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 Dee Kumbukage

Dee Kumbukage

Mobile 0493 522 614
Relationship Therapist, Holistic Counsellor

Bo Tree Counselling

Mobile 0493 522 614

Dee Kumbukage is an accomplished counsellor with many years of experience. She holds a qualification as a counsellor and has dedicated herself to supporting individuals on their journey towards healing and personal growth. Dee is a member of the Australian Counselling Association, a testament to her commitment to upholding professional standards in her practice. Throughout her career, she has worked in diverse settings, offering her expertise adolescents, adults, couples, and families.


  • 53 Barrabool Rd, Highton, VIC 3216 0493 522 614 PHONE 0493 522 614
  • Golden Plains Mendical Cantre, 59 Geelong Rd, Bannockburn, VIC 3331 PHONE 0493 522 614 0493 522 614


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • At our counselling practice, we offer counselling services for youth and adolescents, adults, couples, older adults and NDIS clients. We take a whole-person approach to centring your mind, body and soul to help you achieve your desired outcomes. Our fees are tailored to your individual needs and circumstances.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Adolescent Issues, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Burnout, Cancer Support, Career Counselling, Childhood Issues, Creativity, Cultural Issues, Decision Making, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Family / Parenting, Grief / Bereavement, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Loneliness, Migrant Issues, Pain / Rehabilitation, Postnatal Depression, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Spirituality / Religion, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Emotional Release, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Holistic, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred

    As a counsellor, Dee Kumbukage embraces an integrated and client-centered approach to therapy. She believes in tailoring her approach to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual client. Dee combines various contemporary models of counselling to create a comprehensive and personalised therapeutic experience.

    Her approach is rooted in creating a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their concerns and emotions. Dee places a strong emphasis on building a trusting therapeutic relationship, fostering open communication, and providing empathetic support throughout the counselling process.


    • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling - 2023 - Deakin University
    • Graduate Certificate in Counselling - 2022 - Deakin University
    • Mental Health Certificate IV - 2022 - GenU

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Quality Provision

    I am dedicated to providing exceptional quality in my counselling services. I prioritise the well-being and satisfaction of my clients above all else. With a focus on professionalism, empathy, and expertise, I strive to create a therapeutic environment where individuals feel heard, supported, and empowered. Your growth and progress are my top priorities and I am committed to delivering the highest standard of care to help you achieve your goals.


    With over many years of experience in the field, Dee Kumbukage brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her counselling practice. Her journey as a counsellor has been marked by a diverse range of professional experiences, working with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Throughout her career, Dee has honed her skills in various settings, gaining a deep understanding of the unique needs and dynamics within each client group.
    Through her extensive experience and continuous growth as a professional, Dee has developed a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of human emotions, relationships, and personal challenges.


    Appointments can be made via the website


    Youth & Adolescents Counselling
    (In-room or Telehealth) 50 minutes $160

    Adults Counselling
    (In-room or Telehealth) 50 minutes $160

    Couples Counselling - Initial Session
    (In-room or Telehealth) 80 minutes $200

    Payment Options

    Online Payment


  • English
  • Sinhala

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    10 Questions with Dee Kumbukage

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

    • Since I was a little girl, I have always been passionate about understanding and supporting others on their journey of personal growth and well-being. I was naturally drawn to listening to people's stories, offering a compassionate ear, and providing guidance during difficult times. This innate desire to help and make a positive impact led me to choose psychotherapy or counseling as a profession. Witnessing the transformative power of therapy in my own life and the lives of those around me further solidified my commitment to this path. It brings me immense joy to create a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore their emotions, gain insights, and navigate their unique journeys towards healing and self-discovery.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Throughout my professional and personal development as a counsellor, I have been influenced by a range of philosophical approaches that have shaped my understanding of human nature, personal growth, and therapeutic interventions. Some of the key philosophical approaches that have had a significant impact on my work include:

      Existentialism: The existentialist perspective has deepened my appreciation for the unique struggles and existential dilemmas individuals face. This approach emphasises personal responsibility, freedom of choice, and the search for meaning in life. It has helped me guide clients in exploring their values, purpose, and existential concerns.

      Humanistic Psychology: Humanistic psychology, particularly the person-centered approach developed by Carl Rogers, has strongly influenced my counselling style. This approach highlights the importance of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness in fostering a therapeutic relationship. It has taught me to trust in clients' innate capacity for growth and self-actualisation.

      Mindfulness and Eastern Philosophy: Incorporating elements from mindfulness practices and Eastern philosophies, such as Buddhism, has been transformative in my personal and professional development. These teachings emphasize living in the present moment, cultivating self-awareness, and embracing acceptance. Integrating mindfulness-based techniques into my practice has enhanced clients' self-reflection, emotional regulation, and overall well-being.

      Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): While not strictly a philosophical approach, CBT draws on cognitive and behavioral theories to explore the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This approach has influenced my understanding of how our thoughts and beliefs shape our experiences and can be modified to promote positive change. Incorporating CBT techniques has empowered clients to challenge negative thinking patterns and develop healthier coping strategies.

