Counselling

Counselling is person-centred so that the client feels like they are in the driver’s seat and our counselling team is trained to assist with a variety of difficulties that you or someone you know may be experiencing.

Why Counselling?

Our therapists help encourage resilience and foster the growth and recovery of individual’s to improve their quality of life. Our counsellors implement a range of appropriate strategies to encourage wellness for all. Our sessions allow each individual the opportunity to share anything they feel they need to discuss and understand better. 

We provide understanding and compassion at a time of need, while building skills to assist in becoming self-aware and fostering self-growth. We assist children to express themselves in a healthy and productive way that can alleviate any restrictive emotional states such as anxiety, stress and depression. These states impact our thoughts, feelings, energy and behaviour, and can restrict our abilities to express our needs to others. 

How we help

Person Centred Therapy

Client driven so that they are able to discuss what is happening for them. To share what it is that they want to or need to share. With this approach we are working towards a state on congruence. This first comes from the therapist but transitions to the client’s life.

Expressive Therapies

SAND TRAY

Is an expressive therapies-based intervention style that helps people to process hard to talk about topics or to express themselves when they are unable to do so through words. By incorporating symbols, it allows for the patterns, objects and the movement of the sand to do the talking.

SYMBOL WORK

Symbols are used to represent emotions, thoughts, interactions, people and situations as an example. They allow for interaction to happen without the use of words. Just like a picture says a thousand words, so do symbols.

ART (PAINTING, DRAWING, CLAY ETC.)

There are a variety of ways that different modes of art can be used to express a person’s thoughts, feelings or actions. It can also be used to assist with emotional regulation. 

THERAPY CARDS

A way to express yourself through the use of cards. These can be of symbols, words or just plain pictures. They can depict how a thought, feeling, action or situation can be presented in the randomised of ways

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

This type of therapy is used to assist in encouraging people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting them of feeling guilty for them. 

Mindfulness-based Therapy

Mindfulness is used to calm the nervous system down and allow for regulation. It assists in understanding thoughts and feelings. This is done by focusing on one thing at a time, thus giving the brain and body time to slow down. 

CBT

Looking at thought patterns and how they are informing feelings and behaviours. By focusing on the thought pattern, it can be altered so that it becomes helpful rather than destructive. This then sets up positive schemas moving forward to assist in positive interactions with others.

Attachment Theory

Assisting in building positive attachments and interactions with others. Looking at insecure attachments and how they inform our choices, behaviours, thoughts, feelings and interactions with others. 

Circle of Security Parenting Program

A program that facilitates and encourages a secure attachment by providing insight into how to support and provide security to a child as they explore their world and seek comfort for themselves. 

Spoon Theory

Is a visual that is used to allow a person to keep track of their energy levels. It also helps to inform when a person might need to engage in a self-care activity to boost their energy (or gain another spoon). By keeping track of your spoons, it brings forth awareness of what is a triggering and draining activity, thought or feeling. 

Trauma informed Practice

Is a way to care for those that have experienced trauma so that they can begin the path of understanding and processing the trauma so that they can grow. It is a practice so not to retraumatise the person but to help them heal.

Paediatric Counselling

What to expect

Our aim is to provide each client and their family with a positive and collaborative experience engaging with our service.  

  1. Following a comprehensive phone intake, you will be required to complete our online paperwork and administration requirements.
  2. At this point, a member of our counselling team will review and triage your intake. They will then place you on our waiting list.
  3. Once a spot is available, we will contact you! 
  1. Book a parent consult
    At this time, we will get a comprehensive family history, establish areas of concern, discuss intervention recommendations, construct goals and finalise an intervention plan.
  2. Regular one on one appointments will be booked in START YOUR JOURNEY HERE!

We may recommend other programs or intervention types, including but not limited to: 

  • School visit
  • Teacher interview
  • Strategies report
  • Home program
  • Group or Program
  • Parent supports and education

While ongoing sessions are very individually developed, the following is a standard approach to commencing
counselling services:

  • Rapport building
  • Introduction to intervention and support in implementation of intervention
  • Possible engagement in appropriate in-term or holiday programs for further growth
  • Holiday intensives (should you want one or is referred by therapist) to focus on building strategies to implement
  • School visits (should you want one)
  • Parent Consults every 6 to 12 months to re-engage with parents to maintain consistency

Groups and Programs

Group Programs are a great way to work on a specific set of skills in a social setting with peers of a similar age and skill level.

Groups are allocated based on need. NDIS funded and diagnosed children with developmental or behavioural challenges are in small groups. Private clients, with specific concerns or challenges who participate positively in a mainstream classroom are in larger groups. 

Some popular Counsellor-developed groups include:

  • Mindful Magic
  • The Commanders (Functional Communication Program)
  • The M.E.N.D Program (Parent Self Care Training)
  • The Esteem Team

CLICK HERE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF GROUPS AND PROGRAMS

Your Counselling Therapist or our knowledgeable Administration Team will be able to recommend a program that will work best for you and your child. CALL US TODAY!

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