You’ve already done the hard part. Deciding you want to change takes real courage and honesty. And you did that alone.
For the rest, you have access to counselling and psychotherapy support in Melbourne and online.

At Bayside Psychotherapy, we strive to help you make the changes you want to make in your life and make those changes stick. Our counselling, hypnotherapy, psychology, and psychotherapy services target both the conscious and unconscious levels.

Together, we may be able to unearth deeply ingrained inner conflicts to make you feel genuinely better. Not in a ‘Gosh I’m glad I’m helping myself’ kind of way, but in a ‘This is how life is supposed to feel!’ kind of way.

Call 03 9557 9113, or make an inquiry on our contact form to take the second.

Counselling & psychotherapy

Dig deep to uncover the not-so-obvious reasons, ingrained inner conflicts and buried issues that are stopping you from living life to the full. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home if you don't want to. Our university-qualified professional counsellors and psychotherapists have years of experience helping clients with grief and loss, trauma, depression, phobias, addictions, anxiety, failed relationships, confidence, communication, and countless other troubles.

Hypnotherapy & NLP therapy

You have the potential to learn how to harness the power of the subconscious to change your behaviour. Hypnotherapy aims to help you find the answers you need to positively influence your life within your own mind. Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) explores the relationship between how you think, communicate and behave. Both approaches may be effective in helping people manage painful feelings and develop strategies to regain a sense of control. We offer both these treatments online and in-clinic.

Couples counselling

Relationship problems are very, very common. And most problems emerge when there’s a breakdown in communication. Seeking professional help is a brave and important step; it may be key in helping you get back to open and constructive communication with your partner, so you have the potential to re-establish a mutually rewarding and enriching relationship. With the choice of online or in-person sessions, it's easier to fit couples counselling into your busy life.

Online & in-clinic therapy

At Bayside, we offer both online sessions and in-clinic sessions. The most important thing is that you choose the format you’re most comfortable with.

Why Choose Us?

Impartial therapists
No judgement, just respect, understanding & open-mindedness
Flexible appointment times
Day, evening & weekend services. Open 6 days.
Genuine, long-term goals
Address conscious & sub-conscious issues
Degree qualified
Fully qualified clinical psychotherapists, counsellors & hypnotherapists
Eastern & Western
Combine the most appropriate treatments from the East & West
Online & in-clinic
Choose the comfort of your own home or the intimacy of in-clinic
Convenient location
Easy-to-access Melbourne offices in Highett
Confidential treatment
We respect and secure all clients' privacy.
LGBTQIA+ friendly
Safe, respective space for all sexualities, relationship styles and gender identities
Handy payment options
VISA, MasterCard

Frequently Asked Questions

A psychotherapist is a professional who takes a depth approach to working with a persons suffering, rather than by means of medical intervention or working on surface symptoms. They work to collaborate with individuals in order to observe their attitudes, conflicts, and behaviours that form the current quality of that person’s life, relationships, and social status.  Their work often goes much deeper to uncover the root causes of problems, which may result in a more dramatic change in perspective to the patient.  Ultimately, psychotherapists aim to treat their patients by empowering them to break free of their unconscious triggers or impulses through increased self-awareness, though the process can be longer than counselling.

Yes, but at this stage, only our Social Worker & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Adam Szmerling works with adult clients who are either Self-Managed or Plan-Managed through their NDIS therapeutic services provider. You will need to book in for a discussion prior to your appointment to discuss your needs and to co-sign a service agreement prior to commencing with treatment.

A formal qualification is not currently required to work as a counsellor in Australia, but highly recommended for best practice. Australian counsellors and psychotherapists commonly hold a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a health-specific area, plus additional training in psychotherapy, which may typically take three to four years of education to obtain. Additionally, some counsellors and psychotherapists are required to undergo a period of personal psychotherapy to ensure they have suitable levels of self-awareness to be able to support and treat patients. As well as holding a university degree, Australian counsellors and psychotherapists will have extensive experience working across a multitude of conditions and may hold professional memberships with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

It depends on the therapist and their suggestions and methods of practice, however, we believe that lasting change and deep improvements in self-esteem stem from frequent, consistent visits.

On average, patients will see their counsellor or psychotherapist weekly, whilst some patients choose to attend fortnightly, others may choose to visit more or less frequently than that. For depth psychotherapy more than once a week over several months or years is common as people become more curious about how they tick and want to probe deeper. Once in session, your therapist will discuss your recommended visit frequency with you,  and working together you will both choose a suggested frequency of visit that suits your unique circumstances. They will take into account your current situation, lifestyle, and availability. This will be collaborative.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain