Vanessa Harnischmacher Sydney Addictions


Psychotherapist  |  Counsellor  |  Family Therapist  |  Clinical Supervisor

"When relationships are going well, you’re going well. Relationships are the foundation of a meaningful life and the quality of your relationships is central to your wellbeing and happiness. 


If the important relationships in your life are not going well or you are struggling with the demands of work and parenting, I can help you find a way through that means you not only survive these difficult periods, but also flourish."


  • Positive family relationships

  • Parenting support

  • Difficult work relationships

  • Individual counselling

  • Clinical supervision

  • Couples counselling

  • Couples counselling with 2 therapists

  • Family counselling


Vanessa has been working with individuals, couples and families in a range of school, government and community settings for more than 20 years. More recently, Vanessa’s counselling work has focused on childhood trauma, the impact of abuse and neglect, the impact of addiction on families, anxiety, and families affected by conflict, violence and separation.


Vanessa believes in working with the strengths of a client, couple or family, and uses an approach where issues are explored and addressed by considering the broader family context and history.

Alongside her colleague Nick Ludgate, Vanessa also offers couples counselling with two therapists. This method of counselling ensures both clients have access to a dedicated therapist, and then come together to discuss their goals. This way of working supports couples to improve their relationships and make change efficiently.


  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), Charles Sturt University

  • Graduate Diploma of Systemic Couple and Family Therapy, Australian Institute of Relationship Studies

  • Family Safety Program: Working With Violent Men, Relationships Australia

  • Certificate: Working with Young People who have Experienced Trauma, Australian Childhood Foundation

  • 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching and Circle of Security Facilitator

  • Certificate: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach, Dr Pat Ogden/NICABM

  • Clinical Member Australian Counsellors Association

  • Certificate of Clinical Supervision, Relationships Australia