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Lakeside Family Counselling

Address: 109 Princes Hwy, Dapto, NSW, 2530
Phone number: 0418 22....
Email: Click to view
Year Established: 2013
Trading/Opening hours:
Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm Sat: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sun: --- Public Hols: ---  


Principle counsellor at Lakeside Family Counselling, Mary Hawkins, offers a confidential and professional counselling service for couples, individuals and families. Mary comes with 16 years experience working as a psychotherapist, relationship counsellor and parenting education specialist both in large counselling organisations and in private practice. Mary is a client centred practitioner who utilises a wide range of evidence based therapy approaches including Family Systems Theory, Emotion Focussed Counselling, Interpersonal Therapy, Attachment Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focussed Short Term Therapy, CBT where appropriate and a Somatic Body Inclusive approach to working with trauma.

Mary's work is infused with a humanistic relational approach and a firm belief in the usefulness of mindfulness and emotional self-regulation as a foundation to all therapeutic work.

Mary has a long experience working with couples and families, as well as individuals struggling with a wide range of personal challenges and suffering. Same sex couples, blended families and sole parent families are all welcome to access our counselling services.

Some of the challenges that Lakeside Family Counselling assists with are:

•Family conflict and family breakdown.
•Breakdown in communication in relationships
•Lack of intimacy in relationships
•Coping with separation and loss
•Behavioural problems with children
•Conflict between separated parents
•Grief, loss, depression
•Low self-esteem, low confidence.
•Trauma from past experiences that are recurring and undermining life
•Coping with mental health issues and/or addictions within family
•Support for carers of elderly or people with disabilities.

In addition to the counselling services offered, Lakeside Family Counselling also provides effective evidence based parenting education programs such as Tuning in to Kids which can be accessed either in groups that run regularly throughout the year or in individual parent coaching sessions. See website for more detail. All parenting education and support is based on Attachment Theory principles and an emotion focussed approach to parenting to enhance relationships with kids and open up conversation and connection in families.

Fees are affordable on a sliding scale according to income and capacity to pay. Family & Relationship Counselling and Parenting Education are not covered by Medicare item numbers so Mental Health Plans although welcome are not necessary to access services, and counselling sessions and length of service are determined by client need and agreement between counsellor and client at beginning of service.

Feel free to call to have a chat with Mary about your needs, enquire about fees or to book an appointment. Appointment times are flexible and some out of hours appointment times are available.

Mary's Qualifications:

Bachelor of Soc Sc (Psychology)(Hons)
Graduate Diploma Psychology
Diploma Somatic Psychotherapy
Bachelor of Arts (Communication)
Certificate IV Training & Assessment
Mary also has extensive training in Relationship and Family Counselling, working with trauma, working with domestic violence, Tuning in To Kids parenting education, child consultation, Emotion Focussed Counselling and separate professional development training in each of the therapy modalities listed above.

Mary's Experience:

7 years in Private Practice as Psychotherapist and Counsellor
6 years Relationship & Family Counsellor/Relationship Educator, Interrelate Family Centres
4 years Counsellor & Relationship Educator, Relationships Australia, NSW


Relationship & Family Counselling & Parenting Education both in groups and individually

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