Counsellor Profile

Principal Clinical Counsellor / Mental Health Clinician / Relationship Therapist Michelle Keir-Sanderson.

In addition to the high level of professional training Michelle has completed over the years, Michelle also has a wealth of life experience that has added to her breadth of knowledge. After overcoming many of her own life challenges and personal traumas, Michelle finds she is able to foster a greater understanding and empathy towards her clients. This combination of training and personal experience enables a more holistic, person centred approach.

  • Masters Degree in Mental Health Science M.MHSc. (Monash University)

  • Bachelor's Degree in Behavioural Science (majoring in Psychology) B.BSc., (Monash University)

  • Postgraduate qualifications in Forensic Mental Health. G.CertFMentalHealth (James Cook University)

  • Over 20 Years Counselling Experience (over 8000 client contact hours)

  • Level 4 (Clinical) Membership of Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

  • Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 2)

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

  • Valid Working with children (WWC) card holder

  • Current Police/Criminal History Certificate

  • Undertakes Ongoing Professional Development

  • Worked in Not-for-Profit/Community and Private sectors

  • Currently also holds Senior Consultant Counsellor position with a leading Mental Health Care provider

ACA level 4 member
ACA level 4 member

It is normal for new clients to feel nervous at their first session - or even making that initial contact. This may be due to discomfort in expressing thoughts or feelings, a fear of being judged, or an uncertainty about the counselling process. The counsellor is there to assist you - at your own pace, free from judgement and without pressure.

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