Ralph Holwerda

Ralph Holwerda

Registered Counsellor (PACFA Reg. Clinical), Clinical Supervisor

M Counselling, Dip Com Serv & Welfare

Book OnlineBridges CounsellingSydney(02) 9683 1444

Ralph has been providing counselling since 2003, in grief and loss, trauma, relationships, DV and addictions. Ralph has experience working with complexity, helping clients in their stuck-ness. He focusses on providing a safe space, where clients can explore and find their full potential and hope. Ralph also enjoys providing supervision and group work.


Areas of Counselling Practice

Couples Counselling

  • Affairs – working through the discovery and rebuilding trust
  • Career counselling
  • Communication issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Complex, traumatic or unresolved past issues
  • Different expectations – personal, family and cultural
  • Domestic violence couples
  • Losing love and connection
  • Pre-marital preparation and counselling (Prepare-Enrich)
  • Parenting and stepfamilies issues
  • Same-sex counselling
  • Separation and divorce counselling
  • Sexual problems

Mental Health, Trauma and Abuse

  • Addictions including alcohol and other drugs, gambling, porn and sexual-related addiction
  • Anxiety including OCD, panic attacks and stress management
  • Domestic violence
  • Depression
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse – past or present
  • Rape & adult sexual assault
  • Trauma, past and present, including PTSD – EMDR (eye movement desensitisation & reprocessing)

Adolescent and Family Counselling

  • Behavioural challenges for adolescents
  • Parental stress
  • Step-family issues


  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness and boundary setting
  • Coping with emotions
  • Communication
  • Counselling for pastors and ministry leaders
  • Grief and loss
  • Life coaching
  • Life and work transitions
  • Men’s issues
  • Migration issues
  • Missionary debriefing and assessment
  • Relationship issues including same-sex attraction
  • Self-esteem
  • Spirituality (Christian perspective)
  • Student issues
  • Transcultural issues, including Aboriginal
  • Workplace-related issues


  • Clinical supervision for student and professional counsellors
  • Ministry supervision and mentoring for pastors and Christian leaders
  • Supervision for Community Workers

How I Approach Counselling

I like living life abundantly and I desire the same for you. I know from experience that sometimes people can get awfully stuck, but that often with the help of others they can find new ways out.

Professional Background

For further details about me, please visit my website at Talk It Over Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical Registration with ARCAP, PACFA, CAPA
  • Clinical Supervisor


My fee for individual counselling is $130-$150 per 1 hour session. A $20 discount applies for sessions starting between 1 and 4pm.

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

Internet payments to BSB: 302 100 – Acct No: 1038046

Registered Counsellor Bodies

Registered Psychologist Bodies

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