638 (rear) Barkly St
West Footscray
Melbourne, Victoria 3012

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Counsellor · Holistic Psychotherapist · Mental Health Social Worker

Cecilia Tankey Counselling & Psychotherapy


Learn More About Me

Since spending a year living in Tanzania, volunteering for an NGO in 2003, I have worked in a variety of roles, places and organisations to support a diverse range of people in navigating life's difficulties, resolve conflicts, and facilitate change. My qualification and skills as a social worker, have enabled me to live my passion of empowering individuals and communities. Eventually, I found that I was yearning to delve more deeply into the unique human spirit and stories of those I worked with, so I went on to do postgraduate studies in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Read more about my psychotherapy training at The Metavision Institute.

As a wholistic practitioner, I adopt a 'whole body' & 'whole world' approach, with consideration of the body, mind, soul & spirit, our surrounding environment and relationships. Holistic work enables a path to be walked together. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed by life’s demands or impacted by emotional and mental health challenges, my counselling aims to introduce clarity, self-awareness and long term healing.


Holistic Approach

Unique Support for the Whole Person

My great passion is to hold a sacred space for clients to find long-term healing. I love to meet the client exactly where they are, follow their own unique process, to feel understood and deeply listened to. I specialise in anxiety and depression, relationships, PTSD and complex trauma, grief and loss, life transitions and personal development. I also have experience working in adolescent mental health, with parents and new mothers, and couples.

As a Mental Health Social Worker I can offer a Medicare rebate with a referral from a doctor.



Evidence-based Support for Change, Growth & Healing

I work with people across the lifespan including adults, young people, couples and families. My approach is warm and empowering, while offering practical and evidence-based strategies to overcome difficulties. I adopt methods listed below as well as interpersonal relationship therapy, CBT, mindfulness-based therapy and skills training. 

 Some areas of focus include: 

  • Depression & Anxiety 

  • Grief & Loss 

  • PTSD & trauma counselling

  • Relationship Conflict

  • Couples Counselling

  • Perinatal Mental Health

  • Pregnancy Counselling

  • Adolescent Mental Health

  • Change and Life Transitions

  • Biography/Life Story work

  • Body-Image & Self-Esteem issues

Process Oriented Psychology

Following The River's Way

Process Oriented Psychology is an awareness model of therapy, it enables work with our deepest experiences, to integrate both the conscious and less conscious aspects of self. Process Work operates within a paradigm which accepts there is an innate intelligence in the subconscious being expressed through our behaviours, dreams, chronic physical symptoms, and relationships, and that there is an organising principal in the background of our lives. I use many creative methods to practice in a process-oriented way; I follow your own unique process, and together we explore relationships, dreams, body symptoms and life disturbances to grow in awareness, find meaning, hope, and long-lasting change.

Grief, Loss & Trauma Counselling

For Deep Healing

Over the years I have had considerable experience in working with clients who have experienced grief, loss and trauma. The grief we experience is a natural and necessary emotional response to loss, change and bereavement. 

Bereavement is the death of a significant person in our lives.

Losses can also include life changes such as children leaving home; retirement; moving house; change in career; having an ageing loved one; relationship breakdown; disability or illness in oneself or a family member; infertility issues or miscarriage.

In trauma experiences, the loss is associated with shattered assumptions that you are safe, that you are worthy, the world is good, life is meaningful, and a shattered worldview.

Trauma experiences may include  violence, sexual abuse, accidents or war related experiences.

Grief is unique and as individuals we all grieve differently. Grief, loss and trauma counselling provides a safe space in which to tell your story, express your fears and work towards recovery through finding meaning in your life once more. 

Couples Therapy

Working Through Conflict and Deepening Relationships

All relationship conflict requires acceptance of the wisdom that is found in multiple perspectives. In couples therapy, it also requires a commitment and willingness to work towards making a more intentional and conscious relationship. In couples work I offer careful attention, tenderness and firm guidance, in order to support making the relationship more conscious, developing intentional interactions, exploring values and needs, improving communication, and accepting the difficulty of creating a good relationship. It is slow and challenging work. But the journey is met with rich reward. Be bold to take a step towards becoming more aware of your drive to be loving and whole as an individual and within your love relationship.

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Empowering and Transparent

My work is led by the deep values of fairness, inclusiveness and the sacredness of every person. I uphold the values and ethics of my profession including honesty, transparency, empathy and reflective practice. I am informed by the fundamentals of social work practice to include consideration of the person in environment, and the social and cultural contexts. My work is strengths-based and I work with people from across the lifespan and with all abilities.

I am passionate and ferocious as a social justice warrior, striving for a more fair and just society, and acting as a social change agent and advocate for clients and the broader community when required. 

Services are offered to all people regardless of age, race, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities. As a Mental Health Social Worker I can offer a Medicare rebate with a referral from a doctor, as well conduct court reports, statutory declarations, advocacy and consultancy.

Person Centred Counselling

Guidance & Inspiration

The client is at the centre of the work that I do. Clients are viewed as their own best authority on their own experience. I come with a beginner's mind and great curiosity to learn about you. My approach allows a gentle space for clients to journey through the process of unfolding life's many hurts and difficult experiences, and includes rich storytelling.

Session Fees & Bookings

Counselling sessions are 50 mins in duration

Individual Counselling - $140

Couples Counselling - $170

Court Reports & Statutory Declarations by an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker - $200 per page.

Medicare rebates are $75.95 with a referral from a doctor.

Payments can be made by cash or Visa/Mastercard at the completion of the session.

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Jelaluddin Rumi

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of that which you really love. It will not lead you astray."


Contact Cecilia

I am available for private appointments on Tuesdays & Thursdays. 

Room is located at POD Workspaces, 638 (rear) Barkly St, West Footscray VIC 3012. Enter via Elphinstone St.