Heart Matters

Body/Mind Wisdom

Ayla Garlick

Ayla Garlick
Personal Growth and Transformation
Adolescent and Adult Counselling
Couples and Family Therapy

Ayla is re-known for her professional experience in mental health care and wellbeing and holds counseling and psychology degrees. She is skilled at building a safe, supportive environment to inspire your fullest potential to live wholeheartedly.

HeartMatters is my private practice were I enjoy facilitating couples therapy, workshops and supporting mind, body, heart and soul  transformation of my clients.

My Values and Orientations

With gratitude, I have been living in the Northern Rivers region for over 40 years. I first came to Byron Bay on the wave of alternative lifestylers that flocked to this region for its beautiful beaches and green hinterland to build a community of people who care about the environment and each other. Living in paradise has created a healing container for my personal growth and spiritual development. Dealing with my emotional "unfinished business" and developing more self awareness supports me to relate to my life in a more creative, richer and fuller way.


I see that individuals are impacted by and interconnected within larger networks of relationships and social systems. My practice is rooted in systems theory and my dedication to social and environmental justice. I believe that becoming more whole is an ongoing, unfolding journey that is vital not only to my own inner peace, but to the survival of our dear Earth and the evolution of all humanity. In these times of ecological and social crisis, I believe that the inner work of personal growth and the outer work of activism are connected. When we experience an embodied sense of belonging with ourselves and all life, we also experience power to act for our world. Joining together as community and sharing our pain for the world is evidence of our interconnectedness, and a healing in itself. With this as my passion, I  have lead groups, workshops, festivals and community gatherings.

I believe that, given the right environment, each individual has the wisdom and resources within them to move towards positive change and wholeness. Seeking help takes courage, and I work collaboratively with clients to meet the unique needs of each individual, couple or family. Grounded in these values, I have completed studies in Community Services, Counselling, Psychology and various Psychotherapies. I have been employed with both government and non-government organisations for the past twenty years working with people with various mental health presentations, alcohol and drug issues, adolescents and families with relationship challenges.  

Byron Bay