Don Coles

Don Coles

Mental Health Accredited Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor, AASW

M Social Work (Counselling), B Social Studies (Social Work)

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Don has over 35 years of counselling experience, working with anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, confidence issues, trauma effects, disability, parenting and mental health. He worked with the Child Abuse Royal Commission as a counsellor for 3 years, supporting people affected by childhood sexual abuse. He has provided clinical supervision for over 20 years.


Areas of Counselling Practice

Mental Health, Trauma and Abuse

  • Adult mental health issues
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Anxiety including social anxiety, panic attacks, and stress management
  • Coping with emotions including shame, grief and anger
  • Depressive disorders, depression and low mood
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse — past or present (male and female)
  • Family-of-Origin issues
  • Grief & loss counselling
  • PTSD
  • Relationship issues including conflict & domestic violence
  • Self-harm and suicidality
  • Separation & divorce
  • Stress reduction
  • Trauma & abuse counselling

Adolescent and Family Counselling

  • ADHD related difficulties
  • Attachment and Bonding Issues
  • Behavioural challenges for children
  • Behavioural challenges for adolescents
  • Bullying
  • Conflict resolution
  • Childhood mental health concerns & disorders
  • Children’s Social issues
  • Developmental difficulties for children
  • Disability Support for Children and their family
  • Fatherhood Issues and mentoring
  • Family Relationship and family systems issues
  • Motherhood Issues and Mentoring
  • Parenting issues including infant bonding, and post-natal depression and anxiety
  • Parenting Plans
  • Parenting skills development
  • Step family issues


  • Aboriginal and indigenous Issues
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness and boundary setting
  • Communication & conflict resolution
  • Building better relationships (work and personal)
  • Career counselling and coaching
  • Carer’s related issues
  • Disability support including: intellectual, physical and carers issues
  • Life Coaching
  • Life and Work Transitions
  • Men’s Issues
  • Relationship Stress
  • Self-esteem & confidence, assertive communication
  • Spirituality (Christian perspective)
  • Women’s issues
  • Workplace-related issues
  • Work Cover and Worker’s Compensation


  • Clinical supervision for student and professional counsellors
  • Counselling, supervision or mentoring for pastors and Christian leaders

How I Approach Counselling

Each counselling situation and client is unique, and I use a combination of:

  • Creating a “safe space” in the counselling room for the client(s) to share their personal information and experience
  • Understanding and appreciating the client’s particular perspective and experience
  • Assisting the client to making sense of things in a way that opens up options for steps forward
  • Building and drawing on the client’s previous and current capabilities and wisdom
  • Assisting the client to find ways to feel more in control of their situation, and confidence to keep this going

Professional Background

I have had 35 years experience as a counsellor, social worker and family therapist in various settings working with individuals, families, couples, children, teenagers & groups. This has included agencies providing individual and couple counselling, family therapy and family support programs, out of home care and foster care, community health, group work and with various disability services. I recently completed 3 years with the counselling team at the Child Abuse Royal Commission, supporting individuals with child sexual abuse and trauma histories who were engaging with the Commission in private sessions and public hearings.

I have extensive experience in supervision and support of staff and students from a variety of backgrounds, including counselling, family and individual therapy, family support, social work, psychology, disability, out of home care and youth work.  I enjoy the process of practice reflection to ensure quality service to clients and to build workers knowledge, skills and confidence. From time to time I have taught in counselling and family therapy at University level.

Professional Memberships

  • Membership of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) – Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with AASW.


My fee is $170 per hour.

If you are having financial difficulties, concessions may be available.

Private Health Rebates are available from the following funds at their “Top Extras Cover”:

  • Teacher’s health
  • Uni health
  • Nurses and Midwives Health

Internet payments to: Account name – Donald Coles; BSB – 082186; Account number – 191153586

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