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 Michelle Morris

Michelle Morris

Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Ivanhoe Counselling and Mindfulness Therapy

With over 30 years experience working as a counsellor / psychotherapist and training in various therapeutic modalities, I have gained extensive skill in helping children and adults with grief, anxiety / depression, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, health issues, serious illness and spiritual issues.



  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Individual counselling, psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and children. Both short-term and long-term in-depth therapy are available.

    In addition to talking therapy I specialise in the following methods. Embodied Imagination a therapeutic and creative way to work with dreams, memories and physical symptoms. Pioneered by Jungian analyst Robert Bosnak (see www.embodiedimagination.com.au), Jungian Sandplay Therapy and Mindfulness -based Therapy .

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Burnout, Cancer Support, Carer Support, Childhood Issues, Chronic Fatigue, Climate Change / Environment, Communication Issues, Creativity, Depression, Disability, Divorce / Separation, Dreams, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Fertility / Pregnancy, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Insomnia, Intimacy Issues, Learning Disabilities, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Mediation, Pain / Rehabilitation, Performance Anxiety, Phobias, Postnatal Depression, Psychosomatic, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality / Religion, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Buddhist Psychotherapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Dream Work, Experiential, Holistic, Inner Child, Jungian, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Sandplay Therapy, Transpersonal, Trauma-Informed

    My fundamental approach is Person Centred – providing a safe space for people. Also Creative and body oriented approaches. I draw on a range of skills to find what best suits each person. The orientations that most inform my practice are: Compassion Focused Therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, Jungian Psychology, Buddhist psychology and Family Therapy. This orientation helps people to connect more deeply with themselves and their strenghts, and to cultivate more satisfying relationships and fulfilment in their daily lives.


    • Masters in Transpersonal Psychology - 1995 - ITP, California
    • Diploma of Family Therapy - 2008 - Alma Family Therapy
    • Certificate in Embodied Imagination - 2011 - International Society for Embodied Imagination
    • Mindfulness Teacher Practicum - 2007 - Openground
    • Certificate 1V Training and Assessment - 2015
    • Unified Mindfulness Coach - 2018

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists
    • Australian Association of Family Therapy
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    As a clinical member of PACFA, I am committed to the highest clinical standards and have regular supervision with national and international experts.


    I have 30 years experience in private practice, working with people of all ages. My own experience in therapy, psychology training and extensive meditation practice, enables me to be fully present and listen deeply in a nonjudgmental way.

    In addition I have taught counselling skills to trainee counsellors. Currently, I am a key trainer in the Australian Embodied Imagination training.


    Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 6.30 pm

    Transport and Parking

    Parking is easily available.


    $130, Concessions available.
    Initial 15 minute free consultation

    Payment Options

    Cash, Cheque or direct deposit

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    10 Questions with Michelle Morris

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

    • From a young age I have been very interested in people and fascinated by people’s stories. I remember when I was around 10 years old being very moved by the film The Three Faces of Eve, about a woman with disociative identity disorder, and from that time being drawn to this vocation. I deeply believe in the healing capacity of therapeutic work and offering what I can to help catalyse the self-healing process. In addition, I went through a couple of periods of feeling very distressed, stuck, and through working with a therapist found a way out of this.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Transpersonal Psychology, which is a bridge between psychology and spirituality and focuses on intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, social and creative aspects of being.
      Jungian Psychology, a key element in this approach and Transpersonal Psychology, is helping people discover the healing capacity within.
      Buddhist philosophy/psychology in particular Mindfulness Meditation .
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Mindbody healing, creative expression, transformation through grief and trauma.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Embodied Imagination, a therapeutic and creative process of working with dreams, memories and physical symptoms. I have been fortunate to complete a three-year training with Robert Bosnak, Jungian analyst who pioneered this method.
      Mindfulness meditation, which gives clients simple but powerful tools, which are practical and very effective in helping in daily life.
      Sandplay Therapy a gentle but deep Jungian therapy for both children and adults. It is a wonderful, nonthreatening way to work with children. When we may not have words for our feelings, the sand and miniatures give shape to what may never have been articulated.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This depends on what is meant by progress. Also people have different temperaments and experience, so it is hard to give a generic answer. It is often the case that clients can feel some relief after just one or two sessions. Unhelpful patterns that have been present for many years, can start to shift in a few sessions .
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • My own struggles led me to seek help from a therapist, which has been one of the most transformative experiences of my life. Therapy has helped me to understand and be more accepting of myself and enabled me to extend this to others.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I find it a privilege to get to know people and their unique stories. It is deeply fulfilling to see people, who have initially been unhappy, flourishing. The creative imagination, which is expressed through images is fascinating to me. So I particularly enjoy working with dreams, metaphors, Sandplay Therapy.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes, like other humans, there are times of challenge. But, these days I have more internal resources and skilful ways of responding and view these challenges or walls also as Windows/opportunities.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Environmental problems, the pollution of the earth, our home, loss of species and humans disconnection from nature.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • There are many books, films and songs that inspire me. I also find Nature profoundly inspiring. I recently saw the film and read the book Tracks, this is a section I found particularly moving:
      I reviewed what I had learned. I had discovered capabilities and strengths that I would not have imagined possible in those distant dream like days before the trip. I have rediscovered people in my past and have come to terms with my feelings towards them. I learned what love is……… I understand freedom and security. The need to rattle the foundations of habit. That to be free one needs constant and unrelenting vigilance over one’s weaknesses. A vigilance which requires a moral energy most of us are incapable of manufacturing. We relax back into the molds of habit. They are secure, they bind us and thus contain us at the expense of freedom. To break the molds, to be heedless of the seductions of security in impossible struggle…is to be free to learn, to test yourself constantly, to gamble. It is not safe. I have learned to use my fears as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks, and best of all I have learned….. I want to remember all this. I want to remember this place and what it meant me, and how I had arrived here. I want to fix it so firmly in my mind and body that I will never, ever forget. (Robyn Davidson)

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     Michelle Morris

    Michelle Morris

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    At different times in our lives we may need support. This may be to overcome unhelpful patterns or to develop a different relationship with our inner life and resolve painful emotions. Through a collaborative approach I assist people to reconnect with their strengths and inner healing capacity. In addition my Family Therapy training enables me to help people develop more fulfilling relationships....

    • Ivanhoe
    • Buddhist Psychotherapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Dream Work, Experiential, Holistic, Inner Child, Jungian, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Sandplay Therapy, Transpersonal, Trauma-Informed