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Counselling : from a lived experience perspective

Brook RED Counselling is a space for individuals over the age of 18+.

People access counselling for many reasons including concerns related to anxiety, stress and depression, grief and loss, relationship concerns, identity, self-esteem, life transitions, trauma, mental health, sexual health, and addiction.


Brook RED is a lived experience organisation; we understand the challenges of life and mental health. Brook RED counsellors work collaboratively with clients to explore together what needs to change for problems to be less influential in one’s life.

Our counsellors use skills from trauma informed practices, use their own expertise and lived experience, and acknowledge the importance of client’s skills and knowledge. We understand that talking to someone who 'gets it' can be a helpful step to feeling heard and understood, whilst also breaking down barriers to stigma in mental health. 

Brook RED counsellors are transparent about the counselling process and aim to provide a space of hope for individuals wanting to create change in their life.

The full fee for counselling at Brook RED is $132 (GST inclusive) for a 50 minute session. We can be flexible with this cost depending on your circumstances so please give us a call to discuss this further.  For people accessing counselling through their NDIS Plan, sessions will be charged at $145.

For enquiries, or to make a booking: email








Plan Managed or Self-Managed


Cost: $145 for 50 minute session

Report Writing: $156 per hour

Counselling Sessions

Cost: $132 (inc GST) for 50 minute session.

Note: we can be flexible with this cost depending on your financial circumstances.  Please contact us to discuss this further.

Meet our Counsellors
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Madeleine Brown (She/Her)

BPsychSc | GrapDipClinCouns


Hello! I’m Maddie, I am a registered counsellor who is passionate about exploring people’s experiences bravely together. I am eager to journey together and increase understanding of how experiences shape how people may view the world and navigate day-to-day life. 

I have been working with the Brook RED team for over 1 year now. In this time, I have worked across the Highgate Hill Community Mental Health Centre, Crisis Support Space, and Alt2Su. Working across multiple areas within Brook RED has enhanced my passion and interest in suicidality, and the LGBTQIAP+ experience. 

I have an integrative therapeutic approach to counselling, with focus on the individual needs of each person. From my own Lived Experience, I have learnt that recovery is not a straight line or single direction, recovery looks different for everyone and each person has their own recovery path. 


I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Science, and a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling. 


I am an open-minded and kind counsellor with a passion for human rights and creative expression. 

Eddie Holmes (He/Him) 

BSC  |  BPSC(Hon)  |  Master of Counselling (UQ)


Hi I’m Eddie, and I love empowering ourselves by taking charge of our own stories. Especially if it involves opening up the ways in which we make sense of the world and ourselves. 

Collaboratively working as equals is central to me. With my own recovery and agency in life, working with Brook RED as a peer in our community, and within counselling.

I have been with Brook RED for 6 years as a mental health peer worker, integrating my experience of supporting my own and others mental wellbeing, with my approaches as a counsellor. Including building awareness of our emotions and thoughts, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, existential discussions, and re-authoring our narratives.


When not talking about counselling, I can also be seen in the wild wandering in between trees, talking about classic style sci-fi, or with a camera looking for the perfect lighting.

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Emma Faulkner (She/Her)             NOTE: Emma is not currently accepting new referrals

BSocSc(Psych) |  PGradDipSexology  |  Masters of Counselling 


Hi I’m Emma, and I have worked in the mental health space for 8+ years, working with a wide range of concerns, life changes and big feelings. I am a bubbly, passionate person who appreciates in-depth conversations about life and sitting in the space of unknown or thought provoking conversations. I am honest, caring and humorous in my approach to counselling. I acknowledge the differences our lived experience brings us and how this shapes our narratives. 

I believe that sharing our story with someone builds strength, helps process emotions and helps find ways to understand or cope with this thing called life.

In my counselling I use skills from DBT, ACT, Narrative, Solution focused, Trauma informed and strength based. Alongside my work, I have studied a Bachelor in Behavioural Science Psychology (QUT), Graduate Diploma in Sexology (Curtin) and a Masters in Counselling (QUT).


I have learnt that life will teach us big lessons whether we are ready for it or not. I would say I've learnt to adapt to these moments and how to navigate my feelings when life feels overwhelming. I love to spend my spare time reading books, camping, wakeboarding, drinking coffee and sunset watching.

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