Do you feel like you are getting the most out of your life?

I invite you to stop for a moment, become still and really check in with yourself. How happy are you with the level of happiness, peace and meaning in your life right now?


 Is life ‘joyful’ or ‘awful’?

 Is life ‘blah’ or ‘meh’?

Do you feel deep down that life can be better than this?

Perhaps you want more – more peace, more love, more fun, more freedom…

Do you feel in control of your destiny or do you feel rushed, reactive, stuck or worried much of the time?

Is there an elusive whispering in the back of your mind that tells you that it is time to do something different if you want to feel better or achieve more of the things that matter to you?

Perhaps you have a habit of making life decisions that later seem to be undermined by self-sabotage… or you procrastinate when you try to make changes in your life?. 

Do you wonder what people mean when they say they are guided by their gut or intuition? You suspect yours is saying something but it’s too quiet to hear or in a language you can’t quite understand?

Perhaps you find it hard to remember the last time you felt really in flow with yourself – experiencing glee, happiness or deep contentment because you have got into the groove of your life? 

Are you an online course and self-help book junky? Are you seeking answers but finding it hard to follow through on what you discover?

Maybe you are a sensitive and empathetic soul who frequently feels wounded, isolated, drained or misunderstood by others?

Do you feel that you dim your light in order to fit in and appear acceptable – not sharing your less conventional ideas or thoughts about life for fear of being judged or rejected?

Perhaps you find yourself endlessly hoping that one day things will slow down enough so that you can finally catch your breath and REALLY start feeling well and living your most authentic life?

 If this is you, therapy or coaching might be just what you need to help you step off the reactive rollercoaster of stress and get your life in order – to take charge and get moving, actually moving towards the life that you really want to live. A life where you feel in charge of your destiny, in tune with your needs and excited about the future! A life where you are fully awake, feeling great and ready to be the writer of your own grand story!



Hello and Welcome!

My name is Bernadette McCarthy and I am an Holistic Psychologist, Mentor and Life Coach working in The Hills District of Sydney. I integrate the skills of life and health coaching with psychological expertise to support clients towards wellness, healing and transformation – to help people to move past the issues that are holding them back from a life of joy, success and purpose.

More than just addressing what pains you, I am interested in supporting you to dream big and bring your deepest desires to fulfilment.

I work holistically by considering all the aspects of your being, from your career, relationships, thought patterns and spirituality, to the food and love you put into your body. 

My psychology and coaching clients include young adults, entrepreneurs, parents, coaches, office workers, alternative therapists, nurses, doctors, executives and teachers who are ready to create a more satisfying, meaningful and successful life for themselves. They often have a desire to serve, heal, influence, lead or create but feel hampered in some way.

I believe that chronic stress has become a huge barrier to our collective wellness, creativity and ongoing evolution. This stress keeps many of us distracted, in reactive mode and ‘asleep’, preventing us from doing the work we need and usually want to do in order to heal and grow.

I have a PASSION for assisting those who know they want to leave the world a better place for them having been in it, but feel held back by their moods, anxiety, lack of confidence, life circumstances, emotions, relationships, health, fears or self-sabotage. 

My TALENT is in uncovering the potential and sparking the light of healing and transformation in our change-makers, lightworkers, healers, helpers, parents, leaders, teachers and creatives. Assisting YOU to reach your highest potentials for mental wellness, love, success, influence and health.

Sessions are provided in the comfort of my professional rooms in the Norwest Business Park, Baulkham Hills (North West Sydney), or online via Zoom/Telehealth for your convenience.

Do any of these distractions seem like you?

I waste energy every day putting a ‘mask’ on and pretending to be ok

I’m confused about what I want from my life and am struggling to work it out by myself

I have trouble experiencing happiness or gratitude even though good things do happen in my life

I seem to live my life for others and end up trying to please everybody instead of caring properly for myself

I feel like I go from one stressful situation to another and I’m not in control 

I’m carrying baggage from the past that I want to let go of so that I can get on with my life
I’m not sure if I’m in the right relationship, friendships, work or business 
I always seem to have an undercurrent of worry or low mood that I just can’t seem to shift

What’s different about working with me?

