What do we want from you?

  • Be prepared to work with us to achieve your goal or objective.
  • Be committed to the process.

What other areas complement our services?

Professional Supervision – we provide professional supervision to other Counsellor’s and Coaches working in both private practice and various agencies.

Workplace Training and Assessment

Presentations – We provide group work tailored to individual needs.

EAP – we have provided the Employee Assistance Program for more than 30 organisations, assisting management and employees.

Who do we provide services for?

  • Clients from as young as 5yrs to 80+ years. Working with children who are distressed, problems at school, behavioural difficulties. Working with retirees in transition from employment to retirement and also to assist elderly parents deal with extended family conflict.
  • Couples, Marriage, Individuals, Family Groups, Extended Families, Blended Families and so on.
  • Clients from many different geographical locations including remote locations, nationally and overseas.

I’m not that weak that I need help, I’ll just work it out myself or it’ll come good “she’ll be right mate”.

It is a sign of strength to know your own limits, and when to ask for help. Asking for help at the onset can avoid issues becoming more serious, resulting in much larger problems. In addition, it helps you grow and develop as a person.

It didn’t work last time.

The client may not have been committed to change or personal development. It could be that they didn’t connect with the Counsellor or the Counsellor was working outside their area of expertise. The client may not have been ready to explore their issues.

It’s only talking, doesn’t really help.

Counselling assists in many different ways and provides strategies and tools to better manage the situation you may find yourself in, such as different ways of communicating, problem solving techniques, or managing stress. The Counsellor works towards helping the client to achieve a more positive outcome.

What can a Counsellor do? I’m ‘beyond help’ no matter what I do now!

Counselling cannot wave the magic wand and just make a situation disappear into thin air. However, it can certainly make a huge difference in how it affects you and your ability to make difficult decisions and improve the situation. Counselling helps you to develop and identify choices in your life so that you can see the ‘road ahead’.

I don’t know anyone, or even who to approach that is any good. Where do I go to find a good Counsellor?

It is really important to choose a Counselling service with a good reputation. Like other services, it is a good idea to ask people who they would recommend. We have many clients who are referred by previous clients or business associates. Have a look at some of the testimonials on our website, perhaps you may read something that resonates with what you are going through. Even if your situation is not included, rest assured that we have dealt with all issues because of the different areas of expertise our Counsellors have. Look at Professional Counselling Associations for a list of Counsellors in your area.

My friends told me that Counselling is a waste of time!

Some people have a negative bias or thoughts even without any first-hand experience of such a service. Perhaps they have tried counselling on one occasion, and maybe either saw a Counsellor they didn’t connect with, didn’t make the personal contribution needed to see some change to their situation, simply didn’t give enough time for the service to provide a positive outcome, or simply ‘were not ready’. Many issues our clients present with have been ingrained over many years, so it would be unrealistic to just change this in 2 – 3 hours.

My wife/husband is ready to leave me so what’s the point now? I really didn’t see it coming, I’m devastated, and don’t know what to do.

Many people wait until it’s too late to get help. Maybe they thought they could fix it or they thought it was too expensive at the time, and now it feels as if there is no hope for the relationship. With counselling, there is a much better opportunity to retrieve the relationship or situation, and ensure that the relationship is equipped with the tools and strategies needed to handle conflict in the future.

It costs too much, not worth the cost.

It comes back to what value you place on the situation. For example, is your marriage or relationship worth saving? Or would you prefer divorce, legal fees, separating assets, and so on. What would that cost both financially and emotionally?

Why pay someone to just talk to you?

Counsellors are skilled and trained in dealing with emotional issues, life’s challenges, and can work from an objective, non-judgemental position in order to empower and provide tools to better manage the situation and any future problems.

I can handle this myself. I don’t need someone else to tell me what to do.

Even with the very best intentions, this can usually lead to disaster as there is no-one to discuss the situation or challenge the current mindset with. The counsellor is there to help you explore many different avenues using different therapies, and strategies to challenge thoughts and beliefs and support the changes necessary to improve their situation.

My friends can advise me what to do, no need to pay a counsellor.

Friends can be supportive and give advice. They will usually give their own opinion on what to do. This does not empower the client to work through their own issues to find their own solution and to be able to gain the skills when future problems occur. Counsellors do not give advice, they are skilled in listening to the issues and are then able to help the client objectively challenge what is of concern using empathy and unconditional positive regard. Counsellors are trained to recognise early warning signs of depression, anxiety, addictions, suicidal thoughts among others.