LGBTQ+ Affirming Counsellors in Toorak, VIC

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Dr Lei Gryffydd
Psychologist, PsychD, MAPS
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
I am a clinical neuropsychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental conditions (Autism, ADHD & learning conditions) across the lifespan. I am passionate about working with other LGBTQIA+ individuals and provide WPATH assessments for those seeking gender affirming treatment.
I am a clinical neuropsychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental conditions (Autism, ADHD & learning conditions) across the lifespan. I am passionate about working with other LGBTQIA+ individuals and provide WPATH assessments for those seeking gender affirming treatment.
(03) 7003 2372 View (03) 7003 2372
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The Mind Clan
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
The Mind Clan is a Melbourne-based clinic offering psychology and counselling services for young adults aged between 18 and 35 years. Our psychologists and counsellors have specific experience and training in working with young people. We understand how difficult it can be for young people to express and share their thoughts and feelings with others, therefore our team work especially hard to tailor our treatment approaches to ensure young adults feel comfortable, supported, and safe to explore their deepest fears and concerns.
The Mind Clan is a Melbourne-based clinic offering psychology and counselling services for young adults aged between 18 and 35 years. Our psychologists and counsellors have specific experience and training in working with young people. We understand how difficult it can be for young people to express and share their thoughts and feelings with others, therefore our team work especially hard to tailor our treatment approaches to ensure young adults feel comfortable, supported, and safe to explore their deepest fears and concerns.
(03) 9070 5415 View (03) 9070 5415
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Kaz Mitchell
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142  (Online Only)
From time-to-time we all have issues going on in our lives that feel overwhelming, confusing and too hard to deal with on our own. At the same time, for various reasons, it often feels as if there is no one there we feel safe enough with whom we can share our burdens. Whether it's a messy divorce, the death of a loved one, a traumatic experience, an existential crisis about the meaning of life, or a difficult decision that has to be made - it can be hard to figure out what to do or who to turn to for guidance.
From time-to-time we all have issues going on in our lives that feel overwhelming, confusing and too hard to deal with on our own. At the same time, for various reasons, it often feels as if there is no one there we feel safe enough with whom we can share our burdens. Whether it's a messy divorce, the death of a loved one, a traumatic experience, an existential crisis about the meaning of life, or a difficult decision that has to be made - it can be hard to figure out what to do or who to turn to for guidance.
(03) 6146 1629 View (03) 6146 1629
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Dr Claudine Martijn - Clinical Psychologist - People Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
Dr Claudine Martijn (pronounced “Martin”), clinical psychologist, can help you and has extensive experience with multiple psychological, emotional, and mental health needs, including: Stress Anxiety Panic Attacks & Anxiety Phobias (Fear of specific things / situations) Agoraphobia / Social Anxiety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) & Anxiety Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Depression Depressive Disorders Perinatal Psychology / Mental Health including Post Natal Depression (PND) Pregnancy Counselling Antenatal Depression Parenting issues Bipoloar Disorder (BD) Grief and Loss and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Dr Claudine Martijn (pronounced “Martin”), clinical psychologist, can help you and has extensive experience with multiple psychological, emotional, and mental health needs, including: Stress Anxiety Panic Attacks & Anxiety Phobias (Fear of specific things / situations) Agoraphobia / Social Anxiety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) & Anxiety Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Depression Depressive Disorders Perinatal Psychology / Mental Health including Post Natal Depression (PND) Pregnancy Counselling Antenatal Depression Parenting issues Bipoloar Disorder (BD) Grief and Loss and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
(03) 7003 2516 View (03) 7003 2516
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Nina Keller - People Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
Nina is an AHPRA registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), who has experience working in Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling and providing psychological support in forensic settings. Nina aims to assist clients by providing psychoeducation, developing awareness and understanding, as well as assisting with the development of suitable strategies to assist with mental health concerns
Nina is an AHPRA registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), who has experience working in Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling and providing psychological support in forensic settings. Nina aims to assist clients by providing psychoeducation, developing awareness and understanding, as well as assisting with the development of suitable strategies to assist with mental health concerns
(03) 7003 2193 View (03) 7003 2193
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South Yarra Psychology
Psychologist, FAPS
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
South Yarra Psychology sees clients with a wide range of presenting issues. The practice has a team of highly-qualified psychologists. The practice offers a free 10-minute 'psychologist matching appointment' for new clients (via telephone); to discuss their treatment needs and recommend a psychologist who is best suited to these. Appointments (including the free psychologist matching appointment) can be booked through the practice's online booking system (accessible via www.SYP.au). The website also contains profiles on each of the psychologists, with their specific interests and treatment approaches.
South Yarra Psychology sees clients with a wide range of presenting issues. The practice has a team of highly-qualified psychologists. The practice offers a free 10-minute 'psychologist matching appointment' for new clients (via telephone); to discuss their treatment needs and recommend a psychologist who is best suited to these. Appointments (including the free psychologist matching appointment) can be booked through the practice's online booking system (accessible via www.SYP.au). The website also contains profiles on each of the psychologists, with their specific interests and treatment approaches.
(03) 9070 5676 View (03) 9070 5676
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Inner Eastern Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
Managing difficult emotions, such as feeling down or depressed, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, feelings of emptiness or insecurity Managing mood swings and chronic mood disturbances Reducing stress and burnout Treatment of anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic Attacks Reducing harm from impulsive behaviours Adjustment to and management of major life events Coping with grief and bereavement Experience related to living with chronic illness Problems related to traumatic experience or abuse Managing distress related to body image concerns Experiences related to identifying as LGBTIQA Difficulties with identity, self-esteem or self-image
