Kate Johnstone

GradDip Counselling, BPolSci (IR), MACA
Registered Counsellor

Kate is a registered counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling through the University of Southern Queensland. Prior to completing her counselling qualification, she trained as a Doula (professional pregnancy and birth support) supporting women and their families through the pregnancy, birth and post-partum period. She has worked for several years with individuals and families experiencing complex mental health issues or experiencing significant life transitions and changes.

Areas of the human experience she can support include depression, anxiety, burnout, relationship issues, parenting and family challenges, career change and transitions and grief and loss.

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Kate has a special interest in supporting families through the pregnancy and post natal period, bringing together current mental health research and her own experiences and journey with post natal depression and anxiety, breastfeeding and transitioning to motherhood. She is passionate about supporting women and their families to debrief and process pregnancy and birth related trauma or difficulties so they can step into their parenting journey with more confidence and healing.

Taking an integrative approach to counselling, Kate’s practice includes models from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Attachment Theory, Trauma Informed Counselling, Gottman Family and Relationship theory, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy.

In her spare time (when she is not mothering two boys and teaching children’s wellbeing classes) Kate loves to read books, get out into nature and try her hand at creative endeavours.


Private Insurance Rebates are not currently offered.



Graduate Diploma (Counselling), University of Southern QLD 2021

Doula Training, Australian Doula College (2012)

Bachelor International Relations (Political Science), Griffith University (2011)

Working with Vulnerable Persons Check (TAS)

National Police Check (Current)