LifeWorks Relationship Counselling and Education Services.
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LifeWorks is a not for profit organisation that provides family, couple and individual
counselling, education, training and workplace services in Victoria Australia.

LifeWorks Media Centre

Comments, Contributions and Expert Opinion

LifeWorks has a number of psychologists, counsellors and experts available to provide comment and opinion on a wide range of relationship and workplace subjects including:

  • intimate relationships - formation, enhancement and separation
  • dating, partnership and marriage
  • parenting and family -  bringing baby home, raising toddlers, tweens and teens
  • step-parenting, grandparenting and blended families 
  • grandparenting
  • healthy relationships
  • family violence prevention
  • anger management.
  • workplace bullying.
  • managing, recruiting and retaining staff 
  • equal opportunity, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).

For more information, please contact:

Justine Dalla Riva, Manager - Marketing and Communications

T: 8650 6200

M: 0429 979 153


Press Statement - 9 November 2015

Prime Minister announces LifeWorks as intercountry adoption family support provider

LifeWorks Relationship Counselling and Education Services is pleased and excited to be awarded the tender to deliver an Intercountry Adoption Family Support Program, as announced today by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Attorney-General George Brandis QC and Minister for Social Services Christian Porter. LifeWorks, in partnership with International Social Service Australia, will deliver a broad range of counselling, education and support services nationally to help families engaged in intercountry adoption, and children and families after the adoption is finalised. 
LifeWorks has nearly 70 years' experience delivering a range of relationship services including individual and relationship counselling, family therapy, family and parenting relationship education programs. Janet Jukes, LifeWorks CEO says "We are delighted to be extending our expertise to supporting and assisting families through the intercountry adoption process and beyond. The program model will focus on issues of family formation and family stress, providing tools and supports that result in the effective establishment of a strong, positive and healthy family unit". The model will include a peer-support element, linking people who have gone through the adoption process with those embarking on the journey. LifeWorks' looks forward to working with Minister Porter, our partner International Social Service Australia and the broader community to make a positive impact on the experiences of those undertaking intercountry adoption.


LifeWorks in the Press

LifeWorks has contributed to a number of articles on a variety of topics over the year.

You can read through a selection of our press articles and comments below to discover more.

Resolution Revolution! LifeWorks' Senior Consultant Rebecca Henshall, along with others, comments on ways to keep those New Year resolutions for longer. CLEO Magazine, January 2015

How do you survive the significant relationship danger zones? LifeWorks' Psychologist Cheryl Dakis shares some remedies. Sunday Life, October 2013

Violence Free Families

Conflict in the Workplace? Perspectives and advice from LifeWorks in the Workplace Senior Consultant Rebecca Henshall.

The Age, July 2013

Reduce the stress associated with a home renovation with suggestions from LifeWorks' Nick Valentine. Home Magazine 31 March 2013

LifeWorks' psychologist Sue Pratt shares her top tips on how to avoid comparisons. Cleo, November 2012

Do you have retiring employees? LifeWorks in the Workplace Senior Consultant Rebecca Henshall highlights ways in which to help employees phase into retirement. SuperFriend December 2012

Are anniversaries important? Cheryl Dakis, LifeWorks' Manager of Education Services shares her thoughts. Weekend December 1, 2012

How can adults stay connected with their parents? LifeWorks' Psychologist Sue Pratt offers advice. Simply Her, October 2012

LifeWorks Branch Manager Nick Valentine discusses the Men's Behaviour Change Program.

Wyndham Weekly, November 2012

LifeWorks' Psychologist Cheryl Dakis discusses the implications of parents 'oversharing' on social media platforms. Practical Parenting September 2012

Rebecca Henshall, Senior Consultant with LifeWorks in the Workplacediscusses internet usage in the workplace context. CEO Magazine September 2012

LifeWorks' Psychologist Rebecca Henshall discusses infidelity and trust in relationships on Channel Ten's 'The Project'.(June 14, 2012)

How do you sustain a healthy relationship longterm? LifeWorks' Manager of Counselling Meredith Brown shares her insights and hints in this article from Good Health July 2012.

