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Ms Mariana Trapera

Ms Mariana Trapera

Mobile 0430 175 923
Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Healing for your Heart, Guidance for your Soul

Mobile 0430 175 923

Most people can only open to change when they feel safe and heard, so my primary intention is to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship with you. Though we ‘work’ in a moment by moment way, we may also need to reach back to your past to understand what might be happening in the present. Your Session will reflect your current challenges, but as we’re all shaped by our society which often contributes to distress, I'll help you understand your personal situation in the social context.


  • Mullumbimby, New South Wales NSW 2481 0430 175 923 PHONE 0430 175 923


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Psychological Counselling, EFT Practitioner specialising in Anxiety, Grief, PTSD and Trauma, Mother~Daughter relationships, Internet Addiction, Stress Management.
    I also facilitate EFT Breakthrough sessions via phone if required.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Childhood Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Existential Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Phobias, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality / Religion, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Art Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Existential, Gestalt, HeartMath, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Psychosexual, Solution Oriented, Soul Centred Psychotherapy, Transpersonal, Trauma-Informed

    I work in a client-centred way and my background is informed by training and experience in Applied Counselling, Social Ecology, Energy therapies (primarily EFT), expressive art and mindfullness, with over 35 years of my own personal development and spiritual practice.


    • Grad Diploma in Applied Counselling - Distinction - 2003 - Uni of Western Sydney
    • Graduate Diploma in Social Ecology (UWS) - 1998 - Uni of Western Sydney
    • EFT CC - 2003 - Gary Craig

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Quality Provision

    Supervision and ongoing professional development


    I began working with clients 20 years ago in natural therapies that led me to reinventing my professional life as a Counsellor and EFT Practitioner, supporting clients in community health as well as in private practice.

    My professional training to support my work stems from study and practice of Clinical Counselling approaches, EFT (emotional freedom techniques), sexual assault training, mindfulness, and prior complementary modalities in the healing arts. From experience and work in private practice and agencies, assisting those with PTSD, terminal illness, childhood trauma, intimacy and sexuality “issues”, anxiety, grief and internet addiction, I am equipped to assist a wide range of people and their many contemporary challenges.


    Mondays to Fridays til 7pm (excluding Tuesdays)
    Available on Saturdays by appointment.

    Transport and Parking

    Parking available
    Very close to public transport


    Scale of fees available, depending on income
    $180 > $80

    Payment Options

    Cash or Internet deposit


  • English
  • German

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    10 Questions with Mariana Trapera

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

    • I began studying Psychology some 20 years before I eventually returned to University and retrained as a Counsellor as I have had a deep interest in people, what makes us do what we do - the choices we make and the paths we take. Given my life experience, choices, mistakes and journey of my soul, I have felt called to 'midwife' others, and support them on their journeys to wellness.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Many personal development, spiritual teachers and mentors over the years have influenced my own development as a woman, and a therapist. These include feminist scholars and therapies, Rogerian, some Buddhist and Existential, especially the life and work of Irvin Yalom.
      I've also experienced a range of therapeutic approches as a client, an essential for practising therapists.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • In my experience with clients (and self and family) our hearts are the centre of our lives, our emotional compass. My passion is to assist others to heal their hearts from unresolved grief and trauma, and the majority of this is related to our family of origin, as children.
      I don't believe in unnecessary suffering if there are ways to speed up the healing process. I'm also interested in our subconscious and its power over our lives, and regularly explore this with clients.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Client-centred, collaborative and solution-focused. I use a combination of psychodynamic, narrative and energy therapy (EFT) and appropriate to the client's needs or goals. As I have witnessed the accelerated benefits and results of using EFT, it is a major part of sessions.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • If I have developed rapport and trust with a client in the first session, then I have confidence that they will see some immediate benefits when using EFT in a Breakthrough session which usually takes 2 hours. In this timeframe we are able to accomplish more than one would in a 1 hour session, and depending on the presenting issue/s, some clients will only need this Breathrough session unless there are long-standing issues.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • It has shown me much about myself! One can gain many qualifications and learn techniques, but it is the actual doing year after year with a diverse range of people and presenting issues, that is the secret to becoming a better therapist, and person.
      A lot of the time our clients bring to the 'couch' similar challenges that we therapists have had to face, so we also get to heal parts of ourselves in the process of helping others.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • A sense of fulfilment when I witness a client connecting the dots, gaining clarity around something that has troubled them for a long time.
      And secondly, knowing that I have the presence, tools and resilience to help them release unnecessary suffering of grief, trauma and emotional pain gently and without retraumatising them, is part of my life's work.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Not many, and if I do, I have many self-nurturing and self-soothing tools and practices to help ease the day.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • In general, its anxiety which underlies most addictive habits, emotional numbing and violence, though it can be complex with many factors influencing people, especially the fear-based and negative media. I don't think there is just one significant problem, as there is much pressure and stress in our society in relation to uncertainty, powerlessness and fear.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • The song, "We are the World", sung by many singers around the world, touches my heart deeply, and inspires me to continue to be an agent of change.
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    Ms Mariana Trapera

    Mariana Trapera

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    As the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives, I’ve dedicated my life to understand and improve my relationship to self and others, which then helps me to empathise and understand others’ life challenges – I can reach into my toolbox for some wisdom, a solution or technique, or just be very present to what you are experiencing.
    I live and work from a base that is grounded in authentic living, with empathy, compassion and love my guiding principles....

    • Mullumbimby
    • Art Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Existential, Gestalt, HeartMath, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Psychosexual, Solution Oriented, Soul Centred Psychotherapy, Transpersonal, Trauma-Informed