Janine Bendit

Couple and Family Therapist
Janine has worked with people in varying roles for the past 30 years to support their understanding of themselves and the worlds that they live in. When you sit with Janine in the counselling room you have her full attention and complete interest in understanding your world.
Janine is empathic, non-judgemental and attuned to the individual needs of each person in the room. Her goal is to assist people to talk and listen to one another safely while working towards emotional and relational wellbeing.
Janine has experience in welfare, teaching, couples and family work as well as individual therapy. She is a trained supervisor, providing supervision and leadership to other counsellors and mental health professionals since.

As a couples and family therapist, Janine is skilled at ensuring everyone feels heard and supported, exploring how current problems have developed and are being maintained by communication and behavioural patterns.

Janine has a keen interest in helping deepen people’s ability to hear and be heard by their partner and other family members. While this work can be challenging for couples and families, it offers extensive opportunity for growth, clarity and connection.

Janine’s work is influenced by a range of approaches, including Family Systems Theory, Imago Couple Therapy, The Gottman Method (of couple therapy), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Informed Practice, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and group work theory and practice. She is currently working towards accreditation as an Imago Couple Therapist.

Janine’s education and experience has given her skills to be an effective therapist for both individuals as well as couples and families. She has supported people who present with a range of issues including:

  • Dealing with difficult relationship dynamics
  • Living with domestic violence
  • Managing parenting relationships
  • People undergoing separation
  • Children and young people in the context of their family relationships
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anger issues
  • Grief and loss
Whether you are seeking support for yourself, for your relationship, or for your family, Janine takes a creative approach in the way she works, tailoring sessions to individuals in order to create opportunities for connection, growth and change.
Janine’s education includes a Graduate diploma in couple and family counselling, diploma of counselling and group work, Graduate diploma in Education and a BA Psychology and Theatre Studies