Moonyah Counselling
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Sexual Assault
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The community at Moonyah is committed to journeying with those who want to understand and overcome the effects of trauma on the whole self (mind, body, spirit, emotions and actions). Moonyah places a high value on mutual respect and emotional and physical safety. Counselling is provided by Lindy Bearup. Lindy believes that, historically, mental health treatment primarily served to ‘manage’ symptoms. Lindy uses a strength based, trauma theory and 'body-centered' informed approach to work towards 'whole self' recovery from the trans-generational impact of trauma.

Statement of purpose:

Moonyah through respect, without judgment and through our commitment to cutting edge therapeutic interventions, demonstrates an ongoing central purpose to assist the global community. Through grass root cutting edge therapy, those disadvantaged through trauma, (children, adolescents and adults) are assisted to find wholeness, safety and predictability within enabling renewed hope connection and empowerment to live mindfully and purposefully.

Moonyah is located in Melbourne's outer east. 'Moonyah' means "A Safe Place" in Koori.

Moonyah Counselling provides confidential services for the following :
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • General Counselling
  • Family Issues (past and present)
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Somatization (Body related issues) & Conversion Disorder

Services Provided:

  • Survivors Of Trauma Groups
  • Mentoring
  • Group Therapy
  • Survivors Of Trauma Support
  • Presentations
  • Assessments and Consultations
  • An eclectic range of mind and body therapies including - Trauma resolution techniques, psychodynamic, EMDR, TFT, Body centred work, Creative and ATR Mandala (coalescent psyche therapy) and Acceptance and commitment therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Staff: critical incident debriefing, well-being day, training
  • Accelerated Trauma Recovery Mandala Workshops (ATR)
  • ATR Mandala Facilitation Training Workshops

General workshops and Mindful Coalescent Therapy Professional Training  Workshops are run regularly from Moonyah or if desired, a venue chosen by you.


Who is Lindy Bearup? 

Lindy Bearup is a well-known trauma therapist, consultant, trainer and group facilitator. She developed Mindful Coalescent Psyche Therapy / Accelerated Trauma Recovery Mandala Therapy.

The life journey can be difficult. Lindy's work, life and practice reflect her strong values around family, equality, respect, responsibility, spirituality, community and mindful acceptance of self and all fellow 'travellers'.

Lindy is an experienced therapist with a strong trauma theoretical framework underpinning her practice. Working from a trauma perspective, Lindy views symptoms as windows of opportunity...not simply as psychopathology. The community at Moonyah is committed to recovery...not just managing symptoms. Lindy believes that "the presenting issue is often a 'flag' for the actual problem."

Lindy’s experience in working with victim/survivors of trauma aftermath, in a variety of roles spans from 1988 to 2012. 

In the mid 90’s, Lindy was invited to the United States by the keynote speaker at a Trauma and Dissociation conference in Melbourne, Dr. Benjamin Keyes. She did some of her university course work in partnership with Bridgewater and Sandy Brown, M.A., author of Victims of Violence. She received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of Complex PTSD & the Dissociative Disorders.  Together with a student chosen from Brazil, she developed a wholistic understanding of trauma aftermath through specialized tutoring on the impact of trauma on the developing brain, body and psyche. She observed the opening and the initial month of operation of a twelve month pilot residential programme for chronically traumatized dissociative women.

Lindy returned to Australia with an increased awareness of the need for both ‘mindfulness’, and emotional / physiological arousal based therapeutic interventions. This awareness has been a driving force in the development of the mindful coalescent psyche therapeutic work at Moonyah Counselling.

Lindy’s current roles include trauma therapist, consultant, facilitator, trainer, advocate, group facilitator,  EMDR therapist, mental health educator, body-centered psycho-therapist, Mindful Accelerated Trauma Recovery Mandala developer, manager of Moonyah Counselling and sponsor of Survivors of Trauma Support.  

In recent years Lindy completed two major projects:

1. The development of a Commonwealth funded mental health training package in conjunction with her role at ECASA. This training package was designed to educate mental health professionals about the possible sequelae of childhood trauma (particularly sexual assault) i.e., complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the spectrum of the Dissociative Disorders. 

2. The development and facilitation of an accelerated trauma recovery therapy which has been independently evaluated and found to be an effective tool in trauma resolution.

Lindy is currently writing a book to showcase right brain creative therapeutic processes and to provide a self-help tool for managing and resolving  stressful life situations past and present.

Lindy is committed to journeying with those who want to understand and overcome the effects of trauma on the whole self (mind, body, spirit, emotions and actions). She believes that, in general, mental health treatment has focused primarily upon managing symptoms rather than working towards real recovery from the ongoing impact of trauma. Lindy is continually upgrading her therapeutic techniques to remain in line with world cutting edge practice. 

Linda I Bearup.  B.A.(H.S).,Monash Uni. Grad.Dip., M.H.Sc., (Child, Adol. & Family) Melbourne Uni. Grad.Dip.,(P.Couns.) Kingsley College, Pacific College of Graduate Studies
;Cert Trauma Counseling & Psycho-therapy Cairnmillar. MATT; AIWCW; ASTSS.


Lindy Bearup
ABN: 21 341 132 780

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