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Phone: (03) 5902 6192

Dianna Cox Mikkelson

Counselling Psychologist

B.S., M.A., M. Psych Counselling, AAPI

Dianna is a Counselling Psychologist and the director of Inscape Psychology. She has over 30 years experience in the field of mental health. Initially trained in the USA, Dianna has worked in psychiatric hospitals, crisis assessment and community mental health. In 2005 she returned to Australia and started seeing clients in private practice.

Dianna believes embodied healing can only take place when we experience a felt sense of safety and so creates a therapeutic space that is grounded, compassionate and collaborative. Whether working with individuals or couples, Dianna addresses the impact of childhood attachment and personal and generational trauma on current functioning. She is deeply curious about how each client has learnt to survive in the world and seeks to understand not only the cognitive narrative but also the “story” of the nervous system. This body story is at the core of many of our dysregulated emotions and behaviours.

Dianna is especially passionate about helping women unravel the barriers that stand in the way of personal empowerment. As a result of living under thousands of years of patriarchy, women carry deeply held conditioning that can stifle verbal, sexual and creative expression. Through increased body awareness, Dianna teaches women how to reclaim their inner freedom.

Dianna has completed the three year training in Somatic Experiencing (SE), a body-oriented therapeutic approach for healing trauma developed by Peter Levine, Ph.D. Using the innate ability humans have to overcome trauma, SE encourages the awareness of sensations in the body to help people re-negotiate and relieve the physical, emotional and physiological effects of trauma. Dianna is also trained in the personality typology of the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a complex understanding of the core motives and drivers of personality. By understanding our innate personality type we can become unstuck from fixated ways of being in the world.

Dianna sees clients in Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula, in Poowong South Gippsland and via telehealth.

* Please note: Somatic therapies are not covered under Medicare


  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Northwestern College, USA
  • Master of Arts Counselling Psychology, St. Thomas University, USA
  • Master of Psychology, Counselling, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Member, Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPI)
  • Registered psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

You can contact Dianna directly on mobile 0434 101 420


Our Practitioners

At Inscape Psychology we nurture a curiosity about each client’s story and provide a safe space to explore the drivers for certain behaviour. It is deep work, but grounded and balanced – geared to the whole person.
It is through Awareness that true healing can occur.

  • Dianna Cox Mikkelson

    Counselling Psychologist
    Dianna is deeply curious about how each client has learnt to survive in the world and seeks to understand not only the cognitive narrative but also the “story” of the nervous system.
  • Andree Evans

    Counselling Psychologist
    The starting point for every therapeutic relationship is a deep respect for each individual. Andrée greatly values each client’s unique life experiences and personal resources.
  • Jacqueline Amos

    and Family Therapist
    Jacqueline is dedicated to getting to know her clients and work in a way that suits their individual needs and circumstances.
  • Sarah Ives

    Sarah is a Registered Psychologist and Family Therapist with over 20 years' experience specialising in the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, young adults and parents.
  • Ella Walker

    Ella Walker

    Mental health Social worker & Psychotherapist
    Ella is a great believer in each person being their own expert on their lives and wellbeing and is conscious of meeting each person right where they are on their inner journey; without judgement, expectation or pressure.
  • Eryka Rhodes

    Eryka Rhodes

    Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Facilitator
    Eryka has trained in Mindfulness based therapy and is a certified Hypnotherapist. She works with adolescents, adults and with relationships; between parent and child, couples and in families.
  • Jane Pincott

    Jane Pincott

    Naturopath and Nutritionist
    Jane takes the time to understand the cause of your ill-health and formulate an individualised treatment plan with ongoing guidance, inspiration and support.