Dr Trish Quinlivan counsellor

Miya (Dr Mary Patricia Quinlivan)

Personal history

I graduated as a doctor in 1991 and spent roughly 20 years working mainly as a General Practitioner.
In 2011  an episode of quite severe insomnia, helped me to realize I needed to move away from general practice. I began working in an area that was much closer to my heart.I wanted to help poeple heal from psychological stress with psychotherapy and mindfulness. It was the best move I have ever made. My insomnia recovered and I love what I do now.I grew up in a family where there was significant mental illness, this is what nurtured my passion for healing.
Soon after shifting my practice I read the book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. Eckhart’s teachings, combined with ongoing mindfulness started a very beautiful journey into spirituality. Over the years I had always addressed my own issues having therapy in earlier years and practicing meditation on and off since I was 18. All that work created fertile ground for a rapidly deepening spirituality. I later met my current teacher Isira who is deeply enlightened and has gently guided me towards accessing enlightened states. These days during meditation and at other times I access states of pure being. It is the light/ love that is at the core of all of us. This love is spreading through my life and I feel very at peace.I know how to guide you towards healing because I have healed myself. I have a beautiful husband Dan who works as a school counsellor and two lovely boys Sam and Joe.My family and friends are my most valuable teachers.


  • My current teacher is Isira, the most loving being I have ever had the priviledge of spending time with.She lives in Sydney.
  • I am a student of A Course in Miracles.
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Western Australia 1991
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 1996
  • Two years of Intensive psychotherapy training 2005 and 2006 Gestalt Institute of WA
  • Mindfulness Training since 2012 Including Mindfulness Teacher Training.


20 years as a doctor , mostly in general practice with some hospital medicine early on. I always had an interest in psychological medicine so I developed that passion over the years.
8 years working entirely in mental health, stress, mindfulness & spirituality.
Psychological symptoms like depression and anxiety are our bodies way of aiming to teach us. If we listen to our bodies and start to make changes we can heal. Even minor adjustments can make a significant difference. I would love to guide you, please feel free to contact me.

I am making some major changes by May/June 2021. I am moving more deeply into spirituality. You may notice also I am using the preferred name of Miya.This is because I have been hearing it in my meditations for over 6 months. Please click this link for a post explaining the beautiful change, click here