Specialities:

  • Depression & anxiety
  • Professional burnout
  • Self-criticism/self-compassion
  • Relationships (couples, and/or working on-on-one to improve romantic, familial, friendship, and professional relationships)
  • Life transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Substance use
  • Existential concerns (finding meaning, purpose, and passion)
  • Adult/adolescent adoptees
  • Identity/attachment issues
  • Personal development
  • Sexuality (LGBTQIA- and poly-friendly practice)

About Nelly

Nelly has many years of experience as a therapist and life coach, in private practice as well as in schools, hospitals, and community organisations. She is also skilled in facilitating workshops and teaching.

Nelly initially trained in relational Gestalt therapy in Melbourne, Australia. She first opened her private practice in Melbourne, and also co-developed and facilitated an innovative, court-recognised Anger Management program for people seeking to better understand and channel their anger toward positive outcomes.

In the years following, Nelly travelled to the U.S. to undertake further specialist training. She continued her private practice work there, as well as completing a Masters of Social Work, extensive training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, group therapy training, embodiment work training, and additional short-term trainings to help her best support her clients.

While in the U.S., Nelly also developed and facilitated a mindfulness program in a local Veterans’ (V.A.) Hospital, where she worked with individual veterans and groups on both an outpatient and inpatient basis. She also worked with individuals and groups at Butler Hospital (a psychiatric hospital) who were attending day programs or in acute crisis.

Additionally, Nelly joined the faculty of in ivy-league medical school (Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School), where she taught humanistic skills to second-year medical students, helping them to develop a caring “bedside manner,” effective communication skills with patients and colleagues, and a broader lens with which to see patients’ lives and struggles more holistically.

Nelly has since returned to Melbourne where she has continued to use her skills and experience to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups, helping people make the changes they want to see in their lives and relationships.

As a person and as a therapist, Nelly is warm, caring, authentic and dedicated to the people with whom she works. She takes a non-judgmental approach and believes deeply that people are doing the best they can given their personal histories, creating ways of coping, and current life circumstances – she meets people where they actually are in their lives, as opposed to where they (or others) think they should be. Nelly recognises that there is no “one size fits all” approach, instead seeking to be fully present for the person who you are, as you are right now.

Nelly exudes compassion and helps people develop self-compassion in their own lives. She also brings her humour and zest for life into the therapy room! Laughter is key to a good and full life, and part of therapy with her as well.

Nelly is dedicated to providing an inclusive space and welcomes clients of all genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities and religions.