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
  • Communication and conflict resolution
  • Complex, traumatic or unresolved past issues
  • Domestic violence couples
  • Losing love and connection
  • Preparation for marriage (Prepare-Enrich program)
  • Parenting and stepfamilies issues
  • Separation and divorce counselling including under 2-year certificate
  • Sex therapy

Mental Health, Trauma and Abuse

  • Addictions including alcohol, drugs, gambling, porn and internet
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Anxiety including OCD, panic attacks, stress management
  • Depressive disorders, depression and low mood
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse – past or present
  • Rape and adult sexual assault
  • Relationship issues including conflict and domestic violence
  • Trauma, past and present, including PTSD – EMDR

Adolescent and Family Counselling

  • Behavioural challenges for adolescents
  • Fatherhood issues and mentoring
  • Mediation and dispute resolution
  • Step-family issues


  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness and boundary setting
  • Pastors and ministry leaders, Missionary debriefing and assessment
  • Men’s issues
  • Migration and transcultural issues including Aboriginal
  • Relationship issues including same-sex attraction
  • 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


My fee for individual counselling is $160 per 1 hour session. A $20 discount applies for week day sessions starting between 1 and 4pm.

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

If you have private health cover with Bupa, Medibank Private or Australian Unity, you may be able to claim a rebate, so please check with your fund.

Registered Counsellor Bodies

Registered Psychologist Bodies