Psychology and Counselling

Psychological counselling is based on the study of the science of the mind and behaviour. A psychologist is a professional, who after six years or more of university level education, assessment and clinical placements, has registered with the Australia Health Practitioners Registration Agency. Psychological counselling is the process of talking through thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may no longer serve people well and cause distress. Psychological counselling can provide an emotional safe place to explore these thoughts, and work on strategies for improving mental health and well-being.
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Psychological Assessment

At each session we explore your mental wellbeing by asking questions, reviewing a journal or filling out small questionnaires such as the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale.

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term therapy for changing unhelpful or unhealthy thoughts and behaviours. It helps people problem-solve by exploring the relationship between one’s beliefs, thoughts, and feelings and behaviors.

Equine Assisted Therapy

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be short or long term therapy. We work on understanding that life does include suffering, and we work on strategies and learn to reduce the impact and influence unwanted thoughts and feelings have on us  through the effective use of mindfulness among other techniques.

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Solution Focused BrIEf Therapy (SFBT)

 Solution-focused (brief) Therapy (SFBT) is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychological change through asking questions to find solutions. It incorporates positive psychology principles and practices, and helps clients change by coming up with solutions rather than focusing on issues. 

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Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal Therapy is a brief, attachment-focused psychotherapy. It focuses on current relationships. By exploring those relationships and interpersonal experiences it aims to resolve interpersonal problems and alleviate psychological distress such as grief and loss or conflict in relationships.

Equine Assisted Therapy

Somatic Experiencing-Mind Body Trauma Therapy

Somatic Experiencing was developed by Dr Peter Levine. It is a body orientated psychotherapy approach. It teaches people to focus on, and learn to track sensations, in their body, to increase their awareness and teaching people to notice their body and focus on the felt sense, track sensation in the body.  This process help builds capacity in psychosomatic and felt sense and works to increase awareness of the body and release stuck energy.  ‘Waking the Tiger’ By Dr Peter Levine is a good book to read to understand trauma and this therapeutic technique.

Based in the Yarra Ranges

Harnessing Wellness Psychology, Counselling and Equine Assisted Psychology is located in the beautiful Yarra Ranges.


Our Team

The psychologists, counselors and equine professionals working at Harnessing Wellness are registered or members with their appropriate professional agencies, such as the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, The Australian Association of Social Workers  and Horse Safety Australia.

Naomi Rossthorn

Naomi Rossthorn

Psychologist, Teacher for Equine Assisted Therapy Australia, Author.

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