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Counselling - Mediation - Clinical Supervision - Training - Professional Development
for: Workplaces, Families, Couples, Professionals, and Individuals




LifeWell Central

7 Francis Avenue Broadview 5083


Aberfoyle Park

Aberfoyle Community

1 Jessica St, Aberfoyle Park 5159


Mt Barker

Lifewell Hills

13 Victoria Road, Mt Barker 5251


Online video conferencing is available for everyone. We use the Zoom platform for internet based meetings.  For more information about Zoom and how video conferencing works, click the link below.

Relationship Counselling
Marriage Counselling
Family Counselling
Individual Counselling & Coaching


Workplace Mediation
Family Mediation
Family Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Clinical Supervision for
Counsellors and Mediators

Professional Development

About Ian Richards


  • Family Mediation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Property Mediation
  • Workplace Mediation
  • Family Dispute Resolution
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

What is Mediation?
Mediation is described as an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) where an independent person (the mediator) helps people in dispute to try to sort out the issues between them.  ADR can help people to resolve a dispute before it becomes so big that a court or tribunal becomes involved.

How does it work?
As a general guideline, one person will make an appointment known as an "Intake Session/Appointment".  Here is where they describe their wants and wishes. It is an opportunity to learn more from the mediator how the mediation process works. From then, the mediator will send an invitation to the other person or party to their "Intake Session/Appointment" where they will have a similar opportunity to share their wants and wishes. Then, if everyone wishes a Mediation Session is organised.  For a general overview of the process, click the following YouTube link: General Mediation Process.

Who is mediation for?
Couples who are separating or have separated and want to come to agreements with regards
to the care of their children or the division of their assets.

Conflict within families.

Workplace, inter-employee, or team conflicts.  

For family law matters, mediation is referred to as Family Dispute Resolution (FDR). A mediator must be registered with the with the Federal Government’s Attorney General’s Department to conduct a FDR. Under the Family Law Act it is now compulsory for people who wish to go to court to first try resolving disputes that involve the care and wellbeing of their children with a qualified “Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner” (FDRP). Some exceptions may apply to this compulsory requirement - for example, in situations involving family violence or child abuse, or in urgent matters.

For family mediation I can help to develop:
Parenting plans
Money and Property settlements
Long term care plans of children
Family SA matters

Sometimes mediation is not appropriate.  If this is the case then I will discuss other options that might be available to you.

Is mediation confidential?

For matters under the Family Law, mediation is a confidential process and that all information disclosed or shared in our Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) cannot be used in any Court in Australia or in any proceedings before a person authorised to hear evidence as stated in the Family Law Act Section 10J. What are the advantages to such confidentiality?  With this in mind, both parties should be able to explore ideas and solutions freely to help work towards generating agreeable and workable solutions. Obviously there are exceptions when serious concerns regarding the safety of others, including children, is identified.

What are the benefits of our Mediation services?

Reaching an agreement with the other party offers many advantages, such as:

  • you make your own decisions
  • you greatly reduce the financial and emotional costs of legal proceedings
  • for families, yourcontinuing relationship as parents, if you have children, is likely to work better
  • you are able to move forward and make a new life for yourself, and
  • you may improve communication with the other person and be better able to resolve disputes in the future
  • electronic signing of agreements and forms, where needed

What are the costs?

Separation can be stressful and costly, to help reduce the financial impact, the fee is only $99 per person per hour (if mediation occurs at one of our locations or online). Where there are more than 2 people involved in the dispute, a fee structure will be discussed and agreed to prior to mediation.
There may be other incidental fees, for example, out of hours fee, or document recovery costs. These will be discussed fully at your first appointment. Rest assure that no extra fees will be charged without your consent.


  • Relationship Counselling
  • Marriage Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Individual Counselling
  • Life Coaching

Want to enrich your personal life, set positive goals or be all that you can be?  I will work with your situation and needs to help you generate rewarding outcomes. 

Counselling and Coaching, provides the opportunity for growth and self-discovery in the context of a  supportive and professionalenvironment.

Who is it for?
For individuals, couples, and families who wish to explore:

  • Marriage coaching
  • Generating personal goals
  • Scheduling
  • Distress
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Relaxing
  • Friendships
  • Emotional challenges
  • Grief and loss
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Spirituality issues 
  • Relationship concerns

How many sessions would I need?
This varies from person to person. A usual time frame would be 4 to 10 sessions, however, it is entirely your choice.  “service check up” once a month to every several months.

How much does it cost?
$89 for a single consultation of up to one hour in duration (the first session is usually 1.25 hours duration). An additional $20 per hour for out of hours appointments may be charged.

Can I claim health rebates?
Some health insurance will provide rebates for counselling.  Please check your provider for details. 

Do I need a referral from my GP before booking? 

No, you do not need a referral from your GP. However, if you have a mental health plan, please bring this along to your appointment.

Supervision and Training

  • Clinical Supervision for Counsellors and Mediators
  • Professional Development
  • Training


Are you a counsellor, psychotherapist or mediator and required supervision or professional development. Online or Face to Face supervision is available for either one to one of in a group (max group size is 6).


Short Professional Development and Purpose built Training seminars are available to help enhance and grow your organisation.  Please phone or email for more information on how we can help.