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Carol-Anne Howlett
Psychotherapist, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Blackwall, NSW 2256
Carol-Anne is a highly experienced and compassionate therapist with a diverse background in psychotherapy, Counselling, Human Resources, and Training. She offers a holistic approach to mental health and relationship counselling empowering clients to better navigate life's challenges effectively.
Carol-Anne is a highly experienced and compassionate therapist with a diverse background in psychotherapy, Counselling, Human Resources, and Training. She offers a holistic approach to mental health and relationship counselling empowering clients to better navigate life's challenges effectively.
0417 944 187 View 0417 944 187
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Soulful Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
As a counsellor and psychotherapist, my vision is to create an alternative, holistic approach to healing by incorporating a combination of evidence-based talk therapy with practice-based interventions - the cornerstone for gold standard treatment for trauma and other mental health issues. As we adapt to the demands of a competitive society, the escalating high costs of living, and increased societal division through gender violence, our relationships with self and others become vulnerable. We have less time available to cultivate healthy relationships for ourselves and others which prevents us from living a full and happy life.
As a counsellor and psychotherapist, my vision is to create an alternative, holistic approach to healing by incorporating a combination of evidence-based talk therapy with practice-based interventions - the cornerstone for gold standard treatment for trauma and other mental health issues. As we adapt to the demands of a competitive society, the escalating high costs of living, and increased societal division through gender violence, our relationships with self and others become vulnerable. We have less time available to cultivate healthy relationships for ourselves and others which prevents us from living a full and happy life.
(02) 4307 5008 View (02) 4307 5008
Liz Macnamara
Counsellor, MPsych, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
Most of us experience anxiety and depressive thoughts at some time. Perhaps there is something going on in your life now that is making you question if you can cope. Perhaps it is old stuff bubbling up. Perhaps you have reached the point of numbness. Perhaps you just know it's time to talk to someone because you know it will help to break the silence. I will support you, I will listen and offer a an alternative perspective when you get stuck. I’ll point out when you are being hard on yourself or skipping over achievements. And if you have recurring thoughts or habits you want to change I can help with that too.
Most of us experience anxiety and depressive thoughts at some time. Perhaps there is something going on in your life now that is making you question if you can cope. Perhaps it is old stuff bubbling up. Perhaps you have reached the point of numbness. Perhaps you just know it's time to talk to someone because you know it will help to break the silence. I will support you, I will listen and offer a an alternative perspective when you get stuck. I’ll point out when you are being hard on yourself or skipping over achievements. And if you have recurring thoughts or habits you want to change I can help with that too.
(02) 4307 5537 View (02) 4307 5537
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Chivers Counselling & Relationship Services
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
Life doesn't always go as we plan. We can end up experiencing relationship struggles or abuse, find it difficult to get past grief and loss, find ourselves relying on substances or other addictive behaviours to get by. We may experience depression or anxiety, or wake up one morning and realise that for whatever reason, things that used to work for us are just not working anymore. We may feel exhausted or empty or disappointed and not really know why. Whether you are battling a long term problem or experiencing a new and unexpected struggle, we can support and equip you through empathetic and confidential counselling.
Life doesn't always go as we plan. We can end up experiencing relationship struggles or abuse, find it difficult to get past grief and loss, find ourselves relying on substances or other addictive behaviours to get by. We may experience depression or anxiety, or wake up one morning and realise that for whatever reason, things that used to work for us are just not working anymore. We may feel exhausted or empty or disappointed and not really know why. Whether you are battling a long term problem or experiencing a new and unexpected struggle, we can support and equip you through empathetic and confidential counselling.
(02) 4306 7011 View (02) 4306 7011
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Antonia Jennings
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
I offer a range of services that cover all aspects of personal and life counselling, relationship & couples counselling, pre-marital counselling, career counselling and grief counselling. By offering counselling and therapeutic solutions, both in person and virtually, we’re here we’re here to help you bring about the change you’re looking for. I can offer support to NDIS self managed & plan managed clients. I have both in person clinics and virtual options for all appointments.
I offer a range of services that cover all aspects of personal and life counselling, relationship & couples counselling, pre-marital counselling, career counselling and grief counselling. By offering counselling and therapeutic solutions, both in person and virtually, we’re here we’re here to help you bring about the change you’re looking for. I can offer support to NDIS self managed & plan managed clients. I have both in person clinics and virtual options for all appointments.
0403 018 185 View 0403 018 185
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Cherie Gardner
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
I love working with adults and teenagers to help them overcome mental and emotional challenges. I have experience working in private practice and also a residential facility and work with addiction, depression, sex and relationship issues, anxiety, panic, eating disorders, adhd, borderline personality disorder and other personal difficulties.
I love working with adults and teenagers to help them overcome mental and emotional challenges. I have experience working in private practice and also a residential facility and work with addiction, depression, sex and relationship issues, anxiety, panic, eating disorders, adhd, borderline personality disorder and other personal difficulties.
(02) 4307 5346 View (02) 4307 5346
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Leah O'Rourke
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
What would you do without that sadness? Will we find out? Sadness has many faces: anxious, depressed, traumatised, angry. Well ten years of formal training (Clinical Psychologist) tells you I’m patient, sincere, and ready to hold it all gently while we detangle it together. The gift is seeing your situation from higher ground. You move past the tricky mind, onto peace and flow. BYO anguish & confusion, take away stillness. As Van Morrison almost said: ‘No Guru, Just Method’. Clin. Psychs use gold-standard methods to help you see yourself afresh, identify where you're stuck, and truly connect you with here-now capacity for change.
What would you do without that sadness? Will we find out? Sadness has many faces: anxious, depressed, traumatised, angry. Well ten years of formal training (Clinical Psychologist) tells you I’m patient, sincere, and ready to hold it all gently while we detangle it together. The gift is seeing your situation from higher ground. You move past the tricky mind, onto peace and flow. BYO anguish & confusion, take away stillness. As Van Morrison almost said: ‘No Guru, Just Method’. Clin. Psychs use gold-standard methods to help you see yourself afresh, identify where you're stuck, and truly connect you with here-now capacity for change.
(02) 4307 6404 View (02) 4307 6404
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Raichel Green Counselling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
Raichel Green Counselling is based on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia in Terrigal. Telehealth counselling services are provided and are available Australia wide. ​We are DBT and EMDR specialists who are passionate about trauma. We provide a comprehensive trauma recovery and mental health service, specialising in treating adults with childhood developmental trauma, complex trauma and single-incident trauma. We have a keen interest in treating Borderline Personality Disorder and CPTSD. We are dedicated to providing a safe, supportive environment for individuals to explore their mental health needs and work towards personal growth.
