The Garden Counselling

Online counselling and support for women


The Garden Counselling

We recognise the unique challenges women face in life, especially around  life changes, ageing, and sexuality. And we know that everyone needs a bit of support sometimes.

We also know that regardless of how many friends or family you have around you, finding a non-judgemental space to really address what's going on with you can be hard.  That's where we come in.

Our counselling service is confidential, and convenient  -  we bring online support to women anywhere at the click of a mouse. All you need is Skype and/or a phone, and an email address. 

You can talk freely about problems relating to sex or sexuality, self-esteem or relationships, or address any anxiety, depression or conflict flowing from life changes (menopause? empty nest? separation? career angst? a hundred other things?) .

About Michaela
M.Couns., Grad.Dip.Sexol. BA. Comms, M.A.C.A

Hi.  I'm a qualified, registered counsellor who is passionate about helping women navigate life, and find peace and meaning when it appears lost.  

I have experience working with individuals and couples, backed by a Masters in Counselling and a Post.Grad.Dip in Sexology.  I'm trained in a range of therapeutic techniques that will help modify negative thoughts and inner conflict, find self-compassion and innate strengths, and shed new meaning on old stories. As a person-centred therapist, I tune into you, and together we find your strengths so you can move on in a way that is meaningful to you.    

I'm a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association and had the privilege of training and working with Relationships Australia.  My goal is simply to support women through the tough times, to help you survive and be the best you can be. And to live the life you deserve. Hope to see you soon. 



















Find out more at  thegardencounselling.com

"The service was really good! It really helped to talk through some personal issues which were causing me some anxiety... and my counsellor suggested some useful strategies and tools which worked very well"

Cient

Anon.

"Michaela was amazing - the best counsellor I've found anywhere so far."

Client

Anon.

"My counsellor really understood and respected me. We worked well together. She created a safe place for me to explore my issues."

Client

Anon.

"Michaela is so warm and friendly i really feel i can tell her anything. There's just no judgement."

Client

Anon

"I really benefited from this. Yes, I recommend this service!"

Client

Anon.

"After spending time with you, I feel my batteries are fully recharged. You have clarified some of the key points and now I have a much clearer view of what I need to do to look after my own needs and personal wellbeing"

Client

Anon

"Thank you for being there when I needed someone to listen. [You helped me] understand a complex mix of emotions and some unresolved family issues that needed clarification. I do appreciate the time we spent together."

Client

Anon.

"You are such a good counsellor and great therapist!!"

Client

Anon

"Michaela understood me, and she was thoughtful and respectful."

Client

Anon
Yes, when you book the free 15 minute consultation, we can go over what you are struggling with, and map out the next steps.  You just have to provide your Skype id, or telephone number, when you book the session. There is no obligation to go ahead with counselling if the initial chat doesn't feel right to you.  
The free consultation gives you the chance to meet your counsellor and see if you feel comfortable with online counselling. There is no obligation to book a session after we have chatted, if it doesn't feel right.
If you aren't sure, you can book a free 'Let's Say Hello' session and see how it feels?  It provides an opportunity for you to meet your counsellor, and also see if you are comfortable with telephone or video counselling (at no charge).   If not, we can refer you on. 
If there is a technical problem our end, before or during the session, we will refund you and reschedule. If you feel the counselling hasn't worked, we have to look at this on a case by case basis. Some people benefit just from being heard, some people expect problems to be 'fixed' by the counsellor, and are disappointed to find it doesn't work like this!  Counselling is a collaboration between you and the counsellor - you can see the counsellor as a guide, but you have to do the work.... This is why we encourage the "Let's Say Hello' session first, if you are unsure, and we can go over expectations. 
Fair question!  Michaela is registered with our industry's governing body, the Australian Counselling Association; also Psychology Today and others.  This can be verified by you before booking.  (And if she vanishes after payment, she can easily be found....!)  Chasing payments in private practice (whatever the industry or service) can absorb much time and energy better spent with clients.  Importantly, if you are prepared to pay upfront, it shows commitment from you to invest in yourself, and that bodes well for our sessions together.  Our free consultation also gives the opportunity for you to connect and ensure we are bona fide! 

