"I would not be the person I am today if it had not been for this very special relationship and the trust and support of Dawn."

"The person who came to you for support walked away with head held high, a spring in my step and renewed energy to invest in my work."

"The opportunity to talk to someone uninvolved about your life, family, stresses is good for everyone, not just people diagnosed with depression and anxiety."

"Dawn helped me to identiy the reasons I felt the way I did about myself and, over time provided me with the tools I needed to address my most negatives thoughts head on."

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About Me

As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Career Counsellor, I offer a unique blend of skills and experience to help you whether you are seeking more peace and tranquility in your inner world, or looking for career direction or work/life balance.

Counselling with me will assist you to identify what is holding you back from being the person you want to be and achieving your life/work goals.  It will also help you to accept yourself or your situation and to decide what you can and cannot change and what options are available.

My Background

Returning to study as a mature student in the 1970s changed my life.  I discovered that I had abilities which I had not had the opportunity to explore previously and qualifying for university opened up a new world of learning and personal discovery for me.   Working and studying part time, I obtained my B.A. and then went on to complete my Social Work Degree, entering the profession in 1981.  Over the next 20 years I worked in vocational rehabilitation, assisting people with physical and psychological disabilities overcome their barriers and find greater satisfaction and independence through employment.  People with disabilities taught me an enormous amount about courage and resilience and this has shaped my view of the world in many ways.  In 2005 I commenced my own private practice, where I specialise in mental health and wellbeing and helping people make changes and choices in life and work.

My Philosophy

It is my belief that people are able to change throughout their lives and that we all have strengths and inner resources which we can draw on in difficult times.  It is often during the times when we are most challenged by life that we can learn and grow and discover new things about ourselves which can assist us to become the person we want to be.


Bachelor of Social Work (Hons.) - Monash University 1980

Bachelor of Arts - Monash University 1978


Australian Association of Social Workers (Accredited)

Australian College of Social Workers- Clinical Division

Career Development Association of Australia

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For an appointment or further information
Please call me on Mobile 0438 855328 or
373 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, 3124