Motion Wellness Counselling Sessions

About our Counsellor - Donna

Donna holds a Bachelors Degree in Science (Psychology) and a Masters in Counselling from the University of Canberra. She has broad counselling experience working with clients locally and internationally, having lived abroad as an expatriate. She provides counselling to individuals from diverse backgrounds on a range of issues which include: depression, anxiety, improving communication skills, anger, stress, self-harm, grief and loss, parenting concerns, improving relationships, pre and post-natal issues and life transitions such as separation, the birth of a baby, career change or moving to a new country. She also provides couples counselling and has trained in the Gottman Method. This method focuses on using research-based interventions for the couples needs. 



Donna understands that individuals and couples face a variety of issues that sometimes need to be worked through during counselling. Her work with clients focuses on empowering them to make informed choices. During your sessions, she will listen to you intently within a safe space. She will work with you collaboratively, to ensure you get what you are looking for when you come to counselling. She is also culturally sensitive and has a deep understanding of the significance of culture and the impact it has on the individual.

Our Canberra Counselling service is conveniently located in Macquarie. 


Counselling services offered at Motion Wellness 

  • In clinic sessions face- to - face.

  • Telephone sessions.

  • Online sessions. 

About our Counsellor - Anne-Veronica

Anne has developed her counselling skills over 30 years working with people from diverse backgrounds in the Community Services, Health, Wellbeing and Education sector. Building on university qualifications in Psychology, Sociology and Youth Work, Anne has continued to undertake further research and specialised training enhancing her theory informed counselling practices in the area of complex trauma work.

Anne uses a person-centred approach in establishing a trusting counselling relationship, acknowledging and validating expressed thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental manner whilst empowering individuals to make informed choices in regard to the focus and ongoing direction of the counselling process. 

Anne provides counselling for adults with concerns related to loss and grief, family dynamics, abuse and trauma, workplace stress, fear and anxiety, self-worth and self-sabotaging behaviours, identity and self-acceptance and developmental or situational crisis. Utilising interactive art and play therapy techniques, Anne also provides counselling support to children and younger adolescents struggling with self-confidence, peer relationships or managing experiences of parental separation, trauma, loss & grief.

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Counselling services offered at Motion Wellness 

  • In clinic sessions face- to - face.

  • Telephone sessions.

  • Online sessions. 

Our counsellors can help with these issues and more
  • Parenting

  • Relationship Issues

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Substance Abuse

  • Work stress 

  • Stress or issues related to Covid -19

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Behavioural Issues

  • Bereavement

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Divorce

  • Family Conflict

  • Infertility

  • Internet Addiction

  • Life Transitions

  • Marital and Premarital

  • Peer Relationships

  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum

  • Racial Identity

  • School Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Stress

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Women's Issues

  • Other life issues 

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At Motion Wellness we offer face-to-face and online counselling



At Motion Wellness our individual counselling service is aimed at assisting individuals navigate through life difficulties.  Our counsellor will work with you to help you clarify issues, explore options and develop strategies to better manage and or resolve what you are struggling with. Some common issues that we can help you with include: Anxiety, depression, stress, anger, substance abuse, gambling problems, grief and loss - amongst others.  

Our Counsellor holds a degree in Counselling and is a fully trained Psychotherapist for those clients wanting to do deeper work. All work done is based on evidence-based models, in a non-judgmental and confidential setting.

Helping you with undefined issues

It is not necessary to have a clearly defined issue to make an appointment for counselling. It is part of the counsellor’s role to help people understand and define their issues during the session. If you are confused by or unsure of what is wrong then start from there and ask your counsellor to help you work things out.



Our symptoms check list can help you recognise when you may need to seek help:


Common symptoms of Anxiety can include:

- Obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviour

-  Avoidance behaviour and social isolation

-  Restlessness

-  Irritability

-  Hot and cold flushes / sweating

-  Faintness / dizziness

-  Racing heart

-  Muscle tension

-  Difficulty breathing

-  Tightening of the chest

- Upset stomach or nausea



A feeling of sadness or unhappiness is something we all experience at times. Sadness is a feeling we need to help us heal. However when feelings of sadness won’t go away then this can be a sign of depression.

Common symptoms of Depression can include:

- Feeling down or sad

- Low self-esteem

- Loss of motivation, enjoyment and interest in doing things you normally enjoy

- Low energy

- Changes in sleep (difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual)

- Feelings of worthlessness

-  Changes in appetite or weight

-  Poor concentration and memory

- Suicidal thoughts



Stress is that feeling we get when the pressure of our lives builds up and we become tense. Sometimes this tension is a result of worrying about how to deal with a stressful situation or event. Many people face stress at work. Rather than doing nothing and hoping it will go away, seek help from a counsellor & begin to learn how to de-stress and improve your health.


Common symptoms of Stress can include:

- Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain

- Gritting, grinding teeth

- Stuttering or stammering

- Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

- Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms

- Light headedness, faintness, dizziness

- Ringing, buzzing or popping sounds

- Frequent blushing, sweating

- Cold or sweaty hands, feet

- Dry mouth, problems swallowing