I’m Wendy Liu – hello.
I created The Session as a dedicated space for us to have therapeutic conversations about life, loss and grief.
I am a Specialist Grief Counsellor, Masters-qualified Couple & Family Therapist and a Medicare-approved Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. I am also a Certified EMDR Practitioner with specialist training in its use with grief and trauma.
Before The Session I worked as a Forensic Counsellor for seven years supporting families following unexplained deaths, fatal accidents, child deaths, suicides and homicides reported to the Coroner.
Previous to this I worked in Palliative Care and Oncology, as well as various hospitals and health services in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Being close to loss and grief each day has really honed my skills in supporting others during the toughest of times.
This means I have the experience, training, and practical wisdom to help if you're affected by grief, trauma, mental health and relationship issues, or if someone you know is a missing person.
In this way I bring over 20 years of professional experience to our counselling sessions, as well as big doses of empathy, curiosity and authenticity.
You can read more about my work in Any Ordinary Day, the Walkley Award winning book about trauma, loss and resilience by Leigh Sales or listen to my interview on Conversations with ABC Radio.
Outside of The Session, I'm reading but promptly forgetting books, I'm baking and delivering sourdough, and I'm definitely swimming and cooking - just not at the same time.
See you in The Session.
Qualifications and Affiliations
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Sydney
Graduate Certificate in Social Work: Dying, Death & Palliative Care, University of Sydney
Master of Couple & Family Therapy, University of New South Wales and Relationships Australia
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Medicare Provider
Member of Australian Association of
Member of EMDR International Association
Specialist Training in the use of EMDR Therapy with Grief - Dr. Roger Solomon
Ambiguous Loss Specialist Counsellor, Missing Persons Advocacy Network
Outreach Program Counsellor, Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling
Guest on 'Conversations', ABC Radio
Interview with A. English, "Accidental Killers", Marie Claire, June 2021
Presentation to The Law Society of NSW, "Talking Differently about Grief", April 2021
Interview with Dr. S. Wayland & Professor M. Maple, "Ripple Effects: Suicide Prevention", MiNDFOOD, Sep 2020