. 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 undertaken :

. Family and child counselling  in a multi-disciplinary community health paediatric team

. Community health counselling  (generalist, problem gambling, alcohol and drug programs)

. Primary mental health counselling (initial assessment and evidence-based CBT treatments for anxiety, depression and eating disorders within a public mental health setting).

. Hospital social work (complex discharge planning, patient and family counselling support within a public medical hospital setting)

. Veterans and Veterans' Families Counselling (initial assessment and evidence-based CBT treatments for Veterans and their families)

. Ongoing private practice services (initial assessment and evidence-based CBT treatments following GP referral with mental health plan.  Medicare rebates available)

Lisa also has extensive staff and student supervision experience  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