Trudy Brunton is our founder and principal clinician / therapist.  She established The Whole Story in 1997 and has the following tertiary qualifications:


Bachelor of Social Science

Associate Diploma of Community Development

Diploma of Counselling

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice

Master of Social Work


Trudy undertakes regular continuing professional development to continue to grow her mental health skills.  She also works as a sessional teacher of mental health units at Swinburne University in Melbourne. 


Trudy is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who is able to bulk bill appointments (through Medicare) with a referral from your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician for clients with a Mental Health Treatment Plan.




Trudy is a current member of the following professional associations : 


Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Rural Social Work Action Group - AASW

Australian Psychological Society (Professional Affiliate)

Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

Mental Health Professionals Network

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)

Autism Spectrum Victoria (Aspect)

Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH)

Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Mental Health Foundation of Australia

Victorian Mental Health Social Work (VMHSW) Practice Group - AASW