Counsellors

BRENDAN ALLISON

Brendan is a PACFA registered Counsellor with experience across multiple industries working with a vast array of people – from children, to the elderly and clients in custodial settings. Brendan graduated from Monash University with a Masters in Counselling after working with vulnerable children of immigrating and refugee families. He has also spent some time volunteering in combatting loneliness across Australia during the lockdowns through telehealth crisis supports.

Brendan utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach – using modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy along with play-based therapies and learning. As a strong proponent for play as a method of both communication and development Brendan has experience working with many issues experienced by adolescents – emotional regulation, communication issues, complex blended family situations and more. Brendan has a strong passion for creative activities out of the office and brings this to the way he engages and builds rapport with children. Brendan is based at our Kensington site.

LIZA COSTELLO

Liza is a registered counsellor with over 5 years’ experience working in the mental health sector and 14 years of diverse experience working with children and youth. Liza completed her Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute and is member of the Australian Counselling Association. She has completed additional studies in Art Therapy and is a trained Peaceful Kids facilitator (Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program).

Liza is passionate about working with children, embracing their curiosity, playfulness and adaptability. She believes in meeting the child where they’re at and formulates sessions to meet each child’s unique needs. Liza works from an integrative therapeutic approach, drawing from Play Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Narrative Therapy. When Liza isn’t in session, she can be found in the fresh air, climbing, hiking or kayaking along the river.
Liza is based at our Kensington site.

Lorrae Taylor

Lorrae is a PACFA registered counsellor with her Master in Counselling from Monash University and her Bachelors in Psychological Sciences from Deakin University.

Lorrae has a wide range of experience working with children in the education/childcare industry over the past few years and completing all her placement hours at local primary schools. Lorrae focuses on getting to know each child and using their passions and skills to assist them as an individual using play based therapies and integrating this with mindfulness, art and cognitive based therapies based on each child’s needs and goals.

Lorrae in her spare time enjoys dancing, socialising and being creative and uses these skills and passions within her work to bring happiness to each child and build rapport. Lorrae is based at our Ormond clinic.