About Nicolette

Nicolette began her working life as a high school mathematics teacher. As she grew increasingly aware of the emotional needs of some of the students in her classes, she began her study of psychology. She soon moved entirely into the field of psychology – working in schools and community health settings with adults, families and children.

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Nicolette helps and supports individuals and families who are experiencing:

  • High levels of stress and or burnout
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Issues relating to self-development and direction in life
  • Difficulties regulating emotions such as anger or fear
  • Post-trauma reactions and stress disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions and adjustment issues
  • Cross-cultural issues and or issues relating to migration
  • Ministry related issues
  • Anxiety and related conditions
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Eating disorders and or issues relating to food and weight

Evidence-Based Counseling Frameworks

Over the years, Nicolette has completed advanced training in a number of evidence based counselling frameworks to help her clients. 

She uses the following frameworks regularly in her practice:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy and Symbol Work
  • Solutions Focused Brief Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy

Christian Counselling

Nicolette meets with people from a diverse range of spiritual backgrounds and faith practices.

As a Christian psychologist, Nicolette deeply values working with clients who want to understand and integrate this important aspect of their identity – namely their Christian faith and related experiences – in to understanding themselves, their psychology and committing to a process of change, healing and growth.

Nicolette is conscious of working with therapeutic models and tools that are consistent with a Christian worldview. 

Training and Supervision


  • Facilitates individual and group supervision for counselors and psychologists
  • Speaks at churches on issues relating to mental health and self-care
  • Developed and taught pastoral care courses at tertiary colleges
  • Presented at the Australian Psychological Society’s Christianity and Psychology Interest Groups National Conference
  • Presented at the Christian Counselors Association National Conference

Developing Countries

Nicolette was born in Sri Lanka, after spending her childhood there she migrated to Australia with her family as a teenager. This has deeply influenced her value of being able to give back to communities that are under-resourced especially in the area of mental health.

Recently, Nicolette joined a group of health professionals and volunteered her time conducting mental health training for health workers from the Karen Health Department in Myanmar. She has also volunteered her time in Sri Lanka to support and train local counselors, teachers and community leaders. She plans to continue to give her skills, knowledge and time to support mental health work in developing countries.

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