Part of the journey towards wellness...
Counselling is a confidential collaboration which is aimed at helping patients to understand their thoughts, feelings and actions in order to help them overcome certain patterns or challenges in life.
Counselling may be short term, long term, or over a lifetime, according to the needs of each patient. It is a profession with a strong evidence base, and it uses scientifically supported interventions and tools to facilitate change and improve the mental and emotional well being of patients. But in addition to these helpful strategies, counselling is also about giving patients an environment where they feel safe, understood, respected and free of judgement.
Counsellors are trained in a range of modalities to work with clients from diverse backgrounds. Counselling can be general, or focused on specific issues such as aspects of identity, career, relationships, parenting, grief and loss, trauma, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression or anxiety.
Some patients may wish to focus their appointments on solution-based therapies. Here they actively participate in creating and working towards specific wellness goals with the assistance and support of their counsellor. Other patients wish to spend more time unpacking past experiences and patterns to better understand their thoughts and feelings before creating specific goals. Your counsellor will work with you to determine your needs and help to you to find the approach that suits you best.
Counselling sessions can be contracted in blocks, or they can be held one session at a time. You are free to extend or end counselling at any time. Normally, you only pay at for each individual session. You may be eligible for health fund rebates, and your provider will be able to give you further information.
Some of the outcomes you can expect from counselling include: changes in perspective, new insights, new ways of handling old situations, greater awareness, new behaviours, and improved confidence in your decisions about life.