Laura Hvala, Counsellor, Psychotherapist

My Professional Training and Experience

After completing a science degree at Melbourne University, in human anatomy & physiology, neuroscience and biochemistry, I began my career teaching science, biology and chemistry in secondary schools. I transitioned into Special Education when I began to work with students at the Royal Children’s Hospital School. Then I  worked for over ten years at Melbourne Museum as the Senior Education Officer focused on developing an delivering education programs for the Human Mind and Body Gallery. I continue to draw on the knowledge and experience gained delivering education programs to public audiences and  students of all ages, teachers and other professionals across the education sector. 


At this time, I followed my heart to pursue an interest in traditional and holistic natural medicine. After qualifying as a clinical practitioner of naturopathy, herbal medicine and functional nutrition, I opened my practice and began to work with clients as a naturopath. I was immediately drawn to observe the extent to which human psychology influences an individuals capacity for therapeutic change and healing - exacerbating disease in some, and potentiating health and wellbeing in others. I wanted to understand the psychological aspect of the human condition more deeply, to help myself and my clients achieve health and wellbeing in a more conscious, holistic and integrative way. 


So I completed training in depth oriented psychodynamic psychotherapy, focusing on the humanistic and experiential method and principles of analytical psychology, described by Carl Jung. Later, I completed a Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, rounding out a comprehensive platform of psychological theory and processing interventions. I completed my final research thesis focusing on experiential process of self discovery and therapeutic change, using the experiential processes of Jungian Sandplay Therapy.


For twelve years, I have continued to manage a successful  holistic and integrative healthcare practice, offering services in: Naturopathy and Counselling Psychotherapy. I continued to work as a lecturer at Endeavour College of Natural Health, providing education and mentoring services to training natural health practitioners. I am also a trained clinical supervisor and continue to provide professional supervision and mentoring for practising counsellors and psychotherapist.