Transforming traumatic experiences and distress into peace and purpose

Hi. I'm Kate. Welcome to Chrysalis Health and Wellbeing!

My passion is for transforming traumatic experiences and distress into peace and purpose. I work with men and women who are emotionally at the end of their tether – emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed or frequently shut down, and have tried unsuccessfully to resolve their issues elsewhere.

The past couple of years have cemented in how unpredictable, fearful and unsafe life can feel. This takes a huge toll on our nervous systems and overall sense of wellbeing. I work with many presentations of distress and un-ease, including:

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Qualifications / Approach

A holistic approach that supports your psychological, spiritual and emotional needs

My qualifications in counselling, nutrition and energy healing, and holistic approach provides an environment where individuals feel confident and safe to work through issues that are important to them. Counselling and psychotherapy can help explore the causes and meanings of these issues, in order to heal these wounds and bring you back to a place of satisfaction and contentment with your life.

To facilitate healing and growth for clients, I provide a safe, secure, non-judgemental and compassionate environment.  This enables a therapeutic relationship to develop based on the fundamental tenements of trust and integrity.

I embrace a holistic approach, which means that I use a number of counselling techniques and approaches in order to tailor the counselling process to my clients’ needs.  This helps to facilitate greater awareness around personal issues.

As part of the holistic approach, I may also incorporate factors such as breath-work, mindfulness, Reiki (energy healing), food intake/relationship to food, and other lifestyle factors.  These are all helpful techniques and strategies I have studied over the years and have incorporated into my life, and which I believe have contributed greatly to my health and well-being.

Here's How To
Work With Me

My process is all about making sure you feel comfortable and safe, and see a path to wellness for yourself.

1. Complimentary 20 minute discovery call

We’ll explore your needs and find out if we’d be a great fit to work together. The most important aspect of therapy is finding a therapist you feel comfortable and safe with, and can give you an expectation of actually being able to help

2. Your First Session

The initial session is like a fact-finding mission and an extension of the discovery call. At the end of the initial session clients report feeling:

  1. better for externalising their issues in a safe supported space
  2. relieved that there is someone there supporting them non-judgementally
  3. hopeful that their future can look brighter

3. Treatment Plan

Formulate a unique treatment plan to help you feeling better fast

Life Experience

A happy life is not the result of an untroubled life, it's knowing how to deal and move on from hardships

Apart from my private practice, I also love to serve in my community, and the other hat I wear is as a disability support worker, supporting NDIS clients to overcome difficult obstacles, regain a sense of confidence by being a part of the community, develop their sense of well-being, in order to live a more fulfilling and functional life.

In my personal life, I have been through miscarriages, separation and divorce, and juggling shared parenting between two households. I have visited the depths of despair and wondering if anything will ever change. The blessing from these experiences and healing journey is that they give me the strength and perspective to be able to now hold space for you to process your loss, grief and trauma in safety and confidentiality. I prioritise my self-care and self-awareness in order to be the most effective therapist I can be, to help you to achieve great life outcomes.


I Love The Outcomes We Achieve Together

Kate really just understands what's going on, she has the insight you would want from a therapist to understand your needs and wants, my partner has been seeing Kate for a few months and already through the many tools she gave him to heal and recover she has helped him come such a long way through his trauma recovery, he is starting to smile a bit each day which I could not have even imagined a few months ago, it is only early days and I can already see the benefits of the beautiful work she does, it is truly a gift to see Kates work come to fruition, I am so greatful we were led to her as a therapist, if you want true healing in your life, Kate is a wonderful, warm, insightful, committed therapist you won't go wrong with, I would just encourage anybody to just stick out the therapy even when it gets hard, as she will be there for you and guide you along the way, if you want results and an effect, see Kate, couldn't recommend highly enough.


    Chrysalis Health was an incredible experience that I am so grateful to have been a part of. Kate has an amazing ability to adapt her technique to her clients' needs which makes her an incredibly versatile person to work with. Beyond that, she has a real sense of calmness and warmth that enhanced the effect of working with her ten-fold for me, as a result I feel that I have come away with a real sense of clarity and peace. I would recommend Kate to anyone looking to get to know themselves better as you couldn't find a better coach to guide you through it.


      I have had just two sessions with Kate and I have achieved more in those two session than I have in 20 years plus of different therapies. I felt safe and supported so much so that there no effort on my part to move massive energy blocks that have been crippling me all my adult life. I am filled with gratitude for the gifts of this amazing woman and highly recommend her to anyone that has a heart desire to change their reality for the better.


        Kate Kernick was an absolute amazing counsellor - her experience is invaluable and has made me learn so much about myself!


          I’ve had many sessions over the years to assist with an odd and horrific anxiety that befalls me up on waking usually I’m symptom free for a short while and then the anxiety hits me hard again when another traumatic event occurred for me. After a (remote) session with Kate a month ago, this feeling has not returned. I’ve not gone a month without this anxiety in the last 12 years until now. Believe me, I’ve been tested over the past few days, and I’ve woken up every morning without that soul shattering anxiety. Thank you beautiful Kate, I am more grateful than I can say.

            Faith B