Why I do what I do...

Marriage Counselling Couples Counselling Relationship Coaching North Lakes Brisbane Deception Bay Sunshine Coast Chermside
North Lakes Counselling - Linda Kelly

I understand the importance of feeling happy in the relationship with your partner and the relationship with yourself.  I have helped hundreds of couples and individuals repair their relationship and grow as individuals.  I also help those who are experiencing Trauma towards living a more present and vibrant life.  As someone who has gone through my own therapy and coaching, it has enabled me to find a new path of healing and transformation.  So I do have an understanding of what my clients experience when they’re on their therapy and coaching journey with me. 

My passion for coaching and counselling began in my previous career as a teacher, this included teaching Counselling within tertiary sectors and helping hundreds of students flourish in their careers. This led to my university studies to specialise in Relationships, Life Coaching and Trauma. I continue to participate in professional development courses in specialised areas so I can further help my clients.

How I help people is through using therapeutic talk and body modalities, helping them as a ‘whole person’, bringing in their thoughts, feelings and body responses in each session.  Whether I’m working with people on their relationship challenges or trauma, I believe by understanding ourselves first allows us to make choices in how we show up and create a life and the relationships we desire.

My path as a Relationship Specialist – Coach and Counsellor is a life journey and I’m honoured to work with every client.  To witness their changes towards living in happier and meaningful relationships with their partner and themselves, truly brings it back to the core as to why I do what I’m doing – to ‘connect and flourish’.  

Qualifications

  • Master of Counselling (current)
  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling (University of New England)
  • Bachelor of Adult Education (Griffith University)
  • Diploma of Counselling (AIPC)
  • Diploma of Training Design and Development (HBA)
  • Diploma of Training and Assessment (HBA)


Specialised training in:

  • Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples and Individuals
  • Emotion Focused Therapy for Affairs
  • Relationship Therapy
  • Radical Exposure Tapping (includes EFT and EMDR)
  • Trauma Informed Therapy
  • Development Model for Couples
  • Integrative Behavioural Couple Therapy
  • Sex and Relationships
  • Transformation through intimacy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Process Therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy


Registered Counsellor with:

  • Australian Counselling Association
  • Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
Marriage Counsellor North Lakes Linda Kelly
Marriage Counselling Couples Counselling Relationship Coaching North Lakes Brisbane Deception Bay Sunshine Coast Chermside

Therapy tools I use

I work with a range of evidenced-based therapy tools in counselling sessions, so you can be assured you’ll go through a process proven to be effective.

Emotion Focused Therapy

I have seen brilliant results in using Emotion Focused Therapy with clients. It works beautifully and effectively with clients in all areas related to relationships, intimacy and sexuality. This allows for deeper awareness of your own beliefs and your attachment style to others in relationships from the past to present. It allows you to gently open up that space of compassion and empathy with your partner.

Integrative Couples Coaching

Is a dynamic approach to working with Couples and Individuals.  Where couples can explore their thoughts, actions, core emotions, behaviours and physical responses.  They learn how to identify these areas within themselves and also in their partner.  This approach integrates the two keys areas of acceptance and the intention of positive changes towards a closer connection with each other.

Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages clients to accept who they are. It explores your desires and what’s holding you back, to then developing your capacity to sit with these uncomfortable thoughts and emotions with more ease and acceptance. This approach gently challenges you on areas you have control over. I use ACT and Emotion Focused Therapy when working with couples and individuals.

Cognitive Process Therapy

Cognitive Process Therapy (CPT) helps you to process a traumatic event you may have experienced and explore new ways of associating meaning with what happened. Everyone experiences trauma differently and certain triggers can set off instant reactions. Trauma often comes up when working with couples, where partners have experienced some trauma in their past or even as far back to their childhood, sometimes this can be the base cause of their disconnection.

Somatic Body Therapy

This therapy is an evidence-based approach that integrates cognitive (mind), emotion and sensations from the body. This is an embodied (body-based) holistic approach where I work with the client in trauma recovery. Through Somatic Experiencing Therapy, clients are able to fully process their unresolved trauma through a cognitive talk therapy and gentle body movements, to restore the clients’ ability to self-regulate  their body reactions and achieve a sense of safety within.

Radical Exposure Tapping (RET)

This exposure therapy gives you quick and effective results from your disturbing  memories towards feelings more empowered and at peace within yourself. RET combines Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).  As we gently explore your trauma memories, emotions and body sensations, I guide and support you so you’re able to remain comfortable and present throughout the session.  Click here to read more on how I work clients in Trauma Therapy.

My Story

28 years ago, before I became a counsellor, I first got together with my now-husband. You’ll laugh at my communication style: I would write little post-it notes and put them around the house when I wanted him to do something. Eventually, he asked me “Why are you putting post-it notes everywhere? Can you just talk to me about it?”. Here I was thinking it would be better to leave him post-it notes than confront him and potentially upset him! You can see how communication issues arise and our story is not uncommon. You might even be able to relate to the challenge of feeling comfortable enough to be honest to your partner face-to-face. It’s not always easy, especially if you’ve spent years taking a more passive approach to communication or sweeping issues under the rug.

While I may or may not have experienced your specific relationship struggles, I know what it is like to have a long-term relationship and the ups and downs we all experience. I’m not sitting out on a pedestal somewhere. I’m human too. I want you to know that, so you feel reassured that there isn’t something fundamentally wrong with you if you are experiencing relationship difficulties. 

My values & personality

Clients say they find me down to earth, warm and friendly, along with a kind smile.  That they feel safe and comfortable with me, and that I am approachable and human.  I have been told by some clients, that in their most difficult sessions, they still manage to feel uplifted and optimistic when they leave.

I genuinely care about my clients and how they progress through their challenges to a place of clarity.  I am naturally curious about people and believe this is a place where hope can live.  Clients will hear me say ‘be more curious and less judgemental’, this allows us glimpses into someone else’s world and tends to bring out more empathy and understanding.

I value the trust that is built between me and my clients.  Like a ‘safety net’, it cushions the support throughout our sessions, so clients gain a sense of how to trust themselves and others whilst keeping true to their own healthy boundaries.

What clients have to say

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In-person appointments available at:

Deception Bay 

North Ridge Estate
(off Boundary Road,
near North Lakes Costco)
Deception Bay,  Qld  4508

North Lakes

‘Soul Spectrum’
Shop 5/25 Discovery Drive
North Lakes,  Qld  4509