Group counselling services for adults

Psychology & Counselling

ONE-ON-ONE AND GROUP BASED PSYCHOLOGY & COUNSELLING SERVICES

At breakthru, we believe that everyone has the right to live a healthy, happy life.

As a registered NDIS provider with over 25 years of experience in the community services sector, breakthru can offer both psychology and counselling services to help you gain a deeper understanding of your current circumstances, and identify ways we can move forward together so you can feel healthier, happier and more energetic.

Our counsellors and psychologists have the ability to work with you one-on-one or in group sessions to help you develop healthier relationships and improve wellbeing as a whole. Whether you’re feeling anxious, or depressed, angry, confused or generally overwhelmed, we can help you identify coping strategies and capabilities so you can be more confident. We’ll help you build your capacity and become more independent when faced with life’s challenges.

Our accredited team of psychologists & counsellors can also work closely with your family and friends so they can support you on your journey toward better mental health, ensuring you have the best support network around you to achieve your goals.

Please note this service is only available to customers aged 16 and over.

Background

When it comes to finding the right psychologist or counsellor, it’s important you find someone that you not only connect with, but also feel you can depend on. 

While face-to-face sessions are encouraged, we always try to be as flexible as possible, working in to suit your schedule – even if it means having a session on Skype or over the phone. 

When you work with breakthru, you can be confident that each and every one of our psychologists or counsellors are:

Experienced & Qualified

Learn how to approach discussions around disclosure.

Trained & Accredited

Undertake regular professional development

Professionally Registered

Registered with any relevant professional or governing body

Private & Confidential

Operate in confidence, ensuring your privacy is the number one priority

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Our Psychology & Counselling Services

If you have an existing NDIS plan, then you may be eligible to access our psychology or counselling services under Improved Daily Living supports. Psychology may also be a directly stated support in your NDIS plan.

If you don’t have a plan, we also offer fee for service and payment plan options to ensure you can get the help you need when you need it.

Anxiety and Depression

Both anxiety and depression are normal emotions that we all experience at some point in our life. It’s when these emotions hang around for an extended period of time that we begin to lose control.

Fortunately, breakthru have a dedicated team of psychologists and counsellors who can help you identify symptoms, triggers and causes of your distress, and work with you get back on the path toward a healthy frame of mind.

Anger Management

Like many emotions, anger is a completely normal reaction to have, especially when we’re feeling threatened. It’s when you begin to feel angry on a frequent basis – even when you’re not being threatened – that it starts to make life difficult.

With help from our friendly psychologists & counsellors, we can help you identify why you feel angry in certain situations, and work towards new ways that you can release your anger or frustrations safely.

Individual Counselling

No matter who you are or where you come from, it’s important to have someone you can confide in. For many of us this means friends or family, but sometimes they can’t always empathize or provide the best advice about your current situation.

breakthru offer one-on-one psychology or counselling sessions so you can talk about your emotions, thoughts and experiences in confidence. We’ll help you deal with past trauma, and plan for the future.

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Group Counselling

Having access to like-minded people who have shared your experiences can not only give you confidence, but also a feeling of support and belonging.

Our therapists host regular group counselling sessions, where everyone has an option to contribute to the discussion and share their thoughts and experiences on a range of topics, from anxiety and depression to anger management and more.

General Counselling

When you need help, it’s hard to know exactly where to start. It’s often difficult to even understand what’s going on, let alone put your concerns into words.

We want everyone to live a happy, fulfilling life, so you can enjoy time with family, friends or doing activities that you enjoy. With our general psychology & counselling services, we can help you develop coping skills for all of life’s challenges, identify your personal goals and create lasting relationships.

Our Locations

We offer Psychology & Counselling services in the following locations

Tuggerah (Central Coast NSW)
Western Sydney & Surrounds (NSW)
Western Melbourne & Surrounds (VIC)
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Meet Our Counsellors

Irene ONeill Counsellor

Irene O’Neill

B.A.(Psych), MCouns&PsychTh

Initially joining breakthru has a Mental Health Support Worker in 2017, Irene is a fully qualified Counsellor with a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy & Psychology) and Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

With specialties in working with children and adolescence, Irene most enjoys using creative therapies to help her customers achieve their goals through artistic expression. Outside of her work at breakthru, Irene can be found improving her craft as an artist, painting, writing and designing new and wonderful things.

Dallas Bentley

MCouns

Dallas joined breakthru in August 2020. Dallas holds masters level qualifications in counselling and has been working as a professional counsellor since 2006. Dallas has also trained internationally in strengths-based approaches to family therapy and specialises in solution oriented, narrative and process-work psychology. He currently works with individuals, families and young adults with disabilities.

In alignment with these specialties, Dallas has a formal interest in men’s groups and the therapeutic outcomes in which these group workshops facilitate. Outside of work, Dallas is a keen mountain bike rider, he enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, contemporary dance and music.

Prasanna Hettiarachchige Counsellor

Prasanna Hettiarachchige

BCoun

Prasanna joined breakthru just over 3 years ago. Officially registered with the Australian Counselling Association and holding a Bachelor of Counselling, Prasanna specialises in working with children and young adults with disabilities.

In line with these specialties, Prasanna also has a keen interest in neuro-psychotherapy, and is currently furthering his studies in rehabilitation counselling. Outside of work, Prasanna can be found playing Tennis, swimming or continuing to grow his collection of model planes.

Puja Bhattacharya

BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Couns/Health)

Puja joined breakthru in February 2020. Puja brings more than 10 years of extensive work experience in Psychology and Counselling to our clinical team. Puja works as an AHPRA registered Provisional Psychologist and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner, holding a Masters of Psychology – Counselling/Health Psychology (Gold-medalist) and Bachelors of Psychology (Hons). She is passionate about positively empowering customers in their therapeutic journey towards achieving their goals and improved quality of life.

Puja specialises in varied therapies – CBT, Relaxation Therapy for people with anxiety, stress, sleep difficulties and facilitates the breakthru REVIVE program. Puja enjoys working with children, families and adults with disabilities, anxiety, ASD, ADHD, BPD and other mental health conditions. She has a strong background in working with NDIS participants across the lifespan and is based across sites in Victoria. Aside from her work at breakthru, Puja loves spending time with family/friends and enjoys travelling, cooking and gardening in her leisure time.