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Ms Alana O'Callaghan

Ms Alana O'Callaghan

Mobile 0413 543 049
Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist

Hills Holistic Counselling

Mobile 0413 543 049

Alana is a qualified and experienced Counsellor who assists people to learn skills to manage distress, shift perspective, and move to a place of greater empowerment. Her holistic approach explores connections between the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Her Somatic Experiencing training helps shift patterns resulting from trauma (whether childhood abuse, or unexpected single events). Alana is a supportive and non-judgemental facilitator for healing and growth.


  • 100 Main Street, Upwey, VIC 3158 0413543049 PHONE 0413543049
  • 125 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Selby, VIC 3159 PHONE 0413 543 049 0413 543 049
  • 2/1569 Burwood Hwy, Tecoma VIC 3160 PHONE 0413 543 049 0413 543 049


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Clinical Supervision 
  • - Individual counselling for adolescents and adults.
    - Parenting strategies.
    - Dealing with trauma.
    - Support for families where there is a young person or other family member with a mental illness, conduct disorder or challenging behaviour.

    Accredited provider of counselling through:
    - Carers Victoria (6 sessions for carers)
    - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
    - FRMP (Family Reconciliation and Mediation Service)
    - Focussed Psychological Strategies (formerly known as ATAPS)

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Childhood Issues, Depression, Family / Parenting, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Injury, Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Marriage and Family, Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Solution Oriented, Somatic Psychotherapy, Systems Theory

    Alana draws on a wide range of tools. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing, Solution-Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness, and CBT. Alana has a sound knowledge regarding trauma and treatment, and a strong interest in body-oriented psychotherapy. Some clients want to explore past issues including childhood, and some want to focus on practical strategies for managing current stress/overwhelm - Alana can accommodate either approach.


    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Social Work
    • Graduate Diploma in Addiction Studies
    • Master in Clinical Family Therapy

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers
    • Somatic Experiencing Australia

    Quality Provision

    Alana follows ethical guidelines as set out by the professesional associations above. She regularly reviews progress with clients, and attends regular supervision and professional development and training.


    Alana has over fifteen years experience in counselling and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to her private practice, she works in a national youth mental health service. Her specialities include assistance for adolescents and adults with emotional distress and/or mental health issues; trauma (including childhood abuse and neglect; and single unexpected traumatic events); adolescent issues; and parenting and relationship difficulties.


    Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and afternoons.

    Evening appointments by special arrangement.

    Transport and Parking

    Upwey clinic: Close to Upwey railway station (on Belgrave line), and to bus. Off-street parking.

    Selby clinic: Bus from Emerald or Belgrave. Off-street parking.


    $130 per session. $150 for couples/families.
    Session length is 50-55 minutes.

    Substantial Medicare rebates available for up to 10 sessions per year if referred by GP.

    Payment Options

    Cash, Eftpos, Credit Card. Medicare Easyclaim.

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    Ms Alana O'Callaghan

    Alana O'Callaghan

    Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist

    I care deeply about your healing, and I will facilitate this by drawing on many years experience and training. If you experience distressing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, stress, or trauma symptoms, I have many skills and ideas that may help. I enjoy assisting people to tune into their own ability to 're-wire' their brains and nervous systems, and improve their sense of well being.

    I also offer relationship counselling, advice to parents, and support to adolescents....

    • Upwey, Selby
    • CBT, Marriage and Family, Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Solution Oriented, Somatic Psychotherapy, Systems Theory