. Family (Children & Couples)      . Individual Counselling      . Midlife & Positive Ageing Support

Family and individual counsellor with accredited mental health social worker status

• Family       • Individuals       • Navigating Midlife and Positive Ageing


Lisa Pola Counselling Service is located at 205 View Street, Bendigo and offers children, adolescent, family, couple and individual counselling.  

Lisa has 18 years of experience working in the region as a clinical social worker, counsellor, mental health clinician and senior medical social worker.


Lisa has worked as a family and child counsellor in a multi-disciplinary community health paediatric team, as well as a community health counsellor (generalist, problem gambling, alcohol and drug programs). 

As an accredited mental health social worker Lisa has worked as a primary mental health therapist providing initial assessment and evidence-based CBT treatments for anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

As a senior medical social worker Lisa has attended to complex discharge planning, patient and family counselling support.

As an accredited Veterans and Veterans' Families Counsellor Lisa has worked with Veterans and their Families providing initial assessment and evidence-based CBT treatments. 

As a private practitioner Lisa continues to provide school based and adolescent mental health and counselling support. 

Lisa also has extensive experience in staff / student supervision and is currently registered on the AASW Supervisors Register for the Central Victorian region. 


  • Bachelor of Social Work (1999)
  • Cert IV Alcohol and Drug Work (2005)
  •  Mental Health Social Worker Accreditation (2008)
  • Masters in Clinical Family Therapy (2009)


  • Individual, Couple & Family Counselling (including children)
  • Parenting Skills
  • Veteran and Veteran Families Outreach Counselling                                                                       
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 
  • Relaxation strategies
  • Stress management
  • Social skills / Social anxiety
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Navigating midlife/positive ageing
  • Older Persons Counselling
  • Staff supervision & mentoring