If you have experienced childhood trauma, you can speak with a Blue Knot Helpline trauma counsellor including for support and applications around national redress

1300 657 380
Monday - Sunday
between 9am - 5pm AEST
or via email helpline@blueknot.org.au


Do you live with disability?  Have you experienced abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation?

For support for Disability Royal Commission or general support contact our National Counselling & Referral Service

1800 421 468
9am - 6pm AEST Mon- Fri
9am - 5pm AEST Sat, Sun & public holidays


Blue Knot Helpline Referral Database

Blue Knot Foundation manages a Referral Database containing the names of health practitioners and organisations with experience in supporting adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Helpline counsellors identify service providers from this database in response to requests from service users. Blue Knot Foundation provides this information as a service only and cannot guarantee its suitability for any service user’s particular needs.

Health Practitioners

Health practitioners on the Referral Database include primarily psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and social workers, as well as mental health nurses, psychiatrists, general practitioners, and other mental health service providers.

Practitioners apply to Blue Knot Foundation to have their details listed on the Referral Database. Applicants must demonstrate appreciation of trauma-informed therapeutic services relevant to working with adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, details of their professional registration and two professional references attesting to their experience in providing trauma-informed therapy. Applicants who provide this documentation are listed on the Referral Database. 

The Blue Knot Foundation does not otherwise accredit or endorse any health practitioner on the Referral Database. Health practitioners who accept referrals through the Referral Database do so as independent practitioners, even where they are or have been employees or contractors with the Blue Knot Foundation. Apart from maintaining and using the Referral Database, the Blue Knot Foundation has no role in the referral process or any subsequent treatment provided, and receives no financial benefit from the referral.

It is solely the responsibility of the service user to ascertain the appropriateness of any health practitioner for their particular needs.

Any complaint or concern about a health practitioner who is listed on the Referral Database should be submitted to the relevant State or Territory health complaints body or professional association. The Blue Knot Foundation is not able to investigate or determine complaints. If Blue Knot Foundation is notified in writing that a complaint against a practitioner listed on the Referral Database has been submitted to a relevant complaints body, the practitioner's listing on the Referral Database will be suspended until the outcome of the complaint is known. Blue Knot Foundation will advise the practitioner about the suspension of their listing.

The discretion to list, retain or remove a health professional from the Referral Database rests solely with Blue Knot Foundation.

For guidance on how to choose a therapist please read the following:



Blue Knot Foundation endeavours to identify organisations that are trauma-informed and potentially may be of assistance to a service user.

Blue Knot Foundation does not accredit or endorse any organisation on the Referral Database. It is solely the responsibility of the service user to ascertain the appropriateness of any organisation for their particular needs.

Any complaint or concern about an organisation provided by the Blue Knot Helpline must be addressed directly with that organisation and their complaints process. The Blue Knot Foundation is not able to investigate or determine complaints against other organisations.

The discretion to list, retain or remove an organisation from the Referral Database rests solely with Blue Knot Foundation.

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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Phone: 02 8920 3611
PO Box 597 Milsons Point NSW 1565
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST

Blue Knot Helpline
Phone: 1300 657 380
Email: helpline@blueknot.org.au 
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm AEST

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