South Melbourne Counselling Services

Principal therapists in South Melbourne

Our counsellors and psychologists are highly competent experts in their fields, dedicated to helping people grow, learn and heal. See more information on our principal therapist at South Melbourne, their counselling approach and experience by clicking on their profile below.

Areas of expertise in South Melbourne

The counselling services offered in South Melbourne by our principal therapists include the following commonly sought after areas of expertise:

We all get angry. It’s a normal, healthy response to any physical or psychological threat. Yet frequently feeling angry and frustrated is a sign that something in your life is out of balance.

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One of the most significant traumas that anyone can ever experience is the loss of a loved one.

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Being in a relationship can have a profoundly positive effect on your sense of self and wellbeing.

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Many people approach our service and tell us “I don’t even know where to start…”

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Our children can bring great joy to our lives as we support them on their journey to adulthood.

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Sexual abuse is an unspeakable act – yet the most effective path to recovery is talking about it.

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Depression is a normal human emotion that is an appropriate, healthy response.

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Anxiety is a normal human emotion that is an appropriate, healthy response.

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As humans, we all have experiences in our lives that leave an indelible mark on us.

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Coaching, like for athletes, is a solution to helping you feel equipped with the tools and habits you need to build a more fulfilling life, faster.

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For many people, their career is a huge component of their life and identity, so understanding what we want and how to achieve it is important.

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Domestic violence, the consequences, and how domestic violence counselling can empower you to lead a happier life.

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Being part of a stable and happy family can foster a fulfilling sense of belonging in adults, adolescents and children.

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Sexual wellbeing is a universal human right – everyone deserves a fulfilling, healthy sex life.

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Childhood is a period of rapid development and intense change.

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Adolescence is one of the most important stages of human development.

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We understand that the concerns LGBTQI clients bring to counselling are often universal to all people.

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If you don’t see your concern listed here, please call our team on 1300 735 030 as many other areas of counselling are offered.

General Practice Info

You can make an appointment with a therapist by using the enquiry buttons above, calling our office on 1300 735 030 or emailing us at You can submit a form on our contact page via the 'send email' button and we’ll get back to you with more information.

When you reserve your first appointment, you’ll put down a $20 deposit to confirm your attendance and hold the time. Once you attend your appointment, the therapist will process the remaining fee at the end of your session. You’ll be emailed all the details about payment methods (usually cash or credit card are both accepted) when you book your appointment. 

Specific information about rebates including bulk billing, medicare, and private health will be individual depending on the therapist you choose, but our team will talk through everything and you’ll be emailed all the relevant information when you book your appointment.

Session lengths vary according to the therapist you choose and the type of counselling you’re seeking. A standard session is between 50-60 minutes long. Sometimes, therapists will offer a longer, 90 minute session initially to be more extensive in the first session.

Across the Life Supports network, you can usually get an appointment within a few days to a few weeks. Waiting times outside of Life Supports can vary greatly. If you have specific dates or timelines within which you want to get your counselling started, let our team know and they can factor that into their recommendations for you.

In your first intake session, your therapist will be looking forward to meeting you and getting to know who you are and what you want out of your life.

Administratively, the therapist will also go through any forms or information they need, and will explain their professional duties around things like confidentiality and consent. Your therapist will likely structure out most of the first session getting acquainted with you, your goals and things like family background, mental health history and general environment.

From there, they’ll probably work with you to create clear goals around what you’ll work on together in the sessions, to keep therapy focused on the right things for you.

How many counselling sessions you should have will vary hugely according to the individual, and your therapist will consult with you on how many sessions they may recommend. As a rule of thumb, meaningful life changes and genuine progress don’t occur within one 60-minute session, so think long term about how counselling can help dig into long-held life patterns and
change situations.

We believe that long term behavioural change starts by 4-6 sessions but is enriched (on average) by 8, 10 and beyond as ethically necessary for your full care. Forming a positive relationship with your therapist, feeling ready for change yourself and feeling confident in your therapist’s skillset will maximise how much you can get out of sessions.

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