Raichel Green Counselling is based on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia in Terrigal. Telehealth counselling services are provided and are available Australia wide. ​We are DBT and EMDR specialists who are passionate about trauma. We provide a comprehensive trauma recovery and mental health service, specialising in treating adults with childhood developmental trauma, complex trauma and single-incident trauma. We have a keen interest in treating Borderline Personality Disorder and CPTSD. We are dedicated to providing a safe, supportive environment for individuals to explore their mental health needs and work towards personal growth.
(02) 4307 6470 View (02) 4307 6470
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Sarah Gilligan
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
As a counsellor for both individuals and couples, I create a gentle and safe space for self-exploration, facilitating clients to undergo change in areas of life they may be struggling with. Genuine connection and real conversations are at the heart of my sessions, ensuring clients feel safe, empowered and respected. I work sensitively from a trauma-informed framework, and work with clients on a range of issues including stress, anxiety, relationship issues, body image, self -esteem, grief & loss, identity, life transitions, feelings of lack of direction, and anyone needing to connect with a therapist for support.
As a counsellor for both individuals and couples, I create a gentle and safe space for self-exploration, facilitating clients to undergo change in areas of life they may be struggling with. Genuine connection and real conversations are at the heart of my sessions, ensuring clients feel safe, empowered and respected. I work sensitively from a trauma-informed framework, and work with clients on a range of issues including stress, anxiety, relationship issues, body image, self -esteem, grief & loss, identity, life transitions, feelings of lack of direction, and anyone needing to connect with a therapist for support.
(02) 4307 6208 View (02) 4307 6208
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Terry Atman
Psychotherapist, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
Terry has broken new ground with an innovative approach to rebuilding personal experience. He aims to uncover your unique psychological patterns and apply specific techniques to overcome limitations, grow self-confidence, and develop autonomy and authenticity. He believes our challenges and shortfalls can become the substance of our greatest strength and resilience, fueling lasting positive change.
Terry has broken new ground with an innovative approach to rebuilding personal experience. He aims to uncover your unique psychological patterns and apply specific techniques to overcome limitations, grow self-confidence, and develop autonomy and authenticity. He believes our challenges and shortfalls can become the substance of our greatest strength and resilience, fueling lasting positive change.
0475 361 032 View 0475 361 032
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Joanne (Jo) Evans
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256  (Online Only)
I named my practice Finding Serenity as that is what I would like my clients to receive. If you want someone that will listen and work with you to achieve your 'serenity' I would love to talk to you. I am trained in Suicide Prevention, Suicide Bereavement, Abuse, Grief and Loss, Dementia support. Our thoughts, issues and problems do not happen 9 to 5 so neither does my practice. I am available nights and weekends and will fit in with you, when it suits you and also as soon as possible. I am also a member of the College of Supervisors with Australian Counselling Association so I am available for supervision also.
I named my practice Finding Serenity as that is what I would like my clients to receive. If you want someone that will listen and work with you to achieve your 'serenity' I would love to talk to you. I am trained in Suicide Prevention, Suicide Bereavement, Abuse, Grief and Loss, Dementia support. Our thoughts, issues and problems do not happen 9 to 5 so neither does my practice. I am available nights and weekends and will fit in with you, when it suits you and also as soon as possible. I am also a member of the College of Supervisors with Australian Counselling Association so I am available for supervision also.
(02) 4307 6997 View (02) 4307 6997
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Alex Corcoran
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
I am a Clinical Psychologist with twenty years of experience. My aim is to work towards positive change in a collaborative and gentle way. I have worked in private practice since 2003 and work with older teens and adults. I use a range of evidence-based therapies such as CBT, ACT, Schema Therapy, DBT and EMDR. I am experienced with a range of mental health conditions and have a special interest in helping people to recover from trauma. Please check out my website www.movingforward.net.au for more information.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with twenty years of experience. My aim is to work towards positive change in a collaborative and gentle way. I have worked in private practice since 2003 and work with older teens and adults. I use a range of evidence-based therapies such as CBT, ACT, Schema Therapy, DBT and EMDR. I am experienced with a range of mental health conditions and have a special interest in helping people to recover from trauma. Please check out my website www.movingforward.net.au for more information.
(02) 4306 7875 View (02) 4306 7875
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Brodie Newman
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
You deserve to live a life of abundance and happiness, I believe all humans are innately good and I hope to support you in your journey so that you too may go forth into the world and shine your light. Engaging in therapy can be intimidating and might feel a little daunting, I hear you and see you. It's okay to feel scared, but trust me when I say if you take the leap and have some faith that things can and will get better. My intention is to guide and support you to become everything you want to be and find solstice within your experience so that you can live your life with peace and harmony at the forefront.
You deserve to live a life of abundance and happiness, I believe all humans are innately good and I hope to support you in your journey so that you too may go forth into the world and shine your light. Engaging in therapy can be intimidating and might feel a little daunting, I hear you and see you. It's okay to feel scared, but trust me when I say if you take the leap and have some faith that things can and will get better. My intention is to guide and support you to become everything you want to be and find solstice within your experience so that you can live your life with peace and harmony at the forefront.
(02) 4307 6771 View (02) 4307 6771
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Sonya Cavanough Counselling Services
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
Individual and Couples Counsellor on Central Coast NSW. My approach is to provide a sense of safety, calm, and support, in a way that facilitates emotional healing to hurting people. For individuals, couples, and families who are hurting emotionally, my aim is to provide hope and helpful strategies to move forward in life.
Individual and Couples Counsellor on Central Coast NSW. My approach is to provide a sense of safety, calm, and support, in a way that facilitates emotional healing to hurting people. For individuals, couples, and families who are hurting emotionally, my aim is to provide hope and helpful strategies to move forward in life.
(02) 4312 5632 View (02) 4312 5632
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Central Coast Trauma Centre
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
Woy Woy, NSW 2256
I specialize in Trauma Processing and this is where i find that the most positive outcomes are from. I love to talk to people and hear their story then we work out together what is the core beliefs and where that this might come from. Then we work on processing any trauma from childhood or other parts of life. This impacts greatly on the story that you tell yourself and the patterns of behavior that you want to change. I don't want people to be sitting talking to me for years with no breakthrough or change in behavior. I want you to be living your life to the fullest with maximum joy!
I specialize in Trauma Processing and this is where i find that the most positive outcomes are from. I love to talk to people and hear their story then we work out together what is the core beliefs and where that this might come from. Then we work on processing any trauma from childhood or other parts of life. This impacts greatly on the story that you tell yourself and the patterns of behavior that you want to change. I don't want people to be sitting talking to me for years with no breakthrough or change in behavior. I want you to be living your life to the fullest with maximum joy!
(02) 4307 5555 View (02) 4307 5555

