement therapy, Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy, Embodiment teacher training, Non-Linear Movement training, and Body-Mind Centering® Somatic movement education. And currently completing her Somatic Experiencing® Professional Training 3 year training.

Fluent in navigating diverse cultures from her upbringing in 15 countries, Laura fosters a deep understanding and connection with individuals from various backgrounds and her South American roots. Living authentically and embracing imperfection and beauty with grace, she extends the privilege of her experience to empower others to reconnect with their innate capacity for alignment and wholeness.

Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, Laura is deeply committed to serving others on their healing journeys, specializing in Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, and Internal Family Systems, offering transformative tools that have shaped her path.

Auður Zoëga

(she/her)

Auður’s approach to integrative psychotherapy is rooted in a deep understanding of the significance of human relationships in shaping our well-being. She believes that many common issues people face are linked to their past and present relationships. Her work encompasses a wide range of concerns, from interpersonal difficulties to childhood experiences, self-esteem, and creativity. Auður has a special interest in working with parents of young children, helping them heal from their own childhood experiences so they can be the parents they want to be.

Central to Auður’s practice is the belief in a person’s innate capacity for growth and healing. She sees her role as creating the conditions for this potential to flourish. Her focus is on empowering individuals to act in alignment with their values and interests while helping them discover and define those values. Your needs and goals are the compass that guides her therapeutic approach.

Auður’s experience as a client in therapy has been instrumental to her own growth and healing and continues to be an important part of her practice as a therapist.

Auður’s fee is $140 for a 50-minute session.

Brunswick Therapists

119 Edward Street, Brunswick

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Victoria Campion

(she/her)

Victoria is a Somatic and Gestalt Psychotherapist. Her collaborative and dynamic work emphasises developing and deepening embodied awareness, strengthening relational connections, nervous system expression and regulation, and orienting her clients into more layers of aliveness.

Victoria has a deeply embodied approach grounded in her psychotherapy training, as well as it being her personal passion. She also holds a Master’s in Psychology. Her work is influenced by depth psychology, internal family systems, and her contemplative Vipassana practice.

Previously operating a floatation-tank centre, Victoria supported people intentionally exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness. In the therapy room, Victoria continues her work with non-ordinary states including psychedelic integration, exploration and integration of spiritual experience, trauma states, and the contemplation of dying.

She is an inclusive practitioner who is sex positive, LGBTQIA+ friendly, sex-worker friendly, and dedicated to being cross-culturally supportive.

Victoria’s fee is $120 per session.

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Shaun McMahon

(he/him)

Shaun is a warm, caring and calm psychotherapist who works with both individuals and couples. He is passionate about helping his clients to overcome their challenges and to live more fulfilling lives, while offering a compassionate and comforting presence. Shaun recognises that every individual is unique, and therefore requires a unique therapeutic approach. He takes the time to discover your needs and goals in therapy, and will then work with you to find the best treatment path to take together. He strives to create a relationship in which you feel safe, understood, and cared for.

Shaun works with clients from all walks of life struggling with a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and relationship issues. He can also offer assistance to couples who are struggling with conflict and communication, issues with intimacy and desire, and repairing a relationship after infidelity. He has a special interest in working with clients who have experienced trauma, including childhood trauma, relationship trauma and sexual trauma, as well as individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Shaun’s fee is $140 for individuals and $150 for couples for a 50 minute session.

Footscray

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Nathan Smith

(he/him)

Nathan has worked in a variety of roles supporting peoples from rural and metro areas, refugees, young people, alcohol and other drugs, LGBTIQ+ communities and more. He has a passion for working with young people, addiction recovery, queer communities, and specialises in therapeutic models of care for psychosis and voice hearing. His approach to therapy is about building connection, collaboration, empathy, and understanding, whilst the client leads the way in their own journey. Afterall, therapy is about you as the expert in your own life, needs, and desires.

A session with Nathan will have all the foundations and philosophy of person centred approaches and a Gestalt exploration toward a sense of wholeness. He also draws from therapeutic frameworks to support behaviour change, processing of trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, addiction recovery, and goal directed models. Flexibility is so important, especially today when our lives have undergone so much change. Nathan provides flexible counselling options of: counselling rooms, online, phone, and outreach for a ‘walk and talk’ session at your local park.

Nathan worked as an English and Literature teacher in rural Victoria and Metro Melbourne for over 6 years. He has also worked in tertiary and TAFE education, community, and youth homelessness. He holds a Bachelor of Education, Post-Grad Cert in HR Management, and a Master of Counselling. He has been working therapeutically for over 4 years. He is registered with the Australian Counselling Association.

His own experiences a gay man from rural Victoria finding pride in queer identity, youth homelessness, AOD recovery, and wellness journey, have granted him unique insight and empathy in the similar challenges of his clients. Having been in the seat crisis and experiencing psychotherapy for many years as a client, he knows what a daunting and heroic thing it is to share oneself with another. Asking for help and showing up for it can be one of the greatest things you can do for yourself and loved ones. You are 100% worth doing it for.

