Karen Firth

Qualified & Accredited Counsellor

Why Social Work?

I can remember my interest in social work started when I was in high school.   Even then, I felt privileged and passionate about supporting and assisting people with challenges in their lives.   It was not until much later in life however, that I made the decision to become formally qualified and my social work journey truly began.

Since graduation I have worked mainly with involuntary clients (both male and female) around alcohol, substance abuse, anger management and mental health issues.  I also enjoy working with youth and social work students.

I continue to be inspired by all clients!!!


  • Anger Management
  • Assertiveness training
  • Anxiety and Phobias
  • Childhood Issues
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss (qualified grief and loss counsellor)
  • Guilt and Shame
  • Life/Personal Coaching
  • Life Transition and Adjustment
  • Mediation
  • Problematic Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Parenting skills
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-Esteem and Self Development
  • Separation
  • Stress
  • Workplace Coaching


My name is Karen Firth and I am a registered Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

I have been working in counselling for over fifteen years and have extensive experience, training and qualifications in many areas, including involuntary clients and youth.

I regularly provide counselling and support for individuals, mentoring for social work student’s and hosting of social work students on placement.

Outside of work I spend time with my husband, children and grand-children. My hobbies include physical culture (Edith Parsons), walking and travelling. I also enjoy spending as much time as possible with family members and friends.


  • Bachelor of Social Work (Charles Sturt University)
  • Qualified Grief Counsellor
  • Justice of the Peace

Provider for

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (Medicare)


My interventions and approach is based on unique client needs.   I am guided by self-efficacy, self-empowerment and respect.  I am trained in many theoretical approaches including, but not limited to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), strengths based approach, mindfulness and relaxation techniques and the good lives model.

I strive and am committed to on-going training, and on-going personal and professional development.