A warm welcome to The LifeWise Centre

At LifeWise, we offer highly skilled, appropriately trained psychologists who will work with you to help in dealing well with your life.  Our approachable team of caring professionals create a respectful and safe environment where you can be sure that your confidentiality will be guarded well.

We have offices at Maitland, Warners Bay and Dungog in the Hunter Valley, and Erina on the Central Coast.  We provide counselling for depression, anxiety, stress, pain management, grief and loss, sexual assault, relationships, parenting and various other issues.

The Lifewise Centre counselling services

We offer counselling for individuals & couples. Counselling for children, adolescents & adults to help with managing life’s difficult issues.


Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Difficulties, IQ/Ability by accredited psychologists for children and adults.

Employee Assistance Program
Employee Assistance Program

Helping to improve well-being and to improve productivity.  Providing confidential assistance in difficult times – with work and personal life.



LifeWise welcomes AOD Counsellor

John Neville, Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) Counsellor joins The LifeWise Centre, bringing with him more than six years experience working with peop…

Merry Christmas!

The LifeWise Centre will close for Christmas at 2pm on Tuesday 23 December 2014 and will re-open at 9am on Monday 12 January 2015.

We wish yo…

Thought for the day…

“Achieving starts with believing.” Anonymous



Martin Place Siege …

The siege in Martin Place has been very disturbing for most of us.  If we have a connection with any of the people or the place, our response is likely to be even stronger.

Our feelings may be a mix of anxiety, anger, sadness  and other reactions that may seem a bit out of place if we have no direct connection with those involved. It’s pretty normal to have some of these feelings when there is such a tragic event, and we need to recognise them, and accept them as they come.

Talking to other people about our reactions is often helpful. So get in touch with people who are important to you.

And it’s especially important to do the things we know help to calm and distract us – turn off the TV and radio news and chat,  listen to music,  practise relaxation strategies,  and focus on other more pleasant  activities.

If you have children who are curious or distressed, it’s helpful to speak truthfully (but not harshly) about what happened, and reassure them about their safety.

If your distress hasn’t settled after a few days, you may wish to arrange to see a psychologist for some further assistance.


Phone drawingFor emergencies & acute conditions

Please contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 or Maitland Hospital on 4939 2000 or the Mater Hospital on 4033 5000.