      By integrating aspects of these philosophical approaches into my practice, I aim to create a holistic and client-centered therapeutic experience. Each person's journey is unique, and I believe that drawing from a variety of philosophical perspectives allows me to tailor my approach to meet their individual needs, facilitating personal growth, and supporting them in finding their own meaning and fulfillment in life.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am deeply interested in the whole spectrum of human health and the intricate journey that individuals undertake throughout their lives. From physical well-being to mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects, I recognise the interconnected nature of these dimensions and their impact on overall wellness. My curiosity extends to exploring the factors that contribute to a balanced and fulfilling life, including personal growth, resilience, relationships, and purpose. By embracing a holistic perspective, I strive to support individuals in their pursuit of optimal well-being, helping them navigate challenges, uncover their strengths, and cultivate a sense of wholeness in every facet of their journey.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • As a counsellor, I utilise a variety of methods and approaches tailored to the unique needs of each individual. Mindfulness-based techniques form an integral part of my practice, helping clients cultivate present-moment awareness, self-compassion, and emotional resilience. I also draw upon evidence-based modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, and psychodynamic approaches to address specific concerns and promote positive change. Additionally, I emphasise the importance of building a strong therapeutic alliance, providing a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their experiences and emotions. By combining these methods, I aim to support individuals in their journey towards self-discovery, healing, and personal growth.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • The timing of progress in counseling can vary for each individual, as it is influenced by various factors such as the nature of their concerns, their readiness for change, and their level of engagement in the therapeutic process. However, clients often begin to feel that progress is being made when they experience a greater sense of self-awareness, insight, and empowerment. They may notice a shift in their perspectives, an increased ability to cope with challenges, or a greater sense of clarity and purpose. Additionally, as clients start to implement and integrate new coping strategies and insights into their daily lives, they may observe positive changes in their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and relationships. The recognition of progress is a highly individualized and subjective experience, and I work collaboratively with clients to identify and celebrate these milestones along their unique journey of healing and growth.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Therapy has played a significant role in my personal growth and transformation, making me a better person in many ways. Through the therapeutic process, I have gained a deeper understanding of myself, my emotions, and my patterns of thinking and behavior. Therapy has provided me with valuable tools and techniques to navigate challenges, manage stress, and develop healthier coping strategies. I have learned to cultivate self-compassion, embrace vulnerability, and practice effective communication skills. Therapy has helped me uncover and heal from past wounds, fostering personal resilience and emotional well-being. It has empowered me to make positive changes, set boundaries, and live a more authentic and fulfilling life. Overall, therapy has been instrumental in enhancing my self-awareness, fostering personal growth, and enabling me to show up as a better version of myself in all aspects of my life.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • What I appreciate most about being a therapist is the privilege of witnessing the transformative power of therapy in people's lives. It is incredibly rewarding to witness individuals' growth, resilience, and positive changes as they navigate their personal journeys. I find fulfillment in providing a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their emotions, gain insights, and develop new perspectives. Building authentic connections with clients and witnessing their progress is a profound honor. Additionally, I value the continuous learning and self-reflection that comes with being a therapist. Each client brings a unique story and set of challenges, allowing me to expand my knowledge, refine my skills, and deepen my empathy. Being a therapist allows me to make a meaningful impact, supporting individuals in their pursuit of well-being, healing, and personal transformation.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes, there are days when I, like anyone else, may experience what could be called "bad hair" days. On those occasions, when I feel less centered or grounded, I have found solace and rejuvenation through the practice of meditation. By taking time for self-reflection and mindfulness, I can cultivate a sense of inner calm and reconnect with a place of peace within myself. Meditation helps me to restore balance, clarity, and focus, allowing me to show up fully present for my clients and provide them with the support they need. It is through these moments of meditation that I replenish my energy and reaffirm my commitment to the therapeutic process.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • In my view, one of the most significant problems we face in the world today is the pervasive disconnection and lack of empathy among individuals and communities. In an increasingly interconnected world, it is essential that we foster a sense of understanding, compassion, and unity. The divisions based on race, religion, nationality, and other differences hinder our ability to address pressing global challenges effectively. It is crucial to cultivate empathy, promote inclusivity, and bridge the gaps that divide us. By embracing our shared humanity and recognizing the interconnectedness of all beings, we can work towards creating a more compassionate, equitable, and sustainable world for present and future generation
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • One work of art that deeply inspires me is the book "The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh. This profound and transformative book beautifully encapsulates the essence of Buddhist teachings and the practice of mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh's gentle and compassionate writing style guides readers on a journey towards cultivating mindfulness in everyday life. The book offers practical techniques and insights that inspire me to slow down, be fully present, and find peace and joy in the present moment. It serves as a constant reminder to embrace mindfulness as a powerful tool for self-awareness, personal growth, and the cultivation of inner peace. "The Miracle of Mindfulness" has had a profound impact on my own practice and has been a source of inspiration in guiding others towards a more mindful and meaningful existence.
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     Dee Kumbukage

    Dee Kumbukage

    Relationship Therapist, Holistic Counsellor

    Empowering Growth, Inspiring Change. With over a many years of experience as a dedicated counsellor, I am committed to helping individuals find their inner strength and overcome life's challenges. Through a compassionate and client-centered approach, I aim to create a safe and supportive space where transformation and personal growth can flourish. Let's embark on a journey of self-discovery together....

    • Highton, Bannockburn
    • ACT, CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Emotional Release, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Holistic, Meditation, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred