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The Counselling Studio

Your journey to wellness begins here…

Online Counselling

Private one on one counselling delivered over the internet.

Counselling - Talk Therapy

The Counselling Studio is a Malanda-based counselling practice offering customised private therapy in a safe place.


Gain a clearer perspective of your inner world. Working with sand provides a safe space for healing. Tap into your unconscious through movement, sound, symbols and images.

Expressive Therapy

Provides a creative medium for you to express what you are having trouble verbalizing whilst providing an outlet for bringing feelings and images into consciousness.

Counselling for Adults and older Teens

Expressive Therapy, Online Counselling and Couples Counselling

I can help you with:

  • Stress and burnout
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts and Self-harm
  • Crisis
  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Grief
  • Loss of a pet
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Coping skills
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Improving relationships
  • Navigating conflict
  • Making major decisions
  • Big life changes
  • Phobias
  • Relationship challenges and breakups
  • Questions of identity
  • Managing difficult emotions
  • Unblocking creativity
  • Learning how to thrive in life
  • Moving forward from here

Private Counselling with Heart

 …..so much more than just talk therapy.

The Counselling Studio is a Malanda-based counselling practice offering customised private therapy in a safe place.

ingKaren Askey-Doran

Counselling and Founder of The Counselling Studio

Karen holds a Bachelor of Counselling and advanced qualifications in Online Therapy, Expressive Therapies, Sandplay and Symbol Work. She is committed to evidence-based practice and is professionally affiliated with PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).

Karen uses a person-centred counselling approach. There is no agenda and no mental health record. Counselling sessions are private, discreet, and customised to your unique challenges. Karen is an empathic, non-judgemental listener, who actively helps you to identify your individual strengths, develop new skills and learn to cope in a healthy way. She is professional yet real, insightful yet warm, and her studio provides a safe space to heal and be heard. Along with talk therapy, Karen specialises in sandplay, symbol work, creative and expressive therapies and incorporates techniques from a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches. Sandplay, symbol work and expressive therapies provide a fresh, fun way for people to accurately process their individual difficulties and find ways to cope on their journey to wellness. Karen also offers online therapy for those who live in other areas or are unable to physically attend counselling in person.

Our focus here at The Counselling Studio is to tailor counselling to suit your needs, and empower you to thrive.

“The road of life may have some deep crevasses, some blind rises and unexpected obstacles to navigate, I will walk with you through each step as a skilled guide for as long as you need me. I’ll carry the compass and backpack brimming with resources, whilst you choose the direction and speed of travel.

Making a change, even a small one, alters the course of your life. Booking a 15 minute call or a one hour session will set that change in motion. If you are looking to take control of your life, improve and move forward with confidence and resilience there is a different, better, path for you tread. Let’s find it together.”