Meet the Counselling Team

Our highly qualified Counselling team can support you through the difficult seasons in your life.

We provide a range of family and relationship education programs and personalised, professional, and ethically-based counselling services. Our counsellors will help you work towards building positive relationship habits, manage conflict and strengthen your relationship aspirations.

If you are looking for some extra support, make an appointment with one of our friendly counsellors through our online booking portal.

John Family Counsellor John Family Counsellor People may experience trauma or grief and loss through situations they are exposed to in their lives. Together, we can move through life’s issues including traumatic events which have impacted your wellness and mental health.
I have a passion to work with people to support therapeutic healing and change, by providing tools and skills for coping at times when they might not see hope. My focus areas revolve around trauma and other mental health issues, including grief and loss, disability, relationship breakdowns, anxiety and workplace relationships.
Prior to working at CatholicCare, I have worked as a counsellor, facilitator, performed clinical duties in Allied Health teams, ran men’s groups, worked in Federal and State Government, and completed mental health care plans with clients. Due to a wide scope of issues experienced with the people I see, I incorporate an integrative approach utilising Cognitive Based Therapy. I also draw from other intervention and therapy techniques as appropriate to meet your needs.
I hold a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Human Services, majoring in disability. I am also a registered Clinical and Mental Health Social Worker and a member of the National College of Social Workers. In my spare time, I have an eclectic range of personal interests including finances, current media events, and my Mack Ultraliner truck.
Samuel Family Counsellor Samuel Family Counsellor Sometimes we all need a little extra support in our relationships as well as with managing addictions, stress and anxiety. Together, we can work through these challenges.
I have over 10 years’ experience in counselling and have done significant work with men who have immigrated from South Sudan. In addition to working with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, my other areas of focus include working with couples and people suffering from addictions, stress, and anxiety.
When assisting clients, I draw upon a number of theories depending on what is most applicable. Primarily, the theory I like to utilise is a Solution Focused theoretical approach. This theory gets you to focus on setting goals and planning how to achieve them. Having grown up in New Zealand and working in international locations such as Malaysia and the Cook Islands, has allowed me to learn and speak many languages fluently which I can incorporate in sessions if required.
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Graduate Diploma in Teaching and am currently completing a Master of Counselling. I have also previously completed a number of other qualifications.
Claire Senior Family Counsellor Claire Senior Family Counsellor Everybody at some time in their life experiences significant challenges. Usually, people talk to friends and family for support but sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone else. Engaging in counselling can provide a safe space for people to explore aspects of their life to help make life better.
I have many years’ experience in providing counselling support to individual adults, couples, families, and young adults. 
My qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Counselling and Human Services) as well as a Master of Counselling. Topics where I believe I could support clients include – relationships (family and personal), grief and loss, life change and transitions, managing stress, family separation, blended families and trauma.
The foundation for my counselling is a person-centered approach which has the hallmarks of genuineness, respectful and non-judgmental. I endeavor to build a therapeutic relationship whereby the client feels safe and heard. I use an integrated approach and tailor the sessions to meet the individual needs of clients. This can include emotion focused therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused, symbol work, expressive therapy, and narrative therapy.
I enjoy the outdoors, sitting watching sunsets and enjoying long lunches.
Rose Family Counsellor Rose Family Counsellor Stresses and pain points in life have the capacity to affect more than just our mental health. Together we can develop holistic and integrative strategies to maintain your wellbeing as well as manage and work through life’s difficult moments.
My focus areas include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, attachment issues, trauma, separation and divorce, marriage and family breakdowns, self-esteem, workplace issues, conflict management, anger management and coping skills, as well as behavioural issues in children and young people.
In my sessions, I utilise a combination of various counselling theories and techniques, focusing on a holistic and integrative approach. Through this approach I consider all aspects of your wellbeing including physical, emotional, social and spiritual.
I hold a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Master of Counselling and am also a registered counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Growing up in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English and Malaysian Malay. My hobbies include indulging in my love of great food, photography, traveling, camping, hiking, picnicking, video games, going to movie theatres, spending quality time with loved ones and learning about different cultures and languages.
Leah Senior Family Counsellor & Team Leader Leah Senior Family Counsellor & Team Leader Everyone experiences challenges in life, and unless we are supported well, it is difficult to navigate the trickiness of these challenges. Our brain, at any age, works best when it is supported by relationships that care and help us during these times, however, we don’t always have relationships that can offer this. The counselling space, relationship and journey should be one that ensures we are supported and thriving in life rather than just surviving.
As a qualified and accredited Social Worker and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist (DDP) Practitioner I am passionate about all people having access to good psychological supports and having a space to share their story, be heard, and supported. My 24 years' experience of working with individuals, children and families in the Child Protection, Child and Youth Mental Health, Education and Child Development contexts has certainly prepared me well to understand children, individuals and families.
