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Ruth Christiansen Counselling and Therapy


Learn More About Me

Professional Counselling and Therapy

 I work with compassion to support you with present challenges, past experiences and life transitions.

I am a warm and non-judgemental collaborative therapist who can help you feel comfortable to open up and make lasting changes, increase self understanding and move on from past distress.


Therapy that makes a difference

Counselling and Therapy face to face and online 


Your needs

I can help in the treatment of mental health issues, recovery from stressful or traumatic experiences and help you develop better understanding of yourself and your choices

I can help you with: anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, emotion and mood issues, depression, trauma, post traumatic stress, grief and loss, relationships, identity and self esteem, stress, postnatal anxiety and depression, adjustment to new situations including parenting, migration, relocation and life transitions.

With training in psychotherapy and professional experience in clinical mental health including perinatal mental health, I have the skills and knowledge to assess your situation and provide targeted effective therapy.

With specialist training in EMDR Therapy, I can help you with recovery and support for anxiety, fears, grief, stress, disturbing memories, traumatic events, accidents, injury and illness. EMDR therapy is only available face to face.

I provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training to groups, organisations and schools.

Therapeutic approaches

My education and training

I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Medicare Provider with training in evidence based treatment therapies. My education and training includes:

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Monash University)

  • Master of Creative Arts Therapy (RMIT University)

  • Graduate Diploma Environment and Sustainability (Monash University)

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapy - Level one and Level two (EMDR Institute)

  • Trauma focussed therapy - Adults and Trauma focussed care - Children and Adolescents (Phoenix Australia: Centre for Post traumatic Mental Health) See: Phoenix Australia

  • Perinatal Mental Health (University of Sydney)

  • Perinatal Mental Health (Centre of Perinatal Excellence) See: COPE

  •  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Act Mindfully)

  • Cognitive behaviour therapy (APS)

  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS Australia)

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Pat Ogden)

  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW) See: AASW

  • Accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer (MHFA) See: MHFA

  • Full Member EMDR Association Australia See: EMDR Australia


with further training and study in attachment theories, youth mental health, narrative therapy, somatic therapies, mindfulness, nature-therapy.


Contact and booking information

Booking and referrals

Contact me via phone or email to discuss whether I am a suitable counsellor for your needs and book a face to face or Telehealth appointment.

Phone: 0448 567 211


Once we confirm an appointment, I will send you online forms for you to provide information and your consent prior to your first session.

New clients: Please read the Client Consent and Privacy Policy


Medicare rebates

As I am a Medicare Provider you are eligible for a rebate with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP. Medicare card holders are eligible for 10 Medicare rebates per calendar year.  

You must see your GP and obtain a Mental Health Care Plan prior to your first appointment to be able to obtain the rebate.  

Your GP can fax to 0399572221 or email to 

My Medicare Provider number: 5551222T

Location and Transport

Elk Wellbeing

282A Queens Pde, Fitzroy North 3068

(Clifton Hill Shopping Strip)

There is plenty of parking in nearby streets.


Public transport options include a close walk from Rushall and Clifton Hill Railway Stations, Bus 246 on Hoddle St and Tram 86.

Please note location has stairs and is on the1st floor.

What to expect

Sessions run for approximately 50 minutes. Face to face sessions are available in Fitzroy North and Telehealth/Online Sessions are via Zoom.


Cost per session is $150 payable at the time of the appointment. 


Medicare rebate $77.80 and some private health fund rebates are available.

Cancellation Policy: Please cancel or reschedule your appointment with 24 hours notice, otherwise a cancellation fee of $75 applies.

Immediate support

Please note that I am not a crisis service.

If you are at-risk or need immediate assistance please contact your medical practitioner (GP) or you could consider a call to:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

Care in Mind  24 hour support 1300 096 269

Mental Health Triage (Northern Melbourne)1300 859 789.


In an emergency call 000.

I respectfully acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work. I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.