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 Lara Petrulis

Lara Petrulis

Mobile 0421 974 412

InnerLife Counselling & Psychology

Mobile 0421 974 412

Of greatest value is a therapeutic relationship of deep trust & safety where our vulnerability, fear and deepest hurts can be seen. The therapeutic process is an inward journey. It requires us to look at what lies beneath our symptoms & invites us to connect with deeper parts of the self, bringing healing to the core of the issue. Many of our present day afflictions are tied to old emotional wounds. This 'going within' process allows us to tend to our wounds and care for our inner needs.


  • Suite 8 646 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, Sydney NSW 2100 0421 974 412 PHONE 0421 974 412


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Assessment 
  • Evidence Based Treatment Interventions and Expressive Therapies

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Borderline Personality, Communication Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Life Transitions, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Self Harm, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Experiential, Gestalt, Inner Child, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Sand Tray, Sandplay Therapy, Schema Therapy, Short-term Psychodynamic, Trauma-Informed

    I use an integrated therapeutic approach in my work and draw from a range of psychological therapies to assist clients to work on their current issue as well as at the core of their difficulties. Whilst each type of intervention has its own method and style, these therapies are designed to help us look at the relationship between our presenting problem and our inner world of beliefs, thoughts, emotions and parts of the self. These modes of therapy also offer specific tools for working with particular aspects of the self as well as managing the associated negative symptoms. In addition to clinical intervention I am conscious of the therapeutic relationship. I bring compassion, honesty, deep respect and integrity into the therapeutic space.


    • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - 1993 - Macquarie University
    • Honours in Psychology - 1994 - Macquarie University

    Quality Provision

    I regularly attend Supervision and Professional Development courses as approved by the Psychologists Registration Board, AHPRA.
    I keep up to date with relevant psychological material and literature.


    I am a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years experience providing Counselling and Therapy to Children, Adolescents and Adults. I have worked previously in Private Practice, Government and Non Government settings.

    I have vast experience in the Mental Health field providing Psychological Counselling to those experiencing a broad array of mental health and emotional difficulties.


    To make an appointment please call Lara Petrulis on 0421 974 412 or send an email to innerlife@bigpond.com
    Lara will provide you with a return phone call or text message to confirm an appointment, as well as answer any questions that you may have.

    Transport and Parking

    Bus services operate regularly along Pittwater Rd.
    Free parking is available in the council carpark, which has an entrance on Chard St. The carpark is about a 5 minute walk from the service. There is also street parking nearby.


    The cost for a 60 minute counselling session is $185.00 and for couples it is $195.00.
    With a Mental Health Care Plan referral, clients are eligible to claim a rebate from Medicare of $87.45 per session - for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.

    Payment Options

    HICAPS, Eftpos, All Cards Accepted.

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    10 Questions with Lara Petrulis

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

    • As I reflect on this question, I’m not sure if I can say that it was a definite choice that I made. Given my supportive family environment, it seemed a natural progression to continue offering care to others. I can remember as a young child facilitating discussions with my siblings - encouraging them to “communicate openly and express their feelings…” – I just needed to understand the theory behind the practice and perhaps refine my skills a tad!
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I have been greatly inspired by many philosophical traditions, mentors & spiritual teachers over the years who have helped refine my therapeutic vision and practice. The bedrock to my work is the quality of the relationship to the self – the capacity to accept in truth and with an open heart, all of the aspects of the self (all of who we are). And it is not a blind acceptance – it is a conscious, inward journey involving deep truths and learning, bringing healing to past hurts and a gift of relationship to deep parts of the self.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am interested in the internal suffering that continues on beyond a trauma or deeply troubling event. In particular, the specific thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves as a result of the trauma, shaping the way we live and experience life. In essence, it is not necessarily the past experience that requires resolution but how we feel about ourselves as a result of our experience..

    • What method/s do you use?

    • I aspire to create a space of safety and openness and a therapeutic relationship of gentle compassion - to allow the healing process to materialise into its own organic form. This space allows for deeper levels of vulnerability, insecurity, fear and emotional pain to be expressed in a way that feels honouring of these experiences. I use experiential, process oriented and awareness based methods founded in Gestalt Therapy, Mindfulness, Voice Dialogue, Schema, CBT & Sandplay Therapy.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • When there is a shift from fear to a sense of hopefulness about the possibility of change occurring. This may occur when a client experiences a ‘good match’ with their therapist; from the moment they have opened to the therapeutic process; or when they are fully engaged in therapy and are starting to see their world with a new lens and are starting to experience life with greater meaning and authenticity.

    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Facilitating the process of therapy requires a willingness to look within (as a practitioner) at our own issues, core reactions, and past hurts. We have all experienced suffering in our lives and in order to do effective work with clients, we need to be able to take care of our inner needs. Witnessing the courage of my clients to engage in deep healing work inspires me to do my own!
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • It is a great privilege to support another human being in need, and to engage with the deeper parts of who they are. The authenticity of the therapeutic relationship is very important to me. And then, through this, to see potential for growth, and to play some kind of role in helping them move towards this potential is indeed a gift to me.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes, 'bad hair' days definitely happen - as is the ebb and flow of life. At these moments I draw on the support of family and friends and when I am able, try to use these experiences as opportunities to gain greater insight into myself to continue learning what is needed for my own personal development.

    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Fear. Whilst it is essential for our survival, it can also be one of our greatest limitations. It underpins our internal conflict, diminishing our sense of self and capacity to function in the world. It also underlies the conflict that occurs within our personal relationships and underpins discriminatory attitudes regarding race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Our extreme reactions/ aggression/ violence/ judgements are linked to our insecurities (fears) and these fears are often outside of our awareness
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • In the early days of my training I was introduced to the work of Ram Dass through audio cassettes and a couple of his books entitled ‘How Can I Help?’ and ‘Grist for the Mill’. His teachings were profound, sincerely personal, heartfelt as well as hilarious! I found myself deeply present to his teachings, to the wisdom that he shared as well as inspired by his spiritual connection to the Indian Saint, Neem Karoli Baba.
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     Lara Petrulis

    Lara Petrulis


    Lara Petrulis is a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience providing Counselling & Therapy to Adults.....
    So much of our personal suffering stems from patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviour that no longer serve us. These patterns keep us trapped & exacerbate our hurts. Relinquishing these patterns & finding healthier ways of coping can bring immeasurable change to our experience of life...

    • Brookvale
    • ACT, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Experiential, Gestalt, Inner Child, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Sand Tray, Sandplay Therapy, Schema Therapy, Short-term Psychodynamic, Trauma-Informed