Melanie Townsend

Melanie Townsend

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Bachelor Social Work

Ring to ScheduleBridges CounsellingSydney(02) 9683 1444

Melanie is a mental health social worker. Apart from Bridges, she is currently working on a specialist adolescent mental health unit and on the cutting edge of treatment for teenagers and families. Melanie works with dialectical behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. She is passionate about helping people manage anxiety and trauma.


Areas of Counselling Practice

Mental Health, Trauma and Abuse

  • Kids
  • Adolescents (self harming, Suicidal, Impulsive)
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anger
  • Bullying school or workplace
  • Complex Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Personality Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Eating Problems and Disorders
  • Family
  • Grief

Professional Background

Melanie has worked with people with emerging and borderline personality disorder who have difficulty managing their mood, anger and impulses. She has facilitated group DBT skills for BPD people suffering intense self harming at Royal Darwin Hospital for 6 months.

Melanie has worked as a senior clinician for headspace in Sydney and Northern Territory.  She has also worked with work place incidents and critical incidents in the work place. Melanie was a Forensic mental health specialist for people who are acutely mentally unwell and suicidal in the prison system. She has also worked with people in complex trauma including aboriginal children and adults in the Northern Territory.

Counselling Style

  • Warm and engaging
  • Body orientated psychotherapy-Mindful Movements
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • EMDR ( Basic)

Professional Memberships

  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker


My fee is $255 per session, usually between 50-60 min. My hours are Monday evenings and Saturdays.

I am Medicare accredited with clients who have a Mental Health Care Plan obtained from their GP. The Medicare rebate is $77.80 per session for up to 20 sessions per calendar year.

Registered Counsellor Bodies

Registered Psychologist Bodies