Kristina Kosmac - Sticks n Stones Therapy Albury Wodonga
Kristina Kosmac – Sticks & Stones

Kristina has the ability to work both individually and relationally with clients of all ages offering a professional and confidential approach that entails respect whilst placing a considerable emphasis on safety and connection

She specialises in assisting clients who have experienced:

  • Trauma/Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Ruminating Thoughts
  • Depression and Anxiety

She is passionate about integrating her 30 years of experience within her work offering a unique and flexible targeted approach with an emphasis on establishing safety and connection. She is a Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical member (the highest level) of the International and National licensed registering bodies for Australian relationship counsellors, psychotherapists  and family therapists; which meet training standards required for evidenced-based individual and relationship counselling. Members of these associations have undertaken extensive clinical supervision, experience, and training. Her specialist training and interests include psychotherapies such as EMDR, IFS, Sand play and Expressive therapy, Havening, Gottman, EFT and attachment-based therapies.

Prior to entering private practice in 2020 Kristina had over 14 years of therapeutic experiences providing counselling and therapy to individuals, families, children, and parents within:

  • Clinical Mental Health Settings
  • Post – Separation
  • Education Settings
  • Family Violence

Plus 4 years of research and project work that includes:

  • Inquiry into causes of youth homelessness within Western Melbourne Suburbs
  • Development of program for parents of children who have experienced trauma
  • Developing mentor program for young people between the ages of 12 – 25
  • Youth Needs studies in Western Melbourne Suburbs


Prior to becoming a therapist, Kristina completed her Bachelor of Youth Work, her Associate Diploma of Welfare Studies and spent 14 years working in the homelessness and alternative sector as a youth worker in the eastern and western suburbs of Melbourne. She experienced firsthand the long-term effects of unresolved trauma and the impact that trauma can have on relationships resulting in homelessness. Through her 14 years of work as a youth worker working with young people (12 – 21) whom have been homeless, are at risk or homelessness, or fallen out of the education system, she is extremely passionate about providing early intervention therapy models that involve:

  • Latest evidence-based therapies that involve processing trauma
  • Working on relationships that are the essential ingredient for recovery
  • Working with family systems than can impact on recovery

Kristina is also extremely passionate about completing thorough assessments that determine the best pathway forward for each client.  She understands the importance of providing therapeutic assistance to  clients that are:

  • In a safe place
  • Have secure housing
  • Are not going through legal processes that involve child protection

Kristina is a Mental health social worker who has completed her Master’s in Clinical family Therapy and training hours to become a clinical family therapist. She incorporates her extra training:

  • Part A training in Child-centred Play Therapy
  • Theraplay Training
  • Certificate of Sand Play and Expressive Therapies
  • Attachment-based Family Therapy
  • EMDR, level 1 and 2 and EMDR Child Story Telling Training (to assist in building parent-child attachments)
  • Havening
  • Polyvagal
  • Internal Family Systems level 1

Kristina is also a parent who understands that parenting can be hard work, she incorporates this experience with her parenting training

  • Tuning into Kids
  • Bringing up Great Kids Program
Kristina Kosmac - Sticks n Stones Therapy Albury Wodonga

Relationship Specialist

I have been supporting people through emotional hardships for the last 30 years. In this time, I have worked with a very wide range of people – each with their own story and definition of fulfilment.
My work is heavily influenced by the idea that our relationships, particularly our family relationships, are at the core of our emotional well-being. When these relationships are loving and supportive, we can walk through life with a positive outlook, knowing that we are loved and appreciated.
However, when these relationships are a source of pain, frustration and struggle, we feel unsafe or otherwise unfulfilled. We develop thought patterns and behavioural tendencies that are designed to help us avoid this unprocessed pain. Until we are able to resolve these hurts, we walk through life feeling like we are not living the life we are supposed to be living. This has a knock-on effect on our work and on our other relationships.
I am trained in a number of therapeutic approaches. I will tailor my approach to your individual needs.

Learn More

Kristina understands that our brains are relational, she is aware that our early attachment history matters. As a clinical family Therapist, she is up to date with current research which is now substantiating that our bodies not only hold memories and experiences that have developed throughout our life span even in utero. But also impact on our biological makeup that also include our family of origin and our ancestors.


  • Master of Social Work – Charles Stuart University
  • Master Clinical Family Therapy – Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University
  • Specialist Couples Counselling – Relationships Australia, Swinburne University
  • Bachelor of Youth Work – Victoria University
  • Associate Diploma of Welfare – La Trobe University
  • Certificate in Expressive & Somatic Therapies – Expressive Therapies Institute
  • Certificate in Sand Play & Expressive Therapy – Expressive Therapies Institute
  • Child Centered Play Therapy Level 1 – Child Centered Play Therapy Institute
  • Theraplay Training Level 1 – Theraplay UK
  • Dialetical Behaviour Therapy – Dean Buck Master
  • EFT – Dr Peter Stapleton
  • EMDR – Level 2 Adults, Adolescents and Children
  • Introduction to Havening – The Havening Institute
  • Part A and Part B – Level 1 Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Russ Harris
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Trauma) – University of Melbourne
  • Foundations Polyvagual Therapy – Deb Dana
  • Tuning into kids – Parenting Program
  • Bringing up great kids – Parenting program
  • PARKAS – Family Violence Facilator
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment – North Coast TAFE
Our Office, 163 Lawrence Street, Wodonga VIC 3690 - Sticks n Stones Therapy Albury Wodonga

Sticks & Stones – 163 Lawrence Street, Wodonga VIC 3690

Rebates Available

GP Referrals via Mental Health Care Plan
Rebates Available via:

  • Medicare
  • Selected Private Health Insurers
  • Emergency Services Insurer
  • Victims Of Crime
  • WorkCover
  • EAP Providers

“Psychology usually tries to help people use insight and understanding to manage their behaviour. However, neuroscience research shows that very few psychological problems are the result of defects in understanding; most originate in pressures from deeper regions in the brain that drive our perception and attention. When the alarm bell of the emotional brain keeps signalling that you are in danger, no amount of insight will silence it.”

Bessel Van Der Kolk

Kristina has

  • Provided over 3000 individual counselling sessions with adults and children
  • Provided over 1500 family therapy and couples counselling sessions
  • Designed and facilitated over 50 group work programs for children adults and youth
  • Facilitated and developed over 50 youth camps and or youth recreation groups for young people 10 – 25
  • Providing outdoor therapy, ropes courses assisting youth to challenge themselves, problem solve and develop team work skills
  • Provided supervision to staff in a number of settings
  • Provided psychoeducation and strategies to a number of parents, teachers and other professionals within the field
  • Constant supervision and observation from leaders and specialists in the field such as clinical family therapists and psychotherapists, expressive therapists and clinical psychologists
  • Provided teaching and training for future community service workers

Traumatic events can affect relationships, this is because when trauma occurs our body is wired to survive. During this time our body responds to survive, often responding unconsciously with either a sympathetic response – Fight and flight and/or a dorsal Vagal response – Shutting down. Current research is substantiating that these responses can often remain in the body. Parents/ partner and carers can find it hard to respond with warmth and empathy as their body is still wired to survive. Added to that parenting does not come with a book. We often learn how to parent from our own experience as a child. within her work. Assisting families, couples, parents, children, and adolescents to heal together with the understanding that mindful and attuned communication is essential for healing.

Associations & Memberships

RN: 474637

CM: 25794

CM: 47437

Level A CM: 25794

PN: 6068141Y

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163 Lawrence Street, Wodonga VIC 3690

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    0414 917 607

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    Wodonga, 3690
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