Hi, I am Marie
Hey there, I’m Marie Vakakis, a Mental Health Social Worker, Family Therapist, presenter, podcaster, and trainer. My passion lies in supporting people to improve their mental wellbeing by building strong relationships and connections.
I’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of individuals and families in various settings, from schools to community health centres. It’s been amazing to see the positive impact that comes from improving communication and understanding of each other’s needs. I continue to maintain a small case load in my practice, The Therapy Hub, where I work with individuals, couples and families, supporting them with their mental health and relationships issues.
As a Mental Health and Wellbeing Educator, I work with businesses, companies and organisations to create healthier and happier working environments. I love using my unique ability to blend in-depth psychological knowledge with a relaxed and engaging style to equip audiences with the knowledge and tools to nurture their own mental wellbeing and provide Mental Health First Aid when required
My ultimate goal is to normalise discussions around mental health, helping to break down stigma and empower individuals to speak openly and confidently about it. Through my programs, podcast and workshops I bring together over a decade of tertiary studies and clinical experience, with real-life knowledge and experience.
So, let’s work together to improve connections and relationships, and support good mental health and wellbeing.
Demystifying Mental Health and breaking down the stigma one conversation at a time.
Create a world where people feel connected, supported and have the skills they need to get through life’s up and downs.
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Bachelor of Arts (majoring in psychology), Monash University
Masters of Social Work (additional research year / thesis) The University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma of Youth and Adolescent Mental Health , The University of Melbourne
Masters of Family Therapy, LaTrobe University
Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers
Accredited ‘Tuning Into Teens’ Parenting Program Facilitator
Completed level 1 Gottman Method Couples training
Accredited Youth and Standard Mental Health First Aid Facilitator
‘’Clear and accessible. Felt like a really safe space to learn. Marie felt trustworthy and knowledgeable and wise. Amazed at how she stayed so positive and kept the energy going for the entire two days
– Past MHFA attendee
‘’I really got quite a lot out of completing the course, I feel a lot more confident to assess and assist someone who is showing signs of deteriorating mental health.’’
– Past MHFA attendee
‘’Marie made all information clear and easy to understand. She spent time explaining areas and was able to tie in activities to support the knowledge.’’