Counselling can help you to build resilience so that you can solve or manage your personal challenges. This is achieved by helping you to build strategies on how to cope and assist you on assessing your options.
Deciding whether or not to attend counselling can be a hard decision. Some people can feel very nervous about having to share their problems and feel there is a stigma to getting professional help. It may reassure you to know that people from all walks of life, ages and background attend counselling for emotional guidance.
Common reasons to utilise counselling:
- Relationships and family issues
- Communication problems
- Sexuality and identity problems
- Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
- Relationship breakdown
- Coping with health problems
- Grief and loss
- Stress, depression and anxiety
- Workplace issues
- Coping with physical and mental illness
- Transitional difficulties
- Coping with conflict
- Parenting support and education
What can I expect from the Psychologist?
Your Psychologist will offer guidance and emotional support but won’t dictate how you will live your life. The Psychologist will help you to problem solve and teach you tools so you can better cope and manage your emotions and the situation. Your Psychologist will follow an evidence based framework and tailor a treatment plan that is specific to you.
What is required of me in counselling?
Counselling will require you to talk about your problem and for some people this process can be quite upsetting and confronting and this reaction is normal. At Relationships4Life counselling is non-judgemental and confidential. It is a safe and supportive environment for you to deal with your distress and vulnerabilities.
In counselling you will be offered strategies on how to resolve and cope with the problem. You will be encouraged to practice these strategies outside of counselling and on occasions this may involve you completing some light homework tasks.
During the sessions you are welcome to take notes or bring a friend if you believe this will help you in the process.
How many sessions will I need?
It is difficult to pinpoint how many sessions you will require, as this is unique to each individual case. It is recommended that you allow for several appointments so that you have sufficient time to learn strategies and have access to ongoing support whilst you are in the initial stages of implementing change.
You may wish to talk with your GP to discuss whether you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan and this will enable you to claim a Medicare rebate on your fees. Please refer to Fees & Rebate for more information about this.