Melissa Finlayson


GradDipPsych, PostGradDipPsych, MPsych (Couns)


I am a registered psychologist with significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have worked in a range of settings including schools, community service organisations and crisis intervention services. I have specialised training and experience in family violence and sexual assault counselling. I also have extensive clinical and research experience in suicide prevention and bereavement.   

I tend to draw on a wide variety of therapeutic approaches which I tailor to meet individual needs. These approaches include but are not limited to Somatic Trauma Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Play Therapy.

I value creating a supportive and safe environment which allows for an interactive and collaborative counselling experience. As part of this supportive environment I bring warmth, authenticity and compassion. This supportive approach enables me to assist people to develop their potential and achieve goals which are personally meaningful for the individual.

I Work with:

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults

Areas of Interest:

  • Anxiety (including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, and panic disorder)
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Relationship and parenting difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • Sexual assault counselling
  • Suicide bereavement

Available Times:

  • Saturdays 9am to 3pm