About Us

Nina Curtis


B.SocSc. Counselling

Grad Dip Couple and Family Therapy

Registered Family Mediator
Child Consultant

Clinical Registrant - PACFA

Over the past 15 years, I have been privileged to work with and support people from all walks of life. This includes Individuals, couples and families. I am an accredited Relationship counsellor holding a Clinical membership with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

My skills include an empathic, non judgmental approach as well as being attuned to individual needs and the ability to tailor a way of working to suit those needs.
My qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Counselling and my post graduate qualifications are in Couple and Family therapy and
Family Dispute Resolution.

Each Individual, couple or family that presents to my practice is thoroughly reflected upon making sure that I am the right service for the support needed
and I use a range of skills are used depending on the needs of the case.

I work in family dispute resolution supporting separated parents and their children to negotiate going between two homes and the relationships within those homes.


Having worked at Tocal college over the past 7 years as the student counsellor, I have a particular interest in supporting young people either working with the
individual or with the family.

My aim in working with clients is to find creative ways to support them in their repair and growth and to find hope and meaning in their lives.

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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.

Bernie Coulter



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.

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Janelle Atkinson


Grad. Dip. Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

I am an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, currently working part-time with Interrelate’s Family Relationship Centre in Newcastle, while in association supporting the team at East Maitland Counselling and Mediation, by private practice.

I am accredited with the Attorney Generals’ Department and an active member of the Resolution Institute.

Originally from Tasmania, I moved to the beautiful Hunter Valley region in 2015.

I have worked extensively in the community services and employment service sector, including being a trained enrolled nurse, before gaining my Family Dispute Resolution accreditation and Child Consultancy training in 2009/2010, working with Catholic Care Tasmania. In May of 2020, I completed the Gradate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution, in updating my skills and by prior recognition of learning.

I am experienced in both parenting and property/financial matters, in a child focused and child inclusive practice model. I deem my approach of mediation with clients as facilitative, transformative and E-mediation, with a client centred approach. I provide case management and referrals, as identified with each parent or the party’s/family’s needs present.

I provide legally assisted mediation, court mandated mediation, face to face or Zoom/Video Conference, along with individual phone assessments with clients.