Yarra Valley Counselling

For Individuals & Couples

Effective, affordable counselling, couple’s therapy and applied mindfulness training in Healesville, Yarra Valley.

Situated in Healesville, Yarra Valley Counselling is a private, calming, professional counselling practice led by clinical counsellor and author Joanna (Jo) Joustra.  

Jo offers a mindfulness-based, solution-focused approach to therapy. She supports individuals, couples and groups develop practical skills that promote self-awareness, clarify direction and strengthen relationships. Jo’s primary areas of support include:

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RELATIONAL DIFFICULTIES

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OVERTHINKING & ANXIETY

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NAVIGATING NEURODIVERSITY

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LOW MOOD & SELF ESTEEM

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GRIEF, LOSS & LIFE CHANGES

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STRESS & ANGER MANAGEMENT

Change is just a conversation away

COUPLE’S THERAPY

What’s wrong with us?

When it comes to relationships, many of us feel stuck, unable to find the sort of love we need or to make our needs understood by our partners. Many of our troubles stem from a myth that loving another person should be something we instinctively understand how to do. Contrary to popular belief, being and staying in love is far from easy. It’s perfectly normal not to know what to do when things go wrong.

Love is a skill, not just an emotion. Like learning any other skill set, building a healthy, lasting relationship takes knowledge and dedicated practice.
Couple’s therapy is designed to help you bridge this knowledge gap, build strategies in communication, rediscover shared meaning and rekindle intimacy.

GROUP COURSE

Thinking Room

for Overthinkers

at  Do you feel trapped by anxiety and overthinking? Do you scrutinise problems, constantly second-guess your decisions or feel the need to control your environment? Do you ruminate on things that have happened or anxiously anticipate the future? Does anxiety stop you from accessing the people, places or things you’d like to be doing? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this is the course for you.

Based on the latest advances in neuroscience, the Thinking Room’s easy-to-follow techniques will help you notice habitual thinking patterns and override automated behaviours. This mindfulness and metacognition-based training includes practical strategies for switching internal gears, creating calm and responding rather than reacting to life’s challenges.

The next six-week course commences  Tuesday 6 August at 6.30 pm. Please note places are limited and fill quickly. Book today to avoid disappointment.

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RECOGNISE THINKING HABITS

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UNDERSTAND EMOTIONS

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FEEL CALM ANYWHERE, ANYTIME

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RESPOND RATHER THAN REACT 

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LET GO OF THE PAST

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BE CURIOUS ABOUT THE FUTURE

Deep Calm

Free Weekly

Meditation Group

 

If you want to add a meditation practice to your well-being schedule but struggle to make this happen, these free meditation sessions may provide the perfect solution.

Join us for a secular approach to mindful meditation with comfy chairs, cups of tea, relaxing vibes, a little light-hearted laughter and good company.

These sessions are designed to soothe the mind, calm the body, promote connection and foster resilience.

Anyone can join these groups, yet they are particularly suited to people with social anxiety who seek a welcoming way to connect quietly with others.

These 45-minute free sessions will be held weekly on Thursdays during school terms. Please book online, as places are limited.

Walk & Talk Therapy

Walk & Talk Therapy (sometimes known as eco-therapy or forest therapy) is a nature-based experience that helps to release locked emotions, enhance body awareness, improve mental clarity, promote relaxation, and boost mood. These sessions incorporate meaningful discussions and short mindful practices that promote insight and calmness.

This mindfulness-based therapeutic approach can be deeply soothing for people experiencing depression, anxiety, chronic pain, burnout or exhaustion, grief and life transitions.

Appointments are held in beautiful parklands near the Yarra Valley Counselling Office. During the session, we may sit under an ancient evergreen or eucalyptus tree, visit the community vegetable garden, or explore the bushland path beside Watts River. If you would like to take your therapy session outdoors, simply let us know during your next appointment.

JO’S BLOG

Mindful Life

FREE RECOVERY JOURNAL

Start your journey towards a calmer mind today

Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by mental chatter? This comprehensive 60-page e-book is packed with reflective strategies to help you overcome anxiety and break the overthinking cycle. Enter your details to download your free, editable Overthinking and Anxiety Recovery Journal to your desktop.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Unsure about your next step?

Talking through your troubles and reflecting on some practical actions you could take to make real changes to your life can be an effective way to improve your wellbeing, relieve distress and enhance your relationships. Attending a single session will give you an opportunity to consider if Yarra Valley Counselling is a good fit for you.

Our Mission

Yarra Valley Counselling seeks to empower self-understanding and encourage individual ownership of how we think, feel, behave, and connect with others and the natural world.