My Story

Anita Balogh - Values and Mission

I work with women and men who feel overwhelmed, experience high levels of stress and painfully judge themselves. Parts inside them may act out in maladaptive ways or practice self-limiting avoidance. I am deeply committed to helping my clients shift past-rooted, counterproductive patterns of behaviours which prevent them from finding fulfilment in life and joy in relationships.

When we acknowledge that these thoughts, beliefs and behaviours played an important self-protecting role in childhood, my clients develop self-compassion and begin to transform their relationships with themselves and the world.

I have years of experience supporting adults and adolescents. I bring a trauma-informed, attachment focused, bottom-up approach to the treatment of – what is commonly diagnosed as – depression, anxiety, addiction, mood disorders, complex PTSD, parental or relationship issues. I encourage my clients to dismiss the labels and the idea that they have a disease. Instead notice that their minds are in dis-ease. Learning how to ease this tension will greatly improve the way they feel and engage.

I believe that my holistic, bottom-up approach combined with cutting-edge therapies (which go beyond traditional talking therapies) help my clients transform their sense of self.

I advocate and practice the well-researched benefits of mindfulness and meditation for improving our wellbeing. My special interests are in neuroscience, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and current models of Somatic and Expressive therapies.

Anita Balogh
Dip.Couns. BEd
Registered Counsellor
ACA Member

As part of my professional development, I regularly participate in professional development. My mission is to share insights with a wider audience, of the research on trauma, its impact on our brain and body and the prospects of recovery.

As a member of the Australian Counselling Association, I am also subject to regular professional supervision.

My typical Sunshine Coast daily routine starts early with exercise, yoga or a beach walk. I enjoy cooking, hiking and I am fascinated by birds.

Being a mother, wife, entrepreneur and author who lived and worked in several countries in Europe, I bring a breadth of life experience into counselling. 

Anita Balogh at Swan Counselling


  • Diploma in Counselling – Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
  • Certificate in SAFE-T® (Somatic Attachment Focused Expressive Therapy®)
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts with Major in English and Hungarian
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • Accredited Telephone Crisis Supporter (Lifeline)
  • Accredited Community Recovery Officer (UnitingCare)


  • Member of the Australian Counselling Association
  • Psychology Today verified registered counsellor

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