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Our Counsellor · Jo Gniel

Jo Gniel is a counsellor and educator and the founder of landscape of life; dedicated to building human connection; helping people create healthy relationships and wellbeing in all aspects of life.

Jo is an Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapist certified by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Through her private practice landscape of life and as a member of the organising group for the Melbourne Community for Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (MCEFT), Jo is committed to supporting excellence in the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) from her clinical work, the provision of learning and development for couples’ counsellors and advising on clinical research, to ensure couples get the support they need to develop stronger, healthier relationships.

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Beyond her academic qualifications in Bio-Medical Science, Counselling and Psychology, Jo’s professional toolkit includes extensive professional development in the field of couples and family relationships, from the Bouverie Centre, Williams Road Family Therapy, Stepfamilies Australia, Relationships Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. Jo is also trained in Mindful Self Compassion with the University of California San Diego.

Not so long ago, Jo could be found walking the boards of a global giant as an innovation and change leader. Since leaving the theatre of corporate life Jo has been driven by a desire to have a positive impact on the lives of others, contributing her business knowledge, practical approaches to wellbeing and love of collaboration within the wider community.

"I believe happiness is an attitude towards life itself. Who we really are, in the deepest sense is waiting to shine through and be present in our life everyday."
- Anonymous

A sought after speaker and facilitator Jo integrates the latest research on attachment science, relationships and wellbeing to create practical and engaging keynote presentations and programs. Jo has delivered programs for global and local businesses, state and federal government departments, health, tertiary education and the not-for-profit sectors to develop leaders and enhance the relationships and wellbeing of teams and organisations.

Jo has also contributed to a range of projects and programs focused on relationships and wellbeing following a cancer diagnosis for organisations including the Mental Health Professionals Network’s Psycho-Oncology Interest Group, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Counterpart, Breast Friends for Epworth Freemasons Hospital, Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre and Women's Health Victoria.

Today, Jo integrates the paradigms and practices of modern psychology and neuroscience, Western relational psychology and Eastern contemplative practice to help people develop a better understanding of themselves and others, navigate the challenges and transitions of life and live a more wholehearted life.

With an interest in relationships and wellbeing, Jo is available to contribute to media discussions and publications.


Jo is a sought after speaker and facilitator, she creates engaging keynote presentations and workshops, that integrate the latest research on attachment science, relationships, Mindful Self-Compassion and wellbeing focused on practical strategies that can be applied immediately in daily life.

She has delivered programs for clients that include global and local businesses, state and federal government departments, health, tertiary education and the not-for-profit sectors to develop leaders and enhance the relationships and wellbeing of teams and organisations.

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