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Tania Fitzpatrick

Diploma in Welfare, Diploma of Counselling, Grad Dip Developmental Child Trauma  

I’ve gone through separation and now have a blended family who mean the world to me. All separations are different and we all manage it differently but I understand what you’re going through – I saw the impact on my own kids, and I also experienced my own parent’s conflict.

I’ve watched my own daughter’s separation be an amicable and friendly one and my granddaughter’s world is free of the stress and anxiety which kids experience when their parents stay in a circle of conflict.

I’m very ‘real’ in my approach to life and families. I’ve done it tough as a single mum, stuck in there and studied because I always knew that I wanted to help other people get through their rough times.

I’ve been working with families experiencing challenges and trauma for the past 10 years, specialising as a family separation counsellor for children and parents. Step by Step is a crystallisation of what I care about deeply; that even in challenging situations kids can have a healthy childhood, supported by their parents. It motivates me to come to work each day.


Melinda Nutting

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Child-Inclusive Practitioner, Certificate of Holistic Counselling, Grad Dip Teaching (Primary), Certificate Rudolf Steiner Education

I was a child of divorce, and am also separated myself, but my parent’s separation and my own were world’s apart. As a kid there was lots of inappropriate stuff I just ‘coped with’. When I separated, both of us were conscious that whatever we were dealing with through the end of a relationship didn’t get in the way of what our child needed from both her parents.

It’s in my nature to be curious to learn and gain more understanding about what goes on for us on the ‘inside’ and how it effects us on the ‘outside’. I’ve gravitated towards being an ‘educator’ for most of my working life. I started out being a journo, later immersing myself in community and environmental campaigns, and after parenthood I metamorphosed into a Steiner teacher, children’s counsellor and parenting coach.

I’m thrilled to draw all my skills and life experience together into offering this unique service for families so they can move through change in a better, healthier way.