About Grace Gonzalez-Melbourne Prahran South Yarra Counsellor and Psychotherapist

“Freedom is what you do with what has been done to you”

Jean-Paul Satre

I grew up around family and friends who would gather to speak and listen about how each of us felt and experienced our own lives.  My family and those who participated in these get togethers nurtured and instilled in me a magical fascination for peoples’ stories and world views.

Seeing my parent’s interest and participation in life had a great influence on how I engage in the world and with others.  Most importantly, I appreciate the experience of listening and being listened to.

This experience of feeling connected was interrupted when we migrated to Australia from South America-Uruguay when I was a teenager.  But I learned that it is possible to find this connection again even when at times it might have felt impossible and I though it was just a fleeting memory.

The sense of loss, of feeling stuck and alone can lead you to question everything you thought you knew.  My own journey into exploring my own worldview has enriched not only my present but also the past I once cherished.

The process of discovery that I experienced while reflecting on my new world scared me, but in the end turned into an adventure of unexpected ups and downs. Each moment leading to the next made me realise that my own horizon was going to be a constant process of change and renewal. I discovered this process of renewal had a lot to do with how I made choices and how much courage I had to commit to in order to act on my choices.

Back then I never thought engaging on such a journey of discovery of self, others, and the world as a potential career. To me this was just the way things were supposed to be. However, I soon discovered that others faced with difficult life journeys sought out another to accompany them on some of their journey. Call it, fate, a calling or luck, but it feels right to be here today doing what I do and love, which is psychotherapy.

Exploring our lives is the road to expanding our horizons, reaching our potential and living a more authentic courageous life.

I have found that working in my chosen profession of psychotherapy has exposed me to stories and world views that not only are fascinating but also educational at a very personal level and it is for this reason that I always thank those I work with for finding the courage and trust to include me in their journey.

My Counselling  Approach

Existential therapy stems from existential philosophy and thus tries to explore and understand our lives as humans within our context.

The existential approach is about exploring our unique way of relating to the world, others and self. How we create these relationships and how we are in the world is explored from our unique way of making sense and meaning.

My aim in working with you is therefore to assist you to reflect on the unreflected so that you can understand your choices better and therefore live a more rewarding and satisfying life.

Counselling Training and Qualifications

17 years providing counselling services in Melbourne

I am a counsellor and psychotherapist with over a decade experience working with non-profit organisations and community health services in Melbourne.

I have worked for many years as a counsellor and psychotherapist with adolescents and adults who have experienced interpersonal difficulties, issues of self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

I ensure that I maintain a high level of professional development by consistently attending counselling courses and therapy workshops, as well as attend professional supervision.

Academic Qualifications

  • Executive Master of Arts (University of Melbourne)
  • Graduate Diploma Counselling (Victoria University)
  • Bachelor of Arts with double Majors in Psychology and Communication (Victoria University)
  • Associate Diploma of Social Sciences  (Kangan Institute of Further Education)
  • Certificate Ethnic Community Liaison Officer (Kangan Institute of Further Education)

Counselling Trainings

  • Psychology
  • Communications
  • Communication into the 21 century
  • Communication in organizations
  • Interpersonal and group communication
  • Individual awareness
  • Theory and techniques in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Applied techniques in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Grief education practices and strategies
  • Social and ethical issues in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Culture and communication
  • Community development theory and practice
  • Social policy

Counselling Professional Development Training

  • Existential Theory and Practice  (Advanced)
  • CRAFT (domestic violence assessment)
  • Health Coaching
  • Existential Theory and Practice Part 2 (Introduction)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Spinelli Ernesto Workshop: Topic: Uncertainty/Anxiety Exploring our responses to an unpredictable world)
  • Mindfulness training
  • Existential Theory and Practice (Introduction)
  • Working with clients with complex needs
  • Action Research
  • Relationship and the individual
  • Single Session Therapy
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Lifeline Australia).
  • Family Mediation
  • Solution Focus Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Teenage Spirituality
  • Young People’s Health: Depression
  • Responding to Sexual Assault

If you’re ready to overcome depression and anxiety, or you are interested in finding out more about counselling services in Melbourne I can help…

Contact me on 0400 299 913 for a FREE 15-minute phone consultation so I can let you know how I can assist you.


 Anxiety and Depression Counselling Melbourne CBD, Prahran, South Yarra, St Kilda, Elwood