Confidential Services

Mindful Counselling offers professional and confidential counselling to children, adolescents, adults and couples.

Evidence Based

Our approach is evidence based and respectful of individual differences. We believe that every person has the capacity for change.
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Empowering Lives

We work to empower people to develop a deeper self-understanding, strengthen their self-expression, and build resilience
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Support and Care

Close working partnerships with medical practitioners, psychiatrists and various other health professionals ensures our clients receive the highest standard of care.

Meet the Team

Our therapists are trained and qualified and have memberships with the appropriate professional associations in their fields. Professional development is undertaken regularly by each therapist as a requirement of the Australian Health Practioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).

Dr Christine Ellisdon

Clinical Psychologist

BSocSc(FamilyStudies) Hons, DPsych(Clinical), MAPS

Christine is the founder and principal psychologist at Mindful Counselling.

Qualifications/Training & Prior experience

Since 2000 Christine has worked with adolescents and adults within community, hospital, local government, and private practice settings. She has had extensive experience treating people from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and life issues. She is experienced in assessment, psychotherapy, case management, and group facilitation.

Therapeutic Approach

Christine believes that good therapy draws upon a person’s strengths and inner wisdom.  For these reasons Christine uses a collaborative and supportive approach which allows people to express their thoughts and feelings, explore their beliefs systems and reflect on their life experiences.  At times a valuable part of this process may involve identifying and exploring underlying, unresolved issues that may be interfering with life feeling meaningful and satisfying.  Christine’s approach is designed to empower people through developing insight and understanding while also providing opportunities to develop alternative ways of coping and relating to themselves and others.  Christine believes that a positive, healthy perception of self is integral to wellbeing.  She therefore places special emphasis on strengthening the relationship that people have with themselves by addressing negative self-beliefs and self-destructive, self-sabotaging tendencies.  Equally interpersonal relationships are often a focus of therapy given the profound impact relationships can have on our overall wellbeing.

While Christine favours an integrative approach which centres around the principles of mindfulness, she believes it is important that therapy is tailored specifically to the needs of the person.  Christine is experienced and trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Areas of Expertise/Special interest

Christine works with adults and older adolescents. She has special interests in treating anxiety disorders, relationship issues and self-worth/self-esteem issues. She also has extensive experience in treating grief and loss, trauma, depression/post-natal depression, and adjustment issues. She enjoys coaching people through life transitions and helping explore ways of increasing a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Sarah Novotny

Psychologist

Qualifications/Training & Prior experience

Bachelor of Arts (Monash); Post Graduate Diploma Psychology (ACU); Masters in Psychology (ACU)

Sarah was registered as a Psychologist in 2002. Throughout Sarah’s career she has worked for 6 years within the education sector with children, adolescents and families, and 6 years in Private Practice with clients across the age spectrum.

Experience

Sarah was registered as a Psychologist in 2002. Throughout my career I have worked for 6 years within the education sector with children, adolescents and families, and 6 years in Private Practice with clients across the age spectrum.

Therapeutic Approach

Most people, at some point during their lives, will experience difficulties that can be helped through a process of talking about their thoughts, feelings and their situation within a counselling framework. Counselling assists clients to develop insights, practical skills and strategies for improving and maintaining mental health and overall well-being. Sarah uses evidence based strategies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to empower clients to make positive changes in their lives.

Special Interests

Sarah has a particular interest in working with adolescents and young adults. With many years experience in providing counselling and assessment services within a secondary school setting, Sarah has proven strengths in engaging adolescents in the process of change and healing. Sarah also has considerable experience in assisting adults for a variety of reasons including life transitions, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, parenting issues, and coaching in the areas of decision making, problem solving, communication, assertiveness and self esteem.

Tatianna Shemer

Qualifications/Training & Prior experience

In almost 25 years as a clinical social worker/psychotherapist Tatianna has worked in hospitals and clinics with people suffering from acute and chronic illnesses (psycho-oncology, eating disorders, trauma etc.) across wards of major public hospitals both overseas and in Australia and in private practice.

Therapeutic Approach

Tatianna’s goal in therapy is to enable a person to acquire an increased capacity for satisfaction and contentment through greater self-awareness. Tatianna likes to address the broader personality factors that underlie symptoms. Symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, sleeplessness or somatic complaints are generally indicative of more fundamental issues concerning one’s sense of identity (including gender identity), self-esteem, unresolved resentments, etc.

The choice of therapeutic approach is based on the assessment of the individual needs of the person, and variety of approaches is used in her work, including psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Trauma based interventions.

Areas of expertise/Special Interests

Tatianna’s areas of interest are depression and anxiety, complex trauma (PTSD), grief, complicated grief and loss, relationship, stress management, issues of self-esteem, anticipated and sudden transitions, adjustment to illness, and other life situations.

Angela Martin

Psychologist

Qualifications/Training & Prior experience

Angela has worked in the field of mental health for approximately 30 years. She has worked in various medical practices in the Bayside area and therefore has dealt with many mental health issues. She has experience working with older adolescents, adults and couples.

Therapeutic Approach

Angela believes that her work is directed towards supporting people cope with their individual life crisis or stress. She believes in helping people discover their own individual resources to resolve their issues and improve and enrich their lives. Her therapeutic approach is fundamentally cognitive emphasising region positive thinking and behaviour to initiate change. She also teaches clients various skills/tools such as mindfulness, relaxation to assist with their development and growth.

Areas of expertise/Special Interests

Angela has extensive experience treating anxiety and mood disorders and relationship issues. She is also skilled and experienced in stress management, assertiveness training, self esteem and confidence building, grief and loss, couples counselling and difficulty associated with life transitions.