Group Counselling

Here at Cogni Academy, we utilise specialised therapeutic approaches to guide you in restoring relationships with your partner/family.

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Empowering Couples

When empowering couples, we begin by establishing the 4 pillars and foundations for a healthy marriage, and providing the opportunity for revelations supporting the practice of a beautiful union. These 4 pillars are; Communication, Covenant, Forgiveness and Problem Solving.

When two people feel that they are missing out on that romantic connection, we can help you find and sustain this connection in a deeper way by standing on the strong foundation of these co-created four pillars.

Empowered Couples (EC)

Counselling Package

Empowered Couples (EC) counselling package: A 12 month journey for transforming your intimate relationship. Helping a couple to move towards better communication, emotional maturity continuum and solution focused resolutions with the support of an experienced and qualified Counsellor. The following themes will be covered;

  • Communication
  • Covenant (Promises vs Contracts)
  • Forgiveness
  • Problem Solving


If this sounds like the support you’re looking for, please click the button below to make a time with us. 

Empowering Families

It has been said that “The family is the most powerful system in the world”, let’s begin to take back the power that belongs to your family, your legacy and calling. As parents you have everything you need to invest into the lives of your children even your adopted, step or half children. 

We believe that if you have the right tools, techniques and support your family can begin and continue to be empowered to function in the most healthy family system.

EMPOWERED FAMILIES (EF)

Counselling Package

Empowered Families (EF) counselling package: A 12 month transformation for your family relationships (siblings, parents, sons/daughters, grandparents, aunties & uncles, guardians, carers). Reducing the risk of relationship breakdowns with the support of an experienced and qualified Counsellor. The following themes will be covered;

  • Anchoring Communication
  • Exploring Covenant
  • Fortifying Forgiveness
  • Stabilising Problem Solving
  • Survival to Transformation


If this sounds like the family support you’re looking for, please click the button below to make a time with us. 

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many benefits to counselling, including improved mental health, increased self-awareness, and better coping skills. Counselling can also help you resolve personal issues and make positive changes in your life.


If you’re considering counselling, it’s important to find a qualified counsellor who you feel comfortable talking to. Counselling can be an incredibly beneficial experience, but only if you find the right fit.

For some people, the process of counselling can be difficult and may dredge up some tough emotions. But it’s important to remember that this is normal and temporary.


If you feel like you’re getting worse before you’re getting better, talk to your counsellor about it. They can help you understand what’s going on and why it’s happening. In most cases, this feeling will eventually pass as you continue to work through your issues in counselling.

It’s important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, as this will make the counselling process more effective. If you don’t like your counsellor, or if you don’t feel like they’re a good fit for you, it’s perfectly fine to find someone else. Your counsellor won’t take this personally because their role is to help you reach your therapeutic goals.


You can talk to your doctor or another mental health professional to get recommendations for other counsellors in your area. Or you can search online for counsellors who specialise in the type of help you’re looking for.


No matter what, don’t feel like you have to stay with a counsellor who isn’t right for you. The most important thing is that you find someone who you feel comfortable talking to and who can help you achieve your counselling goals.

Counselling can be beneficial for any relationship, but it’s especially helpful for marriages. If you and your partner are having difficulty communicating or working through problems, counselling can help you resolve these issues.


In some cases, couples counselling may even help save a marriage that’s on the brink of divorce. But it’s important to remember that counselling is relevant to your situation. It may not fix every problem, and it won’t work if both partners are not committed to the process.

No, you don’t need to be in a crisis to benefit from counselling or therapy. In fact, many people see a counsellor or therapist when they’re not in a crisis but want to work on specific issues or improve their overall mental health.


If you are in a crisis, there are many resources available to help you, including emergency services. If you’re thinking about harming yourself or someone else, please call 000 or your local emergency number immediately.


If you’re not in a crisis but want to talk to someone, there are many hotlines and helplines available. Cogni Academy services can provide support and resources, even if you’re not in a crisis.

If you’re concerned about the cost of counselling, there are many options available to help make it more affordable. Many health insurance plans cover the cost of counselling, and some counsellors offer sliding-scale fees based on income. We invite you to have a conversation with a Cogni Academy Counsellor if concession is required.


You don’t need a Doctor’s referral to start counselling at Cogni Academy because we are a Private Practice.

There is no one “best” approach to counselling, as different approaches work better for different people. It’s important to find a counsellor who uses an approach that you feel comfortable with and that you believe will be helpful for you. If you’re not sure which approach is right for you, we invite you to have a conversation with one of our counsellors. We can help you understand the different approaches and find the one that’s right for you.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best type of therapy for ADHD, ASD & Bipolar will vary depending on the individual’s needs. However, some common types of therapy that may be helpful include:


Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)

  • Family therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Listening Therapy (prescribed Music Programs)
  • Medication
  • Psychoeducation
  • Support groups


Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviours. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including ADHD, ASD & Bipolar.


Family therapy is another type of therapy that can be helpful for individuals with ADHD, ASD & Bipolar. This type of therapy can help to improve communication and relationships within the family.


Interpersonal therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on improving communication and relationships with others. This type of therapy can be helpful for individuals with ADHD, ASD & Bipolar who have difficulty interacting with others.


Listening Therapy (including Music Program/s, headphones, device and amplifier) is a prescribed home-based therapy that is a safe, non-medication approach to help reduce stress, calm the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and improve auditory skills that are required to effectively create and order thinking, learning and memory patterns.


Listening Programs are suitable for all ages above 2 years old. Completely portable and easy to use, The Listening Therapy usually only requires 15 to 30 minutes of daily listening. It can support people with the following lived experiences; Autism, Brain Injuries, Strokes, Ageing conditions, Auditory/Sensory Processing, Attention, Reading, Spelling Speech, Language and Behavioural Challenges and needs for overall wellness with brain processing.


