Holly Shires (She/Her)

 therapist: Holly Shires,
In-Person in Sydney, NSW 2000
Online in Australia
I provide compassionate and respectful counselling for people to explore the root cause of the challenges they may be facing. I aim to create a therapeutic space that is warm, kind and welcoming, in which each client feels safe to explore and identify their personal and professional goals, free from judgement and fear. I have a genuine interest in and compassion for every person and seek to learn and truly hear their unique story.

Client Focus

Session Format: Individual therapy sessions.
Age Specialty: Adult, Elder, Young Adult
Demographic Expertise: Military / Veterans, Women clients.
Languages: English

Treatment Approach

  • Biopsychosocial
  • Cognitive/Cognitive-Behavioral
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Narrative
  • Person-Centered
  • Psychoeducational
  • Rational-Emotive
  • Schema Therapy
  • Social Constructionist
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Approach Description: I am trained in and practice CBT, ACT, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Grief Therapy, Trauma-Informed Approaches, Crisis Therapy and am Flash Technique certified. I am also continuing my learning in Schema Therapy and DBT.

Education & Credentials

Holly Shires
  • Female
  • Practicing Since 2023
Education: Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours), 2010 - Queensland University of Technology Master of Counselling (completing Jan 2024) - Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors Flash Technique Certificate (2023)


  • Average Session Fee $60
  • Out of Network

Holly Shires Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Available Online for residents of Australia
  • Online Therapy Details: Online therapy is provided via secure video link.
Holly Shires Practice Description
I have a special interest in providing counselling for trauma, grief and loss, offering a nurturing space for clients to express themesleves freely, at their own pace. I then support clients to explore the world around their significant life events with gentle curiosity. We collaborate in partnership to find a way to move naturally through the pain or dissocation, to re-establish meaning and embrace life again. I work with many types of loss and trauma, including bereavement, medical trauma, interpersonal trauma and the loss of relationships, family, friends, careers, identity, and future dreams. Another area I am passionate about is counselling for women in the workplace. I support women who are experiencing mental load burnout, difficulties with boundaries, assertiveness, and communication. With over ten years of corporate experience in marketing, communications and design, I have a thorough understanding of the complex and disenfranchised issues that women often face across multiple industries and at many levels. I also specialise in providing support for the unique challenges faced by vets and animal care workers, including providing counselling for the trauma, burnout and grief that is often experienced in this industry. I work from a Narrative Therapy framework, where I invest the time and expertise to learn and understand the rich details of my client’s personal story. I offer respectful, judgement-free therapy and celebrate all forms of identity, communication and diversity. Upon learning each client’s unique story, I assist in uncovering the roadblocks they may face and help clients to identify the inner strengths and external supports that can be drawn upon and nurtured. I am inspired by each person’s innate determination to seek their best lives and move away from patterns that may be holding them back. I use an integrative approach to tailor a way forward and through the roadblocks. This can include such outcomes as developing healthy coping strategies, breaking unhelpful patterns to create new pathways, living by core values, improving relationships, improving communication skills and emotion regulation, developing self-compassion, and moving through trauma and grief to resilience and new meaning.

Practice Overview

185 Elizabeth Street
Available both in-person and online
0 Years Experience

Office Hours

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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