Our Counsellors & Associates

Meet our Psychologists & Careers Counsellor:   Joyce, Adam & Mariana


Joyce    (Port Melbourne, VIC)

We need to change the relationship we have with ourselves
before the things around us can change.  

 Psychologist, Clinical Hypnotherapist

I have worked as a Psychologist for more than 17 years.  I have provided consultations to mental health, employee assistant programmes, social, community, educational professionals and have supervised provisionally registered psychologists.

I am a trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist (Hypnosis).  I also use Mindfulness Based Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Thought Field Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Transpersonal Counseling. I can draw on all these tools to help you.

I believe that inner peace is a natural state for all of us and I want you to achieve this in life. It is our patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour which prevent us from achieving this state. We have become so used to the ‘stressful’ state, that it feels normal to us. We may even be addicted to this way of behaving. I can help you identify these habits and patterns and change to new neural pathways in order to achieve new results instead of experiencing the same old thing over and over again. But I need your commitment and willingness to change and openness to try something different. You will need to be honest with yourself and even be willing to see some things about yourself that you may not even like. This is the first step to change. Then opportunities present themselves to you where you never saw them before. Ultimately, you hold the key to making changes in your life.


What I offer you:

  • Insights to your patterns of behaviour and habits.                                     
  • Origins of those patterns and habits.
  • Tools to change them.
  • Support to make those changes.


Available for:


My qualifications:

  • Fully registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) 
  • Bachelor degree in Psychology, with Honours (Murdoch University)
  • Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis (Australian Society of Hypnosis)
  • Diploma of Education ( Murdoch University )
  • Certificate in Counseling (The Australian Institute of Professional Counselors)
  • Certificate in Transpersonal Studies (Australian Transpersonal Institute) 
  • Drug and Alcohol Addictions Counseling ( Curtin University )
  • Group Facilitation (Holyoake)
  • Telephone Counseling and Youth Suicide Prevention (Lifeline)
  • Aussie Optimism train the trainer program ( Curtin University )


  • Fully registered with The Psychology Board of Australia & AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Australian Society of Hypnosis (ASH)
  • Transpersonal Psychology Interest Group (APS)


Other Interests:   Psychology & Spirituality, The paranormal, travelling, trekking, rock-climbing, dance and yoga.

Available:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 10am - 6pm  (Port Melbourne)

To make an appointment with Joyce please call 040 661 7220 or email here:  Contact Form





Adam Ates  (Perth - Victoria Park , WA)


 You are not what happened to you, you are what you choose to become.

Clinical Psychologist - Bulk-Billing

Fluent in: English, Turkish

Adam has over 12 years of experience in psychological services and comes from a diverse professional background.  His work experience included Royal Perth Hospital Psychiatry Unit, Department of Child Protection and Cannington and Morley Medical Centre in WA.   

Adam’s goal in his profession is to develop a therapeutic relationship based on trust, confidentiality and an open dialogue in his clinic. You can expect understanding, respect, and positive regard during his sessions.  He is dedicated to help empower you to a better understanding of yourself, your relationships and your lifestyle. He uses latest evidence based clinical techniques to reach his goals with his clients.

Adam holds a Clinical Psychology Masters Degree from Curtin University. He is registered with the Clinical College of APS and the Australian Health Practitioner Board (AHPRA). 

Adam's special interest areas include treating depression, anxiety, panic disorder and relationship problems. He has experience working with children and culturally diverse populations.


His current private practice is at the Center for Psychological Health WA, Unit 21 The Business Building, 328 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park, WA 6100.


To make an appointment with Adam, please contact him on 1300 979 328 or email adamates@cphwa.org .

Website: www.cphwa.org




Mariana    (Perth)


Career consists of multiple adventures; a lifetime of evolving and learning with many alternative roads to fulfillment.

Careers Counsellor

Fluent in: English, Spanish


Mariana is a highly regarded and proven career development practitioner with a passion and commitment to empower individuals to proactively take control of their career at any stage in life. She specialises in career counselling, career coaching and career education that is holistic, systematic and client centered. Mariana has over 21 years’ experience in the areas of education and careers and enjoys working with adolescents and adults, both individually and in groups.


What I offer you:
Discover, design, transform, build and help sustain a career life that is both meaningful and purposeful. I can empower you to:

• Select appropriate pathways to vocational training and university courses.
• Learn about yourself, careers and the world of work to enhance career satisfaction; increase your income; and maintain marketability.
• Create a meaningful and realistic career vision and prepare an action plan to achieve it.
• Discover ways to match skills acquired from recent job roles to qualifications.
• Discover an entirely new career after retirement.
• Gain career management skills to skillfully and successfully navigate your career transitions in education, training and employment.
• Career Based Interventions (CBI) – Work out academic concerns (self-exploration, career education and referrals as required).
• Outplacement – Develop self-awareness and a plan of action to get back into the workforce.


Available for:

Careers Counselling:
• Online career counselling via Skype
• Telephone career counselling
• Face-to-face career counselling
• Email career counselling


My qualifications and achievements:
Postgraduate Certificate in Career Development (Edith Cowan University)
• TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Central Institute of Technology)
• Accredited Career Voyage practitioner (JIIG-CAL Australia)
• Leader’s Accreditation, Coaching Young People for Success (C.Y.P.F.S.)
• Advisory committee member for the WACE Career and Enterprise Course, WA Curriculum and Standards Authority.
• Executive member, Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), WA Division
• Winner of the 2011 Miles Morgan Australia Excellence in Career Development in the Community Award.
• Co-presenter at the 2012 WA Adult Literacy Council (WAALC) Conference
• Co-presenter at the 2012 Good Theory Good Practice (GTGP) Seminar, CDAA WA Division


Fellow, Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA)
• Member, National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (NAGCAS) (Australia)
• Member, National Career Development Association (NCDA) (USA)


• Administration and interpretation of outcome based career assessments
• Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) counselling
• Narrative therapy counselling
• Systems therapy counselling
• Coaching and mentoring techniques
• Clear and direct structures to achieve goals

Fees:  See packages

Available:  Saturday mornings or weekday evenings