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Mrs Anna Petinsky

Mrs Anna Petinsky

Mobile 0420 361 800
Psychotherapist, Somatic Psychotherapist

Northern Beaches Psychotherapy and Counselling

Mobile 0420 361 800

When we feel overwhelmed or go through crisis, it is easy to feel so stressed and anxious that it becomes difficult to makes sense of what is going on. Even well-meaning friends and family can not support you adequately. If you feel that some additional support could help you towards a bit more strength and ability to enjoy relationships and life as it currently is, I would love to hear from you. For more detailed information about how I practice, please see my website. Warm wishes, Anna


  • The Oasis, Suite 117/20 Dale St, Brookvale, Sydney NSW 2094 0420 361 800 PHONE 0420 361 800


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Depression, Emotional Overwhelm, Family / Parenting, Grief / Bereavement, Intimacy Issues, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Postnatal Depression, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Existential, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed

    I practice contemporary somatic psychotherapy. This is a psychodynamic approach, informed by Self Psychology & Intersubjectivity. It is a gentle talk therapy where change is guided by mind, brain and relationships. This is different from traditional cognitive focused counselling techniques. To learn more about how this therapy works and why it is so beneficial, please visit my website.


    • Diploma of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy - 2012 - ACCSP

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    I am a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. PAFCA. PACFA has rigorous membership and professional development requirements.
    Member of Australian College of Psychotherapy.
    Member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy.
    Outside professional supervision and development I am also involved in personal therapy.


    After completion of my Psychotherapy Diploma in 2012, I practice as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.


    Please contact me to make an appointment. Appointments are 60 mins.

    Transport and Parking

    There are six visitor parking spots available under the building during daytime. There is a Medical Center three doors down with 2 hour parking for $2.
    The nearest bus stop is Warringah Mall, a hub for bus lines from the Northern Beaches suburbs.


    $120/hour. First session 75 mins.

    Payment Options

    Cash, check or EFTPOS payment available


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    10 Questions with Anna Petinsky

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • Psychotherapy is what my heart always knew it wanted to do. From the moment I read my first psychology book, I knew this is my passion. No specific event led me here, just an innate curiosity for mental health.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • So much of western psychology have roots from the east, we just label the principles a little differently. Buddhism and philosophy are influence me. They are great catalysts for increasing awareness and finding alternative perspectives, an important aspect to growth. I am also drawn to existentialism and phenomenology. Cultivating a relationship with death is an important influence to how I engage with life and the way I practice, which goes well with the relational modalities of Self Psychology and Intersubjectivity that I practise.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am interested in the powerful way relationships impact us as individuals. How they change us, both for better and for worse. Consciously and unconsciously. I am fascinated with what causes lasting change in us. When life has been really tough on us, and we are struggling, what is it within the relationship with a counsellor that causes a long term shift? How do we get to living a fuller life? Whilst all our journeys are different, the path to change follows the same core principles. That aspect is where my interest lies. There are several domains that study this closely. Interpersonal neurobiology, infant research and intersubjectivity theory, described as a "meta-theory" to psychoanalysis, are a few.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I use an integrative approach to therapy. In summary, I bring together interpersonal and relational elements from various theoretical approaches. Central to my approach is the safety I am responsible for creating between us. I listen. I really want to understand what it is like for you and I care. To listen and to care are more important than the methods that any therapist use. There are countless more or less effective counselling methods. If these methods are prioritised over genuine listening, the methods just won’t work.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Often clients report an immediate feeling better after a first session. Progress can then become a bit more stagnant to again leap further into the therapy work we do together. Progress is an individual thing and depends on the situation. Sometimes actually allowing yourself to feel low, can boost your ability to feel better in a way that lasts. If that makes sense.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • It makes me more loving towards myself. I worry less and enjoy life’s many imperfect moments more. Without the self-awareness therapy gives me, I wouldn’t be the therapist I am today.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Sensing or seeing change with my clients. I get very excited when we notice old patterns starting to shift. Confidence grows. It is a very satisfying feeling to be part of the richer life that client’s over time start to bring into the room with me.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes, I do. If I didn’t have bad hair days, I wouldn’t be real. It is a part of being human.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • I am concerned with the western world’s obsession with individuality. And how it impacts on our wellbeing and the earth we live on. Mohandas Gandi said “Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.” It is natural and healthy for us to depend on each other.

      There is also a growing tendency in society to disown our difficult experiences. I am concerned with a world where we are primed to "achieve" and “be happy”, and the complacency that comes with. With this comes the risk of getting further away from understanding and accepting our differences, which happens when we share and are heard in what is real for us.

      I want to contribute to a future with more meaningful connections, vulnerability and intimacy between us.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I get inspiration from countless sources. The children's author Astrid Lindgren is one source. Her motto “Give the children love, love and more love, and common sense will come by itself”, is simple yet so important. As an adult, I love revisiting these books and their subtle messages. Follow Astrid's motto, and we see a lot more happiness in the world. And - we would need a lot less counselling and therapy at an adult age.
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    Mrs Anna Petinsky

    Anna Petinsky

    Psychotherapist, Somatic Psychotherapist

    When you are hurting, overwhelmed or feel alone it can be distressing to process what is happening. It is easy to shut off and succumb to just getting by. Gradually you feel shut off from life. Without knowing, you numb yourself to not feel the pain. By doing so, you notice you also struggle to feel the joy. When you have a good connection with someone, a psychotherapist, counsellor or someone else, it is easier to find the courage and strength to get through. I would love to hear from you. Anna...

    • Brookvale
    • Existential, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed