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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.

Mark

Podesta

Psychologist

ABOUT MARK

Mark is a highly professional, warm, caring, approachable person, committed to treating people with respect, care, and compassion. His approach to therapy is actively guided by strengths, needs, and circumstances, valuing open communication and authenticity, encouraging collaboration to best support, empower, and create positive changes in the midst of challenges and difficulties, and strategies to improve wellbeing.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, Mark worked for many years as a lawyer in Sydney; counselling, supporting and assisting clients with significant emotional issues as a result of being victims of trauma and abuse. Mark has had clinical experience with a wide range of presentations and issues for clients from diverse backgrounds with diverse abilities across the lifespan, using a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Shadow Work. In addition to working with NDIS, Mental Health Care Plans, Employee Assistance Programs, Work Cover claims, and private clients, he regularly administers a wide range of psychometric assessments, writes comprehensive NDIS functional capacity reports. and compiles and providing training for Behavioural Support Plans.

Trenton
Ellwood

Psychologist 

ABOUT TRENTON

I value individuality, respecting diversity, distinct experiences, belief systems, and unique social, environmental, and cultural influences. Through building a therapeutic connection, I attempt to comprehend one’s motivations and catalysts for purposeful change and personal transformation. My psychological approach is firmly rooted in utilising evidence-based therapeutic strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Techniques, Creative Therapies, and Family System approaches to name a few. I also acknowledge a neuropsychological perspective within my approach, integrating techniques of heart rate variability (HRV) training into practice in the attempt to improve self-regulation. I have a keen interest in person centered goal setting, assessment, behaviour and therapy planning to faciltate personal change and progress monitoring.

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. 

Robin 

Pantours

Educator / Psychotherapist

ABOUT ROBIN

Robin Pantours is a highly skilled and experienced counsellor with over 18 years experience working with clients and their families. Robin is registered with the Australian Counselling Association and has a background in creative counselling and somatic therapies. Robin has worked in various counselling settings ranging from child, youth a parenting counselling, complex case management, creative industry and abuse law.

Robin is an empathetic and compassionate counsellor who draws on client centred principles to support clients integrate their lived experiences. Sessions with Robin orient towards compassionate enquiry and supporting clients tap into their internal resources to better understand their journey and create a life that aligns with their values and purpose.

Robin is a trauma informed counsellor with many years of experience working with trauma and has a committed to creating safety and connection within her sessions. Robin also incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution focused Therapy, Acceptance, Internal family systems, Commitment Therapy as well as Humanistic therapies. Robin works to the uniqueness of every individual and is passionate about supporting meaningful and sustainable discovery and change.

Megan 

Tregilgas

Relationships and Sex Therapist

ABOUT MEGAN

Megan Tregilgas is a professional counsellor and is a member of Australian Counselling Association.  Megan works with individuals across their various life stages.

Megan brings a wealth of life experience prior to counselling, working as senior manager and business owner in the corporate sector. As a Counsellor, Megan has worked in both the non for profit and private sector. This experience enables Megan to help her clients through a range of issues including stress, anxiety, trauma, loss, grief, school and work pressures, relationships, intimacy and family problems.

By collaborating with her clients, Megan helps to identify issues by using techniques from a number of evidence-based theories that help clients achieve their goals and empower them to problem solve. These theories include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution Focus Therapy, sex therapy and The Gottman Method couple’s therapy.

Each session with Megan is tailored to meet the client’s personal needs. Megan provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space. Megan doesn’t diagnose, pathologise, judge, label or prescribe but seeks to walk alongside her clients with support and empathy. 

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This time is yours! I offer an empathetic ear that listens to your concerns and works with you on what you would like to achieve from counselling. A collaborative approach is taken, so you feel supported, understood and the sessions are about empowering you to help achieve your goals. 

Tamara
Costa

Drug and Alcohol
Counsellor

ABOUT TAMARA

Finding a good therapist is not an easy task. Opening up to a stranger can be scary, there’s strength in taking that first step.  

My aim is to provide a safe, non judgmental space where life’s challenges can be navigated. I have experience  working with people from different cultures, ages and backgrounds. Providing support in areas such as trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism , Addiction and relationship concerns .

My therapeutic style is holistic, focusing on acceptance, empathy and mutual respect. Drawing mainly on solution focused, person – centred and trauma informed therapies, I use a collaborative approach allowing facilitation for resilience and personal growth. 

My double major Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. As well as my Masters in Counselling has equipped me with the skillset and knowledge on interventions, theories. 

In my spare time I enjoy going to the beach, watching the sunset and listening to good music. 🙂

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