Managing difficult emotions, such as feeling down or depressed, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, feelings of emptiness or insecurity Managing mood swings and chronic mood disturbances Reducing stress and burnout Treatment of anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic Attacks Reducing harm from impulsive behaviours Adjustment to and management of major life events Coping with grief and bereavement Experience related to living with chronic illness Problems related to traumatic experience or abuse Managing distress related to body image concerns Experiences related to identifying as LGBTIQA Difficulties with identity, self-esteem or self-image
(03) 9070 3597 View (03) 9070 3597
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Patricia Martins
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Patricia Martins, a Portuguese and Spanish speaking psychologist who helps immigrants find their place in Australia. I know how hard it can be to leave your home country and start a new life in a different culture. I’ve been there myself. That’s why I decided to dedicate my career to helping people like you, who are going through a similar journey. Whether you are struggling with emotional distress, anxiety, loneliness, or any other issue, I’m here to support you and help you thrive in your new environment.
Hi, I’m Patricia Martins, a Portuguese and Spanish speaking psychologist who helps immigrants find their place in Australia. I know how hard it can be to leave your home country and start a new life in a different culture. I’ve been there myself. That’s why I decided to dedicate my career to helping people like you, who are going through a similar journey. Whether you are struggling with emotional distress, anxiety, loneliness, or any other issue, I’m here to support you and help you thrive in your new environment.
(03) 9070 5328 View (03) 9070 5328
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Ashleigh Fisher
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
Arriving at a point in your life where you identify the need for help is the first step to gaining control and re-directing your future. I implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding and encourage new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. Whether you suffer from a mental health diagnosis or experience general feelings of sadness, fear, or pain, we can work together to bring life-changing results.
Arriving at a point in your life where you identify the need for help is the first step to gaining control and re-directing your future. I implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding and encourage new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. Whether you suffer from a mental health diagnosis or experience general feelings of sadness, fear, or pain, we can work together to bring life-changing results.
(03) 6146 1718 View (03) 6146 1718
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Dr Alexandra Petrik
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toorak, VIC 3142
My therapeutic style is highly collaborative, supportive, strength-focused, and motivational. I believe in creating a supportive and empowering space in which to arm clients with a strong individualised “tool kit” to help manage both everyday and long-term challenges. I offer a broad range of therapeutic modalities to suit the specific needs of the client. I have strong expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Anger Management, and Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
My therapeutic style is highly collaborative, supportive, strength-focused, and motivational. I believe in creating a supportive and empowering space in which to arm clients with a strong individualised “tool kit” to help manage both everyday and long-term challenges. I offer a broad range of therapeutic modalities to suit the specific needs of the client. I have strong expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Anger Management, and Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
(03) 7003 2878 View (03) 7003 2878
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Noah Noam Mankowitz
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
Noah Mankowitz is a Clinical Psychologist who works both at Alfred Health as well as privately. Noah specialises in mental conditions from age 8 and above, with particular interests in Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Trauma, Self-Harm, Personality Disorders, Psychosis as well as Life Transition and Body Image. Noah Mankowitz earned his qualifications from Harvard University; Yale University as well as Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, Noah Mankowitz has published articles with the American Psychological Association and strives to continue contributing to the Medical and Psychology field.
Noah Mankowitz is a Clinical Psychologist who works both at Alfred Health as well as privately. Noah specialises in mental conditions from age 8 and above, with particular interests in Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Trauma, Self-Harm, Personality Disorders, Psychosis as well as Life Transition and Body Image. Noah Mankowitz earned his qualifications from Harvard University; Yale University as well as Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, Noah Mankowitz has published articles with the American Psychological Association and strives to continue contributing to the Medical and Psychology field.
(03) 7003 2140 View (03) 7003 2140
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Andy Webster
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toorak, VIC 3142
Change whether positive or negative, planned or unexpected can generate stress and anxiety, but there is always a path forward so that you can emerge healthier, happier and more able to cope. With the right guidance and support you can learn to navigate destructive emotions like anger, shame, guilt, sadness and loneliness and learn how to re-evaluate your values and set achievable goals.
Change whether positive or negative, planned or unexpected can generate stress and anxiety, but there is always a path forward so that you can emerge healthier, happier and more able to cope. With the right guidance and support you can learn to navigate destructive emotions like anger, shame, guilt, sadness and loneliness and learn how to re-evaluate your values and set achievable goals.
(03) 7003 2082 View (03) 7003 2082
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Brand Counselling Services
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
I believe that loving one’s self is a prerequisite to loving others: our relationships with others are all mirrors of our relationship with ourselves. As a counsellor with over 15 years of experience, I understand that life can be challenging sometimes, and we can lose our way in it. I treat my clients with warmth, empathy, and unconditional support, giving them the space and confidence that they need to walk through the pains of their growth and once again find their love for their true self.
I believe that loving one’s self is a prerequisite to loving others: our relationships with others are all mirrors of our relationship with ourselves. As a counsellor with over 15 years of experience, I understand that life can be challenging sometimes, and we can lose our way in it. I treat my clients with warmth, empathy, and unconditional support, giving them the space and confidence that they need to walk through the pains of their growth and once again find their love for their true self.
(03) 7500 5808 View (03) 7500 5808
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Ilana Laps
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
I am an experienced psychotherapist, counsellor and educator, with additional niche interests in non-duality and working therapeutically with dreams. I have 20 years of professional experience working with life's grief, bereavement and existential concerns, such as finding meaning after loss, being with and growing through traumatic events, and facing our own mortality.
