About Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar

Counsellor, psychotherapist, social worker

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I’m a fully qualified counsellor, psychotherapist and social worker, with accredited training and extensive counselling experience.

I’m also an autism and neurodiversity support specialist, an NDIS Service Provider, a Child & Family Counsellor, and a Cancer Counselling Professional.

And, as a late-diagnosed neurodivergent therapist, I have lived experience perspectives to share, alongside my professional expertise.

I work with children aged 3-12, young people and adults. 

My specialties include:

I believe that you are the expert on your life, so I tailor a range of counselling and psychotherapy styles to meet your needs.

These therapies and strategies can offer you emotional relief and a safe place to explore the issues you face. They’ll create an island of time just for you, so you can draw breath, and shed some light on the answers you already carry inside you. And find new ones.

These therapy modalities include person-centred therapy, narrative therapy, existential psychotherapy, family systems therapy, trauma-informed therapy, solution-focused therapy as well as aspects of mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and art therapy.

It’s all about drawing on your life experiences, building on those with some new ideas and perspectives, and creating a life that’s truly enriching and satisfying for you: enhancing your relationships, growing your self-esteem, removing the obstacles of old habits or thought patterns that may no longer be serving you well, coping with life’s challenges, and learning more about who you are, what you want from life, and how to set all of that in motion.

Gabrielle’s work

Psychotherapist, counsellor and social worker in private practice in Grafton NSW.
NDIS Service Provider
Child & Family Counsellor for NSW Community Health.
Cancer Counselling Professional (cancer counsellor)
Author of the former The Therapist Within blog at Psych Central
Former facilitator of telephone support groups at Cancer Council NSW
Former Editor of The CAPA Quarterly, the journal of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (CAPA)

Counselling / psychotherapy qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Dux) (JNI)
Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) (UNE)
Certificate in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Accreditation as a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor (+over 2 years’ experience)
Statement of Attainment in Narrative Therapy (JNI)
Knowing and Not Knowing: Spirituality, Intimacy and Psychotherapy (JNI)
BA Fine Arts (Honours, Class 1, Dean’s Medal)
BA Communications Studies

Ongoing professional development in counselling & psychotherapy

Ongoing clinical/professional supervision (as per best practice therapy)
E-therapy: Asynchronous Email/Web Board Therapy, Cyber-culture and Ethics (OTI)
Legal & Ethical Considerations of Online Therapy Workshop (Online Therapy Inst)
Narrative Therapy (Lifeline, 2-day training)
Exercise the Mood: Exercise as a Treatment for Depression (Black Dog Inst)
Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Dealing with Problem Gambling (CCWT)
Working with Families where a Member has a Gambling Problem (CCWT)
Dialogue with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn: mindfulness and clinical applications (Westmead Hospital)
Focusing and Gendlin’s Philosophy of the Implicit (Australian Existential Society)
11th Australian Palliative Care Conference
  Brief Work with Unconscious Processes (CAPA)
Language and Experience: weaving together Focusing and Narrative ideas (CAPA)
The New Neurobiology and What it Means to Psychotherapy (CAPA)
Inside Emotionally Focused Therapy (CAPA)
Sexual Trauma Counselling (CAPA)
Trauma and the Family Emotional Process (CAPA)


Professional membership

Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
• Member of the Cancer Counselling Professionals
Member of the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO)

Gabrielle in the media

Read about why Gabrielle became a therapist in this Sydney Morning Herald article.
Read Gabrielle’s published articles and interviews here.


About our logo


The ‘enso’ features in our logo. It is a powerful symbol embracing both the simple and the profound, the empty and the full. It represents one-ness and infinity – the connection of all things. It stems from a Zen Buddhist tradition.

As a therapist, I draw inspiration from all these ideas – the cycles of beginnings, transitions and endings that we all inevitably travel. And how our overlapping, interlocking stories connect us all in some indefinable way to each other and to the stuff of life itself.

Step into a richer life today:

Contact me to see how counselling and psychotherapy can help.


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© One Life Counselling & Psychotherapy, Grafton, and Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar 2019-2022. Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar is a counsellor, psychotherapist and social worker, offering counselling and psychotherapy in Grafton on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, and online, serving the Clarence Valley and Mid-North Coast.


We acknowledge the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging; and pay particular respect to the Bundjalung, Gumbayngirr and Yaegl nations, traditional owners of the land where the counselling and psychotherapy rooms are located in the Clarence Valley.