Phoenix Institute of Australia



Bridget Pannell – Inspiring Authenticity
Phone: 0423 040 718
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Bridget has a background in people management and development, teaches at Phoenix and La Trobe University and works as a counsellor in private practice, inspiring people to lead authentic lives. She is currently completing her Phd at La Trobe University.

Catherine Carter – Personal Harmony
Dip. Transpersonal Counselling, ACA, Vice President ASSERT Vic, FAA Cert, UTPT, Hoffman Process
Enrolment Counsellor
Suburb: Armadale, Vic
Phone: 0418 550 569
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Catherine has qualifications in Transpersonal Counselling, Humanistic Astrology and Mythology and body centered therapies, in private practice since 1991.  Catherine facilitates numerous workshops and lectures on sensuality and feminine energy work, power play and the Shadow and has taught Ritual, Myth and Meaning at the Phoenix Institute. Catherine practices in the following three areas:

• I help people to gain insights to move on from the old and into the new with Transpersonal Counselling. Including dreams, myth and ritual, guided imagery, authentic connection, individualisation/self-actualisation
, sand play, empowerment and inner child work, resolving family behavioral patterns.

• I support singles or couples towards enriching their relationships by supporting the individual, creating a more loving future with specifically designed Sensual Harmony sessions. Including communication skills, Taoist and Tantra techniques, intimacy/authentic relating, sexual issues/trauma, relationship breakdown, conscious touch.
•  I utalise Psychological Astrology as a tool to help you understand the bigger picture, providing you with a map of your unique inner world, as a guide towards greater wellbeing, purpose and success

• Self Care - Including for anyone in the helping profession, it is imperative that we engage in self-care.  I formulate practical plans specific to your situation, to help achieve personal harmony and a meaningful work/life balance

My main intention when working with clients is to hold a deep, safe and honouring space for people to see and be seen, from a deeply authentic place, without judgment, in both the dark and the light; from longing to belonging. Coming back home.
Skype and phone sessions are also available.  Special discount rate for current Phoenix students.


Nyrelle Bade Creative Arts Counsellor
Grad Dip CEAT (MIECAT Institute), Cert. Clay Field (Institute for Somatic Art Therapy), Dip. Trans. Art Therapy (Phoenix Institute), Dip. Trans Counselling (Phoenix Institute),Dip. Shamanic Studies (Phoenix Institute),
Memberships: ACA, ACATA
Suburbs: East Melbourne and Point Cook
Phone: 0402 423 532

Memberships: Australian Counselling Association. Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association, Australian Creative Arts Therapy Association. Vice Chairperson for the Art2Healing Project

Business Hours: Appointments available Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm.

Art helps create change from the inside out.

Nyrelle is Registered Professional member and President of the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ACATA) and is a member of the College of Supervisors (ACA).  Nyrelle has over a decade of experience working with the arts and creative processes to assist her clients to: explore and promote authentic self expression, decrease stress and tension, uncover underlying dysfunctional patterns, overcome trauma, and improve psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Nyrelle specialises in working with women, adolescents and children who experience:
-  emotional dysregulation (difficulty in controlling emotions)
-  symptoms of anxiety or depression
-  PTSD or trauma related symptoms
-  relationship difficulties
-  spiritual crisis/emergence
-  identity issues

Nyrelle also supervises/mentors newly graduated Art Therapy students to develop their business, marketing and therapy skills so that they can fulfil their dreams and have a rewarding career. 

Contact me by email or phone to find out more about how I can support you!

Paul Huxford
Bsc (Hons), Adv Dip, Dip. Trans Counselling
Memberships: QMACA, QMAAHTC
Suburbs: Prahran
Business Hours: 8am - 8pm 7 days a week
Phone: 0432 046 515

Paul is a Transpersonal Counsellor whose practice is centred around supporting and developing authentic connection. He has been a meditation teacher for four years and in that time has also facilitated monthly men's groups. He holds regular meditation evenings, is a guest speaker at different community groups, and is also passionately involved in educating children about the issues around bullying, and its effects. Please visit the website for more information.

***Discounts apply for Phoenix Institute students***

Raquel Low
Bachelor of Arts(Specialisation Psychology), Graduate Diploma Educational Psychology, Master of Psychology (Counselling),Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling,currently completing Clinical Hypnosis Practice
Memberships: Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), Member of Psychology Board of Australia(AHPRA), Member of the College of Counselling Psychologists(CCOUNS), Member of the Australian Association of Hypnosis Practitioners(AAHP)
Suburbs: Doncaster East
Business Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (evenings and weekends by appointment)
Phone: 0423 080 542 / 03 9842 7033

Raquel is a Counselling Psychologist and Hypnosis Practitioner with several years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Raquel assists her clients across a range of issues including relationships, parenting, life changes and transitions, crises, spirituality issues, and emotional and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, trauma and more.

Offering a holistic approach to counselling, Raquel takes seriously the notion that individuals are comprised of mind, body and soul, recognising and addressing your innate inclination to develop psychologically and spritually. Within her counselling approach, Raquel can assist you from a humanistic-psychological and transpersonal framework. This may include, for example, interpersonal therapy, psychoeducation,emotion-focused work, mindfulness practice, dream work, relaxation practice or hypnosis. Raquel's approach aims to enhance your inherent qualities, such as personal compentence, choice, self-healing potential and creativity; and to increase your capacity to become more aware, free, responsible, and life-affirming.

