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- Irvin D. Yalom

“To love means to be actively concerned for the life and the growth of another.”

I was fairly young when I first took an interest in psychotherapy. Adults' behaviour puzzled me, and I became curious about my own sources of pain and hurt. I began to explore what it meant to live well and how adverse conditions impact one's experience of life. At 24 I developed a disease that changed my life, and it is then that I came to understand the inherent connection between the mind and body. I became inspired to live a more meaningful life and dived into the practice and teaching of Yoga. Furthermore, in 2015, I founded Kahuna Temple, a business dedicated to supporting the restoration of the body and mind through bodywork and movement.

Having experienced trauma in both my childhood and adulthood, I have first-hand knowledge of how traumatic events can drastically impact one's very sense of self and the way one understands and interacts with the world. In working on recovering from unbearable experiences, I learned just how much patience and courage it takes to overcome such damage. It also taught me the importance of trust and the necessity of anchors in one’s life. Having people you can turn to who will understand, support and help you, such as friends, family and a reliable, professional, therapist, is the groundwork for all healing.

Irene Quintavalle
Founder and Psychotherapist

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Irene sees clients in-person and online  Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays


In my time in this field, I have lived in many different countries. This allowed me to experience the impact that cultural and social-economic background can have on a person's world-view and very way of being. Today, I have a multi-cultural practice and welcome people from all walks of life. My love for animals has also led me to train my dog Theo as a therapy dog. I, or together with Theo, work to offer a safe, open, non-judgmental atmosphere that communicates trust and confidence.

I uphold the notion that every person is truly unique in who they are, and my practice moves away from the one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. Instead, I adopt an integrative approach, bearing in mind the close ties between the body and mind, and I draw on theories from a vast array of models to account for variables that many more clinical approaches to therapy just don’t cover. My approach is based on, but not exclusive to, Existential, Humanistic, Ecological, Somatic oriented therapies. I work collaboratively with my clients to create treatment plans that can ensure their essential needs are met. Together, we take this journey at a pace that works for you.

Moreover, I offer therapy in 4 languages, including English, Italian, Spanish, and French.

Training & Education

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  • 2023 - A Gestalt and Somatic approach to processing
    traumatic experiences - Connect Ground Clinic
    2023 - Emotional Focused Therapy  for Couples - EFTTA

  • 2023 - Specialist Course In Integrative Couple Therapy - Relationship Australia

  • 2023 - Canine Assisted Therapy - Provisonal Certified handler - Lead The Way Institute

  • 2023 - Integrative Attachment Therapist  - Integrative Psychology

  • 2022: Mentalised Based Treatment Practitioner Training - MBT Australia

  • 2019-2022: Bachelor of Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy, Ikon Institute of Australia

  • 2022: Gottman Method Couple Therapy, Level 1 Training

  • 2022: Complex Trauma Certification Training Level 1 & 2 (CCTP/CCTP-II) - Janina Fisher

  • 2020: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga 20-hour Foundation Workshop for Health Professionals & Yoga Teachers - Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI

  • 2018: Diploma of Remedial Massage - The Australian College of Eastern Medicine

  • 2017: CERT IV - 800 hours Purna Yoga Training - Byron Yoga Centre

  • 2013: 500 hours Hatha Yoga Training - Rishikesh Yog Peeth

  • 2006: Master in Human Resources - Quanta

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