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Ms Muriel Cooper

Ms Muriel Cooper

Mobile 0414526118
Psychotherapist, Psychologist

The Talking Room

Mobile 0414526118

I specialise in stress, anxiety and depression as well as general psychology, I have been a psychologist for 24 years and firmly believe in the value of a strong client/therapist relationship to resolve problems and reach goals. I am convinced that with appropriate support and encouragement, happiness and contentment in life can be achieved. I include Mindfulness and Brain-based therapy as well as more established tools like CBT.


  • 7 Iluka Place, Mornington, VIC 3931 PHONE


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Psychological services, counselling, psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brain-based Therapy (using brain plasticity and mind power), ongoing personal and professional development

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Communication Issues, Decision Making, Depression, Emotional Overwhelm, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Performance Anxiety, Phobias, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, REBT, Solution Oriented

    My orientation is to create therapeutic tools customised to each client's needs. Some clients need only brief therapy while others may need medium to long term therapy. My emphasis is on using Evidence Based Practice, that is, proven techniques/Focused Psychological Strategies. I include CBT, Brain-based Therapy and Mindfulness.


    • B Beh Sc (Psychology, Psychobiology) - La Trobe
    • Grad Dip Health Psychology - La Trobe
    • Cert IV Workplace Trainer and Assessor - RMIT

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    As a member of the Australian Psychological Society I am committed to ongoing personal development. I am committed to appropriate referral practices and abide by the ethical code of the APS.


    I have been a counsellor for over 25 years and a psychologist for over 24 years. I have extensive experience in a wide range of areas and types of therapy. I have trained as a clinical psychologist as well as a counselling psychologist, and my media experience is in demand. I also run workshops and speak at seminars and in the media. I trained counsellors for six years. I am also a broadcaster and writer.


    Weekdays and Saturday mornings.

    Transport and Parking

    7 Iluka Place Mornington. street parking, 5 mins tp bus in Main Street Mornington.


    Fees vary according to service and situation. Normal consultation $170.
    Medicare and Health Fund rebates.

    Payment Options

    Cash, Cheque, Visa, Mastercard, No Eftpos

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    10 Questions with Muriel Cooper

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

    • I was a talk radio presenter for many years and had various psychologists and mental health professionals on my programs. These special guests changed the way I viewed my own mental health and encouraged me to pursue psychology as a profession.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Buddhism, Taoism and Mindfulness have been big influences, but I have been most impressed by evolutionary psychology and a neuropsychological approach, starting with my studies in Behavioural Science at La Trobe University.

      I am most interested in the differentiation between the mind and the brain, brain plasticity, and the ability to use our mind to change our brain, and therefore our thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I specialise in stress and subsequently anxiety and depression as I believe they are most often interrelated.
      I am also interested in developing self-concept, self-confidence and self-worth, as well as finding meaning and purpose.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • CBT, REBT, Mindfulness, Brain-based Therapy, Neurocognitive Behavioual Approach.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Usually my clients experience an improvement within to or three sessions. I take a solution-focused approach and expect my clients to work in between sessions on their own progress.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I have developed patience, empathy and compassion. Having been on my own journey makes me appreciate aspects of therapy are difficult.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I look on being a therapist as a creative activity. I like working with client to overcome their difficulties and develop strategies that work.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Naturally. During the Coronavirus pandemic I experienced stress, just the same as everyone else, and I put my won strategies to work on myself. I know that a 'bad hair day' is onlya day and that there will be a tomorrow.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Stress ... stress ... stress. Being able to deal with stress and the fear/survival instinct is our greatest challenge. If we can overcome this, our greater characteristics of love and compassion will transform humanity.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • The Tao Te Ching, Viktor Frankl's book 'Man's Search for Meaning', 'Some Sayings of the Buddha', Alan Watt's book 'The Way of Zen'.
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    Ms Muriel Cooper

    Muriel Cooper

    Psychotherapist, Psychologist

    I specialise in Stress, Anxiety and Depression using brain-based techniques to empower, and strategies to cope. I now only practice in Mornington on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. I strongly believe the mind can change the brain and overcome unhelpful, outdated mental patterns. ...

    • Mornington
    • ACT, CBT, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, REBT, Solution Oriented