Counselling & psychotherapy services

Gabrielle specialises in:

Counselling sessions are available face-to-face, by phone or online.

Your first face-to-face counselling session

If you’ve never experienced counselling before, it can be a challenging thing to come to your first session. It’s fairly natural to feel a bit nervous or to wonder how you might start talking about the problems you face. It can help to know what to expect, so here’s an outline.

Remember, your first session is another step along your path to healing.

There’ll be a little paperwork, where you’ll be asked some general questions about your background and preferred contact details.

But it’s mainly a chance for you to outline your concerns and hopes, and to get a feel for how we might work together. The therapeutic relationship has been proven to be a pivotal factor in therapy, so it’s important for you to find out how comfortable you feel working with me.

With your permission, I may take some notes during our sessions. There’s also a notepad and pen for you to make notes, too, if you want.

Generally, sessions are weekly or fortnightly, but there’s always room to negotiate this according to your needs.

Similarly, the overall length of your therapy will depend on the issues you’re facing, the depth you prefer to work at, and the arrangements we’ll make accordingly.


Telephone & online counselling

Some of the benefits of phone and online counselling include:

  • It’s convenient.
  • It saves you time and trouble of travelling to appointments.
  • And if you prefer to work remotely due to the impacts of COVID-19, it offers the safety of physical distancing.

If you’d like to talk together about how telephone or online counselling might work for you, just contact me.

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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.