Psychologists serving Parramatta – Hills District – Norwest

Seeking the best psychologists for counselling?

  • Are you at the point where your distress is impacting on your life or the lives of those around you?
  • Are you worried about your ability to cope when life gets stressful?
  • Are you dissatisfied with where your life is heading?

Our team or psychologists and mental health trained counsellors serve primarily the areas of Parramatta, Hills District and Norwest.

Easy booking process

1 Free consultation

On calling us, we make the process simple and easy for you. Our experienced Intake Counsellor will chat with you for up to 15 minutes free of charge.

2 Choice of psychologists

The Intake Counsellor will listen and answer all your questions. This will help you make a well-informed decision about who is most suited for your situation.

3 Flexible hours and fees

Choose a time that suits you, including after hours. Choose face to face or skype. We offer generous concessions if there are financial difficulties.

Counselling can help

Ring us for a free 15 minute phone consultation with our Intake Counsellor – 9-5pm

Our areas of practice

Anxiety and depression counselling

Depression and anxiety symptoms can be quit debilitating if left untreated. 1 in 8 people experience anxiety and depression every day in Australia. Sometimes these feelings last a little while, and sometimes they are more long term.

Trauma / grief counselling

Grief and trauma can be difficult experiences to come to terms with and process. Expert help can help you to make sense of your experiences. Learning skills to deal with the tough emotions is part of therapy. You don’t need to go through this alone.

Child and family counselling

Children will not respond to therapy the same way that an adult will. They require creativity and play to learn. Such expressive therapies enable them to externalise their issues. Our therapists can help to explore their issues and develop solutions.

Adolescent and family counselling

Sometimes a teenager can feel overwhelmed and not know how to communicate this. Counselling helps them learn how to cope with stressors in their life. Also, counselling with the whole family can improve communication and connections.

Teen and youth counselling

Youth, or young adults, face unique issues. Our therapists understand the complex issues happening in this time. Social, emotional and biological changes are complex in these years. This can make life hard to navigate.

Women’s issues

Sexuality, fertility issues, relationship issues, motherhood issues, workplace related issues, emotional issues. It’s important to find a counsellor that you feel can support you in these unique issues. Our counsellors can support you in a variety of women’s issues.

Abuse counselling

Abuse can take lots of different forms. It can come from someone you are close with, from a colleague or stranger. It can take the form of verbal, physical or sexual assaults. Or controlling behaviours or domestic violence.


You may need support or assessment with regard to traumatic experiences at work. Coping with the stress and changes following an injury is hard. So too, is dealing with emotional trauma’s that can happen in the workplace.

Psychological assessments

Psychological assessments are used for educational, employment or legal purposes. Or they may be used for funding assessments such as disability support. They usually consist of tests administered in the counselling room, or questionnaires.

Skype counselling

Sometimes, for whatever reason, face to face counselling is not possible. You may have time constraints, or live in a remote area. Skype counselling provides an alternative pathway to therapy. We can offer online counselling for individuals or for couples.

Choose a psychologist directly

Medicare and private health rebates may be available. Concessions and bulk billing may be available. Please enquire.

Click a calendar to book.

Don Coles

Mental Health Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor

17Master of Social Work
$170 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Elize Olivier

Registered Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

17Master of Psychology
$170 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Amy Stubbs

Registered Psychologist

17Bachelor of Psychology
$170 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

May Shum

Registered Psychologist, Assoc. MAPS

17$170 per session Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Choose a counsellor directly

Rebates and concessions may be available. Please enquire.

Click a calendar to book.

David Bridges

Director, Clinical Registered Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor

17Master of Counselling
$175 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Ralph Holwerda

Clinical Registered Counsellor and Supervisor

17Master of Counselling
$130-150 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

William Fernandes

Clinical Registered Counsellor

17Master of Counselling
$130 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Rochelle Dawson

Clinical Registered Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$130 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Jenny FitzGerald

Clinical Registered Counsellor

17Grad Dip EF Therapy
$130-150 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Christina Jonkhoff

Clinical Registered Counsellor

17Master of Counselling
$130-150 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Jessica Joseph

Registered Counsellor

17M Counselling
$100-110 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Delinda Lau

Registered Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$90 per session
Bridges Counselling Sydney (02) 9683 1444

Medicare rebates under your Mental Health Care Plan

Can I claim a rebate from Medicare?