5 Steps on how to overcome issues of 'nagging' within your relationship from LifeWorks' psychologist Sue Pratt, The Herald Sun August 6, 2012

What happens when friends start to move on to other stages in their life? LifeWorks' psychologist Sue Pratt discusses the feelings and responses in this article. Cleo, August 2012

From toddler to teenager, Dr Vivienne Mountain, one of LifeWorks' Relationship Educators outlines what to expect at each stage of a child's development. Herald Sun, April 29, 2012  Cheryl Dakis, LifeWorks' Manager of Education Services explores some of the challenges of dating a separated parent. Cleo Magazine June 2012

How do you encourage your partner to talk about their feelings? Meredith Brown, LifeWorks' Manager of Counselling offers key insights and tips in this article from the Herald Sun, April 9, 2012.

Office politics. How do you manage them? LifeWorks in the Workplace Senior Consultant Rebecca Henshall shares her insights in this article from The Australian April 14, 2012.

Rebecca Henshall, Senior Consultant with LifeWorks in the Workplace discusses simple and effective ways in which to boost morale within the workplace in this article from Nett March 2012.

LifeWorks' Manager of Education Services Cheryl Dakis discusses the emerging trend of separated couples co-habitating in this article from the Sunday Herald Sun, April 1, 2012

LifeWorks' psychologist Dr Ben Jones discusses how to manage and prepare children for change associated with natural disasters. Australian Family Summer 2012

As a parent, how do you factor in 'me time'? Cheryl Dakis, LifeWorks' Manager of Education Services offer advice in Shine Magazine.

How do you sustain new year resolutions for 12 months? Meredith Brown, LifeWorks' Manager of Counselling offers practical advice on how to nurture and sustain positive relationships with important people in your life. Marie Claire, February 2012

LifeWorks' Psychologist Rebecca Henshall discusses mindfulness and resolutions. Cleo February 2012

Is getting dressed making you stressed? LifeWorks' facilitator Dr Vivienne Mountain suggests how to handle the wardrobe challenge with independent pre-schoolers. The Mordialloc-Chelsea Leader, December 4, 2011

LifeWorks' Manager of Counselling Meredith Brown offers insights on how to enjoy the holiday period with partners, kids and extended family. The Herald Sun, December 26, 2011

LifeWorks' Psychologist Sue Pratt provides tips on how to rekindle the spark in a long term relationship. The Herald Sun, October 24, 2011  Can you have an argument without damaging your relationship? LifeWorks' Manager of Education shares her top tips on how to have a 'fair fight'.

HeraldSun, November 21, 2011

Cheryl Dakis, LifeWorks' Manager of Education explains how to survive and thrive as a modern grandparent.

The Herald Sun, September 5, 2011 Meredith Brown, LifeWorks' Manager of Counselling Services talks about affairs. The Herald Sun October 17, 2011

LifeWorks' Manager of Education, Cheryl Dakis discusses the psychology of food. Vogue Australia November 2011

"Healthy living leads to healthy thinking and vice versa" says LifeWorks in the Workplace psychologist Rebecca Henshall. Cleo Magazine, October 2011

How do you handle difficult bosses or volatile managers? Cynthia Logan, Principal Consultant with LifeWorks in the Workplace offers advice and guidance. The Age, August 27, 2011

LifeWorks' CEO Kaye Swanton talks about the evolution of LifeWorks. The Melbourne Anglican October 2011

Should we be searching for the meaning of life or just get on with it? Meredith Brown, LifeWorks' Manager of Counselling offers some suggestions. Cleo Magazine August 2011

How do you deal with your partner's ex in a blended family? Herald Sun, June 20, 2011

Young children swearing - how can you manage this behaviour? Australian Family Winter 2011 Click here to read the online article.

Workplace Bullying Australian Financial Review, April 12, 2011Physical Contact in the Workplace - Is it Acceptable? The Age, March 5, 2011

Sustaining a long term relationship.

Tips on how to make it last. Herald Sun, April 5, 2011