Welcome to Create Balance:

Counselling, Psychotherapy, EMDR & Laser Therapy

Counselling, Psychotherapy, EMDR & Laser Therapy

Improve your mental health through innovative, effective, and empathetic support.

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Find a renewed love for life.

When your psychological well-being is suffering, asking for help can be hard. Your tension, hopelessness, PTSD, or addiction may be making you feel isolated, misunderstood, helpless or scared.

By seeking mental health services in Geelong at Create Balance, you will allow yourself to improve, heal, and recover. To arrange an appointment with a team member is simple and we guide you through the process.

Therapy at Create Balance

You may be coming to Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling because you’re emotionally hurt, struggling with addictions, relationship matters and ADHD, to name a few. We can assist you in overcoming many other psychological health concerns. Using a variety of psychological techniques and modalities, Create Balance’s psychotherapists can help you tap into the subconscious mind to master the perspectives, beliefs, habits and addictions that stop you from living life to your fullest potential.
Medicare rebates may be available to clients (both adults and adolescents) with eligible mental health care plans. However, we are not a bulk billing psychologist practice. Our counsellors and psychotherapists are accredited social workers with The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). They are also active practitioners with full membership in the EMDR Association of Australia.
Create Balance offers plan-managed and self-managed participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Our fee is affordable.

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Psychotherapy & Counselling

Psychotherapy and life support counselling are both effective methods of cure. It will depend on each client’s needs as to which method is most suitable for them. This is sometimes determined during counselling sessions.


EMDR involves bilateral stimulation. It helps clients to process hurt, as well as other challenging psychiatric health concerns. EMDR has the potential to quickly and effectively alleviate PTSD symptoms.

Laser Therapy

Shannon, Create Balance’s Director, utilises laser therapy and neuro-auricular methods to help prime his client’s brains before engaging in EMDR. This can mean that clients’ desired outcomes are achieved faster.

Counselling in Geelong

At Create Balance Psychotherapy, our Geelong-based therapists are here to help you with a range of mental health concerns. You can expect empathetic, expert consultation from each of our counsellors. Geelong residents can feel optimistic about overcoming challenges and improving wellbeing.

Our psychological health professionals understand that everyone is different. They tailor their approach to meet your individual needs in a safe and supportive environment. You can confidently explore your thoughts and feelings, and work towards making positive changes in your life.

Whether you are struggling with stress, tension, melancholy, grief, addiction, trauma, relationship problems, self-esteem, everyday life or any other concern, our counsellors can help you Our team can provide you with the tools and practical approach you need to make lasting changes and improve your psychological well-being.

Meet The Team of Geelong Therapists


Claire Manton


Krisi Yates

Louise Brunt

Louise Brunt


Lily Yap

Dan Van der Pluym

Dan Van der Pluym

Nick Cacuick

Nick Cacuick


Samuel Pyers

Dean Barberoglou

Dean Barberoglou

Shannon Bowman

Shannon Bowman

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Edward Stubbings

Holistic Treatment

Create Balance offers compassionate support for individuals experiencing a variety of psychological health conditions, some of which are listed below.

Each person is unique and our psychotherapists tailor care to suit each client’s therapeutic needs.

Our Psychotherapists take their time in the counselling room during individual counselling to understand the situation.

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Trauma Focused Therapy

If your psychological health has been impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you know that life can be very challenging. Post-traumatic stress may feel like you’re constantly on edge, in danger and reliving a traumatic event over and over again in your mind. You might have trouble sleeping or concentrating, bonding challenges or even struggle with functioning daily. Fortunately, there are effective cures available for mental injury and PTSD, and a skilled therapist is ready to help you heal from complex symptoms and move on with your life.

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Create Balance specialises in the cure of mental lacerations. Geelong residents have the opportunity to access a range of innovative remedies, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as many other psychological health problems and concerns.

Just like a plucked tree about to regenerate, if you’re ready to start healing from mental damage, hurt, PTSD and CPTSD, we encourage you to contact us at Create Balance to begin consultation. Whether you have contact with a one-off traumatic event or many compounding traumatic pasts, we’ll work with you to create a customised care plan. We will help you find relief from mental illness and start living your life with joy again without the burden and pain of underlying mental contusion.

Common Traumatic Events

  • car accidents
  • natural disasters
  • domestic violence
  • physical assault or abuse
  • sexual assault or abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • financial abuse
  • military combat
  • being a victim of crime
  • witnessing a traumatic event
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Solution For Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common psychological well-being concerns. It comes in many forms and affects us all in different ways. It is a mental health condition that can not only cause psychological distress but can also result in physical symptoms. It can go on to cause self-esteem cases, bonding cases, employment matters and many other significant challenges.

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It usually starts because, at some point in our lives, we are exposed to a traumatic event or even numerous events. The tension and associated inner pain we feel in our everyday lives are usually only partly related to what is happening in the present and mostly related to our past hurt.

