Hills

Helping you to Live Life Well

About Us

LifeWell Hills works under the community arm of Mt Barker Baptist Church. The centre offers professional services by a variety of practitioners, as well as courses that assist people to live life well.

Through an integrated service approach, LifeWell Hills enables people to grow and change in an atmosphere of care and acceptance. We offer personal counselling, massage therapy, nutrition & family therapy, as well as mediation/conflict resolution.Our aim is to give quality service as we endeavour to help people bring wholeness to their lives (emotional, physical and spiritual) and to help them Live Life Well.

You can find more information regarding us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LifeWellHills

To book an appointment call us on (08) 8398 2805, for all other enquiries use the contact form  below.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the LifeWell Public Gift, go here.

To download the Partner Agency Referrals form, go here.

Please note: The use of the term "practitioner" does not imply registered health practitioners.

Our Services

Counselling

LifeWell Counselling is an ethical and professional service which is part of the LifeWell approach to holistic care and is available for individuals, couples, families and children.

Massage

LifeWell Massage is an ethical and professional service which is part of the LifeWell approach to holistic care. 

Clinical Nutrition Assessment and Support

LifeWell Nutrition offers a holistic approach for living life well.

Courses

LifeWell provides a range of courses that have been designed to meet the needs of people searching for wholeness.

 Check out dates of courses

Our Care Practitioners

Ian Richards


Counsellor & Mediator

BA Couns, MA Mediation, FDRP, MRI, MPACFA

Ian is a Counsellor and Mediator who delivers a tailored and compassionate approach to every one of his unique clients. He loves being in the presence of creation and has recently taken up sky diving as a hobby.

Ian is an academic teacher, professional counsellor, clinical supervisor, and national accredited mediator who has been working in the field of counselling, teaching, and team developing since the late 90’s. His expertise has helped many people and groups develop new ideas, skills, and achieve common goals.

Ian is a full member of the Resolution Institute, an NMAS Nationally Accredited Mediator, registered as a FDRP with the Federal Attorney General’s Department, a Referred Mediator for the Supreme Court, and a Clinical Member of PACFA.

Some of Ian’s areas of expertise are:

  • Family Mediation
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Family Law and Court Matters
  • Personal Development
  • Parenting Plans
  • Property Settlement

Fees:

Counselling

  • Initial (1.25 hrs) – $150
  • Standard (1 hour) – $125

Mediation

  • Initial (1 hour) – $150 per person
  • Subsequent – $125 per person per hour or part thereof

After hours surcharge  $20.00

(Private Health Insurance Rebates may be available)

Contact: 0402 125 806
CounsellingAndMediation.com.au


Marg Westphal


Counsellor

BASS (Couns)
Member Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

Marg is well qualified for her role as a counsellor, including rural and remote regions. She has also spent many years living on rural farming properties, including the griefs, losses and lessons learnt that come with bushfires, family mental illnesses and isolation. In addition, she raised three daughters, and for many years managed the financial and care needs of her aged parents until their passing. In her childhood years, Marg lived in Eastern Africa in both large cities and remote villages, experiencing first-hand the realities of civil war.

In addition to her Bachelor of counselling, she has also studied Anthropology, Child Mental Health and was Coordinator for Disaster and Recovery Ministries in her region. She is also a qualified Home Tutor aiding immigrants in learning English as a second language, as well as assisting their assimilation into Australian culture and workplace. Marg works in the areas of but not limited to, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, child/parent support and relationship counselling.

Her practical experience includes many years of leadership in working with children, mentoring teenagers at risk, and providing pastoral care and leadership in Christian communities. Marg’s life experiences, training and natural empathy equip her to journey with others seeking better outcomes in life.

Email: Marg.Richards.@fpam.com.au

Mobile: 0484 784 279

Fees:

Counselling - Individuals

  • Initial (75 mins) – $145
  • Standard (1 hour) – $120

Counselling - Couples

  • Initial (85 mins) – $150
  • Standard (1 hour) – $125

After hours surcharge  $20.00

(Private Health Insurance Rebates may be available)


Mark Finlay


Spiritual Direction

Dip. Theology; Member ANSD (Aust Network for Spiritual Direction); Member Ecumenical Spiritual Directors Association of SA

Mark brings a wealth of life and Christian ministry experience to his role as Spiritual Director, including many years of talking about Christian spirituality in the context of religious education in government (and non-government) schools through theatre and story-telling.  More recently he spent a number of years living and working in a remote Aboriginal community in the western desert region.  As well as offering spiritual direction, he and his wife live as house parents in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at Tumbelin Farm in the Adelaide Hills.

He has a long-term interest in contemplative prayer practices, and is extremely interested in the ways in which human beings experience God as active and meaningful in their lives. As a practice of stopping to pay attention, spiritual direction can be a very fruitful aid in helping us to notice God’s activity and therefore to developing our sense of God with us in the midst of all the present realities of our unique existence.  Mark aims to create a sense of sacred space where those present realities can be purposefully explored and the traces of God that are discerned there attended to.