I’m experienced at what I do

It is my privilege to have been working to improve the lives of clients of diverse ages and walks of life for over 20 years. I am a highly experienced practitioner who will get up to speed with you rapidly and efficiently so that you get on your path and move towards your goals quickly and with the minimum of fuss. Whilst I consider myself a lifelong learner, I have developed a successful life and career doing what I love every day because I walk my talk and use the mindset shifts and strategies that I will teach you

I have life experience

As a mature woman, mother, business woman and professional I have had plenty of life experience in my 50 years. I have struggled as a parent, have faced my own chronic health issues, I’ve suffered from depression and chronic stress and have baggage that I work on all the time. My clients know that there aren’t any strategies or exercises that I ask them to try that I haven’t used myself because I don’t have a perfect life either. I can teach about healing, wellness and transformation because I have lived it! 

You can learn more about me here.

You are protected and get what you pay for 

As a Psychologist I belong to a highly regulated industry with a strict code of conduct and requirements for substantial ongoing professional development every year. For those who consult me for Life Coaching in particular, this is a valuable bonus given that the coaching field is still largely unregulated.

Anxiety and Depression don’t need to be a barrier for Coaching clients

Because of my mental health expertise I am able to hold space for coaching clients who are working towards their life goals whilst managing mild to moderate issues with anxiety or depression. In fact, it is my experience that people often become anxious or depressed because various areas of their life are out of alignment with their core values or desires. 

I care about my clients 

Every client I work with has their own program of Life Coaching or Therapy tailored specifically for them depending on their stated desires, their personal ‘brand’ of blockages and their readiness for change. You won’t be railroaded into one model of coaching or therapy because that is all I know, but will be supported through several modalities if necessary to reach your desired outcomes.

In addition, I will take time to build and nurture a meaningful connection with you because I want to be invested in your success too. You will be warmly welcomed each time we meet, I will apologise if I am running late for a session and I will treat you with respect at all times. It is very important to me that I have happy clients who feel genuinely cared about.

Do you want any of these things?

I want to truly understand myself so that I can create a life that fits my unique talents and personality
I want to experience better relationships, friendships, career or health
I want to feel like my life has a plan, direction and a purpose that I am in charge of

I want to be abundant, successful, influential and supported by people who ‘get’ me

I want the courage to let go of my old patterns and baggage and take risks creating new, healthier ones

I want to be ok with all of my emotions – even the negative and uncomfortable ones
I want to feel confident speaking up and making changes in my life when things are not ok

I want to learn how to dream big and feel confident that I can reach my goals

Most of us are living reactive lives where our stress sabotages our ability to make considered and mindful choices about our life direction.

How might it feel to have regular time to reflect on your life and explore ways to make it more meaningful, satisfying and joyful?

How might it feel to start moving forward with clarity, confidence and purpose, in alignment with your values, strengths and dreams?

So, you’ll notice that there are no testimonials on my site. Psychologists in Australia are currently prohibited from collecting and sharing client testimonials as it is considered a breach of our code of conduct.
Bernadette McCarthy

Psychologist and Coach

A note on the expense of Therapy and Life Coaching

How much is too much when it comes to investing in your personal growth and wellbeing?

Of course, I can’t answer that question for you but I suppose it comes down to how unhappy or out of alignment you feel right now, how strongly you feel the call to awake and how much value you place on your personal growth.

We are all different in how much distress we can tolerate and how much we believe we are worth

At this point in history we are experiencing a growing crisis in our modern societies with unprecedented rates of lifestyle related diseases, chronic stress, mental health problems and general life dissatisfaction. Somehow we have been convinced that material possessions and living life in a pre-determined, cookie-cutter manner will make us happy. We have been seduced into believing that there is more value in an expensive car, a wide screen TV or a pair of Jimmy Choo’s than there is in investing in our own personal growth to ensure that our life meets our true needs and desires. We have been taught to look outside of ourselves for happiness instead of within. 

We have never had more wealth, education, privilege or opportunity, yet many of us are unhappy, unfulfilled, unwell or generally unimpressed by our lives. It is truly sad. Waiting for things to slow down so that we can upgrade the experience of our lives is just never going to happen in the world we live in today. It will only happen when we make a deliberate decision to stop long enough to reflect and move forward making conscious and mindful choices about what we truly desire and how we want to live.

Step up with me!

‘I believe that we are on the cusp of some enormous changes as people become ready to start deciding for themselves what makes them feel connected, successful, abundant and joyful. I’m glad and proud to be a facilitator for that change and invite you to be part of it with me.’