Counsellor Sarah Dakhili, from  Mental Awakening, specialises in chronic pain, anxiety, depression, trauma recovery and interpersonal and work related relationship issues. She is passionate about helping clients achieve meaningful connections, assisting them to reconnect and work towards developing a closer, stronger and more secure relationship with themselves and their body. For more information about Sarah and Mental Awakening visit  https://mentalawakening.com.au/


Sarah's focus lies in remaining present with her clients while creating a fully open and authentic space where healing can take place. Her approach is inclusive of Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy, Pain Reprocessing Therapy, Neuroplasticity, Humanistic Therapy, Meditation, Yoga, Mindfulness, Inner Child Work, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Somatic Body Therapy, Shadow and Archetypal work, Art Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Pain Reprocessing Therapy and The Polyvagal Theory.
Sarah has great interest, personal experience and insight into TMS (Tension Myosistic Syndrome) and feels passionate about supporting her clients towards recovery. She is also acquainted with compassionate Inquiry, which is a psycho-therapeutic method developed by Dr. Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearances that we present to the world.

Session fees: $220/Session (Rebate: $77.90 per session on a MHCP. Out of pocket $142.20/Session).

10 Session package: $1800 (Rebate: $77.90 per session on a MHCP. Out of pocket $102.20/Session - Saving a total of $400).

Clients with Mental Health Care Plans

The Counsellor will formulate a treatment plan which will include short and long term mental health goals, along with an action plan. Clients who have a GP Referral with a Mental Health Care Plan will have a plan tailored to suit their specific needs and health concerns. She will encourage you to be involved in the process of setting your own mental health goals which are achievable and measurable.

A Mental Health Care Plan Provides:

  • Up to 10 individual sessions in a calendar year usually (1 January to 31 December) but currently you are entitled to 20 visits while the government has acknowledged the extra needs of our community during the Covid Pandemic.
  • Up to 10 group therapy sessions in a calendar year where such services are available and seen as appropriate by your referring doctor and the psychologist.

Referrals cannot be provided for the full 10 sessions. A referral is for a maximum of six sessions. Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first six sessions and determine whether further sessions are needed.

After you have reached the maximum number of allowable sessions for the calendar year you will not be eligible for any further Medicare rebates for treatment you receive from a counsellor until the new calendar year.