• Medicare rebate available • Private Health Fund rebate available • Concession rate available

Craig Poulton
Dip Transpersonal Counselling
Memberships: Member of ACA
Suburbs :- Brunswick, Eltham ,Warburton
Business Hours: Please contact for information
Phone: 0427 874 406

I offer Transpersonal Counselling to Individuals and Couples.  Our trials and difficulties are potent opportunities for transformation and I love working with people who have this awareness, even in the midst of their sufferings.  My aim is to support people to not only get through difficult times, but to harvest the growth and gifts that are offered through them.

I seek to provide a relationship in which people can feel safe enough to explore their edges.  I support people to discover that what they have judged or feared in themselves has purpose and beauty and is an inseparable part of who they really are.  I work collaboratively with my clients, inviting them to co-author what happens in counselling.  They are encouraged to bring their own wisdom and knowledge, whilst I bring to the table a range of tools which support people to deeply experience different aspects of themselves, and fully explore their relationship to what they’re going through. 

Couples Counselling focuses strongly on the underlying emotional landscape and breaking through repetitive and unhelpful cycles of communication.  I support couples to move through their stuck places and flow forward into a deeper connection with each other and themselves. 

A discount is offered to current or previous Phoenix students.  Please see my website if you’d like to know more about me or how I work.

Wendy Brace - Big Sky Counselling
B.A., Dip. Ed., Dip. Hol. Couns. Prac.
Memberships:PACFA (Provisional) CAPAV (Provisional)
Business Hours: Please contact for information
Phone: 0422 860 629
Fees: $90 for 90 minute session
Concessions available with Healthcare cards
Location: 4/145 Smith Street. Car parking free.
Public Transport: Tram 112: Stop 32 + 5 minute walk.
Train stop: Thornbury + 10 minute walk

Wendy believes that it is not enough to keep your physical body healthy: we also have an emotional body, an intellectual body and a spiritual body and all must be attended to, balanced and nurtured. She believes healing happens in the here and now and through compassion and mindfulness you will discover the keys to lasting healing of the soul.

Throughout her life Wendy has worked with an enormous variety of people, from all walks of life, both here and overseas. She studied and completed the Holistic Counselling Practice diploma at Phoenix Institute in 2005/2006 and has grown her own successful private practice. Wendy is a qualified and experienced teacher and has a passion for working with adults, children and adolescents. She uses a range of creative techniques, including Sandplay that offer a way for soul to find expression beyond just words. Wendy has travelled to Switzerland and studied with Martin Kalff, son of the founder of Sandplay Dora Kalff, and is currently working towards ISST accreditation. Wendy has travelled extensively and it continues to be a source of great joy for her and fuels her celebration of life.

Big Sky Counselling can help you
• Learn more authentic ways of relating to yourself and others
• Gain clarity and the courage to make changes
• Find greater depth and meaning in your life
• Find resolutions to immediate specific issues
• Integrate grief and trauma
• Create opportunities to undertake broader self exploration
• Increase your creative potential

Sean O'Carroll
B.A. Hons Philosophy, Dip Transpersonal Counselling
Suburbs: Fairfield
Phone: 03 9023 6669

Sean is a counsellor who works holistically with clients to facilitate deep and lasting change. Sean’s practice is theoretically grounded in over a decade of study and exploration in the fields of philosophy and psychology. Working from an authentic place of connection he utilises multiple modalities including dream work, sand-tray therapy and focusing, to help clients gain clarity and initiate a journey of integration and healing. Please visit website for details.

Carolyn Cliff- Transpersonal Counsellor
M.A., Dip Transpersonal Counselling
Membership: AAHTC
Suburbs: South Yarra
Phone: 0424 279 074

Psychotherapy is the gentle process of realizing our true nature and potential through a confidential relationship with a therapist. From this safe place, exploring whatever difficulties we might face does not seem so frightening. Carolyn works with the psyche’s natural and creative processes, and our innate ability to heal and grow.

Amanda Gabrielle
Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling
Memberships: AAHTC
Suburbs: Armadale
Phone: : 0418887778

Your core is diamond. Your talent, ability and unrealised potential are still alive, albeit dusty or masked by cobwebs. Is it time to take charge? Many of us are stuck in our own narrative, mundanely or even unhappily living the same old story year after year. This causes us to miss out on happiness and fulfillment - we neglect our inherent talents and ignore our creative potential. Deep down inside, you think “it’s not supposed to be like this!” You feel stifled and held back when you know you are able to do better! You can step forward from that old narrative and begin to create a new more authentic one – for yourself. Believing that you inherently have the ability to heal yourself ….. together with The Real You and using Transpersonal Counselling, you can achieve Acceptance, Authenticity and Empowerment. ACCEPTANCE - of your journey; of your Self; of your life; and of others in your life; AUTHENTICITY – giving you the opportunity to discover what your personal Truth is for your life; (Authenticity is a key principle at The Real You) EMPOWERMENT - to enjoy clarity within by lessening inner conflict, creating a deep sustainable peace. These three elements allow you to move confidently forward in life and enable you to create the opportunities within the right personal environment to expand and utilise your natural talents and potential to achieve the Self-actualisation to which you aspire.

In therapy with Amanda, we will create an environment where you will feel safe and held enough to begin an exploration of your deeper potential. I believe that you have the resources available within to enable your own healing and the discovery of your purposeful meaning that already exists in you as your Truth. It is with great excitement that I will help you discover those little gems of wisdom and love so together we can implement ways to integrate these into your life’s journey! I simply desire wonderful things for you!