MEET THE TEAM

About Zhamilya

I am super passionate about my work as a Counsellor after many years working in the corporate world left me searching for a more fulfilling and meaningful career.  I find that so many of my clients echo this search – in addition to wanting to address their day-to-day life struggles – they are searching for something more.  And this is where I love to be, fully attentive, empathising with my clients but most of all working alongside them to explore ways of improving all aspects of their lives, be that work, relationships, childhood attachment wounds or trauma.
I combine a variety of psychological techniques, philosophical views as well as practical approaches, but most of all I am client-centred.  I hold a unique space for my clients and help them seeing themselves, their lives, relationships and event traumatic events through a different lens.
I view anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, anger management as well as problems in relationships as the symptoms or our best attempts to navigate life’s challenges. While we will work together to find new, more adaptive strategies, I also believe it’s important explore and heal from the underlying issues behind them otherwise it’s often just a band-aid approach to therapy.
In my spare time I love to go out and explore all the great food places in Melbourne, practice aerial yoga, rowing in the summer and skiing in the winter.

About Nina

I’m a Registered Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. I began my studies at Monash University, completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science progressing to a Master of Counselling. I have since pursued further training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through the Equine Psychotherapy Institute, Sand Tray Therapy and Drumbeat Therapy.
I have had the pleasure and honour to have spent the majority of my career journeying with children and families across various remote and urban locations across Australia.  I have experience working with individuals of all ages but have a keen interest in supporting children and their parents.
My journey with children is led by them, often playful, creative, and fun! However, I don’t journey with children alone, I support their parents in exploring the challenges they are facing, thinking through where it has come from, what it may mean and how to support their child. My approach is flexible and adaptive to the child’s needs, and together we celebrate growth and success, navigate the challenges, and embrace a new way of living.
Outside of work, I enjoy baking cakes, watching sunsets and playing with my two sausage dogs!

About Pauline

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, I believe in caring for individuals holistically and that each individual’s experience shapes the way they see and behave in the world around them. I am an accredited counsellor with ACA after graduating from Monash Masters of counselling. With a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Japanese and Chinese, I am passionate in learning about different cultures and backgrounds which allows me to better understand how I can support people with their mental health and wellbeing. I have prior and ongoing experience working with young people through NDIS which I enjoy immensely. I aim to create a safe space for individuals to be listened to, process events and situations, so that they may grow towards their goals.
Outside of the counselling space, I’m a wacky and easy going person who loves being around people. Bouldering and snowboarding are my go-to as well as some good karaoke sessions and movie marathons. I also enjoy painting, crocheting and going on nice drives. I’m also a new mum to my mini lop rabbit – fishball.

About Jennifer

Jennifer is an Art Therapist and Social Worker who has a focus on experience-based modalities of connection- art, play, movement, and sand tray.
She has strong experience in working with children, families, and carers. Telling the unfolding story using reflective practice and narrative-based approaches as core components of the work.
Jennifer is a Professional Member of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) and the Australia New Zealand Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA).
Jennifer, her husband, and three children live in the outer east where they fill weekends with basketball, trips to the dog park, art-making, and a good movie.

About Sarah

I am a Masters qualified registered Counsellor who places great importance on the therapeutic relationship. I take a client-centred approach and pride myself on the ability to be truly present and hold a space for clients, enabling for self-exploration and insight into one’s experience.
I have a keen interest in attachment theory and learning about childhood attachment and their subsequent adult manifestations. I am passionate about all things self-development and feel a great sense of fulfillment working alongside those on their own journey.
Outside of the counselling space, I like to keep active and enjoy being a social butterfly

About Sadia

Sadia is passionate about helping people Grow. Grow in their self-awareness, their relationships, their  work, and in their lives.
Through her easy-going and encouraging, yet focused therapy style, she helps clients delve deeper into issues of the past and present, process these, and over time, develop new and healthy perspectives that allow them to move forward as better, stronger versions of themselves. She assists clients overcome emotional and mental barriers by developing self-awareness, drawing on their inner strengths and nurturing positive mindsets and behaviors.
She supports with client presentations such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship challenges, grief and loss, work / career issues, self-esteem, and others.
Sadia is also trained in Gottman Couples Therapy, and has supported many couples in enhancing the quality of their relationships through increased self-awareness, an understanding and appreciation of their relationship dynamics, and improved communication strategies and tools.
Sadia likes to work with diverse evidence-based modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Gottman Couples Therapy, among others. She holds a Masters in Counselling degree from Monash University, Melbourne, and is registered with the Australian Counselling Association.
In her free time, Sadia loves to read, paint and experience new places and cultures.