Melinda Bailey’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of families who are in conflict runs deep.
The owner of Northern Frontiers Mediation & Counselling, which has a range of counseling services, is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and is passionate about helping families resolve difficulties.
The seed for that passion is a result of her own struggles earlier in her life.
“I had a really negative experience myself back in the 1980s in a domestic violence situation, and I think the seed was planted then to try and make a difference so families could have a better experience than what my four sons and I did,” she said.
After escaping her situation, Melinda worked for years before studying Bachelor of Social Science as a mature student. In addition to tertiary qualifications in counselling and interpersonal communication skills, Melinda became a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
Prior to expanding into private practice she worked for government and non-government community welfare organisations in various roles including Probation Officer, Correctional Counsellor and Family and Relationship Counsellor.
Despite having been a victim of domestic violence herself, she has a strong desire to work with people who use abusive behaviours in their relationship,
“My main goal is to get a better outcome for families and, in particular, children,” she said. “The latest research indicates that parental conflict is the number one risk factor in terms of children’s mental health, and I really drill that home to parents.”
Northern Frontiers offers a range of services including Family Law mediation, general mediation, individual and couples counselling and can also assist with issues such as relationship difficulties, parenting, grief and loss, and peer pressure, among other issues.
“We all face challenges in life,” Melinda said. “There are times when we need help, and a counsellor is someone who cares and understands and can help you find your way forward again.”
12-14 Lake Street,
The Conservatory Building
Ph: 1300 908 170
Photo By Catherine Coombs
Words by Janie Barton