Welcome to Gellibrand Counselling


Shona values advanced empathy and a high quality therapeutic relationship as the foundation to the counselling process and change. Her approach is one of warmth, openness, non-judgement and respect, while exploring each person's unique experiences and concerns. Beneath symptoms of anxiety and depression are frequently difficulties with relationships, untold stories and unexpressed emotions. Repetitive behaviours can hold individuals in stuck patterns. Being heard with acceptance and understanding, and challenged with gentle probing, gives the opportunity to make sense of yourself and your situation, within the context of present and past experiences.

Thoughts, emotions and behaviours are brought to awareness for exploration, expression and meaning making. This enables opportunities for transformative change resulting in empowerment, new behavioural choices and positive ways of relating to yourself and others.

Psychological interventions


Shona uses Process Experiential Emotion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches amongst other evidence based approaches, depending on the client and problem. She works with couples using an Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples approach, a model based on Attachment Theory.

  • Anxiety and Depression, PTSD, Grief and Loss
  • Relationship difficulties, Parenting issues with children, adolescents and young adults
  • Adult survivors of Childhood trauma (physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect), PTSD
  • Workplace stress, health issues, sleeping difficulties

Areas of Specialisation

Relationship Counselling


Long term relationships can get caught in reactive negative cycles that leave individuals feeling hurt and injured by their loved one Read more...

Childhood and Complex Trauma


Shona specialises in counselling survivors of childhood trauma.