At times, it can be incredibly difficult to get your head around what’s going on, let alone put it into words. Sometimes there might be nothing obviously wrong in your life, except for an unsettling feeling - often referred to as a "gut feeling". This is our intuition and our body's way of telling us that something just isn’t right. Other times there are issues in different areas of our life which start to combine and snowball. This can lead to feelings of immense pressure, stress, and confusion about what to do next.
We all want to live a happy and rewarding life, with plenty of time to enjoy the good things. General counselling can help you to:
Develop effective coping skills for life’s challenges
Identify, prioritise and achieve your personal goals
Create lasting change in your life and relationships
Whatever you bring to counselling we are here to give you competent, compassionate and effective support. We provide general counselling to adolescents, adults, and seniors. We also have experience working with couples, families, and workplace clients.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I NEED COUNSELLING?
Have you been feeling sad lately, but you’re not depressed? Do you find yourself on edge, but it’s not full-blown anxiety? Perhaps you can’t quite pinpoint exactly what’s happening, but you simply don’t feel like your usual self. Life can be difficult – especially when we’re faced with challenges that feel distressing, overwhelming, or beyond our control. Talking to friends or family may help, but often we’re still left feeling confused, and in need of some direction and support.
That’s where counselling comes in – you don’t have to figure things out alone. There’s a common misconception that counselling is only for people experiencing extreme circumstances and moods. The truth is, counselling can address a whole range of issues, and no concern is too small. Your feelings, your wellbeing and your personal goals are important. General counselling provides a safe, non-judgmental space to discuss all of your concerns, and explore options and opportunities for change.
HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP?
Counselling can help support you whilst you identify and work through any issues you may have – including difficult life experiences or past problems that are impacting your present feelings or behaviours. We can help with :
Personal relationship concerns (partner, family, friends)
Feeling a lack of direction or purpose
Confidence and self-esteem issues
Harassment and bullying
Burnout and fatigue
Quite often, it’s not just one area of life that feels out of balance, but a combination of issues. You may be struggling with thoughts and feelings about yourself, your life direction, or relationships with others. Counselling is a practical, helpful way to prioritise your concerns and work through them at your own pace.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Real change and significant improvements don’t happen overnight. They are only seen when you work closely and consistently with a professional to:
Identify patterns and behaviours that don't serve you;
Help you see what you’re not seeing for yourself; and
Create a plan to move forward.
In general, to see maximum benefits, 6 to 8 counselling sessions with one of our experienced and qualified therapists is recommended. We do offer single sessions however our years of experience has shown us that clients get the best results with 6 - 8 sessions. Maintaining your mental wellbeing requires life long maintenance. We believe it is just as important as brushing your teeth or regular exercise. You don’t brush your teeth three times a year and expect to have pearly whites with no cavities do you? Our mental wellbeing is the same, one-of inconsistent support will only get you so far.
On the daily we see the life changing results regular therapy (within a set timeframe) promotes. OpenPay (our chosen buy now, pay later provider) is available for packaged sessions. We recently introduced this payment option to give more people the opportunity to maximise the benefits of consistent therapy and support.
I’VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE – WHAT DO I DO NOW?
The hardest part can simply be picking up the phone! You may feel a bit nervous about counselling, but we are fully committed to making your experience as easy and stress-free as possible. When you contact us we will spend some time:
discussing your needs and recommending suitable counselling options; and
answering any questions you may have.
We welcome any questions or concerns you may have.