What We Do

Yamurrah offers a range of services. Yamurrah is no stranger to innovation and creative ways of working. We are bounded by a number of ethical standards which include confidentiality, cultural safety, quality, professionalism, social justice and flexibility. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Counselling
  • Clinical Supervision and Cultural Supervision
  • Training and Workshops
  • Project Management
  • Research and Evaluation

Who We Are

Yamurrah hosts a number of contractors who are Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal trained in either psychology, social work or law. This combined creates a professional service that is trauma-informed and guided by Aboriginal worldviews and Aboriginal healing frameworks. We value culture and connections. We are able to deliver workshops and events specific to the needs of a service or a community.

Yamurrah can provide guidance on planning and development, strategic planning or review and evaluate programs and services. We are interested in connecting with you.

This deadly team is collectively supporting you in your well-being and self-care. “We believe culture and reconnecting with culture will elevate you both culturally, spiritually, physically and intellectually”.

Our Values

Yamurrah is bounded by ethical standards including confidentiality, cultural safety, professional and social justice.

Reciprocity – a mutual exchange of clinical, give back when you receive. The business ethos is contributing to giving back. Deconstruction of power – removing the hierarchy of power. Mutual relationship.

Empowerment – we believe in the empowerment of the individual and the collective. Our recovery techniques are immersed in working in a way to help you re-connect and feel re-empowered.

Connection – central to our Aboriginal worldviews, the core purpose of our existence is a connection. Our ways of working with recovery look at connection and re-connection with country kind ships relationships and culture we work in an intimate and connective way with our people.

Social justice – oppression, discrimination is linked to social justice. Systemic injustice needs to move past impersonal to looking at the collectively and boarder trauma experiences. Agitating, advocacy and pushing for law reforms. Link – systemic and collectively trauma link.

Sacred stories – we honour your sacred story with respect, integrity and professionalism. Our codes of practice ensure we operate in the space of confidentiality.

 10% of our work is voluntary – community work, counselling, youth, community legal, women’s programs, playgroup, survivors groups. Trauma work.

Rowena Lawrie

Rowena is an Aboriginal woman who lives and was raised on Darkingjung country, Central Coast NSW. Her matriarchal tribal connections are Longreach to Gulf Country, and is also a descendant of Wakka Wakka, Wiradjuri and Scottish nations. Rowena is the Director of Yamurrah and wanted to create a unique service that is trauma informed and founded on Aboriginal worldviews. She has over 25 years of clinical experience as a social worker, and has worked in law, health and human rights sectors. Rowena believes her proudest accomplishment is raising children.

Mareese Terare

Mareese is a mother and grandmother. Her traditional connections are with language groups Nganduwal, Minjungbal Bundjalung (Tweed River) and Goenpul Nations (North Stradbroke Island) country and a South Sea Islander descendant. Her knowledge and expertise has broadened as she has developed theories and frameworks in regard to Aboriginal Healing Framework and Cultural Safety.  Her purpose and passions include reclaiming tribal ways of being, doing and knowing. Mareese is a current PhD Candidate with Sydney University. Mareese is a highly experienced trainer, counsellor and conducts research in related fields.

Marlene Lauw

Marlene is a Wiradjuri and Ngunnawal woman who has had extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities providing support, counselling, advocacy and group work. Marlene has specialised skills and knowledge in competency based training, supervision and workforce development in the area of trauma, healing, family violence, sexual assault and child protection.

Rayma Johnson

Rayma is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people who began dance training with Redfern Dance Theatre and later with AIDT, Glebe. Rayma toured nationally with Bangarra in 1999 in their production, “Fish”. For the past 20 years, she has been a freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer in traditional and contemporary dance. Rayma has performed in many festivals, functions/events around NSW including schools and pre-schools. Currently, Rayma leads Buuja Buuja BUTTERFLY dance group with her sister, Kerry. They aim to continue spreading culture, dance, & awareness by EMPOWERING and inspiring Indigenous people.

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Keys

Lizzy is a Worimi woman with a Bachelor in Education who has a passion for healing through the power of touch (kahuna massage body worker) sound therapy, movement (level 2 yoga teacher). Lizzie is a trained Drumbeat facilitator, and can work with groups and teams in a dynamic way.

Megan Cain

Megan is a proud Gomeroi women and is a direct descendant of Mary Jane Cain Burrabeedee Coonabarraban. Megan is a self-taught artist who has been painting for the last five years. Her passion began when she was going through personal issues and her intuition was to paint as part of a healing and self-care process. Megan is passionate about sharing her culture through her artwork.

Bella Webb

Bella is a descendant of Dunghutti, Bundalung and Mandananjani nations. Bella is currently completing her HSC and a Certificate 3 in Events Management, and completing a traineeship with Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council. Bella hopes to travel and pursue her love of music.

Shae Duncan

Shae is a Kamilaroi woman based on the Central Coast. Shae is a graduate of NAISDA Dance College and has performed at many festivals including Message Sticks, Garma, Yabun and Festival of the Brolga. Shae has toured an interactive kid’s show “Datiwuy Dreaming” to offer cultural awareness in education. For over five years, Shae has been working with Beyond Empathy as a performer, teacher and choreographer. Shae hopes to be a role model for both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people.

Andrew Anderson

Andrew is the son of a strong Wiradjuri woman and Bundjalung man. He is a counsellor, with over 15 years of clinical expertise. Andrew has worked as a clinical group facilitator, individual, couples and family therapist, and has worked in extensively in drug and alcohol recovery and health services. Andrew has specialist therapeutic skills in working with children and adolescents who have harmed other children.

Jennifer Stephensen

Jennifer is a proud Wiradjuri woman. With over 17 years of clinical experience working as a Social Worker in a variety of areas including domestic violence, trauma, child protection and health.

She has specialised in working with women, children and families, walking alongside them in their healing journey. Jennifer works from a trauma informed and culturally safe lens in all her work.

Jennifer is trained and experienced in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Circle of Security, Dyadic Development Psychotherapy, and has extensive training and experience Trauma Therapy with adults and children.