Counselling & Therapy

Counselling is a safe and confidential collaboration between qualified counsellors and participants to promote mental health and wellbeing, enhance self-understanding, and resolve identified concerns. Clients are active participants in the counselling process at every stage.

Changes facilitated by counselling include: change in perspective, new insight, new ways of thinking about situations, a new awareness of feelings, enhanced capacity to regulate feelings, new actions or behaviors, and new decisions about life.

The team at Skylight Mental Health include counsellors and therapists with training and experience in a wide range of concerns, including support for people who hear voices; experiences of trauma; anxiety and depression; and the experience of being a carer.

Due to high demand and the limited availability of spaces, we have temporarily closed our waitlist for our fully funded (complimentary) counselling service. We anticipate reopening the waitlist on 1 May 2024 and encourage those interested in accessing this service to reach out to us at that time. 

We continue accepting referrals for our NDIS and fee-based counselling and art therapy services, which we currently have minimal wait times.

Our Counsellors


Merel provides a space for you to be seen and heard fully, creating the opportunity to uncover those parts of yourself you may have lost touch with.

With a background in psychology and counselling, Merel enjoys being creative and flexible in sessions, working with what comes up in the moment. Trauma-informed and person-centred practice are always key to her approach, and she values authenticity, curiosity, and social justice.

Merel has particular interest and training in the area of Complex Trauma. Merel is also a certified Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) facilitator. She runs group sessions and individual sessions. Individual sessions can be made up of a mixture of talking and movement – always decided in collaboration with you, to best suit your needs.

In her free time, she loves listening to true crime podcasts and making drip castles on the beach with her kids.

Languages: English, Dutch


Joumana believes that life is for living and that despite the challenges and stressors, we all need, want and deserve to be happy, lead fulfilling and productive lives and have loving relationships. Working from the premise that the therapeutic relationship between a counsellor and a client is a collaborative one, with trust, empathy & non-judgement at the forefront, she sees her role as a facilitator to help you reach your desired goals and realize your full potential.

Joumana has over 16 years’ experience providing support to adults and children with multiple and complex needs and uses a variety of highly effective evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Solution-Focused and Positive Psychotherapy (PPT).

Her qualifications include a degree in Social Psychology from London University (LSE), and she continued her training in Australia gaining several diplomas and qualifications in Counselling, Case Management and Therapy.

Languages: English, Arabic


Alex appreciates that counselling is a unique process for each person and that everyone experiences the world in different ways. Through a person-centred lens, Alex provides a space for you to explore your experiences and insights while drawing from a range of therapeutic modalities. He believes that often people simply need a place to be heard without fear of judgement.

With a background in community services, Alex also works with people who have (or are currently) experiencing interpersonal and complex trauma, therefore adapting his approach accordingly. When working with trauma, Alex is a strong believer that people can (and do) thrive regardless of their past. With this in mind, Alex works with you at your pace, with respect and sensitivity, and complete genuineness.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys looking after his two dogs, hiking in the outdoors, and gazing at the stars.


Rachel works collaboratively with participants to identify how counselling can be useful and what they need from the process.  Rachel creates a warm, safe counselling environment and draws on the strengths of participants.  Rachel is guided by the expertise of participants about their own unique experience.

Rachel draws on various theories and evidence-based counselling models to tailor her approach for every individual participant.  Some of the approaches Rachel has training in are Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and attachment theory.  Trauma informed practice and a strengths based approach underpins Rachel’s counselling style. |

Rachel has a background in community services: working with individuals, couples and families to focus on mental health and fulfilling relationships.
When not at work, Rachel loves spending time at the beach or watching her favourite Netflix picks!

Language: English


Kit is a Counsellor and Arts Psychotherapist.  Kit is passionate about the power of creativity to support people to heal and grow. Whilst talk therapy is powerful, it is not the best approach for everyone. It can be difficult for some people to tell their story in words. Creative approaches can be used to explore the things that bother people as well as their goals.  This can assist people to explore new information which cannot be discovered through words alone.

The kind of creativity employed in therapy is different for every person, depending on where they’re at and what they feel comfortable with. Therapy is a creative journey. Exploration may take us from image making, into the body, role playing and even creating in 3D. Kit’s evidence based practice is based largely on ACT and Gestalt Therapy, focusing on Person Centred Therapy. The participant always leads the way.

Beyond her qualifications in Art Therapy and Counselling, Kit also holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychological Sciences. 

In her personal time, Kit enjoys being a creator – a writer, painter, drawer and more! She has a deep love of nature.


Robyn has a passion for all people to live life well, and provides a safe place for people to work through life’s challenges. She provides a warm space for each person to explore their experiences of this journey called life. Robyn will collaboratively work with each person, being guided by your unique needs through the counselling journey. Having worked previously in the trauma and domestic violence space, Robyn’s approach stems from a trauma-informed and person-centred lens. Robyn also draws on a range of therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Robyn has experience counselling in a range of not-for-profit organisations and with a range of mental health issues. Her qualifications include a master’s in counselling practice and a degree in social science counselling.

In her spare time, Robyn loves watching true crime documentaries, cross-stitching, coffee with friends and beach walks.

Group Activities

Skylight provides Activity Groups to help you socialise, develop new friendships and explore a range of activities in your local community.

Support for Carers

Our Carer Support Programs are to assist people who are supporting a friend or loved one with mental illness.  We offer a number of support options for carers and family.

Plan Management

Skylight Plan Management takes the administrative hassle out of your NDIS plan, allowing you to make the most of your funding. 

Support Coordination

Our Support Coordinators will support you to understand your Plan from the start and help you build your capacity going into the future.




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