David Bridges

Mental Health Social Worker, AASW

M Social Work (Counselling), B Social Studies (Social Work), Cert Supervision in Field Education in Social Work.

Don has 3 decades 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.

$170 per hour session
Medicare, Priveate Health Rebates or bulk billing may be available. Please enquire.

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
  • Pregnancy and related issues including fertility issues, abortion and health issues
  • 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
  • Financial Management issues
  • Life Coaching
  • Life and Work Transitions
  • Men’s Issues
  • Relationship Stress
  • Same Sex Attraction
  • 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 and Psychotherapy

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 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.

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

Ring us and we will offer you a choice of counsellors or psychologists qualified and experienced for your situation.

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