Nina Sawyer


I grew up in the Illawarra and moved away in May 1989 to Tennant Creek, NT, where I had my 2 children since then I have lived in four other states until moving back to the Illawarra in 2010 after my divorce to continue my counselling education and settle back home again.

My previous experience has given me the privileged to meet people from all different backgrounds and needs including; mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, unemployed, divorced, suicide, anger issues and trauma. I have over 15 years of professional counselling experience including; schools, community programs, employment services, lifeline and headspace and my private counselling practice.

I am an active member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and have my Master's in Social Work and undergrad in Applied Social Science majoring in Counselling.

I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, playing games, going to the theatre, comedy, eating good food and drinking good wine.


My life’s journey has taken me down many different roads and life transitions, some have been very joyful while others have been very painful and challenging.


My counselling experience with a variety of clients, as well as my personal experience with mental illness, has given me a first-hand understanding of the impact it has on family, friends and colleagues.


My purpose in life is to help people to grow & change and develop into the person they want to be.



  • Masters in Social Work: Flinders University: 2018,

  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling): Australian College of Applied Psychology: 2012

  • Member of Australian Association of Social Work, (AASW)

  • Gottman Method Couple therapy Level 1: 2019

  • ACT for Adolescents: 2018

  • Understanding Dementia MOOC: 2018

  • Understanding Eating Disorder: 2017

  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor,

  • Lifeline Crisis Counselling Certificate 

  • Diploma in Counselling 

  • Negotiation & Crisis Intervention

  • Counselling Clients with Complicated Grief.

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