Meet Gabbey

Hi, my name is Gabbey and I am the founder, owner and operator of Hope and Healing Social Work and Counselling. I also created the Take Your Pineapples Out campaign that aims to raise awareness and start gentle conversations about the prickly subject of suicide. I am an accredited mental health social worker and I have been working in the community sector on the Sunshine Coast since 2006.

My career began when I was employed in a young parents support program as a peer worker in 2006, I then commenced studying my Bachelor of Social Work at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2007. Since I commenced my career in 2006 I have worked across many sectors of the community services industry on the Sunshine Coast and I have been welcomed into the homes, lives and journey's of so many amazing individuals and families throughout my career. These humbling experiences of working with individuals at their most vulnerable lead me to create my own private practice so that I can tailor my own services and supports to meet the needs of individuals and families that I have seen over my many years of working as a social worker on the Sunshine Coast.

In my time as a social worker I have worked with individuals right across the lifespan from babies and children, to youth and adolescents, adults and our older residents. I have worked with families, pregnant women, single individuals, men, Veterans, Indigenous Australian, the LGBTIQ+ community and many others. I have worked with people in the deaf community and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In the community I have worked in parenting programs, homelessness services, domestic violence programs, social enterprises and more. From 2014 I switched my focus from community based services to mental health specific services as this is where my passion truly lies. In working in the area of mental health I have been able to combine all of my past working experiences to be able to provide a holistic mental health service that looks at all aspects of mental illness not just the internal aspects. Having this holistic lens of mental illness enables me to work with individuals to understand the environmental factors that contribute to their experiences and to assist them with these challenges in their journey of recovery.

One of the things I pride myself on is that I am good at what I do. My compassion, empathy, understanding, experience and professionalism combined with my down to earth nature means that I build therapeutic relationships easily, and that means that when I work with someone they are able to build trust and confidence in me. I genuinely believe I was born to be a social worker. I feels as if it comes natural to me and as that old saying goes "Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life" and that is why I feel, if you choose to come to Hope and Healing Social Work and Counselling, you will find benefit in our work together because, to me, this isn't a job, it's a passion.

Why the Origami Crane?

The origami crane is one of beautiful symbology that has developed out of traditional Japanese culture. In Japan the crane is a symbolic bird and is believed to live for 1000 years and it represents many things including good health, longevity and good luck. The making of origami cranes has been dated back to 16th century Japan and in Japanese culture it is a belief that if you make 1000 paper cranes you will be granted a wish. The most famous story of the 1000 paper cranes is of Sadako Sasaki who was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped at Hiroshima. At the age of 11 Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia as a result of the radiation exposure from the atomic bomb. During her time in hospital Sadako commenced making 1000 origami cranes so that she could become well and make a wish. Unfortunately she lost her life at the age of 12 less than a year after her diagnosis. In more recent Japanese culture the origami crane has also come to symbolise peace and resilience, as well as hope and healing during challenging times. After the September 11 attacks, Sadako's, now elderly, brother gave one of her handmade origami cranes to the World Trade Visitor's Centre - it was given to the very country that dropped the atomic bomb. It was to symbolise peace, hope and healing and to say that the world would be a better place if we all worked together.

When trying to think of a name for my private practice I knew I wanted to use the symbol of the origami crane, so why not use the meaning behind it for the name "Hope and Healing"- Gabbey

Hope and Healing Social Work and Counselling Values


As humans we are hardwired for connection. We come into this world 100% dependent on connection for survival. Sometimes there are ruptures in that early connection that impact on and shape our future connections and the way in which we relate to others. At Hope and Healing Social Work and Counselling, repairing ruptured connections or working on building new connections is a fundamental part of the healing work that we will do. 


So often in life it can feel like there are so many situations that are out of our control. This can lead to feeling powerless. The more this happens the more we can tend to give over our power and feel like we have no power. Here at Hope and Healing Social Work and Counselling I firmly believe we all have the capacity to have power and control in any situation, it is just about finding the way to gain it. I work from a model of empowering people to help them find their inner strength. 

Reliability & Trust

I pride myself on my reliability. If I say I am going to do something I will do it, if I book an appointment with you I will keep it. Obviously sometimes, circumstances beyond my control such as sickness will arise and I will need to cancel, however aside from that I am always true to my word. By being true to my word that will also help you to build trust in me and maybe I will be the first person you have been able to build trust in and I know for many people that is not an easy thing. 


I am 100% committed to every individual that I work with and I am so passionate about Hope and Healing Social Work and Counselling and the effectiveness of the support and services that I provide. That is why I choose not to bulk bill, because I also ask individuals who attend counselling with me to make a commitment to invest in themselves. I am committed to providing affordable rates so that individuals at all income levels have access to quality counselling that they can commit to as much as I do. 

I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy. My reality is just different to yours. - Lewis Carroll

Therapeutic Interventions

I am trained in a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions and I combine these interventions into a holistic model of care to ensure that all individuals that I work with have access to counselling that is tailored to their specific individual needs. Every individual is uniquely different and the engagement I have with one individual will be completely different to the next.

Some of the therapeutic interventions that I am trained in providing include:

EMDR - Trauma Processing Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  (ACT)
Sensory Interventions

Exposure Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 
Trauma Informed Practice
Anger Management

Circle of Security (CoSP) Attachment Model
Narrative Therapy
Core Sensitivities
Motivational Interviewing