Rough Patch is a co-working space for private practice counsellors, with a focus on a supportive, inclusive and respectful community of practice.


Counsellors offer reduced-fee counselling to clients, and in turn Rough Patch supports you by providing low-cost room rentals, marketing and referral supports, opportunities for free and low-cost training, free monthly clinical supervision, professional development and networking opportunities, private practice mentoring, social media support, discounted books and mental health resources sold via the shop, and other benefits.


Rooms are rented in 3-hour blocks at $15 per hour, on an ongoing, weekly basis between 9am-6pm. As with any other contracted rental arrangement, counsellors are required to pay for their weekly room booking regardless of client attendance. This ensures efficient and fair use of the rooms, consistency for clients, and significantly reduces administration costs for Rough Patch, ultimately contributing to our sustainability.

Rough Patch also supports our counsellors by providing suggested clinical guideline templates such as treatment agreements, cancellation policies, practice management templates, and other practice-related resources.


Counsellors take an active role in building their practice by promoting themselves and Rough Patch. Support and ideas about how to do this are available within the Community of Practice.


To join our community of practice, you must hold a graduate-level degree in counselling, psychology or social work, be registered with a professional association (eg; PACFA, ACA, APA, APS, AASW), hold your own professional indemnity and public liability insurance, manage your own accounting and clinical record keeping, and agree to work within our community of practice guidelines, including attending monthly community of practice/clinical supervision meetings.

We welcome counsellors who are committed to practicing through inclusive, non-pathologising, anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-homophobic, queer-friendly, and anti-misogynist frameworks and actively seek to further their education about these issues on an ongoing basis. We seek to work in anti-oppressive ways while acknowledging that we are always learning and can always do better.

If you are interested in joining our Community of Practice, please email your resume to Amber Rules at amber [at] roughpatchcounselling [dot] com