Bayside Family Counselling
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Our Practice

Welcome to Bayside Family Counselling, a counselling service helping families, from children to adolescents, to parents and senior family members. Located at 35 Bluff Road, Black Rock (within the Shine Health Wellbeing Centre), our consultation space is intimate and private, for clients who want a safe place to talk, to feel trust and support, and to explore what is concerning them.   

Our Professional

Melissa Brown is a fully qualified and registered counsellor and social worker, with over 14 years of experience in community health and education services. Melissa practices person-centered counselling, and is passionate about using sandplay and play therapy techniques with clients. Melissa's training and knowledge can assist with:

Family issues
Changes, separations and divorces, abuse and violence experienced by family members

Childhood and Adolescent Concerns
Developmental stages and transitions in life, dating and friendships, relationships within the family, experiences from trauma

Womens health
Changes in life or roles, pregnancy, IVF and post-natal depression, menopause, anxiety, and identity issues

Older family members and seniors
Life and health challenges, depression or grief from losing a partner or friend, isolation or loss of mobility

Grief and bereavement


Our Services




35 Bluff Road, Black Rock 3193

0450 216 968

CLINIC & Mobile counselling

Using strength-based practice, Melissa is guided by the clients capabilities and what they identify as strengths to support change. Underlining this is working within an attachment-based framework, addressing any past experiences that may be influencing the client's presenting issues. The role of the counsellor is to find out what ways the client has been impacted by their issues and work with the client to find answers or a way forward. Counselling sessions are for 60 mins. Mobile counselling is available, especially for elderly/ senior clients.

Sandplay and play therapy

Sandplay therapy allows clients to demonstrate, as well verbalise, feelings and experiences that are current issues and challenges in life. Ideal for a child, adolescent or an adult who could benefit from working in the sand, sandplay can be used in conjunction or separately to traditional counselling. Sandplay therapy supports positive long term change and engages natural psychological healing. Play therapy techniques like storytelling, drawing, role and game playing, also support and add value to the therapeutic outcome.    

Groupwork PROGRAMs

This informative support group welcomes women who have experienced family violence into a safe and confidential space. The group meets during school terms on Wednesdays from 10:30am-12:00pm at Highett Neighbourhood Community House. Gold coin donation. 

This is a weekly support program designed to help families experiencing adolescent challenging behaviour to parents and other family members. Conducted in small groups with a minimum of three families, commitment and engagement is necessary to benefit from the group program. Runs Monday nights from 6:30-8:30pm for 10 weeks during school terms. 

Please register your interest via our contact page


Our Code of Practice

Melissa adheres to strict ethical and legal practice guidelines. She provides a professional service that meets the highest ethical standards as well as our clients expectations. Melissa has a current Working With Children check and Police check, and is a registered member with:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

  • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB)

  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (Affiliated Member) (PACFA)