Are you searching for happiness or greater wellbeing? Wanting to transform aspects of your life?

You’re in the right place.

About Michelle

As a somatic therapist I work with the mind and the body. Through my specialist training and experience, combined with my own personal growth, I understand the importance of taking an integrated approach to counselling that is mindful of what will best suit your needs and requests.” — Michelle Date

Michelle has provided professional counselling in Melbourne since 2007 and has been engaged in meditative and embodiment practices for more than three decades. Her integrative approach to counselling draws on a range of therapeutic frameworks.

With extensive experience leading groups and working as a mentor, coach, counsellor and yoga teacher, Michelle is focused on emotional and behavioural wellbeing, spirituality and self-care. 

Michelle is experienced in developing organisational practice standards and providing direct service risk management, clinical supervision, communities of practice and learning and development. She has also developed and facilitated specialist yoga programs for people with chronic pain, illness and injury enabling people to find steadiness in change.


Michelle holds a Master of Counselling (La Trobe University), Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Human Services and a Bachelor of Health Science.

She has completed the Specialist Couples’ Therapy course (Relationships Australia) and Clinical Supervision courses (Michael Carrol and Daphne Hewson).

Michelle also holds a Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy (Swinburne University), a Diploma of Advanced Somatics (Zapchen), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Australian Institute Management) and Yoga Teacher accreditation (Heart of Yoga).

Michelle is also a qualified Awakening Joy course facilitator.


Michelle is a clinical member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia’s (PACFA) College of Counselling. She is also an accredited clinical supervisor.

Counselling services

“I’m honoured to witness the people I work with deepen their relationship with themselves and positively transform their lives. Through counselling, I can help you form an authentic, compassionate connection with yourself, which will empower you to make positive choices to enhance your relationships, mental health and wellbeing.” — Michelle Date

People seek counselling for many reasons. Through the counselling process, a deeper understanding of self can be developed, which can be an enriching and life-changing experience. Michelle can support you to increase your self-awareness to help you make the changes you are seeking.

Michelle has special interest and experience in supporting people to feel good despite difficult experiences, which may include grief and loss, recovery from trauma and abuse, depression, anxiety, addictions, anger and self esteem issues, identity crises, and pre-marriage, marriage and relationship challenges.

Michelle’s counselling sessions are held at 525 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North. Parking is available on Brunswick Street and Newry Street (take note of the parking signs). Tram route 112 stops near the address.

Sessions cost $120 per hour. Concessions are available (please contact Michelle to discuss).

For appointments please contact Michelle directly at or on +61 419 239 507. All emails will be attended to as soon as possible. For urgent matters please call or text.

Awakening Joy courses

“True happiness is not about acquiring things, it’s about opening yourself up to the natural joy and aliveness that exists inside you!” — Michelle Date

Today, as we are bombarded with messages that heighten our fear and sadness about the world, it’s more vital than ever to understand the importance of joy as a central aspect of spiritual practice. We need to remember how to stay connected to that place inside us that makes life worth living. Our own cultivation of wellbeing and joy can become our gift to a troubled world.

Awakening Joy was developed by James Baraz in the US. Since it was launched in 2003, thousands of people around the world have completed the course. Presented in a user-friendly way, the course teaches basic principles and supportive practices for you to develop your natural capacity for wellbeing and happiness. Techniques include developing gratitude, learning to love yourself, opening up to the hard stuff as a path to joy, and finding joy in the happiness of others.

Michelle runs Awakening Joy courses in Brunswick East, an inner-north suburb of Melbourne. The course includes nine face-to-face (fortnightly) group sessions.

The next Awakening Joy course is scheduled for 9 July to 29 October. Face-to-face sessions will be held fortnightly on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. Groups are limited to 15 people.
Register here

Each session is focused on one of the 10 Awakening Joy themes: 

  1. Intention: Intention supports you to incline your mind towards a particular vision (e.g. happiness) and make a heartfelt decision to do what you can to bring it about.
  2. Mindfulness: Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different. Through mindfulness you learn to enjoy pleasant experiences without holding on when it changes, and to sit with unpleasant experiences without fearing it will always be this way. 
  3. Gratitude: Gratitude helps expand the mind as well as the heart. With a grateful heart you will have more space to hold the difficulties you encounter. Gratitude is a way of saying YES to life and seeing the positives, as well as dealing with the things that need our attention. 
  4. Finding joy in difficult times: Opening to the possibility of improving your wellbeing includes learning to be with the difficult times without increasing your aversion to whatever you may be going through. 
  5. Integrity: By cultivating integrity you can listen mindfully and clearly to your internal moral compass, and realize that the more you follow it, the happier you will be. 
  6. The joy of letting go: Letting go is a natural continuation of the practice of integrity. Integrity involves a quality of restraint in which you will practice letting go of acting on impulses that might cause harm. You will be supported to further develop an attitude of wise letting go by applying it to various areas of your life and noticing the feeling of wellbeing that accompanies it when you do. 
  7. Learning to love ourselves: Loving yourself follows naturally from the letting go theme because when you let go of the stories of who you think you are, you see that you are truly lovable and worthy of love.
  8. The joy of loving others: The common denominators of joy are authenticity and connection. Connection is the antidote of isolation, fear and loneliness. It leads directly to the feeling of aliveness, which is a basic ingredient of joy.  
  9. Compassion and the joy of being: Learn to bring mindful attention to the wholesome feeling of compassion in your heart – and let it register in your consciousness as a way to deepen your wellbeing. The joy of simply being is also a way to access the inner peace you are looking for. In this theme we switch from doing to simply being. We completely stop trying and let ourselves fully rest and simply receive the moment.

If you would like more information about the course please contact Michelle directly on +61 419 239 507 or at



Counselling sessions are held at 525 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North (Tram 112). Parking is available on Brunswick Street and Newry Street (take note of the parking signs).

To book a counselling session please contact Michelle on +61 419 239 507 or at

Awakening Joy

The next Awakening Joy course is scheduled for 9 July to 29 October. Face-to-face sessions will be held fortnightly on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. Sessions will be held at Shiatsu College, 103-105 Evans Street, Brunswick East. If you would like to join this group register here.

If you would like more information about the course please contact Michelle on +61 419 239 507 or at

All emails will be attended to as soon as possible. For urgent matters please call or text.