West Footscray

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Dominic Burke

(he/him)

I am a relational gestalt psychotherapist. My approach supports people to explore, connect with and expand the parts of themselves that have felt hard to reach in some way, and to bring more of themselves to their life and relationships.

I work with curiosity and patience to help you make sense of your world and lived experience and experiment with new ways of being. Together we will explore the thoughts, feelings and sensations that sit just on the edge of your awareness and see what becomes possible when they are more clearly in view. This will look different for each client, but could include talking, enacting, drawing, moving …

I am sensitive to the lived experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community and aware of the diversity and complexity of these experiences. I am sex-positive and aim to create a space that is inclusive, non-judgemental and able to hold different lives and cultures. We will find this space together.

My practice is informed by a long interest in yoga (ashtanga vinyasa), meditation (insight/vipassana) and buddhism (mostly zen). I am interested in the spiritual journey and the existential and deeply personal questions this throws up – particularly when this intersects with being queer. Having worked in and around government for over 15 years, I am also interested in how we construct (and sometimes deconstruct) our ‘working selves’.

I offer long-term psychotherapy. Developing our relationship will be part of the process. 

Dominic is a Certified Practising member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and is Secretary of the Victorian Association of Gestalt Practitioners (VAGP). Dominic also holds a Masters in Public Policy and Management.

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Dr Kamil Wolyniec

(he/him)

 

 Kamil holds  PhD in psychology and is a registered psychologist (clinical registrar). His therapeutic orientation is guided by a holistic integrative approach to mental well-being. He trusts in each person’s inherent potential to experience wholeness through self-compassion and self inquiry/self-awareness. Kamil is committed to creating a person-centred, safe, non-judgmental, compassionate, and collaborative therapeutic experience. He is flexible in his practice and works in the most suitable and helpful ways for each individual.

Kamil’s main areas of interest include supporting people with trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, existential problems, anger issues, grief and loss, addiction, OCD and LGBTIQ+ related challenges.

Kamil is passionate about supporting individuals with chronic pain, fatigue and psychological distress related to physical illnesses e.g. cancer patients and their families, given his PhD research in this area. Kamil has lived in Asia, Europe, and South America, which informs his culturally sensitive approach to working with people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions.

Kamil’s way of working is influenced by the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, trauma-informed practice, attachment and polyvagal theories. He draws from evidence-based modalities e.g., Mindfulness-based, and Somatic approaches, Internal Family Systems, Psychodrama, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Adult Attachment Repair Therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Kamil also employs drumming and music as therapeutic tools.

Kamil’s clients would describe him as warm, curious, validating, authentic and caring. Clients have often said that Kamil makes them feel heard and empowered.

Kamil enjoys spending time in nature, exploring various cultures and ancient wisdom traditions. He also loves playing flutes, guitar, world percussion as well as dancing, reading, yoga and capoiera.

Kamil provides individual and couples therapy online and in-person in Warrandyte. Kamil’s fees are $220 for individuals and $240 for couples for a 55 minute session. If referred by a GP or psychiatrist with a mental health care plan, you will receive a rebate of $93.65 per session via Medicare. 

 

Online Therapists

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Tony O’Loughlin

(he/him)

Tony has always been drawn to holding space for others to heal, grow and connect. He works in a collaborative and person-centred way that aims to provide agency to his clients and support them to be build self-awareness and trust themselves.
Tony supports you to tune into what’s underneath the surface to bring attentiveness and compassion to all the parts that make up your whole self. Tony is a therapist with training in psychotherapy, trauma informed theory and practices, and embodiment practices like non-
dual yoga and somatic movement and interoception. At the heart of what Tony shares is his lived experience and years of healing, studying and practicing which is what has led him to support others, knowing that we all have the power
to heal, we just need a little help along the way. Tony’s studies and influences include
Richard Schwartz Internal Family Systems, Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing, Steven Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, Carl Jung’s Depth Psychology and the Kashmir Shaivism yoga tradition.

Tony works online and in Thornbury. His fee is $120 for a fifty minute session.

Laura Duggan

(she/her)

As the head therapist at Northside Gestalt Therapy, Laura provides holistic and compassionate therapy through which her clients gain deep self-awareness and self-acceptance.

“There is nothing ‘wrong’ with you. Wellbeing is your birthright, but things happen in our lives that interrupt our connection to this. I work with clients to soften the patterns of resistance that are preventing wellbeing from flowing to them.”

Laura’s fee is $160 for a fifty-minute session.

Gillian Fernandes

(she/her)

Gillian has a Masters Degree in Counselling specialising in couples and relationships. She is experienced in working with couples, individuals, and polyamorous relationships to increase emotional connection and relationship satisfaction.

Gillian supports folks to de-escalate their relationship conflict, gain insight into what is keeping them stuck in their problematic patterns, use strategies to avoid escalating relationship distress, enhance deep connection, and increase sexual intimacy.

