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Holly Shires

Complex trauma, dissociation, grief and loss, stress and burnout, supporting women in the workplace, anxiety & depression, individuals & couples.

Available: Wednesday, and Friday, online/telehealth only.

As a friendly and relatable therapist, I create a safe and empathetic space where clients feel heard, safe and valued. My sessions are characterized by a sincere connection with you as I genuinely invest in understanding and responding to your unique stories and challenges.

I have a special interest in providing counselling for trauma, grief and loss, and significant life changes, offering a nurturing space for freedom of expression and trust. Working in collaborative partnership, we find a way to move gently through pain, loss, and changes to re-establish meaning and embrace life again. I incorporate trauma-informed techniques, including the Flash Technique, to assist in reducing traumatic disturbance in daily life. 

I also work with couples, focusing on resolving conflicts related to parenting, traumatic experiences, loss, life changes and managing work-life balance. I am committed to providing a supportive and positive space for couples to openly communicate, meet each other with empathy, respect and love and ultimately reach reconnection and resolution.

Additionally, with over a decade of corporate experience, I understand the complexities and demands of the workplace environment. Drawing on lived experience, I offer counselling for work stress and burnout, specifically for women in the  workplace, offering insights and strategies tailored to the unique challenges faced in corporate settings.

Grounded in a Narrative Therapy framework, my approach is integrative and tailored to your individual needs. Person-centred and evidence based techniques from ACT, CBT, Schema Therapy, DBT, and Trauma-Informed approaches are drawn upon in-session in a way that meets your personal needs and goals.

My aim is to guide clients in recognising unhelpful patterns, uncovering their strengths, developing effective coping strategies, improving communication, and building resilience. I strive to empower my clients to navigate life’s challenges with confidence and to live in alignment with their core values.


Degree: Master of Counselling (AIPC)

Flash Technique Certificate (2023)

Bachelor of Industrial Design (QUT)

Membership: ACA Level 2

Client Focus

Age: Adults 18 - 65+

Types of clients: Individuals and couples

Areas I work with


  • Complex trauma & PTSD

  • Dissociation

  • Ambiguous and disenfranchised grief and loss

  • Major life changes

  • Couples and Individuals

  • Anxiety, stress and depression

  • Burnout and overwhelm

  • Mental health support for vets & animal care workers

Other areas I also work with:

  • Relationships and conflict resolution

  • Crisis

  • Communication difficulties

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