I am an experienced psychotherapist, counsellor and educator, with additional niche interests in non-duality and working therapeutically with dreams. I have 20 years of professional experience working with life's grief, bereavement and existential concerns, such as finding meaning after loss, being with and growing through traumatic events, and facing our own mortality.
(03) 7003 2636 View (03) 7003 2636
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Heartstrings Counselling
Counsellor, MC, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142  (Online Only)
I am passionate about mental health and mental health advocacy, with a deep understanding and fascination about human behaviour and emotions. My expertise lies in providing an integrated and personalised approach, drawing from CBT, EFT, and NT. With experience in addressing various mental health challenges, I offer support for anxiety, depression, grief and loss, work-life balance and stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Our goal is to work towards improved interpersonal relationships, effectively manage challenges, and address personal challenges that may have set us back in the past.
I am passionate about mental health and mental health advocacy, with a deep understanding and fascination about human behaviour and emotions. My expertise lies in providing an integrated and personalised approach, drawing from CBT, EFT, and NT. With experience in addressing various mental health challenges, I offer support for anxiety, depression, grief and loss, work-life balance and stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Our goal is to work towards improved interpersonal relationships, effectively manage challenges, and address personal challenges that may have set us back in the past.
(03) 7003 2412 View (03) 7003 2412
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Carmen Rossitto
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
Carmen has worked extensively with children and adolescents as well as adults and older adults in public mental health, out of home care, and private settings. She is experienced in working with clients of all ages with various difficulties with mood and anxieties, PTSD and trauma, attachment/relationship issues, identity, personality, LGBITQ+/cultural, health and perinatal mental health. Carmen employs a blended range of modalities including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Carmen has worked extensively with children and adolescents as well as adults and older adults in public mental health, out of home care, and private settings. She is experienced in working with clients of all ages with various difficulties with mood and anxieties, PTSD and trauma, attachment/relationship issues, identity, personality, LGBITQ+/cultural, health and perinatal mental health. Carmen employs a blended range of modalities including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
(03) 7003 2652 View (03) 7003 2652
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Steven Colbran - People Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
Steven is registered psychologist who provides primarily afterhours telehealth support and psychological interventions to adolescents and adults. Steven focuses on rapport and therapeutic relationships by spending time building relationships with clients to ensure best practice ethical and professional services to support their betterment of mental health and life’s daily challenges. A values based natural rapport leader with an expertise area spanning various life situations and demographics, Steven emphasises getting to know the individual in all situations.
Steven is registered psychologist who provides primarily afterhours telehealth support and psychological interventions to adolescents and adults. Steven focuses on rapport and therapeutic relationships by spending time building relationships with clients to ensure best practice ethical and professional services to support their betterment of mental health and life’s daily challenges. A values based natural rapport leader with an expertise area spanning various life situations and demographics, Steven emphasises getting to know the individual in all situations.
(03) 9994 1710 View (03) 9994 1710
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Phoebe Newman
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
Mental and physical health challenges can often get in the way of finding meaning, purpose and fulfilment in life. I am dedicated to helping clients face and cope with the challenges that life often throws at us, and find a way forward. I have experience assisting clients experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, insomnia, trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss, chronic pain as well as cancer related distress and recovery from surgery and fertility concerns.
Mental and physical health challenges can often get in the way of finding meaning, purpose and fulfilment in life. I am dedicated to helping clients face and cope with the challenges that life often throws at us, and find a way forward. I have experience assisting clients experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, insomnia, trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss, chronic pain as well as cancer related distress and recovery from surgery and fertility concerns.
(03) 7500 5072 View (03) 7500 5072
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David Fox - People Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
David Fox is a registered psychologist with a masters degree in psychology and over twenty years of experience in both the corporate and private practise sectors. His goal is to support and guide his clients in how to help themselves thrive and overcome mental health difficulties – especially anxiety and depression. David uses a client-centred therapeutic approach as well as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to assist his clients in challenging negative and unhelpful thoughts and beliefs.
David Fox is a registered psychologist with a masters degree in psychology and over twenty years of experience in both the corporate and private practise sectors. His goal is to support and guide his clients in how to help themselves thrive and overcome mental health difficulties – especially anxiety and depression. David uses a client-centred therapeutic approach as well as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to assist his clients in challenging negative and unhelpful thoughts and beliefs.
(03) 7003 2756 View (03) 7003 2756
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Lauren Ross
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified Verified
Toorak, VIC 3142
Do you have a wish to understand your mind, to become un-stuck, and to have healthier relationships with yourself and others? I launched Melbourne Psychology House to offer people an opportunity to understand what is happening inside themselves that is causing their suffering, to build skills to regulate anxiety, to gain stability in relationships, and to heal and unlock potential. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, relationship difficulties, women's health concerns, emotion regulation challenges, and more.
Do you have a wish to understand your mind, to become un-stuck, and to have healthier relationships with yourself and others? I launched Melbourne Psychology House to offer people an opportunity to understand what is happening inside themselves that is causing their suffering, to build skills to regulate anxiety, to gain stability in relationships, and to heal and unlock potential. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, relationship difficulties, women's health concerns, emotion regulation challenges, and more.
(03) 7003 2027 View (03) 7003 2027