Mark graduated from the Spiritual Direction formation program at Tabor College, Adelaide with a Diploma of Theology in 2021 and is a member of the Ecumenical Spiritual Directors Association of SA and the Australian Network of Spiritual Directors.

He is bound by the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction’s Code of Ethics for Spiritual Directors. This can be viewed at http://spiritualdirection.org.au/resources/code-of-ethics/

Mobile: 0413 764 760

Email: sd.under.the.appletree@gmail.com

Fees:

  • $60 per one-hour session

Sharon Allen


Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Dip Counselling & Communication, Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy. Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

With a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sharon comes with an extensive theoretical knowledge of Counselling and Psychology, along with practical experience in residential support for young Indigenous children, family carers and school chaplaincy. Sharon also has other qualifications in Forensic Psychology, Philosophy and Family History.

Mindful of the stories clients bring to counselling, Sharon uses a Person-Centred approach that sits alongside Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and a Strengths-Based approach. She understands the significance of the links between childhood trauma and the effect on the present and future. Collaborating with the client to explore the most effective approach will promote clarity with clients and together will find holistic ways for positive change.

Sharon has a keen interest in Personality Psychology and is accredited in the “Disc Personality Profile” system and basic training in the Enneagram. Their use in the counselling space opens opportunities for exploring clients' “inner self” and assists with e.g. changing habits and relationship issues. Sharon also is experienced in coordinating services and supporting disability clients with NDIS plans.

Mobile: 0431 990 310

Email: wisdom.tree.counselling23@gmail.com

Fees:

Individuals

  • First session (75 minutes) $95.00
  • Subsequent sessions (60 minutes) $80.00

Rachel Baldwin


Counsellor

BASS (Couns); Cert IV Pastoral Care
Member Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

Rachel is a compassionate, down-to-earth counsellor who considers it a great privilege to listen to people’s stories and support them as they seek to overcome challenges and move towards a more fulfilling life. Rachel prefers an integrative approach, which seeks to tailor therapeutic approaches to the needs of each individual client.

As a former pastoral care worker, Rachel has experience in providing support for individuals, young people, and their families. During her time working in a busy, regional high school, Rachel was able to help young people with issues such as friendships, anxiety, panic attacks, and academic pressures. A key focus of her work was supporting young people and families affected by grief and loss, which included providing grief education to small groups of students, using the Seasons for Growth program. Rachel has also facilitated groups for girls, ,providing a safe space for discussions around topics such as healthy relationships, positive body image and friendships.

Rachel loves supporting parents and caregivers in the important work that they do. Having raised three sons, she is aware of the many challenges and pressures parents can face. Rachel has experience in helping young people and their caregivers where there has been a breakdown in the parent/child relationship.

Rachel’s areas of interest also include issues involving coercive control, cultic groups, and spiritual abuse. As someone who has experienced first-hand the harmful effects of a controlling religious environment, Rachel is passionate about helping others similarly affected to find healing and freedom.

Mobile: 0448 692 433

Email: baldwinrachel89@gmail.com

Fees:

Counselling- Individuals

  • $80 per hour

Carolyn Grace


Counsellor

PACFA Reg. Clinical, ACA Reg Level 4, ACA College of Clinical Counsellors and College of Supervisors
Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling), Graduate Certificate Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling, Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, Certificate IV Training and Assessment (40116) Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Certificate of Attainment in Professional Supervision
Youth Mental Health First Aid Accredited
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Accredited
Bringing Up Great Kids® Facilitator
Rhythm2RecoveryTM Facilitator

Hi there :) My name is Carolyn, and I am a Child and Family Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, Trainer, and Group Facilitator. I provide sensitive, caring, and confidential counselling for children, young people, and their families. I work together with your child or young person with your family.

As the adults you become co-therapists and co-facilitators of healing for your family. I seek to understand your story and to journey with you. My goal is to provide a safe environment to explore and make meaning what you and your family are experiencing and together find hope and healing.

My specialty area is working with developmental and complex relational trauma, loss and grief and traumatic grief. I am also a Bringing Up Great Kids and Rhythm2Recovery group facilitator. These programs are for parents and caregivers, families and children and young people.

With a focus on restoring safety and supporting you as a family to heal from experiences of grief, loss, and trauma, I provide a safe environment for you to talk about what you and your family are experiencing, to help express feeling and make meaning through creative ways. I understand this may take time and there is no time limit on supporting you.

Mobile: 0401 337 448

Email: carolyn@gracecounsellingandeducation.com

Fees:

Counselling: Individuals and families

  • First session (75 minutes) $150.00
  • Subsequent sessions (60 minutes) $130.00

Supervision: $150.00 per hour.


More to come


LifeWell is continually looking for resources and courses that allow people to "Live Life Well".


Contact Us

Coordinator: Andrea Sheldrick
Address: 19 Victoria Rd, Mount Barker, South Australia 5251

Resources

LifeWell Partners

Enfield Baptist Church - Broadview & Colonel Light Gardens, SA

Gateway Baptist Church - Albert Park, SA

Mount Barker Baptist Church - Mount Barker, SA

Playford Baptist Church - Elizabeth Grove, SA

Trinity Baptist Church - Colonel Light Gardens, SA