You can start healing at a deep level with an evidence-based tension cure service. Learn psychological techniques and practical approaches for treating stress and dealing with apprehension and other psychiatric health conditions.

Types of Anxiety

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
  • Specific phobias
  • Panic disorder or panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • ​Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive ​disorder (OCD)
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Heal From Depression

Over three million Australians live with mood disorders. The symptoms of this psychiatric health condition can vary from mild to debilitating. It can feel all-consuming for a person who is experiencing a major depressive episode.

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If despair prevents you from doing the things you love, an experienced psychotherapist or counsellor can work collaboratively with you during individual care sessions to discover the root causes of your psychological health conditions.

Reaching out is the first step to healing from gloominess. You may soon feel relief from the negative psychological and physical symptoms you’ve been experiencing. 

We can help you improve your mental health so you can begin enjoying everyday life without the burden of challenging mental health issues.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent low mood
  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Change in sleeping habits (sleeping too much or too little)
  • Changes in eating habits or loss of appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Concentration Problem
  • Irritability
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Addiction Recovery

An addiction usually starts as a way of coping with uncomfortable feelings, such as worry or sadness. When an addiction forms, such as drug and alcohol addiction, it serves as a way to escape or suppress the problematic emotions we’re currently not able to process. The longer we engage in our addiction to mask our pain, the more problems it will cause.

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When we have uncontrollable urges, we can feel lost and out of control. Inner health, psychological well-being and even physical health can suffer. Addiction problems can also cause other negative consequences. Behaviors related to addiction may result in problems with social skills, careers, financial stability and even legal matters. But you can ask for addiction help.

Our team can help you break free from your unwanted behaviors and help you identify the root cause of your problems. Your well-being can improve through a range of mental care options, resources. Recovery could be your reality and you could be living with hope and happiness.

Types of Addictions

  • Alcohol
  • Illicit substances
  • Cigarettes
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Gambling
  • Shopping/spending
  • Sex & love (co-dependency)
  • ​​Internet/gaming
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Couples Counselling

Couples or marriage counselling service is for any two-person bond, whether married, de facto, newly married or old friends. All interrelations have their unique ups and downs and they can be challenging to navigate. Sometimes a little extra help is needed to get back on track. Remedy through partner rehabilitation can help improve communication problems, enhance intimacy problems, boost self-esteem and strengthen partnerships.

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Marriage guidance helps you understand and solve conflicts, benefiting the partners and other connections. Marriage union advice offers partners the tools and skills to build stronger, more fulfilling bonds. It can also help them to understand their partner better and settle any matters that may be causing problems.

Confidentiality is assured during partner or marriage counselling. Companions can feel confident that what is discussed remains between them and their counsellor. Psychotherapists at Create Balance build a safe space for husband and wife to express their thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Marriage consultation can help you, your partners, your children and other blood relations live a happier life through improved communication skills, understanding, compromise and resilience.

Advantages of Marriage Counselling

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Improve your listening skills
  • Learn inner regulation skills
  • Resolve conflict
  • Understand each other’s needs and wants
  • Build trust and intimacy
  • Develop a greater sense of connection with your partner
  • Improve your bond satisfaction

It can also be beneficial to consider family therapy. Prior to starting partner consulting, strained connections can often result in less-than-ideal choices and behaviour. This can unintentionally but negatively impact others, such as children. By engaging in family consultation, you can identify family values, priorities and boundaries, as well as reinforce messages of love and encouragement for those who are witness to the bonding obstacles partners may face. Together, through family guidance, you can all feel heard, understood and respected.


ADHD Support

There are a number of ways in which mental care can assist persons with an ADHD diagnosis. Firstly, it can provide a space for them to open up about their past and share whatever is on their mind. This can be a huge relief for people who often feel misunderstood or alone in their struggles. Secondly, mental care can aid people with adult ADHD learn new skills and strategies for managing their symptoms. This might involve learning how to better organise time, set goals or communicate effectively with others. Finally, psychotherapy can also help people with ADHD deal with any related psychological health issues, such as low self-esteem.

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Create Balance Psychotherapy is a great option for accessing adult ADHD cure. Our psychotherapists have sound knowledge of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and psychological well-being – including tension disorders, anger management, inner regulation and post-traumatic stress disorder. They can help their clients develop strategies that can literally be life-changing.

Common ADHD challenges include:

  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing on tasks
  • Easily distractibility
  • Disorganisation and poor time management skills
  • Impulsivity and acting without thinking
  • Low self-esteem or feeling under-confident
  • Emotional regulation strains
  • Relationship barrier due to problems with communication or impulsive behaviour
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reate Balance would like to Acknowledge we work on Wadawurrung Country.

We pay our respects to Wadawurrung people, their Elders past, present and emerging.

We extend respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and express gratitude that we can all share this land today.

We share the sorrow for the costs of that sharing, and hope and believe that we can move together to a place of equity, justice and partnership.


Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling offers a safe space for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We enthusiastically welcome all people from the LGBTQIA+ community.