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Ruth Christiansen Counselling and Therapy


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Professional Counselling and Therapy

With over 10 years experience with adolescents and adults, 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 for adolescents and adults 


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 or your child 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, adjustment to new situations including parenting, migration, relocation and life transitions.

With training in trauma therapy and professional experience in clinical mental health, I have the skills and knowledge to assess you or your child's 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.

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) 

  • 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 an appointment.

Phone: 0448 567 211

Email: ruthchristiansentherapy@gmail.com


As I am a Medicare Provider you are eligible for a rebate with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP. I also receive TAC and Victims of Crime referrals.

Medicare care card holders are eligible for 10 Medicare rebate sessions 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.  

My Medicare Provider number: 5551222T

New clients: Please read and fill out the attached Registration and Consent Form before you come or on arrival at your first session.

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. Cost per session $150 payable at the time of the appointment. Medicare rebate $75.95. Call me to discuss concession rates.

 EFTPOS and Online Payments and Medicare rebates available.

Cancellation Policy: Please cancel or reschedule your appointment with 24 hours notice, otherwise cancellation fees apply.

Please call me to discuss any questions you may have.

Immediate support

Please note that I am not a crisis service and do not offer online or phone counselling or support.

If you are at-risk or need immediate assistance please call Lifeline 13 11 14, Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800, Care in Mind  24 hour support 1300 096 269 www.careinmind.com.au  or Mental Health Triage 1300 859 789. In an emergency call 000.

Online counselling options include:



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.