The Garden Counselling

Online counselling and support for women

About


The Garden Counselling

We recognise the unique challenges women face in life, especially around  life changes, ageing, and sexuality. And we know that everyone needs a bit of support sometimes.

We also know that regardless of how many friends or family you have around you, finding a non-judgemental space to really address what's going on with you can be hard.  That's where we come in.

Our counselling service is confidential, and convenient  -  we bring online support to women anywhere at the click of a mouse. All you need is Skype and/or a phone, and an email address. 

You can talk freely about problems relating to sex or sexuality, self-esteem or relationships, or address any anxiety, depression or conflict flowing from life changes (menopause? empty nest? separation? career angst? a hundred other things?) .

About Michaela
M.Couns., Grad.Dip.Sexol. BA. Comms, M.A.C.A

Hi.  I'm a qualified, registered counsellor who is passionate about helping women navigate life, and find peace and meaning when it appears lost.  

I have experience working with individuals and couples, backed by a Masters in Counselling and a Post.Grad.Dip in Sexology.  I'm trained in a range of therapeutic techniques that will help modify negative thoughts and inner conflict, find self-compassion and innate strengths, and shed new meaning on old stories. As a person-centred therapist, I tune into you, and together we find your strengths so you can move on in a way that is meaningful to you.    

I'm a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association and had the privilege of training and working with Relationships Australia.  My goal is simply to support women through the tough times, to help you survive and be the best you can be. And to live the life you deserve. Hope to see you soon. 



















Find out more at  thegardencounselling.com

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Testimonials

"The service was really good! It really helped to talk through some personal issues which were causing me some anxiety... and my counsellor suggested some useful strategies and tools which worked very well"

Cient

Anon.

"Michaela was amazing - the best counsellor I've found anywhere so far."

Client

Anon.

"My counsellor really understood and respected me. We worked well together. She created a safe place for me to explore my issues."

Client

Anon.

"Michaela is so warm and friendly i really feel i can tell her anything. There's just no judgement."

Client

Anon

"I really benefited from this. Yes, I recommend this service!"

Client

Anon.

"After spending time with you, I feel my batteries are fully recharged. You have clarified some of the key points and now I have a much clearer view of what I need to do to look after my own needs and personal wellbeing"

Client

Anon

"Thank you for being there when I needed someone to listen. [You helped me] understand a complex mix of emotions and some unresolved family issues that needed clarification. I do appreciate the time we spent together."

Client

Anon.

"You are such a good counsellor and great therapist!!"

Client

Anon

"Michaela understood me, and she was thoughtful and respectful."

Client

Anon

FAQ

Yes, when you book the free 15 minute consultation, we can go over what you are struggling with, and map out the next steps.  You just have to provide your Skype id, or telephone number, when you book the session. There is no obligation to go ahead with counselling if the initial chat doesn't feel right to you.  
The free consultation gives you the chance to meet your counsellor and see if you feel comfortable with online counselling. There is no obligation to book a session after we have chatted, if it doesn't feel right.
If you aren't sure, you can book a free 'Let's Say Hello' session and see how it feels?  It provides an opportunity for you to meet your counsellor, and also see if you are comfortable with telephone or video counselling (at no charge).   If not, we can refer you on. 
If there is a technical problem our end, before or during the session, we will refund you and reschedule. If you feel the counselling hasn't worked, we have to look at this on a case by case basis. Some people benefit just from being heard, some people expect problems to be 'fixed' by the counsellor, and are disappointed to find it doesn't work like this!  Counselling is a collaboration between you and the counsellor - you can see the counsellor as a guide, but you have to do the work.... This is why we encourage the "Let's Say Hello' session first, if you are unsure, and we can go over expectations. 
Fair question!  Michaela is registered with our industry's governing body, the Australian Counselling Association; also Psychology Today and others.  This can be verified by you before booking.  (And if she vanishes after payment, she can easily be found....!)  Chasing payments in private practice (whatever the industry or service) can absorb much time and energy better spent with clients.  Importantly, if you are prepared to pay upfront, it shows commitment from you to invest in yourself, and that bodes well for our sessions together.  Our free consultation also gives the opportunity for you to connect and ensure we are bona fide!