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Why choose Innate Therapies?

We look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your journey back to a balanced and happy life.

At Innate Therapies we provide a range of services including child, adolescent and adult counselling, relationship and family counselling, parenting courses, personal development workshops including a range of courses and workshops designed for in-school presentation. Your sessions with us may include a number of the following modalities…

Sensorimotor Art Therapy, Expressive therapies, Sand Play Therapy, Clay Field Therapy, Symbol Work, Counselling, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) & Essential Oils.

We are a client centred practice providing counselling, art therapy and programs to achieve positive outcomes, develop self-awareness, personal growth, mental health wellbeing and healing for our clients.

We’d love to support you.

As Cairns’ most diverse therapeutic practice, our approach to your therapy is personalised to suit you and your specific needs while incorporating a range of therapies to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Whether you are after counselling or therapy for your child, yourself, your family, or couples therapy we’d love to support you.

We have therapy rooms in Cairns, Mossman, Yarrabah and Gordonvale.

We are also a NDIS Registered Provider and look forward to supporting NDIS Participants throughout Cairns and surrounding suburbs.

We provide flexibility in appointment times and offer evening and weekend appointments where possible.

Appointments are held in our rooms where we provide you with a comfortable, tranquil and private setting for your sessions with us.

Alternatively, we are able to provide online counselling sessions for individuals in remote areas or those who prefer staying in the comfort of their home.


Our Values


Therapy is confidential, and the material discussed in therapy sessions is protected by law. As long as you do not present a danger to anyone, what you choose to talk about with your therapist will not leave the therapy room.


Therapeutic relationships are more than a friendship. It’s great to have friends and family who will listen to you when you have problems. However therapists are trained listeners who can help you find the source of your problems, even if the source is your thoughts, your family, or you. A therapist is completely neutral and is there to support you on your healing journey.


Therapists are skilled at making their patients feel comfortable quickly, and do not want to come across as judgmental strangers. Therapy is a relationship that is both professional and personal, and the alliance you form with your therapist is an important factor in the treatment


We are able to provide online therapy sessions for individuals in remote areas or those who prefer staying in the comfort of their home. Please note that not all therapies can be offered this way. But chat to us about any needs you may have.

Donna hand picks her team of therapists who are skilled and trained in working with both children and adults

Innate therapies Australia - Donna Mahoney

Donna Mahoney

Principal Practitioner & Founder

Donna began Innate Therapies over ten years ago whilst working full time as a Counsellor/Art Therapist within the Not For Profit sector of Cairns. Donna has built an impressive career in the fields of counselling & art therapy and is well known for the work she does in working with children and adults for a wide range of concerns and specialises in attachment and trauma.

Donna’s wide range of modalities and skill set within her counselling/Art Therapy sessions include, but are not limited to,  Symbol Work and Sandplay, Clay Field Therapy, Sensorimotor Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Expressive Therapies and Emotional Freedom Technique.

Donna is called on regularly by many agencies as a Specialist Counsellor to provide support/training for their staff and provides Professional Supervision to other counsellors to enhance their skills. Donna has worked extensively within the Yarrabah Aboriginal Community and the South of Cairns within the schools providing workshops and counselling/art therapy.



  • – Bachelor of Arts – Majoring in Human Services
  • – Diploma of Community Services (Welfare Studies)
  • – Diploma of Professional Counselling
  • – Diploma in Sensorimotor Art Therapy
  • – Diploma in Clay Field Therapy
  • – Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents
  • – Certificate in Sand Play Therapy and Symbol Work with Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • – Level 1 & 2 Emotional Freedom Technique (E.F.T.)
  • – Registered NDIS Provider


2Australian Counselling Association - Member - College of Supervisors - 2021-04-21
Australian Counselling Association - ACA Level 4 Member - 2021-04-07

Our Therapy Spaces

Need to talk? Innate Therapies team are here for you.

Here’s what some of our clients are saying

I am recommending Clay Therapy as a form of emotional relief from childhood trauma. This is my subjective experience. With great appreciation to Donna my therapist, I am now totally free from my childhood fear of the unknown or unfamiliarity.
I must say that, I am very grateful to Donna at Innate Therapies Australia; through clay field therapy, I was able to overcome my inhibitions and low self-esteem as a result!
Finally, for anyone reading my experience with clay field therapeutic works with Donna my therapist, I have something to say to you. Clay field therapy is not for children and adolescence only, adults who have been stunted in their emotional growth through some form of trauma in their childhood, I recommend Clayfield Therapy.
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