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One of my favourite leisure activities is exploring walking trails with KIT Psychology's therapy dog (in training) Bodhi.


Michelle Maya
Therapeutic Counsellor & Director

Hello, I'm Michelle, and I'm here to offer you support as you navigate life's challenges and work towards improving your mental health, relationships, and overall well-being.


My purpose and passion are reflecting and connecting fellow humans with their strengths and inner resources. I'll help you see and embrace difference and uniqueness as gifts, integrate your experiences with your identity, and utilise your unique gifts to navigate life's challenges, as you journey with purpose towards a more meaningful and joy-filled future.


I value authenticity, compassion and kindness and embody this in my work and life. You will find me sincere, supportive, perceptive, and accepting.  I am genuinely interested in helping you identify and achieve your hopes and goals. Whatever you bring into the room, I won’t judge you. I will likely challenge and encourage you to consider different perspectives. I won't tell you what to do, but I will help you explore your options, gaining clarity and self-knowledge, so that you, as the expert in your life can choose what is right for you.

Michelle's Distinctive Approach:

  • Accredited Expertise: Endorsed by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Neurolinguistic Programming Association of Australia (NLPAA), the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the International Institute for Complimentary Therapies (IICT), Michelle's qualifications are a testament to her commitment to professional development and client care.

  • Holistic Modalities: Michelle employs diverse therapeutic tools for mind, body, and soul, to dynamically adapt and provide the most effective therapy in each unique moment as needed.

  • Scientific and Spiritual Harmony: A rare fusion of evidence-based practices with spiritual understanding provides a comprehensive outlook on mental health and personal development.

  • Lived Experience: Michelle's authentic connection to her clients is deepened by her own journey through growth, recovery, and self-discovery.


A Tailored Therapeutic Experience:

  • Genuine Connection: Michelle's deep-seated values of authenticity, compassion, and kindness shape a therapeutic environment that's sincere, supportive, and non-judgmental.

  • Personalised Strategies: Each session is a collaborative effort, with strategies and insights tailored to resonate with your unique life story.

  • Empowerment and Empathy: Michelle's ethos revolves around empowering you as the expert of your own life, supporting you to navigate your challenges with empathy and understanding.

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My Story

Growing up in a serene small town in Gippsland in country Victoria, my life took a profound turn after a car accident involving a four-wheel drive while cycling. This incident led to serious and enduring health challenges and the need to adapt significantly.

In the aftermath, I faced a complete identity overall in order to adjust. Amidst these changes, were a newfound spiritual connection, the dissolution of long standing relationships and the emergence of a new life chapter, prompting a pivotal move to the west. This relocation became crucial, offering fresh beginnings, greater personal alignment and a chance to rebuild in the historic surroundings of Ballarat. The resilience developed through life's challenges now underpins my empathetic approach to guiding others through their transformative journeys.

Among my lived experiences are the psychological impact of physical trauma relating to serious injury (PTSD), and the daily struggle of living with chronic pain and chronic illness. I have also worked through emotional challenges associated with depression and anxiety, social isolation, grief and loss, and identity acceptance (personal, spiritual and sexual). 

My journey has been inspired and guided by my own therapists and wise mentors who have helped me immensely, and I hope to pay this forward by helping you reconnect with your true self and move towards your desired future.​

Whatever's been preventing you from living the life you desire, as my client we’ll walk together to explore your concerns, discover clarity and insight, and identify solutions, options, and ways to move forward.

If you've found me because you feel ready to work with someone who'll listen with true empathy, and who’ll support and believe in you wholeheartedly, please reach out and connect.

Michelle xx :)


If you've found me because you feel ready to work with someone who'll listen with true empathy, and who’ll support and believe in you wholeheartedly, please do reach out and connect.

0480 329 660

Plant Mirror Reflection

"In our sessions Michelle has a presence that establishes instant rapport, holding a trusted space for me as a client to go deep. 

I value the agility Michelle brings to apply different methods that are insightful and genuinely fit the challenges I was conflicted with, enabling me to move forward in my own power with new realisations and strategies.

If you are looking for someone to support and guide you to move forward and make the breakthroughs you are searching for, the I encourage you to engage Michelle". 

Carolyn Shaw - Action Leadership

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