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Psychotherapist in Oatley and Newtown 

“Carmel has a lot of strength, softness and gentleness, which are essential qualities to have as a facilitator. She takes risks in connecting with people and is authentic. Carmel is very knowledgeable and has a natural curiosity and commitment to humanity.”
Margarete Koenning, PACFA Supervisor, Senior Gestalt Therapist, Family/Systemic Constellations Facilitator and Trainer

About Carmel Catanuto

A caring and gentle and authentic Gestalt therapist, counsellor, and art therapist.

I will listen deeply to you as I support you in working through the pain of the past into becoming true to yourself at your core - a loveable person.

I'm trained in several effective methods of therapy and am accredited with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).  I’m also a member of the Gestalt Australia and New Zealand (GANZ) association.

Carmel Catanuto

Becoming a Therapist

Many years ago, I wanted a healthy loving relationship but kept getting into dysfunctional ones that didn't meet my needs.

I came to believe that something was "wrong" with me and that I was "unworthy of love".

I was tired of struggling and so set about on a mission to study counselling and work with a counsellor to better understand myself and why I kept getting into unhealthy relationships.

I took to counselling like a duck in water. I uncovered deep layers of unconscious beliefs and patterns that were the source of my relationship problems.

I'm delighted to say that I'm now in a loving relationship. Like all relationships, ours is not perfect. However, we're committed to each other and continuously work to make our relationship stronger.

My goals as a therapist are to help you pull yourself up from despair and to strengthen your sense of self-worth as I have.

My Passion for Being a Therapist

It feels sacred to connect with my clients intimately in their vulnerability and pain. I feel honoured to be able to help them improve their inner worlds. 

It's special to witness the resilience of the human spirit, and it fills me with joy at seeing people blossom into their depth and vitality.

I'm passionate about interrupting inter-generational pain. By helping you overcome your difficulties and unhelpful patterns, together, we break the cycle for future generations.

Why Work With Me? — My Key Attributes

I'm a calm, gentle, and compassionate counsellor who "holds space" for you with humility, integrity, and creativity. 

My clients tell me that I am non-judgmental, unbiased, and neutral. I don't take sides, which allows you the space to work on your problems at your own pace.

I listen deeply to your troubles and sensitively invite you to heal the deeper layers of yourself as you feel ready to do so.

I'm highly intuitive and aim to be 100% present with you and your truth.

I understand what it is like to have had low self-worth and to break free of it to develop a happy and confident self. 

My commitment to learning and self-development means that "I walk my talk." I read personal growth books and regularly attend personal development workshops.

Therapy Credentials

• 2-Year Clinical Training in Contemporary Gestalt Therapy
• Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy
• Diploma of Holistic Counselling and Life Care 
• Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) 
• Member of Gestalt Australia and New Zealand (GANZ) 

Specialised Therapy Training in:

• Intimacy: a workshop of couples therapy 
• Gestalt Practice and Supervision 
• Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found 
• Embodied Practice and Character Embodiment 
Gestalt Therapy: Celebrating and Integrating Differences 
• Nondual Psychotherapy: The Ultimate Medicine 

Interests and Activities:

• I love to sing and take singing lessons.
• I'm interested in nutrition and cooking.
• I’m part of a conscious community and attend artistic events to express creatively such as dance, art, singing concerts and spiritual events.
• I have a passion for psychodrama and facilitate groups at South Pacific Private.
• I offer art therapy retreats for women who have been victims of domestic violence through a charity organisation called, Hope and Heal.
• I adore my partner and my cat, Saffron. 
• My future vision is to bring understanding to the importance of clean water and taking care of our waterways. 

If you think we'd be a good fit to work together, contact me 0409 690 701 for a free, no-obligation, 15-minute phone call. We'll discuss your problems, and I'll tell you how I can help. If you wish, we can then book a therapy session in my Oatley or Newtown office or via video conference.


Secrets we Share podcast

Frances Carleton interviews Carmel Catanuto on the nature of Gestalt Therapy and Art Therapy on Secrets We Share podcast. 
Carmel talks about how her own experience of Gestalt Therapy, Art Therapy, and the IVF program that led her to counsel others on a similar journey.

Gestalt differs from other therapy forms, and Carmel explains about some of the tools used within the practice. Gestalt does not 'analyse', but uses the moment to bring clarity to confusion.

Talking with Jacob

Jacob Oelofse interviews Carmel Catanuto on the emotional effect that the Coronavirius pandemic is having on small business owners. She offering some useful tactics for dealing with the stress of trying to conduct a business during the COVID-19 lockdown. In this episode of Talking with Jacob podcast Carmel explores patterns of behaviour that we have all seen in our communities and how we might benefit from reframing self-talk.


Supporting you in creating change

Phone: +61 (0) 409 690 701
Unit 1, 93 Mulga Road, Oatley NSW 2223


Joanne Sinnett

Pschotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

PACFA Reg. Provisional 23714

Tara Fischer

Psychology Today

Verified member

Carmel Catanuto

Hope and Heal Retreats a registered not for profit organisation


Medibank Private

You can claim through Medibank Private.

Gestalt  Australia and New Zealand


I'm flexible and understanding. The bottom line is it is your therapy, and you make the decisions of what you want to get out of your time together.

If you resonate with me and my approach, contact me for a free, no-obligation, 15-minute phone call. You can tell me your problems and I will let you know how I can help.

If we decide to work together, we'll book a therapy session in my Oatley or Newtown office or via video conference.


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