Melbourne | Brisbane | Gold Coast

Marina
Bakker

Founder | Principal

ABOUT MARINA

Marina is Managing Director of Counselling Works and her team of experienced psychologists and counsellors offer a range of services to assist in mental health and emotional well-being issues, trauma recovery, overcoming depression and anxiety and relationship and family therapy.  The emotional health services are founded on a strength-based perspective focusing on promoting the internal assets of their clients and the wider community.

Marina’s Education Seminars support individuals, couples and families to gain knowledge and strategies related to personal and workplace mental health, emotional well-being, healthy relationship attachment bonds and a range of workplace well-being topics.

Her continued leadership has led to the national expansion of Counselling Works with locations in Melbourne and Brisbane.  Furthermore, her program Mind Tools for Workplace Mental Health seeks to transform workplace culture and safeguard mental health in the workplace context.

Natalia
Burford

Mental Health Social Worker

ABOUT NATALIA

Natalia’s background includes extensive
anxiety, depression and mental health recovery counselling. Her experience extends to working with a wide variety of clients.

She has extensive experience in
trauma-informed clinical practice, and has worked in the areas of suicide
prevention, domestic violence, and provides a person-centred clinical approach.

Natalia’s clinical experience
has provided her with in-depth knowledge of
evidence-based trauma recovery, mental health and relationship interventions.  

Having gained her master’s in Social Work
(qualifying), she is an accredited Social Worker with the ASW and a registered clinical counsellor with the ACA.  

Natalia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in finding solutions to assist people achieve their goals, reach improved levels of mental health and develop higher levels of resilience and emotional intelligence.

Glenda 

McDonald

Relationships / Trauma Recovery

ABOUT GLENDA

Glenda McDonald is an accomplished counsellor with many years’ experience working with adolescents and families. Glenda is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and supports clients with an array of concerns including grief and loss.

Glenda is committed to empowering clients to find their inner strength, to learn new strategies and ways of thinking as they navigate the challenges they are experiencing. Her philosophy is that we all have the resources we need both within and around us to create the life we seek. With the support of a professional counsellor clients can tap into those resources and find a pathway forward. Through exploring areas of concern, focusing on values and strengths, Glenda helps clients to create the conditions for change which will lead them towards a richer, more meaningful life.

Each session is tailored to meet the clients’ personal therapeutic needs. Glenda uses a client centred approach, employing a range of evidence based models of counselling including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. Glenda is passionate about helping clients to make genuine and long lasting change for greater understanding, peace and wellbeing.

Brenda
Harvey

NDIS Counsellor / Generalist

ABOUT BRENDA

Brenda Harvey is an skilled and experienced counsellor working within the disability sector and mental health.   

Brenda has extensive expertise in ADHD, adolescents, individuals, substance abuse, emotional challenges, conflict and developing skills on improving and maintaining relationships.

As a registered NDIS provider I explore thoughts, feelings, behaviours and their relevance in achieving a more fulfilled life providing an empathetic and respectful relationship.  Brenda’s approach as a  professional counsellor works in collaboration with the client  through addressing, self exploration and clarifying the concern you bring into the session. 

Brenda helps provide coping strategies, goals, gain greater awareness, understanding and support in positive well-being and provide clients who require a new direction. 

Sean
Scott

Aboriginal Community Counsellor

ABOUT SEAN

Sean Scott, a registered Counsellor with the CPCA. Before 2016, Sean had a long career in the corporate sector, representing companies and even running his own business. However, in 2016, a significant decision was made to shift gears and dedicate his efforts to the community services sector. Since then, Sean has engaged in welfare work, taken on the role of a Pastoral care Lead, and acquired qualifications to teach English as a second overseas language. 

Sean derives tremendous satisfaction from witnessing transformed lives changed for the better, through his work in the Community services sector. And now within the field of counselling, being able to more closely observe and have an impact in seeing lives made well again, in an atmosphere of holistic and person-centred care.

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Our expert team of psychologists, counsellors and support staff offer a range of Evidence-Based Treatments. Counselling Works services help improve your Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being.

DEPRESSION & ANXIETY COUNSELLING

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING

MEDICAL REBATES

WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH

RESILIENCE SEMINARS & CONSULTATIONS

PERSONALITY PROFILING

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT & MEDIATION

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