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Our team is dedicated to your mental health. We pride ourselves on first listening and then working with you on the goals that you would like to focus on. 

Our team has the experience and tools to sit with the difficult emotions and thoughts your facing. 

Making an appointment through our system is very easy. Just click on the preferred location, choose a counsellor and then your preferred day and time. Place in your contact details and that’s it, your appointment is confirmed!

stuart cheverton

Stuart Cheverton

Therapist and Founding Partner


  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Charles Sturt University) 
  • Masters of Social Work (RMIT)
  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)

To make a booking with Stuart,
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More about Stuart

Stuart is a Mental Health Social worker and has worked in the industry for a number of years. Stuart has delivered crisis telephone counselling and supported clients in a number of different roles This work has further developed Stuart’s skills in working with trauma and difficult periods of depression and anxiety. Stuart has also worked with clients in the LGBTI community and has a passion for supporting clients who experience homophobia, difficulties with coming out or have anxiety or depressive symptoms.

Stuart is fully aware of the many areas mental health issues and stress impacts a person’s life. This means it is important to recognize this in session and understand the positive and negative ways clients cope. Stuart wants to give you techniques and tools to use to support you through difficult days. Therapy isn’t just about talking, its also about real action and delving into the issues that are really important for you to address. To Stuart, being a good counsellor is about first listening and understanding, working with clients and their goals.

Every person is different and so this means the therapy needs to be unique to you. Stuart is open and honest in his style of working and focuses on the true underlying emotions that are coming up for a client. Stuart is able to provide medicare rebated sessions when you organise a mental health plan and referral from your GP. To make a booking please click below.

prue gilligan

Prue Gilligan

Therapist and Founding Partner


  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling
  • Masters of Counselling
  • Masters of Social Work

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More about Prue

Prue has worked in community mental health, crisis counselling, face to face counselling and other roles in the community service sector for the last 13 years. Prue initially started counselling face to face at a community organisation delivering low cost counselling for clients with a variety of presenting issues ranging from mental health issues to relationship difficulties. Prue has worked with client’s diagnosed with Depression, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Anxiety and a variety of other general life stressors.

Prue is flexible with her approach, she can use different strategies depending on what the individual needs. Prue has a warm and gentle approach that welcomes client’s into a safe place to start therapy. She care deeply for her clients and is passionate about supporting people to achieve their goals. Prue aims to provide a safe and supportive environment that is flexible to the needs of the clients.

She can use Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) strategies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques, Narrivate Therapy techniques and Client focus techniques. She focuses on evidence based interventions.

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Halakhe Ganyu



  • Bachelor of Arts (Multicultural Studies)
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work (Research)
  • Accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers since 1998
  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker & Counsellor
  • Other languages spoken: Oromo & Amharic (Ethiopian)

To make a booking with Halekhe,
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More about Halakhe

Halakhe has worked in community health field for the last 21 years in Victoria. He has worked with individuals, young people and families who have had experienced child hood trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) trauma, depression & anxiety, domestic violence, drug and alcohol addictions and relationship issues. 

Halakhe also provides counselling for migrates and refugee clients. He has extensive experience working with couples, working with communication issues, intimacy, trust and building positive value based trust. Halakhe prides himself on connecting with both partners in understanding the gaps occurring in the relationship and focusing the work on the couples needs.

Halakhe uses holistic (body, mind & core-self) in his approach utilizing various strategies depending on what the individual needs. Halakhe’s gentle, respectful and welcoming approach allows client’s to feel comfortable to start therapy at a safe place. He cares about his clients and supportive of people to achieve their goals. He aims to provide a safe and supportive environment that is flexible to the needs of the clients. 

He draws from various theories and approaches not limited to: Client centered strength based/solution focused; motivational therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative Therapy.

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Awadia Osman



  • Bachelor degree in Social work through University of Melbourne
  • Certificate three in Life coaching through Open doors

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More about Awadia

Awadia has worked in the public sector and charity organizations supporting clients with mental health issues and substance misuse. Awadia started counselling about 9 years ago, the support period ranged between telephone counselling support and face to face support which usually included advocacy for clients and their families through mediation.

Awadia has worked with youth who were at risk or homeless at the time and as a result had multiple mental health disorders some of them resulting in substance misuse. Awadia worked with clients diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bipolar and other anxiety related issues.

Awadia believes in choosing the approach that is more suitable to the client rather than following one approach. Every client has a different story and therefor the support period needs to be designed to be able to travel the journey with the client and achieve the best result for them.

Awadia uses Narrative therapy as a starting point and then applies CBT, ACT and other therapies that might be of need along the support period. All approaches and technique are evidence based.

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Joy Khalil



  • BA (Criminology & Psychology)
    Bachelor of Social Work Melbourne University
  • Grad Dip Education (Secondary)
  • Masters Counselling & Psychotherapy

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More about Joy

Joy trained in the public health sector at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for two years. This provided a solid base of experience working with the full range of chronic conditions, terminal conditions and trauma, across the lifespan. Joy then undertook further studies to shift into Secondary Education, 14 years ago. 

Outside of private practice, current work is with adolescents and their families in a school setting, to manage stressful life events, complex health conditions, facilitate change and enhance function.

Joy’s presence makes all feel welcome, no topic is off limits, and client comfort is priority. Joy’s experience offers an evidence based therapeutic approach, adaptable and tailored to each client’s individual needs as rapport naturally develops. Techniques are commonly a blend from emotion focused therapy, family systems, mindfulness, CBT, ACT, grief and trauma counselling.

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Adam Bottomley



  • Bachelor of Social Work

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More about Adam

Adam has worked in community mental health for twelves years in a variety of roles from direct service delivery to leadership and program design. Adam started with a passion for working with young people and families in disadvantaged communities. Adam has provided short intervention support in crisis situations as well as long term therapeutic work. Over the past twelves years he has worked with clients with a variety of diagnoses and experiences; including personality disorders, schizophrenia, substance issues, depression and self harm/suicide. Since 2018 Adam has complimented his clinical work with teaching mental health social work in the university sector. 

Adam is adaptive in his approach and will focus on what the individual needs, he uses many techniques in his work including; strength based, solution focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tools, narrative therapy, and psycho-education. Adam is curious about the needs of the people he is working with, experiences and perceptions of clients, he is keen to develop a shared understand of what is going on for you. Adam would like to help clients finding and nurturing hope for the future.

Sophie Manente - Safe Place Therapy Melbourne

Sophie Manente


Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and international studies) and
Masters of clinical counselling

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More about Sophie

Sophie has worked in the community service sector in Melbourne in various counselling and case management roles, supporting clients with mental health issues and trauma. She has provided counselling to adults and young people experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD/C-PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and various other conditions. She has had significant experience working with people who have experienced sexual assault and family violence, and is passionate about working with the LGBTIQA+ community.

Sophie welcomes her clients into a space that feels safe, warm and non-judgemental. She honours the life you have lived so far and works alongside you to help you reach the life that you want. You can expect her to provide counselling that is anti-oppressive and trauma-informed, fusing her extensive clinical knowledge with principles of social justice.

Sophie draws from a variety of approaches so that each client can get the support that is right for them. She draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Attachment, Emotion-focused Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.