Our therapists provide a range of private counselling and psychological services for individuals, families and couples for a range of mental health concerns. Our therapists use therapeutic approaches that have been validated through research as well as through lived and clinical experiences.


Counselling is an active process in which you are assisted to understand more fully the difficulties you are experiencing. It is a chance to talk freely and in confidence with a supportive, impartial and non-judgemental professional. For some, skills to support stability can be needed before exploring and understanding difficulties.

Confidentiality is important. Anything you say to an Essentia Health therapist will not be disclosed except if you indicate risk of harm to yourself or to somebody else. Then our clinicians may be professionally and legally obliged to inform others.

Sharing troubles, exploring options, discussing strategies, developing a plan, building supports, eliciting clarity and encouraging strengths are some of the functions of counselling. Your decisions, culture, religious beliefs and personal values will be respected.

Counselling may be short or long-term. It can involve dealing with highly emotive issues or breaking long-standing patterns of behaviour. It can be hard work and may require a number of visits.

Since counselling is a very personal experience you are encouraged to let your individual therapist know if you don’t feel comfortable for any reason. Together the issue may be resolved or a referral to another counsellor can be arranged.


Our therapists use an assortment of evidence-based treatments to help people improve their lives. Most commonly, the therapy our therapists use is often referred to as psychotherapy or talk therapy. If you are not ready to talk about things that may be painful and triggering, our team are well versed in stabilisation based approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). There are many different styles of therapy and your therapist will choose the type that best addresses the person’s problem and best fits the individual’s characteristics and preferences.

Some of the common types of therapy our therapists use includes cognitive, cognitive-behavioural, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal, dialectical behaviour therapy, somatic trauma therapy, stabilisation based therapy and a combination of a few therapy styles. Therapy can be provided for an individual, couples, family or other group.

For some conditions, therapy and medication are a treatment combination that works best. For people who benefit from medication, our team works with your doctors, paediatricians and psychiatrists to support your overall treatment. If you do not have access to specialist medical support our team includes a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who can provide medication reviews, physical examinations and more.

Our team works with Anxiety and Phobias, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mental illness, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders , Trauma, PTSD, Relaxation, Stress management, Weight management, Eating Disorders, Bullying, Self-harm, Suicide, Assertiveness training, Behaviour problems, Self-esteem & self development, Divorce/separation, Grief and Loss, Parenting and Relationships. 


We are a unique service that has a mix of mental health professionals. Our therapists have a range of specialities and we encourage all new clients to our service to speak with one of our intake team to identify who best suits your needs.

Please go to our team page to review the individual profiles of our clinicians at http://essentiahealth.com.au/team/

Feel free to call our National Intake Team on 07 5646 3848 or email us at intake@essentiahealth.com.au and we will assist with an appropriate referral!


We have multiple options for individuals to contact our team for intake & referrals including via phone, email, medical objects or completion of one of our online forms (NDIS or General Referrals) below.

GPs, psychiatrists, and other health professionals can also fax a referral to 07 5676 6771 (QLD fax number) and it will be automatically uploaded to our secure electronic medical record system.


We have programs in the Bayside region of Melbourne, Mona Vale NSW and the Gold Coast in Queensland.
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