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Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained counsellor listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with your emotional issues. Counselling can take place: face to face, over the phone, by email online, by email and in a group (family therapy).
The general objective of counselling is to help resolve crises, reduce distress, develop goals for change and improve overall well-being. Counselling is an opportunity to talk openly and confidentially with a non-judgemental professional who will help guide an individual through their journey.
Counselling is a very personal process. The counsellor will assist you identify things that are keeping you either unhappy, anxious, worried or depressed and provide you with tools and strategies to manage these emotional times. Counselling is a journey of self-discovery allowing you to explore your inner world.
Prior to your first visit, you don't necessarily need to prepare however it does help to think about what you would like to discuss and perhaps make some notes to bring with you. On the other hand, being spontaneous can also be just as effective.
Stress is a reaction to a stimulus (something or an event that disturbs our feelings or thoughts) which therefore effects our physical and/or emotional balance. A stressful event can trigger the “fight or flight “response causing hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline to run through our bodies.
Stress and tension are normal reactions to events that threaten us. Such threats can come from accidents, problems on the job, financial troubles or with family issues.
Anxiety can be defined as a strong and unpleasant feeling of nervousness or distress in response to a feared situation either in the past, present or future. Every year around 14% of all adult Australians are affected by an anxiety disorder. Women are affected more than men.
We can all feel anxious from time to time, however it is more than just feeling stressed or worried.
Some of the many physical symptoms can be hot and cold flushes, nausea, trembling, numb or tingly, lightheaded or faint, dizzy, breathlessness, sweating, rapid heartbeat, tightening of the chest.
Anxiety becomes a disorder when the symptoms become chronic and interfere with our daily lives and our ability to function. At times symptoms are severe and can be upsetting enough to make individuals feel extremely uncomfortable, out of control and helpless.
Learning that you have an anxiety disorder may bring relief (finally having a name for your struggles), more questions (why me?) and more worry (not knowing what to do next).
The good news is that anxiety disorders are among the most treatable.
On average, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men will experience depression at some stage of their lives.
It is a condition that involves the body, mood and thoughts. It interferes with daily life and normal functioning.
Often feeling very sad, moody or low for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes with no apparent reason, which can affect our physical and mental health.
There are many different types of depressive disorders which have different symptoms and causes ranging from mild to severe. Treatment/s for depression can be either psychological or medical or both.
Now and then we may feel down, tense, angry or anxious, or perhaps feeling temporarily blocked by negative thoughts, these are all normal emotions. However when these feelings persist for long periods of time they may be part of other issues. At times problems can influence how we think and our ability to function in our everyday activities, whether at school, work or in relationships.
It can be helpful to talk about what’s going on in your life, if you have noticed a change in how you are feeling and thinking.
This might include:
Feeling unusually stressed or worried.
Being easily irritated or having problems with friends, family, relationship for no reason.
Changes in the way that you carry out day to day life.
Feeling things have changed or aren’t quite right.
Feeling sad or ‘down’ or crying for no apparent reason.
Having negative, distressing or unusual thoughts.
Your performance at school, university or work is not as good as it used to be.
Having trouble concentrating or remembering things.
Why do unpleasant arguments break out between people who presumably love and care about each other?
Strain can be placed on relationships when stressful circumstances affect a couple as a whole, or even just one of the partners. Chronic illness of one person, for example, can impact the well-being of both partners.
Many couples struggle with communicating effectively and feeling that they are not heard by their partners, as well as differences in parenting, expectations and decision making.
Severe stressors include infidelity, terminal illness of one partner, and serious mental health issues. Resentment, dislike, and an increase in the frequency of arguments tend to be signs of underlying problems that have been left unaddressed.
Counselling can help you recognise where your relationship is going wrong and whether or not you are able to recover and heal the relationship.
Parenting can be a demanding and difficult job.
However parenting with clarity which consists of talk, listen and learn can be a great start to a healthy and happy parent/child relationship.
Counselling can help you learn how to effectively communicate, set clear and consistent boundaries, understand behaviours and implement relevant strategies.
Adolescence/young adults is a time of great transition.
They are learning to define who they are and gain a sense of belonging to the world around them – for young people and their families alike. While it is healthy for young people to begin forming their own identity, style, this is at times not without its challenges. Conflict, lack of communication and understanding at times can result in misunderstandings and can create divisions in family relationships.
At such an important time, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the challenges that may be present.
Our weight seems to be one of the things that is more troubled with emotional struggles than many other physical conditions. It is very closely linked to not only our health but also our sense of self-worth, self-esteem, self-image and even our mood.
The first positive step is awareness and to decide to make changes to your well-being with the help and guidance of both counsellor and clinical nutritionist. Together as a team we will assist you with implementing behavioural changes, create strategies and working with an individual plan.
You may be wondering what the difference between self-esteem and self-worth is.
Your self-esteem is how you feel about yourself based on your actions. It is what you have control over.
Your self-worth has a more spiritual bend to it. It is directly related to your identity, your sense of self, your overall feeling of importance and value in this world.
Overall both are an incredible amount of value and serve very different purposes in our lives.
If counselling doesn't appeal to you then brief therapy-single session may.
Brief Therapy focuses on the present and future, solutions rather than problems. Therefore the conversation is directed towards achieving your vision of solutions in a short period of time.
Counselling outside of these hours can be arranged.
Telephone counselling is also available.
|Initial 15 minute telephone consultation||Free|
|60 minute session for individuals||$100|
|90 minute session for individuals||$135|
|60 minute session for students/concession||$80|
|90 minute session for students/concession||$110|
|90 minute session for couples/families||$160||30 minute session via telephone for individuals||$50|
|60 minute session via telephone for individuals||$80|
415 Buckley Street
Easy Parking Available
0409 441 311
(By appointment only)
Monday 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Saturday 9.30 am – 11.00 am
Telephone counselling available