Bernadette Towner

Bernadette Towner – Principal

Bernadette Towner
Bernadette Towner

Master of Counselling
Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
Registered Nurse
Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

Advanced Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis

Certified Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Supervision for Role Development (Co-facilitator)
Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Member: Australian Clinical Supervision Association

Member: Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Registered: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia; Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)


Bernadette is health professional in private practice.  She offers her extensive experience drawn from a broad range of health and educational settings

She holds particular interests in all aspects of socially determined, holistic health and wellbeing. Her practice tends now to focus on the provision of regular, reflective spaces for people working with people, often known as Clinical Supervision, while continuing to offer counselling and psychotherapy fostering sound mental health 

She approaches engagement with people in respectful, mindful, curious, patient and flexible ways. She commits to providing competent ways of working which includes confidentiality within the parameters of safety and her professional legal requirements

Bernadette is a co-facilitator for ‘Clinical Supervision Consultancy’ [] which offers ‘The Spurr Model’ of clinical supervision training


Clinical Supervision: aiming to revitalise, challenge, improve and sustain peoples professional practice.  Her approach enables people, either individuals or groups, to develop and continue to offer credible, competent professional services, according to their discipline backgrounds and related professional  standards.

Examples of where Clinical Supervision is vital are: doctors, emergency personnel, nurses, midwives, police officers, psychologists, social workers, support workers and teachers

Counselling & Psychotherapy: Engaging approaches reflecting the needs & preferences of the individual

Professional Development: Short workshops & presentations on relevant topics by arrangement 

Bernadette’s practice is founded on the belief in the dignity of the person, no matter the setting. It emphasises the importance, benefits and efficacy of ‘caring for those who provide services’ as well as ‘those are recipients of those services


Bernadette commenced her career as a General Nurse, training and registering initially in NSW. Soon after she realised her desire to explore mental health, traveling to Western Australia to train and register as a Mental Heath Nurse. This triggered a deep and lasting interest in the maintenance of mental health for all.

She is dedicated to her own ongoing professional and personal development. This, together with her quest for innovative professional practice, has augmented her varied career in nursing, education and psychotherapy. Settings have included: tertiary health (NSW, WA, VIC); The College of Pre-hospital Care (WA); Secondary colleges (WA), Alcohol & Drug Sector (WA, Vic), General Practice as well as Community and Mental Health (WA, Vic).

Since moving to Melbourne in 2007 Bernadette has continued to be an early adopter of new opportunities. For many years she offered support in community for those: experiencing complex mental health & addiction concerns; brief intervention psychological strategies; and suicide prevention programs.

In Private Practice since 2009 Bernadette has been offering Clinical Supervision, Psychotherapy/Counselling, Clinical Hypnosis as well professional development sessions for various community and health agencies.

Between 2015 – 2018 Bernadette facilitated regular Group Mindful Meditation sessions as a volunteer in her local community.