What is life like for you at the moment?


Perhaps you are

*   Experiencing anxiety or depression

*  Going through difficulties at work, with family or other relationships

*  Undergoing life transitions such as marriage, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, retirement or the end of a relationship

*  Finding it hard to manage anger or other emotions

*  Having problems with alcohol, gambling, eating disorders or drugs.


Counselling can help

A counsellor will provide support, encouragement and guidance. You will have the space to tell your story in a confidential environment without criticism or judgement. Your counsellor will work with you through a process of personal discovery and recovery so that you are able to move towards understanding and resolving the issues that are troubling you and begin to establish your own goals.


Why Choose the Cottage?

The Cottage is a registered health promotion charity providing counselling services on a not-for-profit basis. We stand behind the value of counselling for the improved health and wellbeing of the individual and believe that everyone should have access to a quality service. In order to provide such a service that is financially affordable, our fees are based on a sliding scale in proportion to household income. There is also the option of subsidised sessions for those who are experiencing genuine financial hardship.

Our dedicated team of counsellors work with individuals, couples, families and children. All members are fully qualified and adhere to the necessary industry requirements of their member associations for ongoing professional development and supervision.

The Cottage provides a regional service with rooms at Narrabeen, Dee Why, Manly, Belrose, Lindfield & Crows Nest.

Take a moment to explore our website and find out more about us. Please contact our Director on 02 9972 0141 for a confidential conversation on how The Cottage can be of help to you.




At The Cottage Counselling Centre, we have been closely following the Government regulations for COVID-19.  As these regulations keep changing we have moved with the guidelines. We have been considering how to best look after the vulnerable in the community and not overload our health system and hospitals. For this reason, we have decided to keep our counselling online. This has been a hard decision but we believe in the current crisis that it is the wisest and most caring for our society.

Our counsellors have had plenty of experience conducting counselling sessions via online forums or phone and have found that it works well. We will keep reassessing the situation and will certainly return to face to face sessions as soon as that is appropriate. Please phone and discuss this with us if you have particular needs.

These are difficult and stressful days;  Please ring 99720141, we would love to help you.

Jen Lakos