colleen hurll counselling

About Colleen Hurll

I am a clinical counsellor and psychotherapist with a private practice in the Hills District, Sydney who works with individuals and couples to help them overcome the emotional pain of stress and relationship difficulties.

Prior to doing counselling with me, many of my clients have struggled with their emotional pain for a long time, longing to find a way to feel happier and relate positively to others and enjoy the life they want.

It is my privilege to be able to help my clients overcome depression, anxiety and relationship problems and feel happier about their life and their relationships.

How I became a counsellor and psychotherapist

I have worked in the health field for over 30 years, initially training and working for a number of years as a registered general nurse in both hospital and community settings.

I then developed an interest in mental health and trained as a psychiatric nurse after which I worked in both public and private psychiatric hospitals, often working with clients with depression, including postnatal depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. This was an area that greatly interested me.

Having worked on a voluntary basis for a few years as a LifeLine Counsellor, I developed a desire to change my career and become a counsellor.

I attended university where I received my Bachelor of Counselling degree,  majoring in grief and loss. At the same time, I did a Diploma in Individual, Couple and Family Therapy. These involved intensive clinical practice, as well as an internship at a counselling agency, which enabled me to develop my clinical skills in working with both individuals and couples, incorporating various theories, approaches and techniques.

My interest in working with clients with depression, anxiety and grief continued and I discovered that I also enjoyed working with couples.

I discovered that talk therapy alone was not always effective and the best outcomes resulted when my clients could access and understand their emotional experiences.

This led me to continue my studies with a Post Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy. This diploma was not just theoretical but also helped me do my own emotional work, leading to my own personal growth and healing. This means that my own extensive personal and professional development benefits you in the work we do together

For the past 21 years I have worked from my private practice based at the Hills District.

  • Bachelor of Counselling (UNE)
  • Graduate Diploma in EFT ( Institute of Emotionally Focused Therapy)
  • Diploma of Individual, Couple & Family Therapy (Unifam)
  • Mental health Nursing Course Phase 1 (Psychiatric Nursing)
  • Registered General Nursing Certificate
  • Associate Diploma in Community Health Nursing
  • Mothercraft Nursing Certificate
  • Meditation Instructor
Professional Association
  • Clinical member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA)
Counsellor and Psychotherapy Education and Skills Training
  • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Diploma of Individual, Couple & Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Phase 1
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy & Complex Trauma
  • EFT Studio 1: Depression
  • EFT Studio 2 : Mindfullness
  • Management Chronic Pain Using CBT & Relaxation
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis 101
  • EFT Studio : The Inner Voice
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Individual Supervision
  • Working With ‘Hard To Hold Patients’ In Therapy
  • Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Attachment Theory
  • Individual Counselling – EFT
  • Individual Therapy 1 – EFT
  • Individual Therapy 2 – EFT
  • Regression & Physical Contact – EFT
  • Multiple Chair Work
  • Fear & Anxiety
  • Anger Workshop
  • Sadness, Loss & Grief
  • Shame Workshop
  • Integration of EFT & Solution Focused Therapy
  • Counselling Skills 11
  • Foundations for Emotionally Focused Work
  • Transforming Problems – A Key To Happiness
  • Couple Assessment – EFT
  • Couple Therapy – EFT
  • Emotions In Couple Work – EFT
  • Couple Counselling – EFT
  • Creative Couple Work – EFT
  • Couple Work & Inner Child
  • Getting The Love You Want–Imago Couples Therapy

Call me now on 0413 181 320

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