About Us

Nina Curtis

 

B.SocSc. Counselling

Grad Dip Couple and Family Therapy

Registered Family Mediator
Child Consultant

Clinical Registrant - PACFA

Nina has been a professional counsellor and family dispute resolution practitioner for over 15 years and is a member of the Resolution Institute and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

 

Nina holds a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in counselling), Grad Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution and a Graduate Diploma in Couple and Family therapy and is a trained Child Consultant. 

 

Nina has worked extensively with couples and families and has a special interest in the area of post separation conflict and the impacts this can have on the family and in particularly the children. Nina creates a trusting and safe environment while working in the areas of family dispute resolution, child inclusive mediation and child inclusive counselling. 

 

She believes that with support, parents can negotiate to develop workable parenting arrangements for themselves and in the best interest of their children.

 

Nina also offers professional supervision as a regular opportunity for staff to be supported to reflect on and develop practices within the workplace. 

Bernie Coulter

 

B.Counselling

Grad Dip Couple and Family Therapy

Registered Family Mediator
Child Consultant

Bernie has extensive experience working with couples and families and all aspects of post separation work including family dispute resolution, child inclusive mediation and post separation parenting support.

 

She holds tertiary qualifications in counselling and family therapy and is also a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (family mediator) with professional membership of Resolution Institute.

 

Her focus is on helping separated parents who are in dispute to develop cooperative parenting relationships that support their children’s emotional wellbeing and adjustment to the separation.

 

Bernie also provides professional supervision and has a particular interest in supporting practitioners working with families and those working in Family Mediation.

Janine Bendit

BA Psychology and Theatre Studies
Grad Dip of Education
Grad Dip Couple and Family Therapy
Diploma of Counselling and Groupwork
Relationships Australia Supervision Training

Member of Australian Counselling Association

I am an Accredited Relationship Counsellor, and have worked with people in varying roles for the past 30 years to support their understanding of themselves and the worlds that they live in. When you sit with me in the counselling room you have my full attention and complete interest in understanding your world. I am empathic, non-judgmental and attuned to the individual needs of each person in the room.

I have worked in many areas over my career including welfare, teaching, couples and family work as well as individual therapy. I am a trained supervisor and I have been providing supervision and leadership to other counsellors and mental health professionals since 2010. My journey through these roles has reaffirmed my love of working with people towards emotional and relational wellbeing.

As a couples and family therapist I am skilled at ensuring everyone feels heard and supported, exploring how current problems have developed and are being maintained by communication and behavioural patterns. I have a keen interest in helping deepen people’s ability to hear and be heard by their partner and other family members. While this work can be challenging for couples and families, it offers extensive opportunity for growth, clarity and connection.

My work is influenced by a range of approaches, including Family Systems Theory, Imago Couple Therapy, The Gottman Method (of couple therapy), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Informed Practice, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and group work theory and practice. I am currently working towards accreditation as an Imago Couple Therapist.

My education and experience has given me the skills I need to be an effective therapist for both individuals as well as couples and families. I have supported people who present with a range of issues that include: dealing with difficult relationship dynamics; living with domestic violence; managing parenting relationships; people undergoing separation; children and young people in the context of their family relationships; anxiety; depression; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; anger issues; and grief and loss.

Whether you are seeking support for yourself, for your relationship, or for your family, I am creative in the way I work, tailoring my sessions to the people who are sitting with me in order to create opportunities for connection, growth and change.