Rochelle Dawson

Rochelle Dawson

Clinical Registered Counsellor, School Counsellor

M Counselling, Grad Cert Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Adv Dip Couns, Dip Ed, BA

Ring to ScheduleBridges CounsellingSydney(02) 9683 1444

Rochelle has been counselling since 2003, working with teenagers, families and women. She has a special interest in trauma, emotionally focussed therapy and mentoring other counsellors. She helps people overcome their struggles, achieve their personal goals and find fulfilment. She also has experience working in schools and speaking in a variety of settings.


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
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse – past or present
  • Family-of-origin issues
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • PTSD
  • Self-harm and suicidality
  • Trauma and abuse counselling

Adolescent and Family Counselling

  • Behavioural challenges for adolescents
  • Body image issues
  • Bullying
  • Parental stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Step-family issues
  • Student issues
  • Study skills development


  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness and boundary setting
  • Communication and conflict resolution
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Life and work transition
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Women’s issues

 How I Approach Counselling

I see counselling as an opportunity to with someone, using their strengths, to help them find new ways to do life.  Often this requires courage and hope to overcome difficult past or present circumstances.  I seek to support and empower people to find the healing and transformation they desire.

My approach utilises an integrative psychotherapy approach, incorporating:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Attachment based and trauma theories
  • Strengths based approaches

I am committed to professional training and am supported by supervision on a regular basis to maintain my ethical and professional standards.

Professional Background

My professional background has been in education, pastoral care and counselling. I have been counselling since 2003 and have experience working with a range of issues affecting youth, women and families.

I have experience in running workshops and seminars on various topics that are aimed at increasing awareness and promotion of mental health and wellbeing of young people, their parents, individuals, families, and communities. For example; ‘Positive Self Esteem and Body Image’ and ‘Healthy Communication and Relationships’, ’Dealing with Grief’, ‘Stress Management’ and ‘Resilience’.

Professional Memberships


My fee is $130/hour.

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

Registered Counsellor Bodies

Registered Psychologist Bodies