Psychology & Counselling

Individual Therapy

Seeking help or need someone to talk to? Embrace Wellness Hub is a wellness service offering a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions and assessments, including one-on-one, individual therapy. Embrace’s registered, qualified psychologists work in a holistic and trauma-informed manner and recognise each client is unique and thus has individual needs. Currently located in Manly West at the Silky Oaks main campus, Embrace is proud to serve its community and provides services to people of all ages, genders, sexualities, and cultural backgrounds.

Each psychologist brings their own skill set, area of expertise and model of practice. Part of our success is ensuring we match client need with the most appropriate practitioner where possible. Embrace psychologists are registered allied mental health professionals that are skilled to provide support and intervention for the following issues and concerns:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression and Mood Disorders

  • Stress Management

  • Grief and Loss

  • Trauma

  • Parenting and Attachment

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Emotional, social and behavioural Concerns in children and young people

  • Life Transitions

  • Self-Esteem

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • University/School Issues

  • Pain Management 

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Spirituality

  • Gender Identity Support

  • Other Issues 


If you have acquired a physical or psychological injury at work or in the course of carrying out your work, you may require the services and support of a psychologist as part of your recovery.

Each WorkCover claim is decided based on your specific circumstances and information obtained. WorkCover may refer you to a psychologist once your claim has been approved. Sessions are often time-limited and the number of sessions is determined by your WorkCover representative after assessing your claim. For successful claims, WorkCover will cover the cost of your session/s with an Embrace psychologist.


For more information or to book an appointment, please contact us.

Accessibility for Clients in Regional, Rural or Remote Areas of Australia

For the majority of our clients, individual therapy sessions are conducted in person at our Embrace clinic in Manly, Qld. For clients living in regional, rural or remote areas of Australia, it can be difficult to access suitable health professionals to meet their mental health needs. Embrace offers therapy sessions via teleconference (typically via Skype) to eligible clients. Please view question '10' on our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information to see if you qualify for sessions via teleconferencing.

Embrace psychologists offer 1 on 1 (individual) therapy sessions which focus on achieving set goals as agreed upon by the psychologist and client.

The Embrace team consists of highly qualified and experienced professionals committed to delivering current, evidence-based therapeutic interventions within a client-centred framework and using a range of modalities. The team specialise in working with children and young people who have experienced harm, neglect and trauma.


No matter who you are or where you have come from, our psychologists endeavour to meet the needs of our community by offering a broad range of therapeutic approaches and interventions, which include:

  • Attachment and trauma informed therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Creative arts therapies (art, drama, music, dance/movement and sand play therapy)


After Hours & Emergency Support

Please note, Embrace Wellness Hub is not an emergency response service. If you or someone you know needs immediate support or help, please contact emergency services on 000 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

A list of other support services can be accessed here.

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Couples & Relationship Therapy

Embrace Wellness Hub has two mental health practitioners, Clinical Psychologist Dr Katie Kjelsaas and experienced Counsellor Jake Sigley, who specialise in the area of couples therapy/counselling.  Couples therapy often has a common aim of improving the relationship between two people. This might involve rebuilding, repairing and/or reconnecting. There are an array of issues that may prompt a couple to seek therapeutic intervention by a trained professional, such as ongoing conflict, an affair, a breach of trust, intimacy issues and other issues arising from external stressors. Effective couples therapy relies on both people in the relationship desiring change and being willing to take the steps to make change.

To learn more about our practitioner's Katie and Jake, please view our 'Meet the Team' page.

Group Therapy

From time to time, Embrace Wellness Hub may offer group therapy programs for children, adolescents and adults. Group therapy is a great way to broaden your range of psychological treatment with the support and motivation of peers. Our group numbers are kept small, generally consisting of 6-10 participants.

Under the Better Access Initiative, individuals may be eligible for 10 individual and 10 group Medicare rebateable therapy sessions each calendar year. To be eligible for a rebate for a group session, you will require a referral from your GP (under a Mental Health Treatment Plan) or a referral from your treating Psychiatrist or Pediatrician.

For a list of dates and fees, please contact the Embrace reception on (07) 3906 8888 or email

Education & Training

Embrace Wellness Hub believes a well-educated and appropriately trained workforce or leadership group is pertinent for developing effective and resilient teams. Training can also help reduce staff turnover rates and improve job satisfaction. As a result, Embrace provides professional development opportunities through education and training to schools, other learning institutes, businesses and organisations. We provide customised small and large group workshops and training. 


With your consultation, we can develop a program relevant to your operational or business needs. Some areas we can assist with include:

  • Trauma and attachment

  • Resilience building, including dealing with critical incidents

  • Stress and anxiety management

  • Mental health first aid

  • Conflict resolution

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Change management


As we tailor workshops and trainings to suit our client’s needs, sessions may run for a couple of hours, half-day, or for full-day. 


Please contact us on (07) 3906 8888 to discuss how we can assist your organisation’s needs.