For more information see this fact sheet.

If you see a psychologist or mental health social worker for mental health issues, your GP can write a Mental Health Care Plan. This entitles you to a Medicare rebate for 10 sessions per calendar year. The gap payment after the rebate is $85 per hour session for psychologists.

Medicare rebates do not apply for counsellors. However, counsellors may offer generous concessions for financial difficulties. Also Private Health rebates may apply.

Couples counselling is not covered under Medicare. “Relationship problems are not considered to be a mental health disorder and therefore are not an allowable focus of treatment under Better Access.” (APS, 2013) If you want couples counselling, visit our Relationship Counselling page.

What is the official list of what Medicare covers?

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Bereavement disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Co-occurring anxiety and depression
  • Depression
  • Drug use disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual disorders
  • Sleep problems

What else does Medicare cover?

Enhanced Primary Care Plan

Children and people with Chronic Health Issues may be eligible for this rebate for up to 5 sessions only per calendar year. This can only be given by a GP managing your health issues. This provides a rebate of $52 per session.

Pregnancy Support Plan

Women who have pregnancy related conditions or concerns are for up to 3 sessions per pregnancy, during pregnancy and up to 12 months after the birth of their child. GP’s only can refer for this service. The rebate for this service is $76.60.

Helping Children with Autism Plan

This can come from either a paediatrician or psychiatrist where there is suspected of diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder. This entitles a child up to 12 years old to access 4 assessment, and 20 treatment sessions once in their lifetime.

Mental health concerns are very common. One in five Australians aged between 16 and 85 suffer from a mental illness in any one year.

Questions about our psychological services

Are there any age limits?

Emotional difficulties can happen to anyone and may arise at any age. There is no such thing as being too old or too young to seek treatment. Our therapists work with clients of all ages from young children through to older adults.

Do I need to see a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are GP’s who have completed extensive training to specialise in medications. Psychiatrists prescribe medication, whereas psychologist and counsellors don’t.

Keep in mind that few psychiatrists are trained in counselling or therapy. If you are wondering if you should see a psychiatrist, your regular GP is the best place to start for a referral.

What are the issues you work with?

  • Addictions
  • ADHD
  • Adult mental health issues
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Alcohol and drug use issues
  • Anxiety, OCD, panic attacks and phobias
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Depression and depressive disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
  • Gambling addictions
  • Impulse control difficulties
  • Peri and post natal depression
  • Personality disorders
  • PTSD
  • Rape and adult sexual assault
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-harm
  • Sex addictions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Trauma, past and present

What if I just want better coping strategies?

You don’t have to be suffering from a mental health concern to seek counselling. Coping skills learnt in therapy can empower you to better manage life challenges, such as:

  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness, boundaries, aommunication
  • Chronic pain management
  • Coping with emotions
  • Career counselling
  • Disability
  • Grief and loss
  • Life coaching
  • Life and work transition
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Student issues
  • Transcultural issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Workplace-related issues

What are your centre’s therapeutic approaches?

People are complex. The emphasis of our work is client focused. Therapy is respectfully, collaboratively and sensitively tailored to each client whether individual, couple or family.

Your psychologist or counsellor will aim to truly understand your issues, and walk beside you. They seek to inspire hope with the goal of a more meaningful life.

We treat you as a person, not as a diagnosis to be treated. We draw upon a wide range of evidence-based approaches used in the profession:

  • ACT – Acceptance and Commitment therapy
  • Attachment Theory
  • CBT – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – including it’s many variations
  • DBT – Dialectical behaviour therapy
  • EFT – Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • EFTC – Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Family Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • IPT – Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Systems Theory including Bowen Family Systems Theory
  • Trauma-informed Therapy

Do you specialise in ‘Emotionally Focused Therapy’?

Yes, a model used by many in the team is Emotionally Focused Therapy. EFT is a well established, evidence based modality to work with emotion (heart) and meaning, to create a shift in thinking and behaviour.

At times, various team members use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as appropriate for the client. CBT focuses on the creation of shifts in thinking and behaviour.

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