Julian McNally interviews Deborah Hart

Who am I?

I have spent the first three decades of my working life as a professional horn player with orchestras around Australia and The Netherlands. Most of that time I struggled to consistently produce my best under the constant pressure of performing at the elite level. That experience made me curious about why humans struggle mentally and emotionally, and it was a revelation to me when I had my first ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) session with a psychologist in 2010.

From that moment, I have been on a path to help others with ACT, initially as a performance coach and now also as an ACT therapist.

After studying at Monash University, I became a qualified and registered counsellor in 2016, but my own unique perspective as someone who has benefitted from ACT has given me a deep understanding from which to help my clients. I understand how ACT can change your life and I have walked the path from sadness, worry and frustration myself.

I am a member of the The Australian Counselling Association and I abide by their code of ethics.

Deborah Hart

What type of clients do I work with?

As a generalist counsellor and ACT Therapist, I work with adults who are struggling with stress, worry and anxiety, relationships, life direction and career and workplace conflicts as well as focus and motivation.

My special interest is using ACT and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) to help clients with performance anxiety perform their best under pressure. I also help with strategies for preparation and practice to support peak performance in auditions, exams and on the stage.

I am not a psychologist and I cannot offer a Medicare rebate. Here is the  Scope of Practice for counsellors registered with the Australian Counselling Association.


The ACT of Living, 203 High St, Northcote, Vic 3070


To make an appointment, email

I am also available for phone or Zoom sessions Australia wide.

Cancellation Policy

We are currently processing all payments via our online payment system, Medipass, using your nominated card details. It is part of Deborah’s policy that these payment details are collected prior to the first appointment. If you need to cancel a session please phone our office (03 9939 9437) by 11.00am the day before your appointment. Cancellations after this time incur a charge of 50% of the full session fee, which will be charged to your nominated card. This policy ensures that a cancelled appointment spot can be offered to another client requiring support.


Tuesday 1pm to 7pm (Telehealth only – Video or Phone call)

Thursday 1pm to 7pm (Telehealth only – Video or Phone call)

During the current wave of COVID 19 I will only available online.


$120 per session for new clients

Payments are made the day following the appointment. Your nominated card will be charged via our payment system and a receipt will be emailed to you.


Get Your Life Back On Track, Find A Way Forward, Experience Peace of Mind

We’re here to help you find the way into a life you love. You may be facing one of life’s everyday setbacks like separation or a relationship breakup, loss of a loved one, conflict at work or change of job, loneliness, family problems and so on. Or you may be experiencing a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, addiction or trauma. Perhaps you’re just trying to understand yourself, your thoughts, emotions, sexuality or relationships, or perhaps to understand and find purpose in your life. A skilled Melbourne psychologist expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and other scientifically supported therapies, will work with you, putting your strengths and new insights in the service of a more fulfilling life. Phone today to chat with one of our friendly psychologists, or complete this form and we’ll call you back.

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