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LGBTQ+ Counsellors

Do LGBTQ-affirmative therapists receive special training?

Yes. Many therapists who practice LGBTQ-affirmative therapy have completed specialised training, either during their degree programme or as continuing education, to learn the core principles of affirmative therapy and how to best support their LGBTQ clients; some have received certifications in LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. Prospective clients should inquire as to a clinician’s background and training to ensure a good fit.

Why might I want to see an LGBTQ-affirming or LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

Queer and gender-non-conforming individuals frequently experience bias and marginalisation in day-to-day life. Working with a therapist who understands these unique challenges, as well as accepts and affirms their identity, can help LGBTQ clients feel safe and supported during therapy—allowing them to better navigate their relationships, mental health, and anything else that they wish to explore during therapy. It is important to note that many therapists can be effective in their work with LGBTQ+ individuals, even in the absence of specific training or background knowledge. The most important component in therapy is the alliance between therapist and client, and this alliance can exist between individuals with very different backgrounds.

How can I find an LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

You may wish to inquire about a therapist’s expertise with your specific challenges or concerns—depression, for example, or relationship strife—as well as their past experiences treating LGBTQ+ clients. Prospective clients may also ask whether a therapist has obtained additional training and/or certification in LGBTQ-affirmative techniques.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience with LGBTQ issues?

Prospective clients should feel empowered to directly ask therapists whether they have received training or been certified in LGBTQ-affirming therapy; competent therapists will be happy to explain their educational background and preferred approach(es) to help a client find the best match for them. Clients may also wish to ask how a therapist has treated clients with their particular challenges in the past and what they expect treatment to look like.

Are all the therapists listed in the LGBTQ directory themselves members of the LGBTQ community?

While therapists may choose to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity in their profiles, the LGBTQ directory features not only those who have shared this information but also those who assert specialised training or experience in providing support to queer individuals, couples or families.