Renate Hoffmann Social Worker

LifestreamsPine Street, Cheltenham, Victoria, 3192
clinic location


Phone0408 177 083(Mobile)
Lifestreams Pine Street, Cheltenham, Victoria, 3192
Map for Pine Street, Cheltenham, Victoria, 3192


Renate is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and a Clinical Family Therapist, a Mother and a Carer, who believes in passion, change, empathy, managing conflict well and having fun. She has been providing her unique therapeutic approach people to make changes in their lives since the early 1990’s, both here and overseas. Renate has a background in mental health, child and family work, school counselling, disability, community work and mentoring and supervision. She is currently providing professional supervision to students in the Masters of Social Work program at Monash University. Her therapeutic approach draws on a wide range of bodies of knowledge and interventions. She incorporates elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Neuropsychology, Expressive and Play Therapies, Attachment theory, Family Systems approaches and trauma understandings. In her couple work she draws on a vastrange of approaches and has a Level 2 accreditation in the Gottman Method. She has training in relationship, pre-commitment therapy and support and family therapy. Renate sees it as a privilege to be able to walk alongside people; and to assist individuals, families, colleagues, groups and communities in making changes, facing adversity and shaping lives and practices. She provides a collaborative approach to her support, counselling and therapy. Her areas of expertise include: relationship and family therapy, loss and grief, anxiety and depression, trauma, relationships, personality, esteem and identity, life stage difficulties and transformations. She has a focus on innovation and has recently embraced all aspects of Tele-health, as a way of connecting with and providing effective therapy to clients in their space. She enjoys reading, writing, the arts and rainforests and beaches.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy
  • Medicare Accredited Mental Health Social Worker


  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
  • Clinical Member of the Austalia Association of Family Therapists
  • Level 2 Gottman Method Accredited

Specialisation and Services

Area of Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Development
  • Trauma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Bullying
  • Child Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family Therapy
  • General Counselling
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Transition and Adjustment Issues
  • Mental Illness
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parenting
  • Post-Natal Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Teenagers
  • Victim of Crime


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Ericksonian
  • Existential
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychoeducation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rogerian Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy

Patient Focus

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Older adults
  • Women
  • People with disabilities
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Couples

Languages Spoken

  • German


  • Email consultations
  • Group Sessions
  • Home Visits
  • Online consultations
  • School Visits