1. Individual + Couple + Family Psychotherapy

More often than not, it can feel futile that despite our efforts, we keep repeating patterns and not much changes. This may be an opportunity to approach it differently.

And, or to get support to deal with life’s challenges. When our capacity is diminished – we are less able to care for ourselves, those we care about, our local and global community and environment.

Engaging in psychotherapy aims to increase awareness and capacity to respond to life’s challenges – creatively and compassionately – within a confidential space.


Therapeutic Approach

Existential Mindful Self-Compassion Approach.

The Existential approach is curious, playful and attentive about the human condition – about our evolving relationship with ourselves, with others and our community/ world.

Derived from Existential Philosophy, this philosophical approach focuses on our unique experiences in shifting contexts – and the choices we make that shape and create our lives.

It is concerned with our embodied and ethical relatedness to ourselves and others – emphasising our personal choice and responsibility; acknowledging anxiety as part of the human condition; and promoting alignment to our values to live authentically.

The approach is interested in increasing our capacity, in our process of becoming – an optimistic approach that simultaneously embraces the possibilities and limitations of being human.  

“A person’s life is dyed with the colour of his imagination.” Marcus Aurelius

Existential Psychotherapy aims to bring lasting changes rather than symptom management.

Existential Psychotherapy
Know Yourself

Mindful self-compassion is the practice of attending to our feelings without judgement and responding with kindness when we suffer.  

When we are kind to ourselves; we have more capacity to be kind to others.

The evidence indicates that compassionate responses are consistently linked to lower levels of anxiety and depression; higher ability to self-soothe when stressed; greater emotional intelligence; improved relationship functioning and positive health behaviours.  

Researchers found that increases in self-compassion were associated with decreased negative emotions of self-loathing, worthlessness and shame and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms. 

When we are self-compassionate, our worth is unconditional.

Mindful Self-Compassion
Self-Compassion Test

Compassionate Inquiry

Compassionate Inquiry® is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world.

Using Compassionate Inquiry, both the individual and therapist unveil the level of consciousness, mental climate, hidden assumptions, implicit memories and body states that form the real message that words both express and conceal.

Through Compassionate Inquiry, the client can recognize the unconscious dynamics that run their lives and how to liberate themselves from them.

“The purpose of Compassionate Inquiry is to drill down to the core stories people tell themselves – to get them to see what story they are telling themselves unconsciously; what those beliefs are, where they came from; and guide them to the possibility of letting go of those stories, or letting go of the hold those stories have on them … That’s what Compassionate Inquiry is.” Dr. Gabor Maté

Compassionate Inquiry

If you have the chance to be exposed to a loving, understanding environment where the seed of compassion, loving kindness, can be watered every day, then you become a more loving person. Thich Nhat Hanh

2. Clinical Supervision

Clinical supervision for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and practitioners that focuses on enhancing and expanding therapeutic skills.

Creative and supportive approach to facilitate reflective practice, engage in ethical issues and grow skills.

Individual or Group Supervision available.
+ Online sessions available.

Testimonial Shannon O’Connor

I was incredibly lucky to have Jonelle as a manager at Relationships Australia where I had the opportunity to learn from her in a safe and supported environment. I was immediately impressed with her warmth, knowledge and dedication.

She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in her position and she always provided insightful feedback and instructions. The knowledge and insight she has shared with me have been invaluable in my professional life.

In my supervision sessions with Jonelle she had the intuition, the kindness and the skills to guide me through the delivery of a program aimed at assisting those impacted by trauma. She at all times showed empathy, professionalism and integrity. Her patience and willingness to listen made me feel heard and respected.

Jonelle is smart, funny and cares about her colleagues. While only working with Jonelle for a short time, the impact she has had on me has continued to influence both my professional and personal life.

Shannon O’Connor

Testimonial Deanna Tessier

Jonelle is a consummate professional who was both my manager and supervisor. In these roles she maintained a seamless balance between warmth, relaxed openness and tenacious encouragement, reinforcing personal exploration and reflection to extend me beyond my comfort zone into genuine development.

Jonelle demonstrated a wealth of experience and depth of therapeutic knowledge by attending to dynamic, in moment experiences. She readily provided avenues for further research and extension, and would meticulously follow through with any statement she made.

Her thoughtful and considerate approach within both roles supported the professional relationship and allowed for a real felt sense of connectedness and inclusion despite significant geographical distance.

Jonelle’s commitment to encourage bilateral learning showed her respect for the skills and knowledge I held and affirmed to me the very characteristics of a true mentor. 

Deanna Tessier
BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Ed&Dev), MAPS

Testimonial Jarod Kaplan

Jonelle brings professionalism, empathy and insightfulness to her facilitation of Individual and Group supervision.

She is a dynamic supervisor with a wealth of experience and knowledge across a wide range of therapeutic modalities.

Her unwavering compassion and client-centred approach shines through in her approach to supervision.

Her commitment and love for therapy was palpable in every session we had.

Jonelle is able to illuminate blind spots, supportively challenge assumptions and facilitate clarity in supervision to deliver growth for the client.

She provides skilled supervision to navigate the most complex therapeutic challenges, with great focus and warmth. 

Jarod Kaplan
Coordinator STREAT Program

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Our sense of unity in difference...

Images: Angélica Dass“Humanae”
Creating a dialogue in inclusion, identity and diversity.

The rich diversity of skin tone found in the thousands of portraits taken during the artist’s ongoing international Humanæ project is formally expressed through the addition of corresponding Pantone colors and IDs that form the background of each portrait, amplifying our sense of unity in difference.