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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. Kate gained experience in the NDIS community sector delivering mental health interventions for a wide range of conditions both as a therapist assistant and then as a counsellor. 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 Kate can support include:

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  • Depression and low mood

  • Anxiety 

  • Trauma

  • Relationship issues

  • Pregnancy and Birth including post partum depression, anxiety and birth trauma

  • Parenting and family challenges

  • Career change and transitions

  • Grief and loss


Having undertaken training in Gottman Sound House Relationship theory, Kate can support you to improve and develop healthy and rewarding relationship skills. Couples counselling is not currently being offered. 


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. This includes the self development journey of parenting, attachment and emotion coaching our children to flourish. 

Taking an integrative approach to counselling, Kate’s practice includes models from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Solution Focussed TherapyGottman Family and Relationship theory. Kate offers an inclusive space for every person and their story.

Alongside her private practice, Kate works as a mental health clinician in aged care providing counselling services to residents of aged care facilities - something that has been a highlight of her career. In her spare time (when she is not mothering two boys) 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)

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