Melbourne | Brisbane | Gold Coast

Marina Bakker

Founder | Principal


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.

Robert Ellery

Senior Psychologist


Robert is a psychologist with forty years’ experience. He continues to practice in clinical and educational settings, as well as a private consultant. With a foundation of child and educational clinical experience, Robert works with all ages across the life span. He is also a senior supervising psychologist, and is developing an international reputation for this work.

 In his professional practice, he continues to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, post traumatic stress, hyperactivity, autism, as well as complex developmental, social-emotional and workplace issues. He is passionate about evidence-based outcomes.

Robert brings a unique and engaging style of rapport and understanding to the therapeutic relationship, combining respect, empathy and yet challenge to assist the change process. He uses a broad and deep theoretical knowledge base as well as practical, solution-focussed approaches for promoting effective treatment outcomes for clients.

Mark Colwill

Clinical Counsellor


Mark is a skilled, passionate and professional counsellor drawing from his life experience and understanding to support individuals, couples and families. He is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and has a particular interest in helping individuals create a better and more meaningful lifestyle.

Mark’s approach to counselling is warm, welcoming and heartfelt. He understands that everyone is unique and takes the time to focus on each client individually to establish a non-judgemental and empathic working relationship. Mark offers personal and realistic solutions to help guide and motivate real change for moving forward with life.

Mark believes that everyone is the expert at their own lives, however, at times certain events can interrupt life balances and it can be difficult to understand what one is going through. With a person centred and solution focused approach, Mark empowers clients with the ability to choose their own course of action, transform personal challenges into positive outcomes and encourage the onward journeys in life, in a more healthy and resilient way.

Deb McGinnis

Counsellor / Mental Health Educator


Deb is an accomplished counsellor with many years’ experience with a diverse range of clients,
in both individual and group settings. She is a member of the Australian Counselling
Association. Deb has a particular interest in reducing stress and anxiety and in relationship

Deb’s natural understanding and empathy provides a safe, accepting and non-judgmental space
for clients to explore the challenges they are facing. Clients are empowered in areas that they
are stuck in or with, and Deb provides clients with the ability to view those situations from a
different perspective, giving them freedom and ease. Through this process clients develop an
awareness of their own natural power and ability to deal with anything in their life. Clients walk
out of sessions with the resources and tools to be able to create rewarding relationships and
lives, and with a renewed sense of wellbeing.
Each session with Deb is tailored to meet the client’s needs. Her counselling is grounded in the
client being the expert in their life and is an integrated approach drawing from narrative,
strengths based, solution focused and existential approaches.  Deb believes each client comes
with their own unique stories, including their own unique strengths and abilities, and she looks
forward to discovering yours with you.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Psychotherapist / Mental Health Educator


Sarah is an empathetic psychotherapist with 25 years’ experience in short term and longer term counselling and therapy with adults and adolescents. She is a Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy And Counselling Federation of Australia. Sarah is particularly interested in assisting people to overcome internal obstacles and become more genuine, connected and creative in their relationships and lives.

Sarah draws on trauma informed practice, strengths based and solution focused counselling, acceptance and commitment therapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has also facilitated professional development seminars for counsellors and psychotherapists.

Sarah’s work spans stress, relationship and wellbeing counselling to mental health and trauma recovery. She provides a safe and accepting environment for people who have experienced sexual abuse and early or recent trauma. She also offers specialist men’s counselling. Tools for relaxation, managing strong emotions, assertive communication and facing anxiety provoking but important life developments are provided.

Sarah brings a deep, collaborative listening to each client, enabling the client to express how they want to approach the work. Fostering the professional relationship helps promote openness to exploring and learning. Clients benefit from experiencing acceptance, the space to grow and being more at home with who they are.

Glenda McDonald



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. 


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