Maria Pavlou

Counselling Psychologist


Maria is a warm and experienced Counselling Psychologist with almost 20 years working with psychological health and wellbeing across the life span. She has worked in government and non-government settings including private practice, university counselling and various community health settings. Maria values integrity and welcomes diversity and inclusion. She takes a non-pathologising approach to her assessments of difficulties and treatment. Maria seeks to understand the unique circumstances that have impacted on people’s lives with the aim of assisting clients to regain their strength, identity and confidence. Maria also values evidence-based practice and importantly, establishing a genuine therapeutic relationship with clients.

Maria is committed to helping individuals aged 18 years and over to relieve stress, gain new insights, learn skills, and achieve meaningful change.

Areas of work

  • Coping with anxiety
  • Understanding depression
  • Managing stress (work, relationships)
  • Developing assertiveness and self-esteem
  • Grief & loss / Complicated bereavement
  • Life changes & adjustment
  • Cancer support (fear of recurrence)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Impact of early trauma for adult survivors
  • Living with a time-limited illness


Maria takes a person-centred approach to therapy using:

  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution Focused/Brief Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Positive Psychology

To Contact Maria

Please call Hartington Reception: (03) 9482 1888 or Email:

Maria Pavlou
Counselling Psychologist



BBehavSc (Hons) MPsych (Coun) MAPS

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)

Fellow of the APS College of Counselling Psychology

Psychology Board Approved Supervisor (2012-2020)

Rooms for Rent

To discuss or to arrange a visit please call Rose or Kim on 
9482 1888 Mon—Friday 10-3pm,
or email us at

Bookings & Enquiries

Our receptionists are available from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Practitioners are generally available for appointments within and either side of these hours. Rose and Kim will be happy to let you know individual clinician’s availabilities. We look forward to assisting you.


(03) 9482 1888


(03) 9489 4559

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