meet our team

Michelle Southgate

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker & Family Therapist


South Sydney PTS
Suite 2, 2A/16 Boyle St, Sutherland 2232


Mondays 9am – 6pm
Thursdays 10am – 6pm


Meet Michelle

Michelle has 25 years experience as a Clinical Social Worker and Therapist. She completed undergraduate qualifications in Psychology and Social Work and has a Master’s degree in Couple & Family Therapy. Michelle is also a trained Level 1 and Level 2 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Practitioner. Michelle has extensive clinical experience supporting individuals and families facing a wide variety of life, parenting and health challenges.

Michelle has a strong interest in supporting women through life transitions, including all aspects of maternal health. She is experienced working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal anxiety and depression, parent-infant attachment and birth trauma. She is also a certified Circle of Security and Tuning in to Kids group facilitator and draws upon attachment-based interventions and emotion coaching parenting in her work with families.
Her aim is to collaborate with the client, drawing on their strengths and inner resources and providing a containing space for safe exploration of their experiences.

Therapeutic approaches include

  • Systemic Family Therapy
  • Bowen Family Systems Theory
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Parent-Infant Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Somatic therapy and other trauma informed approaches

She provides services under Medicare (Better Access and PSS) as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker.

Referral Types - incl. psychological support services (PSS)

Adult Mental Health
General Counselling
Perinatal Natal Depression
Self Development
Trauma Recovery