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 2777 , 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) – $145
  • Standard (1 hour) – $120

Mediation

  • Initial (1 hour) – $145 per person
  • Subsequent – $120 per person per hour or part thereof

After hours surcharge  $20.00

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.

Fees:

Counselling - Individuals

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

Counselling - Couples

  • Initial (85 mins) – $180
  • Standard (1 hour) – $125

After hours surcharge  $20.00


Nicola Trenorden


Clinical Counsellor

PACFA Reg. Clinical 24267 & Social Worker AASW Member 488516. Masters in Counselling & Social Work.
Lecturer, Flinders University.

Nicola is an experienced practitioner with expertise in child and youth counselling, and trauma, loss, and grief trauma counselling. Her counselling approach is relationship based and integrates interpersonal neurobiology, somatic practices, expressive art therapies and modalities such as Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Interactive Drawing Therapy.

Nicola brings over 30 years of experience working in trauma/mental health and therapeutic settings with marginalised families, children, and young people. She has developed innovative and effective programs to support and strengthen people’s capacity to respond to adversity, find new ways to cope and live life well. She has managed therapeutic programs to aid trauma recovery such as Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service, within the Child and Youth Program supporting young refugees and their families.

Her practice is guided by ethics of justice, compassion and trauma informed care. She holds an ecological perspective, viewing the client beyond their individual context and believes people have their own internal resources, knowledge and understanding to make choices about their lives. She is client centred and aims to support people in a way that is meaningful and significant to them.

Nicola enjoys inviting imagination, creativity, and self-expression to the counselling space for personal exploration, to invite new ways of knowing and encourage hope.She currently practices privately at LifeWell, works part time in a culturally diverse primary school and lectures at Flinders University in Social Work, and Equals International in the Bachelor of Human Services.

Mobile: 0447 467 172

Fees:

  • $120 per hour (Private Health Insurance Rebates may be available)

Miriam Lovelock


Counsellor

BA Arts (Advanced) in Hist. and Pol.; Grad Dip Divinity;
Cert IV in AOD; Master of Counselling Practice (Current)

Miriam has worked with youth for six years in residential support and outdoor therapy helping them work through depression, anxiety and addiction. With this experience, she brings her authentic and compassionate approach to counselling. She is passionate about really hearing her client’s stories and empowering them to write the next chapter of their lives.

Miriam’s areas of interests include grief and loss, couples therapy and the incorporation of faith and meaning in our lives. She maintains a client-centred approach and that a good cup of tea can’t solve everything - but it can help.

Fees:

  • 1 hour – $100
  • 2 hours – $150

Alison Rogers


Counsellor

Grad Cert Couns & Family Therapy; Adv. Dip. Couns; Cert IV Couns;  Clinical Registrant CCAA & member PACFA

Alison is a warm, compassionate and practical counsellor who loves to see clients empowered to change their challenges and struggles into areas of growth. With a trauma informed approach, she uses a selection of therapies including CBT, Narrative Therapy & Psychotherapy. She is genuinely interested in people and helping them navigate through a wide variety of issues including:

  • stress
  • grief
  • anxiety
  • loss
  • complex family dynamics
  • depression
  • communication
  • abusive relationships
  • marital issues
  • discovering authentic identity.

As a counsellor who is a Christian, her approach is founded in evidence based models of therapy that have their roots in biblical principles. These include a profound respect for the client's inherent value and belief in their freedom to choose their own strength-based path.

Fees:

Individuals

  • Initial Consultation – $120
  • Subsequent – $100

Couples / Family

  • Initial Consultation – $145
  • Subsequent– $120

Mobile: 0413 569 990

Individuals

    Addictions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Childhood Abuse, Depression, Emotional & Physical Abuse, Emotional Crisis, Grief, Loss, Trauma, Healthy Boundaries, Life Transitions, Relationships, Self Esteem, Sexual Issues, Stress Management

    Couples/Marriage

      Affairs, Trust Issues, Emotional Crisis, Family Conflict, Pre-Marriage, Separation Issues, Mediation

      Families

        Adolescents, Children, Communication, Conflict, Mediation, Parenting


        Helen Birch


        Counsellor

        Bachelor of Applied Social Science – Counselling Major, Diploma of Christian Ministry, Member of Australian Counselling Assoc.

        Helen has spent most of her life either working or volunteering within the community services sector, from aged care, drug rehab (Teen Challenge), emergency care and homeless shelters. She is also an accredited Disaster & Recovery Chaplain,  providing trauma support during the 2019-20 bushfires. Having walked alongside many people in their time of need, Helen appreciates that every person has a story that is unique, valuable and worth listening to. Giving people time to talk, is at the heart of Helen’s person centred counselling approach, as often found within each story, are keys for positive change.

