Trauma and PTSD Counselling in Bellingen, NSW

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Tricia Ang
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified
Verified
I specialise in assisting children, adolescents and adults to heal and transform from trauma , early attachment disruptions, overwhelm/burnout, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, relational challenges, disordered eating, self-esteem/identity issues and life transitions. I support people to not only gain insight about their struggles, but to transform at an embodied level through processing negative self-beliefs, stuck emotions and/or unhelpful behaviours. These may be experienced as distressing symptoms or experiences that sometimes do not make sense.
(02) 5605 2890
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Bellingen, NSW 2454
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Christine Urja Refalo
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified
Verified
Urja sees individual clients ranging from adolescents, adults & seniors. She also sees couples. She supports each client enabling them to gain psychological, emotional health & well-being. Issues commonly bought to her are depression, anxiety, isolation, loneliness, grief, trauma , behavioural problems, communication, stress, childhood abuse, & times of transition. As a relationship therapist, she sees couples who are experiencing problems & relationship distress. She also sees clients with physical or intellectual disabilities & mental health issues. She is an approved Victim Services & Workcover (SIRA) counsellor. LQBTQI welcome.
(02) 6564 1976
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Bellingen, NSW 2454
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Flanagan Consulting: Psychology and Wellbeing
Psychologist, MPsych, MACPA
Verified
Verified
I aspire to provide the highest level of evidence based care for clients aged 10 years or more utilizing the following therapy: Cognitive Behavior Therapy including EMDR, Acceptance Commitment Therapy / Mindfulness approaches, Cognitive retraining and visualization for persistent pain, and Emotion focused therapy. An extensive initial assessment is conducted over 1-2 sessions and the approach, therapy target(s), and appropriate goals are communally discussed and planned. Grief management and counseling are provided as required. Therapy may be face to face or online.
(02) 5604 7837
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Bellingen, NSW 2454
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Arron Selby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
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I'm a holistic, eclectic and creative mental health social worker and therapist intent on helping my clients feel safe to be seen. I focus on the neurophysiology of safety, circadian rhythms, biohacking and of releasing and integrating old emotions. I support a ‘waking down’ into the body and it’s different systems to connect to your inner guidance and to elicit soul-filled, creative solutions. I also focus on developing healthy boundaries with self and others to make meaning of the past whilst cultivating a life of connection and self-empowerment.
(02) 5605 5913
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Bellingen, NSW 2454
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Carolyn Mutch
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
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I am a psychologist practicing in Coffs Harbour, NSW. I have experience working in mental health, drug and alcohol, forensic and academic settings (researching mood disorders and substance use disorders) over a period of 26 years. I work with people aged 18+.
(02) 5602 4069
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Repton, NSW 2454
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Lisa Abraham
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
Verified
As your psychologist, I work collaboratively with you to help you pursue a more fulfilling life. That means understanding your needs and therapy preferences and involving you in all decisions about your personalised treatment plan. My compassionate approach means you can trust me to listen without judgement and use evidence-based therapy to help you develop your self-awareness and confidence. The therapies I draw on are strength-based so they emphasise your resilience and resourcefulness in the face of adversity.
(02) 8105 5060
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Sawtell, NSW 2452
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Calm Mind Counselling Services
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Savva at Calm Mind Counselling Services can give you the energy and the support to help you take responsibility for your life and have the courage to make the necessary changes in order to grow and develop. This is not a process that will happen overnight; it isn't a magic cure. Initially, change may seem like a frightening prospect, however, if you embrace the process and take it one step at a time you will slowly, but surely feel positive results. Counselling offers people the opportunity to increase their self-awareness and begin the journey of bringing positive change to their lives.
(02) 5605 3802
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Bonville, NSW 2450
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Online Therapists

