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Welcome to Crows Nest Counselling

Crows Nest Counselling is a warm and empathic practice in Sydney's Lower North Shore. Established over a decade, we offer a unique and dynamic approach for individual counselling and longer term psychotherapy and couples - relationship counselling

In comfortable surrounds, we aim to meet you where you are at, assist you in finding the solutions and direction needed in your life to evolve beyond presenting problems and challenges into the change you seek.

About Leo Martyn

About Leo Martyn

As a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice for over a decade, I hold a Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling and a Master of Social Work (Q) and other creative and related qualifications.

I am accredited with the Australian Counselling Association as a Level 4 (Full Clinical) Member and as an Accredited Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). I am affiliated with Life Supports for client referrals and offer full hour sessions, competitive fees, possible concessions and some private health fund rebates.


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Fees and bookings

Fees for counselling and psychotherapy start from $120 for individuals and $150 for couples. Concessions may be available on application

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Bookings can be made through this website or by contacting the practice directly.

Make an appointment

Crows Nest Counselling is located inside the Natural Medicine Centre (Suite G.05) on the ground floor of 460 Pacific Highway. There's plenty of free council and on-street parking nearby. Fantastic public transport access sees buses stop nearly outside, a 5 minute walk from St Leonards station and nearly opposite the new Crows Nest metro station.

The space inside is comfortable, calm and relaxed for individuals and couples. Look forward to meeting your there!

Detailed directions

Online sessions

Leo welcomes clients from anywhere for online sessions via easy to use Zoom software. Clients with mobility and psychological conditions such as agoraphobia are very welcome to seek assistance this way

Who we work with

Crows Nest Counselling is a generalist practice and clients present for all kinds of reasons.

Feel free to contact Leo with any questions you may have regarding his suitability to your helping you work to find resolution and transformation to your concerns.
Some core practice areas with both couples and individuals include:

  • Anxiety including panic, agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive patterns
  • Abuse, PTSD and Complex Trauma
  • Addictions including drugs, alcohol, technology and more
  • Young adult issues such as relationships, career, finances and mental health
  • Men's counselling
  • Existential and spiritual support for life's inner journey
  • Advanced meditation and mindfulness instruction
  • Multicultural and generational life stage adjustments
  • Bereavement, grief and loss

Approaches to practice

Rather than adhering rigidly to a type of therapy (modality), Leo is interested in meeting you respectfully, safely and openly where you are at, in the moment, right now.

Many clients present with an issue that they feel they can no longer self-manage and it benefits from professional help. Often this issue is causing significant life disruption and distress, but may be driven by deeper underlying causes.

Depending on what you need assistance with, initial approaches may include supportive counselling, shorter term evidence-based modalities and unpacking a problem.

Many of our clients have already been down that road and want more. Leo has many years experience in undertaking the big journeys himself and can offer powerful tools for change and longer term support for spiritual and inner growth and development. These can include humanistic, somatic (body), psychodynamic and meditation based approaches.

Leo has worked for over a decade with these modalities and been part of many individual and group training programs in the psychological and spiritual worlds.

Couples and relationship counselling

Leo is a long-term experienced relationship counsellor who is qualified to Level 3 in the Gottman Method, a leading globally recognised advanced model of treatment. He welcomes couples and marriages of all ages and LGBTI+ couples.

Working with your relationship, Leo will assist you to find out what is the truth for you both and your future together.

There are many reasons why couples of all ages seek counselling which can include working to resolve long term conflicts, issues with sex and intimacy, immediate crises such as affairs and challenges with addiction, violence and abusive behaviours, codependency, trauma present and past, systemic issues related to families of origin and psychodynamics each of you bring.

Whatever calls you, whether it is learning to love again, reopen or develop better communication skills, find structured solutions or respectfully separate, you are welcome here.

Rebates for services

Leo is a Clinical member of the Australian Counselling Association and some rebates are available via certain private health funds under this affiliation.

Rebates are available with BUPA, Medibank, ahm, Police and Doctor's Health Funds.

Unfortunately Leo is unable to accept GP referrals under the Medicare Better Access scheme at this time, but alternately offers competitive rates and a full hour appointment which works to negate the difference and increase the flexibility of approaches and beneficial treatment plans available to you.

Australian Association of Social Workers
Life Supports
The Australian Counselling Association