About Amara

I have been helping people on their journey of healinng and self discovery for many years, with over ten years in private practice.


Before going into private practice I  worked at different organisations, specialising in counselling for addictions, career counselling, crisis counselling, and counselling for complex trauma.


Having practiced meditation for many years, it is a very exciting time in the field of psychology now that the benefits of mindfulness practices are well recognised. I enjoy incorporating mindfulness and compassion practices in my work as they are a very gentle and effective way to help ease the suffering that comes from hurt, shame, worry, fear and pain.


Being drawn to body-mind therapies and traditional healing methods, I also trained for four years in Brennan Healing Science with Dr Barbara Ann Brennan. Dr Brennan’s work blends psychotherapy with an understanding of the human energy field. This work also informs my practice as a psychologist. My perspecitve is holistic and I have deep respect for how complex we each are due to our history, our woundings, beliefs and physiology.


Each person’s journey is unique and I enjoy weaving together the skills and knowledge I’ve gained over the years to help people with the challenges they are facing.


Specialisation and Training in:  

Mindfulness and Stress Management

Compassion Based Mindfulness

Cognitive Behavoural Therapy

Trauma Therapy – Neurobiology of Trauma (how our nervous system is impacted by shock/trauma ).

Addictions counselling

Somatic Experiencing with Dianne Poole Heller

Voice Dialogue

Art Therapy – Sensorimotor Art therapy Certificate  

Grief counselling

Body-Centered Psychotherapy

Positive Psychology


Qualification Details  

BA Psych, B. Psych (Hons)

Diploma of Naturopathy

Diploma Brennan Healing Science 


For Appointments Phone: 0424 930 588


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Ph: 0424 930 588

The mind has forgotten but the body has not .

- Sigmund Freud




Our sorrows and wounds are healed when we touch them with compassion. - Budda



Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about befriending who we are already. - Pema Chodron, The Wisdon of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World  



I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation. I have little doubt that as individuals, families, communities, and even nations, we have the capacity to learn how to heal and prevent much of the damage done by trauma. In so doing, we will significantly increase our ability to achieve both our individual and collective dreams.” 

― Peter A. Levine, Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body