Welcome to Lilly Pilly Counselling

Lilly Pilly Counselling brings together a network of skilled and experienced clinicians who provide clients with the opportunity to safely improve their well being. All clinicians are accredited and highly competent in their fields of expertise in complex mental health.

About Lilly Pilly Counselling

Lilly Pilly Counselling is an incorporated group of Psychologists and Accredited Mental Health Social Workers located in established private practices in the Central and Eastern Sydney PHN region. Lilly Pilly counsellors are a professional community who specialise in counselling, group work, supervision, mediation, education and training. 

Lilly Pilly Counselling offers excellence in the area of primary mental health care for professionals and clients in the community. We work collaboratively, offering a supportive team approach to mental health care, including for marginalised groups in the community.

We offer counselling for adults, children, young people and families, within a trauma informed framework. Our counsellors offer expertise in support of people with mental health needs, parenting and attachment issues, trauma and complex trauma, child and family issues, work related concerns and for clients who would like to improve their well-being. 

Lilly Pilly Counselling also runs evidence-based groups and workshops and can tailor-make programs for your organisation.

For mental health care professionals, we offer clinical supervision, professional debriefing, training packages, self-care programs and mediation services and support organisations during times of change management.

Counselling Options

Lilly Pilly Counsellors are able to provide support for consumers through a number of programmes.


Lilly Pilly Counselling is a provider organisation for the Psychological Support Services (PSS) programme funded by Central and Eastern Sydney PHN. PSS registered and accredited clinicians provide focused psychological therapies to people experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns.

General Practitioners and non-medical practitioners are able to refer people who meet eligibility criteria to the PSS program. For more information visit Central and Eastern Sydney PHN website.


All Lilly Pilly clinicians are able to provide support and treatment in collaboration with General Practitioners under the Better Access Initiative where Medicare rebates for focused psychological support apply. Support is available in the local community where Lilly Pilly clinicians are able to provide a timely response. For more information on Better Access, please see the Department of Health website.


Lilly Pilly is a registered provider for the NDIS. We provide therapeutic services for people with a psychosocial disability to help them achieve an optimal state of personal, emotional and social wellbeing through counselling and group work. We work from a recovery oriented, trauma informed approach. Our clinicians offer a wide range of psychological therapies. Lilly Pilly also has a home visiting service available to clients unable to attend clinic appointments. For more information, see the NDIS website.


Lilly Pilly has providers for the BUPA Parent and Wellbeing Program. This program is available to eligible BUPA members and provides counselling support to parent’s and parents-to-be who are finding the transition to parenthood difficult. For more information, see the BUPA website.


Lilly Pilly has a network of counsellors who are accredited to provide counselling to victims of crime in NSW through the NSW Justice approved counselling service. All clinicians provide high level counselling for clients who have experienced trauma in this context within a trauma informed framework. For more information, see the Victims Services website.


Lilly Pilly has a network of counsellors who are able to provide counselling and support for Veterans with a gold card or white card under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs mental health support scheme. For more information, please see the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.


Lilly Pilly has a network of SIRA approved social workers and psychologists providing counselling and assessment services under Workers Compensation. For more information, see the Fair Work website.


Lilly Pilly is a registered WDO provider organisation. For more information, see the NSW Revenue website or the Legal Aid NSW website.


Lilly Pilly Counsellors offer affordable fees for clients who don’t meet criteria for our other programs. Better Access and Private Health Insurance Rebates are also available.

Groups & Workshops

Lilly Pilly runs a range of groups & workshops for Central and Eastern Sydney PHN Psychological Support Services clients. Lilly Pilly also runs these programs for your organisation or school and design specialised programs to meet your specific needs. 


Brave Beats and Bends is a therapeutic 1hour per week, 8-week group for children experiencing anxiety. This program employs mindfulness techniques to address anxiety in creative and fun ways.


Sharing the Beat is a ½ day parent / child anxiety taming workshop. Activities include movement, body and breath awareness and African drumming.


This dads-only group is designed to provide a safe place for fathers to grow and celebrate parenting. Fathers attending this group learn how to develop a secure relationship with their children and to meet their children’s emotional needs. Fathers also discover how to support their children in developing a strong self-identity and resilience.


Circle of Security is an internationally acclaimed parenting program, based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Circle of Security provides education, support and skills to enhance your understanding of children and of your parenting. Circle of security is suitable for parents of 0-7 year olds.


Tuning into Kids is an evidence based 2 hour per week, 6-week program for emotionally intelligent parenting. It is designed for parents of children aged 4-10.


Peaceful Kids is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children. Peaceful Kids is an engaging and fun 1 hour per week, 8-week program suitable for schools and after school venues.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 2.5 hour per week, 8-week experiential educational course, which cultivates emotional, psychological and physical resilience and well-being. MBSR brings together meditative practices with current scientific understandings of the brain.

MBSR provides intensive and systematic training in formal and informal mindfulness practices. This includes learning how to cultivate an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards your own thoughts, emotions, body sensations and impulses. MBSR is suitable for beginners and those with more meditation experience.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. MBCT for Depression is a 1 hour per week, 8 week program.

The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterise mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them. MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.

Clinical Supervision

Lilly Pilly Counsellors are a professional community who specialise in counselling, group work, supervision, mediation, education and training. Lilly Pilly Counsellors provide a range of services for professionals including:

  • Professional supervision for students of psychology and social work
  • Supervision for psychology and social work clinicians in private practice
  • Group supervision for government and non government organisations particularly for those working with clients who have experienced trauma

Training Packages

Lilly Pilly counsellors specialise in group work for professionals in organisations during times of change management. Lilly Pilly can offer a range of training packages for professionals and organisations covering areas such as:

  • Trauma informed practice
  • Vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience and self care
  • Domestic violence and family violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Complex mental health
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Debriefing

Lilly Pilly can offer expertise in mediation. We can also design and tailor well being support programmes unique to your organisation.

Meet the Team

Lilly Pilly Counselling Incorporated is run by Karen Doherty and Karen Duncan. Lilly Pilly Counselling brings together a network of skilled and experienced clinicians who provide clients with the opportunity to safely improve their well being. All clinicians are accredited and highly competent in their fields of expertise in complex mental health.

Meet the Directors


I am an accredited mental health social worker, registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers, with over 20 years experience working with children, young people and adults with a wide range of issues. I have knowledge and experience working with mental health issues, sexual abuse, trauma, child abuse and neglect and therapeutic counselling.


I am a Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in a wide range of settings. I enjoy working with adults, adolescents and children on a broad range of issues including self-development, anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, PTSD, anger, addiction, childhood trauma, work, study and school issues, health, sexuality and gender identity.

Contact Lilly Pilly Counselling

If you have any questions about Lilly Pilly Counselling, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you within 1 business day. If you are looking to book an appointment, please contact the counsellor you wish to see directly. We also accept confidential concerns or complaints through this form. We look forward to helping you.