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in 2256

10+

Average cost per session

$140

Counsellors in 2256 who prioritize treating:

60% Anxiety
60% Trauma and PTSD
53% Relationship Issues
53% Self Esteem
47% Depression
47% Addiction
47% Life Coaching

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Bupa
67% Medibank Private
67% AHM Health

How Counsellors in 2256 see their clients

94% In Person and Online
6% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in 2256?

Search for nearby psychologists or counsellors by inputting your city, suburb, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Psychologists must be registered in the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Most Social Workers listed in the directory are members of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors in Australia, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in Australia.

Psychologists have earned a 4 year undergraduate degree in psychology and have completed a postgraduate internship or postgraduate degree. Psychotherapists generally have an undergraduate degree in a health related field in addition to 3-4 years of specialist training in psychotherapy and a period of personal psychotherapy. In order to belong to a professional organisation such as the ACA or PACFA, counsellors and psychotherapists are required to have completed a certain level of AQF qualifications and/ or an approved training course as well as clinical and supervision hours. Social Workers registered with the AASW are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited institution.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, the cost of a therapy session in Australia could be between $100 and $250. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The Better Access Scheme is a government program offering Medicare rebates for mental health care. To access the program you will need to be assessed and diagnosed by your GP and get a Mental Health Plan. This will allow you to receive up to 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions a year with practitioners who accept bulk billing, with no out of pocket costs for you.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the ACA, PACFA, or the APS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there is the potential or known harm to the client or others or when a minor is in danger, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.