You can view the most recent research regarding The Listening (Therapy) Program published in 2020 by our own Director Tracey Butler along with Dr Jay Lucker and Jane Schueler in the International Journal of Listening Https://Doi.Org/10.1080/10904018.2020.1772071.


Medication can also be an effective treatment for ADHD, ASD & Bipolar. Stimulant medications are often prescribed to help improve focus and attention. Other types of medication, such as antidepressants, may also be prescribed to help manage symptoms.


Psycho-education is another type of therapy that can be helpful for individuals with ADHD, ASD & Bipolar. This type of therapy provides information about the condition and its treatment. Psycho-education can help to improve understanding and compliance with treatment.


Support groups are another type of therapy that can be helpful for individuals with ADHD, ASD & Bipolar. Support groups provide a place for individuals to share their experiences and offer support to one another.


If you’re struggling with ADHD, ASD or Bipolar, it’s important to seek professional help with one of our qualified therapists at Cogni Academy. We can help you find the right type of therapy for your needs.

There are many different types of therapy that can be effective for treating anxiety. Some common types of therapy include cognitive-behavioural therapy, listening therapy, exposure therapy, and relaxation techniques. The type of therapy that is best for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.


Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviours. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety.


Listening Therapy (including Music Program/s, headphones, device and amplifier) is a prescribed home-based therapy that is a safe, non-medication approach to help reduce stress, calm the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and improve auditory skills that are required to effectively create and order thinking, learning and memory patterns.


Listening Programs are suitable for all ages above 2 years old. Completely portable and easy to use, The Listening Therapy usually only requires 15 to 30 minutes of daily listening. It can support people with the following lived experiences; Autism, Brain Injuries, Strokes, Ageing conditions, Auditory/Sensory Processing, Attention, Reading, Spelling Speech, Language and Behavioural Challenges and needs for overall wellness with brain processing.


You can view the most recent research regarding The Listening (Therapy) Program published in 2020 by our own Director Tracey Butler along with Dr Jay Lucker and Jane Schueler in the International Journal of Listening Https://Doi.Org/10.1080/10904018.2020.1772071.


Exposure therapy is another type of therapy that can be used to treat anxiety. This type of therapy involves gradually exposing yourself to the things that make you anxious. Exposure therapy can be done in a controlled setting, such as with a therapist, or in real-life situations.


Relaxation techniques, such as yoga and meditation, can also be helpful in treating anxiety. These techniques can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation.


If you’re struggling with anxiety, it’s important to seek professional help with one of our qualified therapists at Cogni Academy.

Yes, counselling sessions are typically confidential. This means that anything you discuss with your counsellor will remain between the two of you, unless you give them permission to share it with someone else.

There are some exceptions to this rule, such as if there’s a risk of serious harm to yourself or others. But in general, you can feel confident that whatever you discuss with your counsellor will remain private.

Each counselling session is different, but there are some general things you can expect. Your counsellor will likely ask you about your current situation and how you’re feeling. They may also ask about your past, to get a better understanding of how your current situation came to be.

You will then spend some time talking about your thoughts and feelings. This can be a type of “free association”, where you just say whatever comes to mind without censoring yourself. Or it may be more focused, where you and your counsellor discuss specific issues.

Your counsellor may also give you some homework to do between sessions, such as keeping a journal or practicing relaxation techniques.

Integrative Psychotherapy is a type of psychotherapy that combines different approaches to treatment. The goal of integrative psychotherapy is to provide a comprehensive, individualised approach to treatment that meets the specific needs of the client

At Cogni Academy, our counsellors use an integrative approach to counselling, which means we draw from different theoretical orientations to best meet your needs. We recognise that each person is unique, and we tailor our approach to fit your individual goals, needs, and preferences.

Yes, therapy sessions are tax deductible in Australia. This includes both individual and group therapy sessions. So if you’re paying for therapy out of your own pocket, you can claim a deduction on your taxes.

There are a few things to keep in mind when claiming a deduction for therapy sessions. First, you can only claim the deduction if you’re paying for the sessions yourself. If your employer is paying for your therapy, then you can’t claim a deduction.

Second, you can only claim a deduction for the cost of the therapy sessions themselves. You can’t claim a deduction for travel expenses or other related costs.

Finally, you’ll need to keep receipts or other documentation to prove that you paid for the therapy sessions. This will be important if you’re audited by the tax office.

Yes, therapy sessions are tax deductible in Australia. This includes both individual and group therapy sessions. So if you’re paying for therapy out of your own pocket, you can claim a deduction on your taxes.

There are a few things to keep in mind when claiming a deduction for therapy sessions. First, you can only claim the deduction if you’re paying for the sessions yourself. If your employer is paying for your therapy, then you can’t claim a deduction.

Second, you can only claim a deduction for the cost of the therapy sessions themselves. You can’t claim a deduction for travel expenses or other related costs.

Finally, you’ll need to keep receipts or other documentation to prove that you paid for the therapy sessions. This will be important if you’re audited by the tax office.

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What our clients say...

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Natalie is an invaluable professional. She has challenged my core beliefs, allowing me to grieve well and engage with conflict more resourcefully. I have no hesitation recommending Natalie’s services. She is true to her word and provides compassionate and compelling evidence-based counselling. I am incredibly grateful for her work.
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A total of 145 years of lived experience of various forms of trauma means we can give you the guidance, tools, techniques and support needed for transformation

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If you are experiencing challenges that are overwhelming, especially issues that impact your family, our integrative approach can help you find your safe place again and the understanding you’ve been looking for.

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