Meet The Team

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Sarah - Counsellor

  • BSC Hons Degree Communication Studies 

  • Diploma Counselling & Communication Skills

  • PACFA & ACA Registration and Membership

  • Holistic Therapy: The Mind (thoughts, attachments, patterns, neuroplasticity),

  • The Body (movement, the nervous system & nutrition), The Spirit (self-awareness & mindfulness)

  • Training in Suicide Prevention & Trauma-Informed Care

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) 

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

  • Experience in working with NDIS clients

We cannot always control what happens in our lives, but we can take control of how we respond. In my practice, I focus on resilience and growth. I collaborate with my clients to foster insight, self-kindness, and empowerment. Everyone is unique, and with this in mind, I tailor counselling therapies to suit your challenge. I provide a safe, calm, and compassionate space, connecting with my clients to help them find new perspectives, a renewed sense of Self and an optimistic future. 

TALK. HEAL. GROW. 
Rocio Therapist Manly

Rocio (she/her) - Counsellor 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare- University of Santiago, Spain

  • Graduate in Psychological Guidance and Counselling - Marmara University - Istanbul, Turkey

  • Masters Degree in Social Work - Western Sydney University / Sydney, Australia 

  • My practice draws from  attachment and trauma theory and I use a number of modalities in session including Internal Family Systems (IFS),  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. I also utilize somatic techniques within my practice.

  • Motivational Interviewing, Narrative therapy and I utilise somatic approaches
    within my practice.

I am experienced in working with individuals with trauma-related presentations (PTSD, Complex Trauma and Vicarious Trauma) as well as passionate about utilising a trauma-informed lens to support people struggling with depression, anxiety and stress, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, culture and migrant challenges, self-esteem and confidence, relationship difficulties and life transitions. My practice draws from attachment and trauma theory and I use a number of modalities in session including Internal Family Systems (IFS),  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and some elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. I also utilize somatic techniques within my practice. I am also passionate about challenging the stigma surrounding mental health issues, radical self-care and a HAES (Health At Every Size) approach to health and wellbeing. I use a feminist framework for practice and my work is underpinned by ethics of social justice and advocacy, and appreciation of intersectional oppression and the pursuit of dignity in a world where this is lacking for many. In addition to my role in private practice, I am currently working as a trauma specialist counsellor in a non-government organisation. I work with individuals 16 years and above and am fluent in Spanish and comfortable in providing psychotherapeutic services in this language. Currently taking Victims Compensation bookings via referral. 

OUR COUNSELLORS
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Gaia - Counsellor

  • Bachelor of Counselling – Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney

  • Clinical Membership with PACFA

  • Training in Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Polyvagal Theory

  • 8 years experience working in a private psychiatric clinic, working with clients struggling with addictions and mood disorders

  • Ongoing annual clinical training and personal development

  • Extensive experience in the treatment of; addictions (to alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, gambling, tobacco, phones and social media), trauma and PTSD, domestic violence, anxiety, stress, depression, personality disorders, grief and loss,
    co-dependency and other relationship issues, ADD and ADHD and life transitions

It is known that the most important factor for a successful therapeutic outcome is the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. I have a warm and empathetic
approach, and my first priority is for you to feel safe, not just physically but also emotionally. Emotional safety means that you feel free to be you, to reveal parts of yourself that you normally keep to yourself for fear of being disliked or rejected. Together we can explore the origin of unhelpful behaviours and coping mechanisms so you can find more effective ways to respond to life challenges. I will help you tap into the resilience that is already within you. I believe that healthy relationships, a sense of purpose and a good dose of self-worth are essential for a meaningful, content life. When the right support is available, everyone has the capacity to heal from past traumas and adverse experiences in order to achieve ongoing psychological wellbeing.

Sophie Therapist Manly

Sophie - Counsellor

  • Bachelor Social Work Hons (BSc) the University of the West of England, UK

  • Experience managing family conflicts and complex dynamics

  • Completed trauma-informed professional development.

  • Registered with the AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers)

  • Experience working with victims who have been affected by a crime 

I am committed to supporting my clients to address a wide variety of issues for personal growth. I have had extensive clinical experience working with older people, people who have experienced trauma as well as chronic illnesses and addictions. In my sessions I make holistic, psychosocial assessments to help clients understand why they feel certain ways. I often use meditation techniques in my session if a conflict arises. 

TALK. HEAL. GROW. 
Lisa Therapist Manly
HOLISTIC THERAPIES
Franca Therapist Manly

Lisa - Myofascial Release Therapist 

  • Accredited Practitioner & coach Lifestyles inventory

  • Self-Description diagnostic tool - Human Synergistics

  • Myofascial release therapist – Core Body Therapy

  • Qualified 300Hr Yoga Teacher – Power Living Yoga Schools

  • Restorative Yin Yoga Practices – Power Living Yoga Schools

  • Trauma-Informed Certificate – The Yoga Impact charity

  • Personal Lifestyle coaching

  • Gentle movement yoga

  • Restorative Yin Yoga

  • Breathing techniques

  • Meditation

  • Myofascial Release bodywork – Either hands-on and/or self-directed

Often our life experiences of fear & hurt can cause us to create subconscious blockages in mind, body & spirit. When we start to foster a positive relationship with ourselves, we become better equipped to identify the patterns of thinking & behaviour that inhibit our growth & development on a personal, professional & spiritual level. I have experienced firsthand the benefits that come from an integrated approach grounded in ancient yoga practices. For me, this approach has been an anchor in tough times and a shining light in uncertainty that never fails to teach me to go deeper within to find the answers. With this integrated approach, I hope to help you create the space & balance in your life so that you too can connect to your inner wisdom and start to make more conscious choices toward living a joyous, balanced & healthier life.

Franca - Clinical Nutritionist

  • BHSc Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine

  • Workplace Mental Health Certified

  • Member Of Australian National Therapists Association

  • Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • Cardiovascular Diseases

  • Skin Complaints

  • Respiratory Diseases

  • Weight Management

  • Autoimmune Conditions

  • Antenatal and Postnatal Health

  • Age-specific Nutritional Therapy

  • Food Intolerance - Medically endorsed allergy & pathology testing can assist in determining substances that may be driving unwanted symptoms

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders - SIBO: Methane Breath Test, Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis & Complete Gut Microbiome mapping

  • Hormone Tests, Dried Urine Testing for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH Test & drenocortex Stress & Basic Hormone Test Male/Female

Guided by evidence-based scientific principles, I treat each case holistically and therapeutically through a combination of diet, lifestyle, & physiology. My goal is to alleviate, and prevent disease, and make your health care journey as straightforward as possible. I can help guide you in the right direction to improving your digestive function right now if you feel things are just not quite right. My format is simple to follow and designed around your daily routine, which can help with compliance and keep you on track.

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