Fremantle counselling & psychotherapy

Passionate about helping you overcome the obstacles in your life, to discover your joy and live your life to the full.

Mindfulness based counselling & psychotherapy in Fremantle

We understand that past experiences and traumas can leave deep imprints in your body, emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. That’s why we offer a unique approach to healing, rooted in Mindfulness and Body-Based Psychotherapy. Our goal is to help you access your innate intelligence and unlock old beliefs and patterns.

By safely bringing unresolved experiences to a place of resolution, you can pave the way for new horizons, greater freedom, and expanded possibilities. We’re here to support you in feeling fully alive and empowered to live life on your terms.

Utilising powerful tools of embodied mindfulness, we can cut through limiting past experiences and beliefs to find the real you. To realise your full potential.


My Background & Experience

Ajay has spent his life diving deeply into meditation and personal development work. He has over twenty-five years training and experience in a variety of modalities. Ajay brings the richness of this background to his counselling practice, offering powerful tools for change.

In addition to being a Certified Somatic Psychotherapist, Ajay holds a Master’s degree in clinical social work. He has Medicare recognised status as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker.

Servicing the wider Perth metro area, he offers counselling & psychotherapy in Fremantle.  Ajay creates a warm safe space to resolve the obstacles to your growth, supporting you to live your life to the full.

Holistic Healing

We understand that your well-being encompasses every facet of your life. Our holistic approach means we address emotional, physical, and mental aspects to create profound and lasting change.

Mindfulness in Action

Mindfulness isn’t just a buzzword; it’s at the core of what we do. We’ll teach you to be present, compassionate, and fully engaged with your experiences, leading to increased self-awareness and emotional regulation.

Somatic Wisdom

Your body holds the key to healing. Our Somatic psychotherapy techniques help you release stored tension, trauma, and stress, allowing for a deeper understanding of your inner world.


Online counselling & psychotherapy

Video calls are available for those who need them. Your journey to healing and self-discovery can start from the comfort of your own space.

Specialising in

  • Personal Growth
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues (working individually)
Ajay Hawkes – Somatic psychotherapist in Fremantle

Accredited mental health social workerAjay Hawkes

Medicare rebates available

Fully accredited therapist with extensive experience in personal growth and mindfulness meditation.

Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy

The importance of embodiment


Psychotherapy doesn’t just give you some short term coping strategies, it aims to get to the roots of what is holding you back, and to create lasting change, enabling you to live a fuller life.

With years of exploration across various disciplines, Ajay has found that Somatic Psychotherapy (Hakomi), which engages the mind, emotions, and the body, is a potent way to approach therapy. It delves into core life issues deeply and holistically, helping you realize your full potential.

When we start, you will learn coping strategies to give immediate relief form the stresses of life. We will also work deeply on how core beliefs have been formed and how to change them. These beliefs have often been held since early childhood so changing them can have a profound and lasting effect. We can be unburdened of things we may have been carrying for years, we can feel a lot lighter and freer… READ MORE

Why we use mindfulness based counselling

Mindfulness helps us to stay centred and grounded in challenging situations, so that we get less triggered. This helps us enormously as then we can find much better ways of responding to life’s challenges. Our approach isn’t about short-term coping; it’s about addressing the root causes of what’s holding you back, creating lasting transformation, and enabling you to lead a more fulfilling life. Mindfulness can be easily learned through counselling as a day to day coping strategy, as well as explored in more depth through meditation. At its deepest, mindfulness is about experiencing ourselves fully, about realising who we really are…

Using mindfulness we can realise our full potential as people.


Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally

Brief Therapy

Psychotherapy need not go on for years. The aim is that trauma and our limiting beliefs do not have to be a life sentence, and that we can relatively quickly resolve the issues that confront us.

Tailoring a session to your needs, Ajay uses a range of proven counselling techniques to support you in your life. This can mean brief therapy, psychological education, or in depth psychotherapy. Often emotions and events can seem overwhelming or we can feel stuck and unable to see a way forward. In brief therapy, you’ll learn practical tools for daily life to navigate challenging situations and emotions.

Quote of the week:

Atishas heart meditation

“How can I give love when I don't know what it is I'm giving?…. How can I give love when love is something I ain't never had?”
- John Lennon

This is a favourite quote of mine, and one I often use in therapy sessions. There is a popular idea, one I grew up with:

“You can’t fully love someone else until you learn to love yourself.”

I see this as true, but very misleading.

We often take it to mean that we have to learn how to love ourselves on our own. In fact, as Lennon says with beautiful simplicity, it’s impossible to give love when you’ve never received it. This is true of romantic love, but also the love we feel for ourselves, our friends and our family.

Ideally, as babies and small children we learn that we are loveable by feeling loved by our parents. As children we are learning to internalise this… we are naturally self-centred. When we have really matured in that feeling of being loved, then we also naturally begin to share that love with others.

Most of us, for one reason or another, only partially got the download. So we end up feeling insecure about whether we are loveable. We become emotionally needy. Or become very self reliant, in order not to feel the pain of our loneliness.

Counselling and especially somatic psychotherapy can help with us. There is a wound that formed in relationship with our parents, and that needs a caring relationship with another person to heal. So we learn that we are ok and loveable as we are and then naturally are more able to love others.

Our therapy programs offer

Programs drawn from leading research and modalities

  • Learn powerful tools for change
  • Understand the role of emotions
  • Develop emotional awareness
  • Understand your past experiences
  • Discover your limiting core beliefs
  • Develop new supportive beliefs
  • Act with more insight and clarity
  • Feel more nourished and fulfilled
  • Live a more joyful life 
  • We use carbon offsetting for an ethical approach to Fremantle Counselling


Ready to Take the First Step?

Your path to healing, personal growth, and self-discovery begins with Uplift Counselling in Fremantle.

Contact us below to ask any questions, or book a session. We’re here to support you.

Medicare Rebates Available