Mandala Health - Naturopathy & Counselling Psychotherapy

Mandala Health is a holistic and integrative health-care practice that provides therapeutic services for individuals (adults, adolescents & children); for couples in intimate relationship and family groups. The services include:

  • Sandplay Therapy - Adults, Adolescents, Children, Couples and Intimate Relationships.


This comprehensive array of therapies caters to the most common spectrum of mind-body -physical and psychological problems (including mental, emotional, relational and spiritual) that most people seek help for at one time or another, in the life-long pursuit of health happiness and wellbeing.


Your Therapist...

Laura is an experienced holistic and integrative healthcare practitioner who provides therapeutic services in counselling psychotherapy and naturopathy. She works with individuals and intimate relationships at all ages and stages of life and development, in crisis or with concerns.


Laura is a professional counselling psychotherapist and relationship counsellor. Her  psychological work with clients focuses on raising consciousness and self-awareness, individuation of the personality, development of healthy relationship skills and management of difficult or painful emotions, such as anger, anxiety, sadness, grief, loneliness disconnection, depression, and despair.

Laura's approach is guided by psychodynamic and analytical principles (described by Carl Jung, Eugene Gendlin) and contemporary insights from neuropsychology as applied in Trauma Therapy. She is trained in crisis intervention and the assessment and treatment of trauma. She understands how unresolved stress, particularly involving family history and repeat childhood exposure to physical violence and abuse, emotional neglect, drug and alcohol misuse, personality disorders and other mental health issues can systemically and inter-generationally, impact individuals, families and communities in profound ways. Laura recognises the characteristic patterns of traumatised and other difficult personalities, as well as the signs and symptoms of PTSD and chronic complex trauma.
Laura expertly applies specific trauma-processing interventions - such as eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR), thought field therapy (TFT) and Sandplay therapy - to remedy trauma.

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As a qualified Sandplay therapist, Laura competently applies this effective symbolic strategy, with adults and children, individually, as couples or in family groups. Sandplay immediately and concretely extends perception beyond superficial awareness and provides new visual perspectives about the inner and outer psychological factors influencing the problems at hand.


Laura is also a qualified and experienced naturopath. She extends her expertise beyond functional psychology to complementary alternative medicine (CAM), to specialise in the identification and recovery of complex and systemic affects of chronic stress and trauma. She applies functional biomedical testing with other therapeutic assessments with life-style and dietary advise, nutrition and herbal medicine treatments to support metabolism, bring balance to the central nervous system (SNS and PSNS), restore tissue and organ function after physical illness, injury, infections, resolve inflammation and recover from physical, emotional or psycho-social burnout, exhaustion and trauma.


Laura continues to work as an academic lecturer providing education and mentoring services to natural health practitioners at Endeavour College of Natural Health. She is a trained clinical supervisor and professional mentor for practising counsellors & psychotherapists. As an educational mentor, natural health practitioner and counselling psychotherapist, Laura conveys genuine interest, care and understanding of the unique problems and challenges that people encounter in health and illness. She is supportive of clients in their accomplishments & disappointments and encouraging of their unique journey toward physical, emotional, psycho-social or spiritual health and happiness.


Specialising in... 
Naturopathy & Functional Medicine 

Counselling Psychotherapy

Sandplay Therapy

Clinical Supervision

Counselling Psychotherapy
Sandplay Therapy

Naturopathy is a holistic medical system, rooted in ancient wisdom traditions that believe that life, health and disease follow certain natural philosophical laws and principles, such as Vitalism & Holism


Naturopathy uses herbal medicines, nutrition therapy, diet and lifestyle modifications to support the body's natural healing tendency & functions, to restore vitality, health & wellbeing.

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Relationship Therapy

Counselling Psychotherapies are a range of practices used to develop the psychological, spiritual and social health and wellbeing of individuals, couples and groups.


These non-pathologising, self-affirming and relationship oriented psychotherapies help individuals process problems such as, anxiety, depression, emotional distress, trauma and relationship concerns. 

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Trauma & PTSD

Sandplay therapy is an experiential depth psychotherapy where sand, water and symbolic figures are arranged in a tray, to reflect the clients psychological processes. It is a non-verbal method that facilitates the mind’s natural capacity for self-organisation and healing. 

Sandplay is an effective therapy for individuals - children, adolescents adults - couples and family groups.

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Clinical Supervision

Relationship problems are the main reason that people seek help from counselling psychotherapists in Australia. Relationship therapy works with married partners and committed couples to improve communication, connection and love.

It helps people invest in creative solutions to conflict, and establishes healthy and enduring relationships based on honest communication and trust, and open channels of love and affection, that keep on growing.

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Trauma is and enduring emotional 
response to distressing event(s), where an individual's life has been  threatened and their ability to comprehend the event and cope
is overwhelmed. Trauma can result in intrusive memories and painful feelings of fear, anxiety, hopelessness despair, isolation and depression. 


Psychotherapy is proven effective for helping individuals process trauma and developing new narratives of inner-strength, hope and connection.

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Clinical supervision is an essential component of ongoing professional development and education, and an ethical requirement of the profession, that continues after psychotherapy training is complete.


Supervision involves a therapist reflecting on various aspects of their clinical work with a more experienced therapist or mentoring advisor. It can be one of the most significant and influential relationships for a therapist in their career.