I specialise in foster and adoption issues, loss and grief, trauma and attachment, child biobehavioural issues, parenting concerns and couple's therapies. My practice framework comes from Attachment, Biobehavioural, Narrative, and Family Therapies.
In my spare time I love spending time with my beautiful children and family, playing any type of team sport and practicing yoga regularly.
Morgan Family Counsellor Morgan Family Counsellor In the words of Carl Rogers, “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination” and it is my goal to partner with clients through all walks of life on their journey.
As a trauma-informed counsellor my focus areas include working with adolescents, grief and loss and the impacts of mental health concerns. Throughout my studies and as a youth worker, I utilise multiple ways to help address issues identified by individuals in themselves or from life and relationships. I seek to find solutions by identifying strengths and empowering my clients to walk within them.
With a Bachelor of Counselling and currently pursuing a Masters of Mental Health (Psychotherapy), it is my aim as a therapist to tailor my approach to suit the goals and requirements of my clients. I will journey with you as you discover a new path forward toward healing.
In my spare time, I enjoy being in nature, catchups with my friends and family and reading a good book!
Julie Family Counsellor Julie Family Counsellor Throughout our life journey, we all experience times where we face significant challenges. These challenges can affect our relationships, our personal well-being, and even impact our ability to find meaning in some circumstances. Counselling conversations can provide a safe place to explore challenges and work toward healing and positive change.
I have worked alongside individuals and couples who have experienced trauma, struggled with addiction, grief and loss, and anxiety. I have worked with women, as they explore ways of improving and caring for their own wellbeing, as they heal from significant trauma. I have also supported individuals as they make important decisions about careers and education.
Within counselling conversations, I draw upon several theories, favoring a Narrative approach to therapy. I hold a Master of Counselling, while also having qualifications in literature and creative writing.
I love to spend my quiet time with a good book and a cup of tea. I enjoy exploring my own creative practice through creative writing.
Miranda Family Counsellor Miranda Family Counsellor Life is an ongoing transforming journey which inevitably holds its both joy and challenges. During these challenges, we may receive support from our families and/or friends; but time to time we may be told to ‘get over it’ or ‘just move on’. Eventually, we feel unheard or unseen and have learned to lick our wounds silently. However, you don’t have to deal with your challenges of life alone. In our professional counselling relationship, I will offer you a safe, non-judgemental, and unconditional space to facilitate self-understanding and self-exploration which foster therapeutic healing and growth.
I am a bilingual counsellor, speaking English and Mandarin Chinese. I hold a master’s degree in counselling and a clinical registrant with PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) and CCAA (Christian Counsellors Association of Australia). As an integrative therapist, my framework for counselling is trauma-informed Existential-Humanistic Approach influenced by Family System theories. I use different modalities and/or draw from somatic experience, expressive therapy, play therapy, etc.
My passion is to walk alongside with those who are facing challenges of Trauma recovery, Anxiety and/or Depression, particularly trauma induced depression, marital relationship issues, including intimacy, connection, infidelity, family dynamics and family changes, identity and self-compassion and grief and loss. My vision is to help you see hope, even though you may not see it in the midst of your life challenges and sufferings.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, gardening, practicing yoga, playing tennis and badminton, and exploring different cultures and their foods.
Bec Family Counsellor Bec Family Counsellor Hello, I’m Bec (she/her). As a social worker, I am passionate about supporting people. It may seem overwhelming to begin therapy, but my goal is to make this a comfortable, safe, and grounding experience for you. My goal has always been to understand how our relationships, experiences, and the world around us challenge and shape our identity.
There is a story that is unique to each of us. When we deny our stories, they define us. It is my goal to empower you to write a new chapter in your life. I believe that counselling is all about establishing a safe relationship in which a person can examine and express their own truths and be their authentic self. To me, curiosity, openness, and engagement are important qualities. I work to meet you with compassion wherever you are on your journey, and I strive to help you feel heard and seen. By externalising your concerns in the counselling space, it can help to promote creative expression, new perspectives, healing, and growth. During my sessions, I tend to take a person-led, relaxed, and conversational approach. However, my attitude to supporting you will always be tailored to your circumstances and needs.
In my short time as a practitioner, I have been lucky enough to work across the lifespan and my areas of interest include children and young people, mental health, gender and sexuality, low self-esteem/self-worth, childhood trauma, grief and loss, pregnancy, and post-natal mental health, parenting and attachment. My practice is strengths-based and grounded in intersectional feminism as these provide the lens through which I understand the world. I am influenced by non-pathologising therapeutic frameworks including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, attachment, narrative, trauma-focused, family systems and ‘parts’ therapies, and I will soon be completing training in more creative/play based therapies.
Outside of counselling, I am a mother to my child and two doggos. I love the outdoors, travelling, and attending live gigs for a boogie. I also enjoy pottering around the garden, growing my own fruit and vegetables.
Being able to sit with people and hold the parts of them they may not have had the opportunity to express before is a privilege. The decision you have made to invest in yourself is something I acknowledge and appreciate, and I look forward to connecting with you.