Sunshine Coast Therapy Centre launches new counselling services

Leading Sunshine Coast therapy centre Chatter-Boxes Therapy Centre has expanded its services to include carer and children’s counselling. The new program acknowledges the complexities of modern family life and aims to provide a supportive space for families to navigate challenges and build stronger connections.

“Parenting isn’t a one-size-fits-all journey,” says Jo Emery, co-director at Chatter-Boxes. “Every family has its unique dynamics, challenges, and moments of joy.”

Chatter-Boxes recognises that raising children can be demanding even under normal circumstances. They understand that parents may feel overwhelmed by work commitments, school activities, and the need for self-care.

Tara Counsellor at Chatter boxes Therapy Centre Sunshine Coast

Tara Paterson is an experienced counsellor at Chatter-Boxes Therapy Centre Sunshine Coast. Credit: Moes Media.


The new counselling program caters to families facing a variety of situations, including:

  • Typical parenting challenges like tantrums, sibling rivalry, and finding balance
  • Complexities arising from disability, developmental delays, or chronic illness
  • Behavioural issues, grief, loss, or trauma
  • Relationship issues, blended families, or separation


“Our carer and children’s counselling services offer a safe space where families can explore their dynamics, address challenges and work towards building stronger connections,” Jo Emery, Chatter-Boxes Therapy Centre, Sunshine Coast.


The Chatter-Boxes Sunshine Coast Therapy Centre program offers various services to meet each family’s needs. These include:

  • Parenting Groups: Connect with other Sunshine Coast parents facing similar challenges. Share experiences, gain insights, and learn new strategies.
  • 1:1 Counselling: Individual sessions provide a confidential space for parents to discuss concerns with a therapist.
  • Sibling Support: Address sibling rivalry and help children develop harmonious relationships.
  • Family Counselling: Improve communication and create a more cohesive family unit through guided exercises.


Chatter-Boxes acknowledges the challenges of scheduling appointments amidst busy family lives. They offer flexible scheduling and work collaboratively to develop personalised plans.

The centre’s team of experienced therapists creates a warm and welcoming environment where all family members feel valued and heard.

Tara Paterson, who has now joined the Chatter-Boxes team, resonates with the company’s value of ‘Doing things properly with love’ and is therefore excited to support the community in the same vein.

“I like to ask a person, ‘Could you be happier than this?’ If the answer is ‘yes’ or ‘I’m not sure’, then you are a perfect candidate for counselling,” says Tara. “My greatest joy is to see others get that spark back and that zest for life! As they say, ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’. I love helping work through the process of filling that cup again and seeing a person restored to their best self.”

Chatter-Boxes Therapy Centre also partners with paediatric healthcare professionals to provide seamless counselling and support services to families.


Other services at Chatter-Boxes Therapy Centre:

  • Speech Pathology
  • Psychology
  • Play Therapy
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Parent Support


Where to find Chatter-Boxes Sunshine Coast Therapy Centre

  • Suite 7/68 Jessica Blvd, Minyama QLD 4575
  • E 04 / 1 Edwards Terrace, Baringa, QLD 4551


For more information or to schedule a session, visit Chatter-Boxes Therapy Centre’s website at

   |   (07) 5444 2451



By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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