Gillian began her career at Relationships Australia where she worked with people facing infidelity, parenting concerns, emotional distance, communication difficulties, sex and intimacy issues, identity and sexuality questions, separation, and forming new relationships. She also practices at the Melbourne Specialist Relationship Counselling Clinic.

Gillian has an energetic and warm approach to counselling. She uses a combination of therapeutic approaches such as emotionally focused therapy, attachment theory, Gottman, and neuroscience to create an individualized approach for each relationship.

 

Fees: $200 for 50 minute sessions, $230 for 50 minute sessions out of office hours.

Laura Emilia

(she/her)

Laura, a Somatic Psychotherapist, brings a deep understanding and interest in working with major life events and transitions, relationship challenges, grief, loss and death, personal and familial crises, chronic pain and psychosomatic symptoms, emotional regulation, identity & esteem challenges, anxiety, depression, eco/existential/spiritual concerns, attachment and developmental issues, into her practice. She uses a somatic approach to reduce stress and anxiety physiologically, changing the autonomic nervous system and discharging trauma through embodiment and somatic practices. Laura works to co-create a space of safety, compassion, and curiosity, supporting clients to explore and transform from their unique experiences and challenges.

Laura integrates somatic psychotherapy, counselling, yoga, embodiment, and bodywork to lead individuals on profound journeys of transformation. Her passion for somatic psychotherapy and creative expression movement stems from her own lived experience, where she confronted pain, shame, and trauma, once living outside her body due to a painful gynecological condition.

Navigating a tumultuous path marked by cultural conditioning and disordered behaviours, Laura embarked on a quest for healing, confronting burnout, overwhelm, and anxiety. This journey led her through a messy spiritual awakening, where she encountered both deception and wisdom, ultimately deciding to leave her job and immerse herself in somatics, psychotherapy, and philosophy.

Laura’s expertise encompasses trauma resolution, anxiety management, spiritual awakening support, and navigating intergenerational trauma, C-PTSD/PTSD, and nervous system regulation. She also has extensive experience working with dissociation, dysregulation, anxiety and trauma. Furthermore, Laura has facilitated various groups that empower women to reclaim their voice, expression, and connection to their bodies and selves.

Each session with Laura is meticulously tailored to address the individual’s unique concerns, needs, and goals, drawing upon her extensive and diverse training. Laura collaborates closely with clients, fostering an environment of trust and support to create more ease, possibility, agency, empowerment, vitality, joy, and resilience.

Her commitment to holistic healing is evident in her diverse studies from her Postgraduate Counselling & Psychotherapy degree accredited through PACFA and trained under renowned practitioners like Scott Lyons in Somatic Stress Release™ , Somatic Movement therapy, Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy, Embodiment teacher training, Non-Linear Movement training, and Body-Mind Centering® Somatic movement education. And currently completing her Somatic Experiencing® Professional Training 3 year training.

Fluent in navigating diverse cultures from her upbringing in 15 countries, Laura fosters a deep understanding and connection with individuals from various backgrounds and her South American roots. Living authentically and embracing imperfection and beauty with grace, she extends the privilege of her experience to empower others to reconnect with their innate capacity for alignment and wholeness.

Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, Laura is deeply committed to serving others on their healing journeys, specializing in Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, and Internal Family Systems, offering transformative tools that have shaped her path.

Dr Kamil Wolyniec

(he/him)

 

 Kamil holds  PhD in psychology and is a registered psychologist (clinical registrar). His therapeutic orientation is guided by a holistic integrative approach to mental well-being. He trusts in each person’s inherent potential to experience wholeness through self-compassion and self inquiry/self-awareness. Kamil is committed to creating a person-centred, safe, non-judgmental, compassionate, and collaborative therapeutic experience. He is flexible in his practice and works in the most suitable and helpful ways for each individual.

Kamil’s main areas of interest include supporting people with trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, existential problems, anger issues, grief and loss, addiction, OCD and LGBTIQ+ related challenges.

Kamil is passionate about supporting individuals with chronic pain, fatigue and psychological distress related to physical illnesses e.g. cancer patients and their families, given his PhD research in this area. Kamil has lived in Asia, Europe, and South America, which informs his culturally sensitive approach to working with people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions.

Kamil’s way of working is influenced by the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, trauma-informed practice, attachment and polyvagal theories. He draws from evidence-based modalities e.g., Mindfulness-based, and Somatic approaches, Internal Family Systems, Psychodrama, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Adult Attachment Repair Therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Kamil also employs drumming and music as therapeutic tools.

Kamil’s clients would describe him as warm, curious, validating, authentic and caring. Clients have often said that Kamil makes them feel heard and empowered.

Kamil enjoys spending time in nature, exploring various cultures and ancient wisdom traditions. He also loves playing flutes, guitar, world percussion as well as dancing, reading, yoga and capoiera.

Kamil provides individual and couples therapy online and in-person in Warrandyte. Kamil’s fees are $220 for individuals and $240 for couples for a 55 minute session. If referred by a GP or psychiatrist with a mental health care plan, you will receive a rebate of $93.65 per session via Medicare.