Therapists – Opengate Institute


Fiona Werle

BA SocSc

Registered Counsellor (MACA)

Clinical Sandtray Therapist

Professional Supervisor (ACA)

Member of The International Sandtray Association (IAST)

Health Care & Professional Counselling Services

  • NDIS Provider

Fiona works with children from as young as 3 years of age with all types of abilities and disabilities. Her clients also include older children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. In her experience Fiona has worked with disablied clients, non-verbal, Autism and Downs Syndrome.

Fiona also specialises in Trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and Self-deprivation. As a mental health practitioner, she understands her client’s psychological needs and offers the support, understanding and skills to move them towards good psychological health and wellness.

Fiona’s private practice is located within the premises of Opengate Institute.

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We came to see Fiona because she was highly recommended and we are so glad we did.

What I noticed first was she did not allow us to descend into ‘he said/she said’ stuff, but picked up on what was strong between us underneath. 

It’s what we needed but had been overshadowed by other things which unbalanced all the good in our lives.

It was an approach which immediately helped us and taught us how profound it is to forgive and move on to the good stuff!

M. Webster

Having a child with ASD can feel terrifying and inspiring all at once but as I watch Fiona work with Eli I can see his ability to communicate and express himself growing in leaps and bounds which leaves us excited about what the future holds.

We are grateful for the amazing work that Fiona is providing to the community and our family.

L. Grech


Cathie Creswell

Cathie Creswell

Mandurah WA 6210, Australia

0417 911 994

Australian Counselling Association registration: 10366

Graduate Diploma: Creative Arts Therapies (Counselling)

Advanced Diploma: Transpersonal Art Therapy (Counselling)

Bachelor of Arts: Fine Arts, Certificate IV: Training and Assessment,

Certificate III: Education Support

Opengate Institute Melissa Morgan

Melissa Morgan

Goonellabah Business Hub

Suite 10/8 Slade Street 

Goonellabah NSW 2480

0428 825 059

Healing Sands

Certified Sandplay Therapist and Counsellor

Masters of Education (Guidance & Counselling)

PostGrad Cert Ed

Bachelor of Arts (PrimED)

Certificate in Sandplay Therapy

Helen Stringer

Helen Stringer

Emerge Counselling & Sandplay

Sessions at Leura and Penrith NSW

Leura Ph: 20 4784 2990

Penrith Ph: 0404 102 194


Diploma of Counselling

Groupwork Training

Professional Certificate in Sandplay Facilitation

Advanced Sandplay

Shadow Exploration

Relationship Sandplay

Child Consultant Training

Systemic Case Management


Membership: Australian Counselling Association: 4796