About Us

Melissa Rundle

Mel is owner and principal counsellor at Phoenix. She holds an Undergraduate degree in Behavioural Science – Psychology from Flinders University, Adelaide, and a Masters degree in Counselling from Tabor College, Adelaide. She has much life experience and is ready to help you navigate through life’s difficult times.

Mel is an empathetic and intuitive counsellor, specialising in all aspects of general counselling from anxiety and depression, grief and loss, to recovered memories and couples therapy. She also helps people with pet bereavement, being a great animal lover herself and understanding the huge impact the loss of your beloved pet can play in your life.

Mel is also able to offer Christian or Spiritual counselling if you wish to incorporate this into your healing journey.

She is a well known and respected local in the Southern Vales area and warmly welcomes you to Phoenix Counselling Services.


Skylar has lived with Mel since she was 18 months old and is currently training at Grade social grade 5 obedience level and also works as a Delta Therapy Dog with Mel bringing joy and happiness to elderly residents in a care home. She has fitted into being a therapy dog with Phoenix like a duck to water, and warmly greets every client like they are her long lost best friend with a giant toothy smile and a very waggy tail! She is a very intuitive hound, and whilst spends much of session time snoozing, always seems to know when a client needs a cuddle or a gentle lean to help them through an emotional time.

Please be assured that if having Skylar in your session is not your thing, please do not be concerned. All clients are advised at the time of booking that she is part of the practice, and if you wish, she can stay home on the day of your session. You are under no obligation at all to have her in your session and she is never just sprung on a client unawares. You, as the client, are always in control of what happens in your sessions.

If you are interested in Skylars’ journey from her previous life as an unraced young greyhound to where she is today, here is a lovely video taken by GAPsa mid last year: https://vimeo.com/439917482/0b6e0e5957