About

sydney inclusive counselling

Vision

My vision is a world where people feel safe enough to be vulnerable and connect to each other wholeheartedly and unapologetically.

Values

Compassion, Integrity, Transparency, Curiousity, and Courage.

Mission

My mission is to empower all people to make sense and build their relationships to their Self and others.

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About Michelle

My personal and political identities are: 
I am a Chinese-Australian,  Queer, neurodivergent, and mostly able-bodied cisgender woman. I regularly see my own therapist and believe every therapist should. 

Professionally, I am a social worker, relationship counsellor, individual psychotherapist, a family therapist, and a clinical supervisor.

My qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling, but more importantly I am a person who cares about empowering you instead of forcing you into a mainstream definition of success.

About Michelle

Michelle Lin (she/her/they/them) is an anti-oppressive / social justice-oriented human being providing counselling, training and supervision on the unceded land of the Bidjigal and Gadigal people in the Eora nation, colonially known as Sydney NSW. 

I specialise in working with people who are marginalised and/or experience oppression under neoliberalism, capitalism and colonialism. I use an anti-oppressive lens and trauma-informed principles at all levels of my practice.
 
People who see me are often people of colour, for relationship counselling of all kinds of relationships, LGTBQIA+ folk, relational trauma, victim-survivors, people who have caused harm, neurodivergent folk, sex workers, and anyone who wants to reflect inwardly.
 
My professional background is that I am a social worker, counsellor, and a clinical supervisor. I’ve worked mainly in NGOs providing counselling and supervision/training, and in tertiary education teaching social work and counselling subjects.

My qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling, but more importantly I am a person who cares about empowering you instead of forcing you into a mainstream definition of success and happiness.
 
 
Positionality Statement: 
I am a second generation Chinese-Australian settler, Queer, neurodivergent, and mostly able-bodied fat cisgender woman that lives with chronic pain/health conditions.
I bring wisdom and empathy from my lived experiences of unwell mental health, use medication for my mental health, poverty & homelessness, family violence, racial violence, structural oppression, and being failed by services.

I recognise my privilege and reflect on being sighted and hearing, middle class, Australian citizenship, having tertiary education, stable private housing, food security, mostly able-bodied, and consistent access to the internet.

I regularly see my own therapist and believe every therapist should. 

At Sydney Inclusive & Relationship Counselling we aim to provide a safe space for you to be empowered and explore your Self and relationships through relationship counselling and individual counselling.

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I want to be explicit in saying I am inclusive and warmly welcome all diversities that you may be worried other therapists may not understand including:

  • People with all cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • LGBTIQA+
  • Domestic Violence Victim-Survivors 
  • Neurodivergent
  • Sex workers
  • Non-monogamy  
  • People who have caused harm
  • People who don’t buy into mainstream ideas of success/productivity

I specialise in issues of self-growth and identity, relationship counselling therapy, working with the LGBTIQA+ community, cultural differences, family of origin exploration and issues, relational and complex trauma such as childhood abuse or neglect, working with men who use violence, and attachment issues. 

I enjoy working with individuals and relationships to really unpack their experiences of relationships and sense of Self/meaning.

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About our Therapy Frameworks / Models

I work with people on a human to human level and believe that therapy is about the relationship between us, not me telling you what to do or any specific model. We might try specific things from specific models but overall I work holistically and tailor my approach to you.

The main frameworks I use in my all practice are:

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Response-Based Practice
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Attachment Lens
  • Person-Centered & Strengths-Based
  • Systemic and Anti-Oppressive / Justice-Orientated
  • Experiential
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

I also use elements of parts therapy such as Schema, Internal Family Systems, DBT, EMDR, and others but they are not my main frameworks.

In Relationship and Family Therapy: 

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy 
  • Post-Milan
  • Feminist 
  • Structural 
  • Systematic 
  • Solution-Focused 
  • Attachment based therapies
  • Open Dialogue/Dialogical Practice
  • Bowen
  • Gottman
  • PACT

I can work with both adult child/ren with their older parents, and adult sibling, and adult extended family including interstate and international. 

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and get started on our journey together.

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