About Us

Sonya Cavanough

Basically, I love to help people!

I've always had a heart for the vulnerable, the needy, the broken, the hurting even from a young age. This has led me into a variety of people helping employment such as child care, aged care and disability support work.

Around ten years ago, I developed a new passion to help people with their deeper emotional issues, so I started on a journey to become a qualified Counsellor.

I am married with two adult children and have lived on the Central Coast of NSW for the past 35 years.

I am friendly, caring and empathetic by nature and believe even my own painful experiences in life, only help me to have even greater empathy and compassion for hurting people.

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Sonya Cavanough Counselling for Couples on the Central Coast

Sonya's Qualifications

Master of Counselling

Grad Dip. in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Studied at AIFC, Canberra, Australia, University of Divinity, Melbourne Australia

Member of the Australian Counselling Association 

Denise Smith

Working alongside others during the counselling process is my passion in life. I love helping people by highlighting the possibilities for positive change. As a counsellor, my role is to be alongside you and help you unpack what is holding you back from being able to lead a rich and fulfilling life. I have empathy, compassion and joy for the human experience. My motto is "Change is possible".

I have worked in health, in nursing and administrative roles, and now as a counsellor. My clients often highlight that my caring nature instantly puts them at ease with a focus on 'what is workable' to regain a sense of 'self'.

My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, life transition and other difficulties.

Find out more on 0411 987 673 or via email info@advancethroughcounselling.com.au.

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I look forward to working with you.


Denise Smith, Counsellor working with Sonya Cavanough Counselling on the Central Coast, NSW

Denise's Qualifications

Bachelor of Counselling - Australian College of Applied Psychology

Dip. Health Counselling - The Medial Register of Australia

Member of PACFA

Karryn Chivers

Life doesn't always go as we plan. Despite our best intentions we can end up feeling exhausted, empty, or disappointed. We may experience depression or anxiety, relationship struggles or abuse, ongoing grief, or find ourselves relying on substances or other addictive behaviours to get by.

I also struggled with some of these issues in my 20’s and received counselling that was simply ‘life changing’. Through the counselling journey I found a 'New Beginning' with a greater sense of personal freedom and hope for the future.

Whether you are battling a long-term problem or experiencing a new and unexpected struggle, I use an empathetic, person-centred approach to help individuals or couples to identify, understand and move through struggles, improve self-awareness, strengthen relationship skills, and find your own ‘New Beginnings’.

I'm available for bookings on Mondays and can be contacted directly on 0406 870 656 or via email at chiverscounselling@gmail.com

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Karryn Chivers, Experienced and Qualified Counsellor on the Central Coast.

Karryn's Qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) - Jansen Newman Institute - Torrens University, Australia

Dip. Community Services Alcohol, Other Drugs, Mental Health – NSW Tafe, NSW

Member of the Australian Counselling Association

Contact Us

Suite 504, 5th Floor, 1 Bryant Drive
Tuggerah NSW 2259