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Who are Counselling &
Consulting Services Tasmania?

Counselling & Consulting Services Tasmania was established in 2015 by Leanne McMurtrie to provide a local, professional counselling service for the east coast, Fingal Valley, and Bicheno.

Over the years, more services have been added, including professional supervision, consultancy services, Employee Assistance Programs and the Small Steps, Big Changes program. Individual workshops have also been developed and delivered for staff groups of the human services, disability and aged care sectors. 

In 2022, Hollie Lightsey joined the practice as a workshop facilitator and in 2023 commenced as a counsellor in the practice.

Meet the Team
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Leanne McMurtrie

Counselling, Supervision, Consulting

My name is Leanne McMurtrie and I’m a climate refugee from Queensland who emigrated to Tassie’s stunning east coast more than a decade ago.

My career started in counselling 29 years ago. Since then, I’ve worked for government departments and NGOs in various counselling, supervision and management roles including: family violence response, counselling for young people at risk, child and family counselling, as a school counsellor, with children in State care, and providing counselling for people with disabilities.

Mid-career I made a leap into the disability sector.  I was working as a Child and Family Counsellor with Anglicare in Central Queensland in the 90s when I received my first referral for a child with an intellectual disability.

Louise was 12 and had been sexually abused by her stepfather.  I knew from that first session that I was in way over my head and needed to learn a lot, fast.  My informal learning sparked a real desire to understand more about people living with disabilities and I started working in the sector, completing a Masters degree in Disability Studies along the way.

I’ve worked in a number of different roles and have experience in case management, advocacy, therapeutic assessment and interventions, positive behaviour support, abuse investigation, training and assessment, resource development and community development.

I had no idea when I first made that leap that I’d spend 16 years as a co-carer but I know my experience as a family carer has significantly shaped how I work.

I’ve been bouncing back and forth between counselling and working with people with disabilities and their families for twenty years now and have decided the only thing that really makes me happy is working in both sectors.

Hollie Lightsey

Individual counselling for adults, adolescents, and children.


Hi! I'm Hollie.

I'm a United States emigre that has spent the majority of my adult life in international waters. Before retraining as a counsellor, I worked for 10 years as an educator and trainer in Japan and Melbourne.

Working with students from a variety of cultures and life experiences only deepened my curiosity towards the human experience. I have learned that although we all have different perspectives and ways of being, many of us just want the same thing - understanding, acceptance, and compassion. I came into counselling so that I could help people share their stories, and empower them to make positive changes in their lives.

I offer my clients an open and non-judgemental space where they can work through challenges, personal dilemmas, or just feelings of being ‘stuck’. I believe that counselling should not only be a place for crisis intervention and management, but also a place where you can obtain support for the everyday ‘stuff’ that we all have.

I enjoy working with people in developing self-awareness and self-trust. When we make sense of the stories we tell ourselves, we can begin to learn why we might behave the way we do, and what we can do about it. I support my clients with evidence-based strategies and practices that can help them find clarity and create a life they love. All humans welcome!

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