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About Grow Gently Counselling

Grow Gently Counselling was founded out of the desire to provide a high quality counselling service, that was relatable, affirming, trauma informed, accessible and culturally safe.


Having extensively worked with people from all walks of life and all ages, Grow Gently Counselling confidently works with children, young people, and adults. All interventions provided are evidenced-based, and each situation is met with curiosity, which provides opportunity to work collaboratively to ensure you receive the most appropriate services to achieve your goals. ​

Hello, my name is Tahlia

I'm the founder of Grow Gently Counselling.

I have a Social Work background with experience in consultation services, child protection, family intervention, clinical mental health services, senior leadership and management. I am originally from Turrbal and Jagera country but have called Naarm home since mid-2022. My mob are Mununjali, and I am a proud Aboriginal person. 

I identify as queer and as a proud ADHDer. I appreciate the opportunity to work alongside the LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse communities and am committed to providing queer-affirming and neurodiversity-affirming practices that are trauma-informed and safe. 


I have always enjoyed being creative, but I mostly create digital art. I listen to music non-stop and will see a live show at any opportunity! Occasionally when I need a break, I switch to podcasts. Some favourites include Maintenance Phase and Tenfold More Wicked. I've played drums on and off since I was 15, and I spend way too much time researching indoor plants and different growing techniques!

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Counselling Services

In my clinical work, I provide the following therapeutic services:

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)​​

    • Standard Protocol

    • Child and Adolescent Protocol  

    • Recent Traumatic Events

    • Group Traumatic Events

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Narrative Therapy 

  • Solution Focused and Brief Intervention 


As well as drawing on: 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Mindfulness based practice 

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Life Story Work

  • Play based therapy

  • Playfulness Acceptance Curiosity Empathy (pACE)​

Additionally, I am accredited to deliver the following programs: 

  • Safe and Together 

  • Circle of Security (accredited facilitator) 

  • Parenting Under Pressure (accredited facilitator) 

My qualifications include:

  • Masters of Mental Health (psychotherapy) expt. completion 2023

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)

  • Graduate Certificate Management and Leadership

  • Certificate 3 Aged & Disability Care​



Grow Gently Counselling is committed to safe, inclusive, and affirming practices. We celebrate the strength, resilience, and diversity of LGBTIQ+ communities and support the rights of all people to be free from discrimination and mistreatment. 

Grow Gently Counselling respects everyone's right to freely identify and affirm their gender identity and sexual and romantic orientation. 

Lived Experience

Grow Gently Counselling recognises those with lived experiences of mental health conditions.


Grow Gently Counselling firmly believes that quality services can only be provided through valuing, respecting, and drawing upon the lived experience and expert knowledge of individuals, their families, friends, and carers.

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