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 Jon Nielsen

Jon Nielsen

Mobile 0404 456 779

Jon Nielsen Counselling

Mobile 0404 456 779

Whether you want to take swift action, or a deep dive into your thoughts and feelings to gain personal insight, I can work with you to achieve your goals. My style is relaxed and calm, and I combine person-centred and solution-focused counselling with my decades of experience in science and engineering. I see clients face-to-face in my Canberra-based practice or online via Zoom.


  • 16 Wilbow St, Phillip, Canberra ACT 2606 0404 456 779 PHONE 0404 456 779


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

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Depression, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Postnatal Depression, Self Development, Suicidal Feelings  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Existential, Person Centred, Solution Oriented

    I blend together person-centred counselling with elements of solution-focused counselling and my background in science and engineering. As a result I provide a warm, safe, and supportive environment with techniques that are evidence-based and practical.


    • Graduate Diploma in Counselling - 2020 - University of Canberra

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Quality Provision

    As a member of the Australian Counselling Association you can trust that I am ethical and accountable. I have regular expert supervision and ongoing professional development to ensure that I am always up-to-date with my skills and practice.


    I have 8 years of experience working in the mental health sector in roles that include crisis
    support, counselling for parents, group work, as well as generalist counselling.


    Contact me for an up-to-date list of available appointment times. Online (Zoom) sessions are available after hours and on weekends.

    Transport and Parking

    Free parking is available in the nearby Woden Westfield, as is the bus interchange.


    Standard fees are $140 for 50 minutes. A sliding scale applies for clients in genuine need.

    Payment Options

    Payment via credit card or direct deposit.

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    10 Questions with Jon Nielsen

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

    • I spent many years volunteering with Lifeline as a telephone crisis supporter. It was an absolute privilege to be able to listen to people's stories and to be invited into their lives for a brief moment. The sense of connection and ability to help people along their path was really rewarding. I sought out counsellor training so that I could continue to provide connection and support to people in a more ongoing way.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I am a person-centred counsellor, which means that I believe that every person has the potential to be their best, given the right kind of supportive environment. I provide a warm, supportive, and empathetic environment that allows clients to be themselves and to be supported as they work towards the changes that they want to make.

      I also have skills in working in a solution-focused way, which is great for people who want to get cracking on making changes in their life right away.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Many clients start to make progress even before they come to their first session! Just the act of making a booking shows courage and determination which can be a powerful force and motivation for change. On the other hand, some changes are very gradual and may come about months or even years after a session of therapy has completed.

      I like to check in with my clients to make sure that they are finding value in each session. I am led by client preferences and feedback. Finding what works for each individual can sometimes take a bit of trial and error, but we will get there!
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • My own personal therapy has helped me to see the ways in which my past has influenced my present behaviour. It has given me awareness and provided me with strategies to work towards becoming more of the person I want to be.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • As a middle-aged man I am anticipating that my future will involve a lot of 'no hair' days, so I'm grateful for what hair I still have left.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • The world is a tough place - it's difficult to narrow down all the problems to the one that is the most significant! I think a lot of it boils down to individuals in power that base their decisions on greed and self-interest rather than taking the time to be honest, vulnerable, caring, and compassionate.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I sing in a choir because I love making music and I love the way that music can affect performers and audiences alike. At the moment one of my favourite pieces is "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen. I also love "A Boy and a Girl" by Eric Whitacre.
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     Jon Nielsen

    Jon Nielsen


    I work with people living with anxiety, depression, and loneliness. I have a special interest in counselling new parents, and people at points of change in their life. Together we can work to find a path around the obstacles in your life and to take the actions that align with your values and goals....

    • Phillip
    • Existential, Person Centred, Solution Oriented