I struggled for years.  Why hasn’t someone given me these helpful strategies and ideas before?  They have changed my life.  Thanks Doug


Since I have been seeing you, Doug, my GP says he has seen more positive changes in me than in the last 10 years.


Doug has given me good ideas about doing things differently and thinking differently – and not getting lost in my thoughts


Doug is a caring man, who took the time to listen to me, then helped me move on with finding solutions to my issues


About Doug Burke

Doug is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, with more than 30 years experience as a clinical counsellor. Doug specialises in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and anger management, with a specific interest in how these problems impact on relationships.

Doug has provided clinical services for veterans and their families, victims of assaults, survivors of accidents and disasters, and many other traumatic incidents.

He works in private practice (Therafit Pty Ltd), having previous clinical and group work experience in the Australian Government’s counselling service for Vietnam Veterans – VVCS – now called Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (for 19 years).

Doug is a

  • Registered Medicare Provider
  • A Brisbane MIND provider (with Metro North Brisbane Local)
  • A registered Allied Health Provider and preferred group facilitation provider with the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • An experienced group worker and facilitator
  • A Clinical Supervisor for other professionals

What Can Doug Offer You?

Doug’s vast experience as a counsellor enables him to help people respond constructively to overwhelming situations. He incorporates body/mind links as part of his practice, as well as evidenced-based psychological methodologies. He focuses on practical changes that can be made to a person’s emotions, behaviour, thinking and physical reactions, in order to recover quality of life.

Doug works with individuals and families, making a difference in areas such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Post trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Loss and Grief
  • Anger management
  • Sleep Management

Doug is skilled in a range of evidence-based therapies, including Individual and Relationship Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Relaxation Skills, Interpersonal Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Critical Incident Stress Management and Grief and Loss Counselling.

Doug’s approach is Client-centred, Strengths-based, Solution-focused and holistic.

He is interested in applying current neurological and psychological research for the benefit of clients.

As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Doug recognises the broader implications of an individual having psychological challenges and the impact that this has on friends, family, work and education.

What Happens During a Session?

Doug ‘s counselling sessions are usually for one hour and are face to face, although sessions can be provided on Skype or by phone.

How much does it cost?

Doug will discuss his fees per hour prior to his first session with you. Sessions are generally for one hour. Payment can be made at the session or in response to a posted invoice.

Cancellations can be made by email or phone no later than 24 hours prior to the session, or a cancellation fee will be charged.

Can I claim on my Health Fund?

Rebates are available under Medicare if a GP or psychiatrist refers (with a Mental Health Treatment Plan).

How can I find out more?

You may phone Doug on 0419 963 142 or go to


Book an appointment with Doug by phoning 0419 963 142 or email Doug

For more information, see

  • Beyond Blue


  • The Australian Association of Social Workers


  • The Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

See the Trauma Gateway for the public