Experts in healing from trauma

Our peer support trauma-informed approach comes from 25 years experience of helping people find relief from the impact of their trauma.

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Monday – Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm

(02) 4998 6003

Welcome to the
Newcastle Trauma Centre

The Heal For Life Trauma Centre has trained, experienced and, trauma informed registered psychologists and counsellors. We offer services for ages 8 years and above.


At the Trauma Centre our approach is to hear and understand your concerns, provide support, help you to understand your trauma responses, how to navigate triggers in your daily life, and how to heal them. We believe you can work through these challenges, become more in charge of your life and experience a new level of empowerment.


Our experienced staff are either survivors of childhood trauma or have been trained in out survivor-led model. Experts in each of their fields, you can be confident in the quality of service you receive.

SHARON SMITHRegistered Psychologist
Sharon has worked with people of all ages who have experienced varying complexities associated with trauma.
Lesley Hills
Lesley HillsPsychologist
Lesley has worked for many years is in the public and private sector, treating adults and adolescents with a range of presentations such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, ptsd and other varied diagnosis.
Debra Mirisch
Debra MirischPsychotherapist
Deb is a long-standing member of the heal for life community and offers a lived experience approach to supporting survivors of trauma.
Deb is a Heal for life trauma informed Psychotherapist with an extensive background in nursing, specialising in the mental health and disability sector.
Deb’s top tip for coping in lockdown is to write – ‘I am worthy, I am enough’ on your bathroom mirror and speak it out loud slowly every day.
She is available for face-to-face appointments and also via telehealth
Dave Colman
Dave ColmanCounsellor
Heal For Life – Trauma Informed Counsellor – Meet Dave. 🌱
Dave is one of the Trauma Informed Counsellors at Heal For Life. A survivor himself, Dave has completed extensive studies at the Australian College of Applied Psychology as well as having done the Peer Support Volunteer training and supporting on Healing Weeks at Heal For Life.
Dave brings deep empathy and understanding to walk alongside survivors on their healing journey and is passionate about supporting people to re-empower themselves through healing.
Dave is available for one-on-one sessions via phone, zoom or face-to-face at the Heal For Life Trauma Centre in Broadmeadow.
Donna manages Heal For Life’s accounts and has worked as a professional accounts clerk for the last 35 years.

Understanding Trauma


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