William Fernandes

William Fernandes

Registered Counsellor, PACFA Reg. Clinical

M Counselling, BA

Ring to ScheduleBridges CounsellingSydney(02) 9683 1444

William has been counselling since 2003. He enjoys working with individuals, couples and groups. He is non-directive and collaborative and specialises in relationship counselling. His work ranges from brief to long term psychotherapy. He has experience working with complex issues such as abuse, addiction, same sex attraction, and anger management.


Areas of Counselling Practice

Couples Counselling

  • Affairs – working through the discovery and rebuilding trust
  • Communication and conflict resolution
  • Complex, traumatic or unresolved past issues
  • Couples psychotherapy
  • Different expectations – personal, family and cultural
  • Domestic violence couples
  • Losing love and connection
  • Pre-marital preparation and counselling (Prepare-Enrich)
  • Parenting and stepfamilies issues
  • Separation and divorce counselling including under 2-year certificate

Mental Health, Trauma and Abuse

  • Addictions, e.g. alcohol, gambling, Internet, pornography, etc.
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Anxiety including social anxiety, panic attacks, stress management
  • Coping with emotions including shame, grief and anger
  • Cross-cultural counselling, immigration and settlement issues
  • Depressive disorders, depression and low mood
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse – past or present
  • Trauma & abuse counselling


  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness and boundary setting
  • Building better relationships (work and personal)
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Life and work transitions
  • Men’s issues
  • Relationship issues including same-sex attraction
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Spirituality (Christian perspective)
  • Student issues
  • Workplace-related issues

How I Approach Counselling and Psychotherapy

My approach is non-directive: clients and I work collaboratively on issues of difficulty.

I provide a safe space where clients can talk about their difficulties giving importance to listening and understanding. Attending counselling for the first time can bring up some anxiety, this is quite normal.

Professional Memberships


My fee is $150 per hour.

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

Registered Counsellor Bodies

Registered Psychologist Bodies