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Josh Caple
While these sessions can be effective for a very wide range of issues, I particularly work with depression & anxiety, stress management, trauma & PTSD , grief & loss, addiction, identity/spiritual crisis & integration for those working with plant medicines or other experiences with non-ordinary states of consciousness.
I offer Transpersonal Counselling sessions to help you move through a wide range of the challenges of being human. In these sessions I draw upon tools from a range of modalities to support your journey of healing, growing, and thriving. In addition to talk therapy, this might include art therapy, breathwork, guided meditation & mindfulness techniques, creative writing/journaling, yoga therapy, or a range of other transpersonal process-based tools.
(02) 9158 6554
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Congarinni North, NSW 2447
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Holistic Healing Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified
2 Endorsed
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2 Endorsed
Specialising in Child/adolescent general mental health - Anxiety and Depression, Trauma and PTSD , Relationships and Domestic Violence along with Couples Therapy.
I am an experienced Family therapist. My experience focuses around General Mental Health, Couples Therapy, Grief and Loss, Family therapy, Post separation, Conflict in relationships, EFT tapping. Special interest areas Domestic Violence, Trauma including PTSD and Child and adolescent therapy. The way I work is in a Holistic way, walking beside clients in their healing journey. I like to meet the client where they are at and look at all areas in their life in a strengths based position.
0456 453 603
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Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
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Deep Heart Wisdom Counselling & Coaching
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified
Verified
The type of counselling I offer is holistic, solution-focused and trauma -informed.
Are you or a loved one struggling with anxiety, depression, lack of purpose/motivation, an excess or a lack of emotion, anger management or stress? Counselling can support you to find emotional agility and live a full and meaningful life in line with your core values and improve your connection with yourself, significant others and with the world you live in. The counselling I provide is warm, friendly, accepting, non-judgemental and acknowledges our common human experience of struggling and growing. You are in the drivers seat so you get to take each session where it suits you.
(02) 5500 1071
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Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
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Tori Donnelly Counselling and Support
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, AMHSW
Verified
Verified
Tori works with all individuals from ages 4 and above. Using her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in Social Work, Tori uses a range of psychological strategies to support her clients. Tori gained her Certificate in Play Therapy in 2021 as well as her status as a Mental Health Accredited Social Worker. Tori specialises in working with survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse but is well experienced in all other forms of trauma . Tori understands the impacts that such traumas have on the individual and uses a safe, non-judgmental approach to combat the shame, blame and stigma associated with trauma .
(02) 5566 2745
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Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
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Olivia Sakamoto
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L4
Verified
Verified
Specialising in anxiety, depression, stress, trauma , workplace bullying, addictions, marriage, separation, infidelity and relationship counselling, family/blended family challenges, mediation, child and young adults, grief and anger management.
Olivia's experience as a Clinical Counsellor comes with more than a decade in private practice and pastoral care roles. Specialising in anxiety, depression, stress, trauma , workplace bullying, addictions, relationship counselling, family/blended, mediation, child and young adults, grief and anger management. Clientele include corporate who utilise workplace EAP and NDIS clients & private clients with an age range of 6 to 85 years. Face to Face, Video-link or Phone sessions are offered. Olivia who is known for her sincere, peaceful and non-judgmental manner uses evidence based therapies recognising there is no one size fits all.
(02) 6564 1972
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Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
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Debra (Deb) Kaita Kakiiza
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Verified
Deb is a registered psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a Masters in Grief and Loss, as well as Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Bachelor of Counselling. Deb is experiences working with a wide range of people and she values Telehealth as it increases access to psychological support for everyone. Deb works with anyone aged 16 years and older experiencing life challenges such as: anxiety, depression, trauma , stress, life transition, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, family violence, career and work challenges, study-related difficulties and substance use.
(03) 7003 2736
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Armidale, NSW 2350
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Heulwen Gordon
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified
Verified
Hi, my name is Heulwen and I am a clinical psychologist providing online therapy. I take a holistic and client centred approach based on evidence based tools and research. I am a warm and compassionate practitioner providing individual therapy to women with chronic stress, anxiety, depression, trauma , burnout, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and relationship issues.
(07) 4277 6857
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Brooms Head, NSW 2463
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Dr Beulah Joseph
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA General
Verified
Verified
, journey/transition to parenthood), stress management, gender and cultural identity, self-esteem, trauma , grief and loss, anxiety and depression, living with chronic pain/illness, work/life balance issues.
I am a registered psychologist, endorsed organisational psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. I partner with people from all walks and stages of life who are seeking psychological growth and would like assistance in improving their mental health.
(03) 9000 0896
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Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
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Margot Lynda Edwards
Verified
Verified
I work to uncover and transform the issues which underlie the anxiety or depression rather than just treat the symptoms. These are usually wounds from childhood which we were unable to deal with as they occurred. I also work with trauma , initially to stabilise and build trust, moving onto trauma processing. I am inspired and intrigued by my clients creativity and spontaneity and always try to connect with where they're at, seeing the person as part of a whole system. I believe that healing comes from the client, I am just a facilitator.
(02) 5605 3913
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Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
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Laurie Eakin
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified
Verified
Feeling anxious, sad, under stress and need to talk to someone or find out how you can manage your life better? It doesn’t always have to be hard! Life can be full and rich and meaningful. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to work through the challenges and help clients move towards greater psychological flexibility, living a more values-based life than they may have been able to achieve previously.
(02) 5500 1081
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Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
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Ernest Materyn
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified
Verified
You may be feeling stressed, stuck, confronted with past experiences or unable to cope. Perhaps you have been living with anxiety for as long as you can remember or have issues with managing your anger. Maybe you lost motivation and feel numb, or perhaps you feel sad without an apparent reason. No matter the issue you are experiencing, you do not have to suffer in isolation. Using modern treatment approaches, my goal is to help you overcome those uncomfortable symptoms you are experiencing and turn your emotional challenges into emotional growth.
(02) 5566 2738
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Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
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Anne Arrowsmith Counselling
Psychotherapist, ACA-L2
Verified
Verified
My entrance to psychotherapy and counselling evolved over many of years of training, personal therapy and life experience. I work with peoples of all ages and have experience with many personal issues including depression, anxiety, relationship problems both between couples and extended families. I have also worked extensively with people addicted to drugs and alcohol. In addition I use mindfulness, breathing techniques, visualization and bodywork to enhance the outcome. Every person is unique therefore I work eclectically with my clients, adapting to the needs of the individual in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
(02) 5605 4802
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Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
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Lisa Kennerley
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified
Verified
Sometimes life may feel overwhelming at times, and you’re not sure what to do with these thoughts and feelings, or perhaps feeling stuck, lost, anxious, confused or hurt. Everyone struggles with something, even if they don't show it. I want you to know there is hope. I see young people and adults individually and couples for relationship counselling. My approach to counselling is warm and supportive, providing you with a safe space where you feel comfortable to share your concerns, talk through your feelings, thoughts, experiences, and expectations.
(02) 4063 1517
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Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
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Trauma and PTSD Counsellors

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.