        Having a passion for lifelong learning, Helen has also gained qualifications in Training & Assessing, Hospitality/Events and Community Services. This has led to a varied career path that enables her to connect with a wide range of people. Helen’s other passions are her faith, studying the Bible, landscape photography and bushwalking. 

        From a counselling perspective, Helen prefers an integrative approach, utilising a variety of modalities such as Narrative, Solution Focussed and Cognitive Behaviour Therapies, as well as Positive Psychology tools to help her clients in moving forward.

        Her areas of interest are helping individuals through the journey of anxiety/panic attacks, grief and loss, navigating liminal space and finding self.

        Fees:

        • Initial (75 mins) – $80
        • Subsequent (1 hour) – $65

        Mobile: 0405 195 947


        Michelle Krieg


        Art Therapist

        Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Counselling, Grad Dip in Experiential Creative Arts Therapy
        Member ANZACATA 46961239 Registered Teacher 577870

        A qualified Art therapist, Counsellor and Educator, Michelle is a great believer that art therapy can assist people in accessing their God-given intuition and creativity and empower them to live meaningful lives. She practices art therapy through a psychodynamic, person-centred, trauma-informed lens recognising the impact of emotions, thoughts and early life experiences.

        Michelle is warm, empathic and intuitive in her way of being. Through a holistic, strengths-based approach, you will be supported to improve your wellbeing and the way you live, love and work. Initially the focus is on stability and decreasing distressing symptoms that may have led you to seek help. She will explore the ways you have managed similar emotions in the past and find new ways to support you as needed. From there she will work with you to establish goals for future sessions.

        Michelle has had experience in helping people with stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, work/study/life balance and loneliness. She has used arts in therapy with children, teens and adults, in education, community and mental health settings and also in private practice. She has worked for many years as an Art therapist at Uniting Communities and in student well-being at Tabor College. She also loves to express herself through creative writing, poetry and art.

        Michelle is currently accepting adult clients who are seeking deeper self-awareness and tools to manage their wellbeing. She also welcomes enquiries regarding Art therapy workshops, retreats and group work facilitation.

        Mobile: 0491 042 930

        Fees:

        • Art therapy session for individual clients (adults) – $110 (1 hour)
          After hours surcharge – $20
        • Art Therapy Workshops, Group Work facilitation and Retreats (POA)

        Sharyn Harding


        Clinical Nutritionist

        BHSc (Nutritional Medicine); Registered member of the Australian
        Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)

        Sharyn takes a holistic approach in the prevention and management of all acute and chronic health conditions. She has a passion for helping people achieve optimal outcomes for their health and well-being and uses dietary, lifestyle and nutritional interventions to address a wide range of complex health problems (including autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal issues, stress/fatigue, mood disorders, reproductive issues, allergies etc)

        An initial consultation (90 minutes) includes a comprehensive assessment of your diet, lifestyle and family history and how these may be impacting your health and well-being. This assessment also takes into consideration current diagnoses, test results and medications. This is all incorporated into an individualised and evidence-based treatment plan which may include dietary, lifestyle and nutritional supplementation recommendations. Private pathology testing is also available. Follow-up appointments (60 minutes) are made according to an individual’s need.

        If you would like support with any health issue, book an appointment with Sharyn today and start on your journey to improved health and wellness.

        Mobile: 0404 432 850

        Fees:

        • Initial consult – $225
        • Second consult – $185
        • Follow-up consults – $125
        • Fees include a detailed treatment plan which is prepared and emailed to you, post-appointment.

        Sonia Kretschmer


        Massage Therapist

        Cert IV Massage – Aust Institute of Fitness

        Sonia has lived in the Adelaide Hills for over 15 years and loves working locally in the Hills community. Sonia works predominantly with children as an Occupational Therapist and wanted to expand on supporting people in their health and wellness so decided to study Remedial Massage at The Australian Institute of Fitness.

        There are so many benefits to massage for the entire body that enable individuals to function well in their daily
        lives. Sonia enjoys working in a team that can provide holistic care, volunteering in Kids Church, and teaching dance.

        Fees:

        Relaxation Remedial
        30 mins $40 $45
        1 hour $60 $70

        More to come


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


        Contact Us

        Coordinator: Christine Jeffrey
        Address: 13 Victoria Rd, Mount Barker, South Australia 5251

        Resources

        LifeWell Partners

        Enfield Baptist Church - Broadview & Clovelly Park, SA

        Gawler Baptist Church - Gawler, SA

        Gateway Baptist Church - Albert Park, SA

        Mount Barker Baptist Church - Mount Barker, SA

        Trinity Baptist Church - Colonel Light Gardens, SA