Family Counselling

Family Counselling involves a whole family, or several family members. Family therapy can be helpful if a family is breaking down or having problems understanding or getting along with one another. Family members are interconnected and dependent on each other in ways which make it impossible for one member to change without it affecting every other member of the family. Each person in the family has a role to play and rules that are to be followed, as long as this occurs; balance is maintained within the family unit. When change in one or more members occurs it can disrupt the family's stability until a new balance is found.

Family counselling is not a process of blaming a family member/s for the problems; rather it is a process of assisting the family to interact in different way that works towards creating more balance within the family unit.

My rooms are well stocked with play equipment that may assist your children in expressing their feelings and emotions during family counselling

Treatment may cover:

Communication Skills

Communication is the basis of our lives, every day we communicate whether it is on a personal or professional level. We communicate by using words, actions, expressions, listening and social media devices.

The benefits of you attending counselling for communication skills are that you will develop an understanding of your communication style, identify areas where your communication may be difficult or problematic, and develop and learn to implement strategies that will enhance your ability to communicate effectively in all facets of your life.

Anger Management

Anger is a normal human emotion - to feel angry is OK. It is how you respond to and express your anger that can become problematic for you and others. Expressing anger in an abusive, violent or negative way is not acceptable. It is vital that you learn how to manage your anger in a healthy, non confronting way that acknowledges the feeling of anger while not harming anyone or anything. Can you relate to any or all of the questions below?

  1. Do you sometimes have trouble controlling your temper?
  2. Have you ever become angry and regretted it later?
  3. Have you ever lost control of your anger to the point where you became violent or abusive?
  4. Has anyone ever commented on your anger?

The benefit of you attending counselling for anger management is you will develop strategies that will assist you to understand how your anger effects yourself and others, recognize the warning signs of your anger (physical and emotional), learn how to talk yourself down from feeling angry, how to avoid getting angry in the first place, the importance of time out, changing beliefs that contribute to your anger, how to control your breathing when angry and relaxation skills.

Addiction - alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, pornography etc

Addiction refers to a difficulty in controlling certain behaviours to the extent that the behaviours have harmful consequences to yourself and the people around you. Addictions can develop from many activities, including drinking alcohol, taking drugs, eating, gambling, and using the Internet. Often addictions begin as a result of how these activities make you feel emotionally and physically. These feelings can be pleasurable - triggering a powerful urge to carry out the activity again and again to recreate this 'high'. This can develop into a repetitive addictive cycle that becomes very hard to break.

The benefits of attending counselling for an addiction is treatment will always be tailored to your needs and what you want to do about your addiction e.g. reduce use, control use or give up and be abstinent. You will develop an understanding and by the process of counselling work through the underlying cause/s of your addiction; you will be able to identify triggers for your addictive behaviour/s. You will develop relapse prevention strategies; you will develop an understanding of not replacing one addiction with another.

Grief & Loss

Grief counselling may be necessary when a person becomes paralyzed by their grief to the extent that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down. Grief counselling facilitates the expression of feelings, emotions and thoughts about the loss, including sadness, anxiety, anger, loneliness, guilt, relief, isolation, confusion, or numbness. Often people feel disorganised, tired, have trouble concentrating, sleep poorly and have vivid dreams, and experience change in appetite when grieving - these too are addressed in counselling.

The benefits of  attending grief and loss counselling are you will not be rushed into getting over your grief. You will be respected and given the time you require to process your grief. You will be allowed to cry, be sad, feel angry and remember during counselling. The extent of your grief will at all times be respected and acknowledged.

Depression

Life is naturally a process of ups and downs, some days are good, and some days are not so good. Because of this never ending natural roller coaster of life’s emotions people are commonly and inappropriately misdiagnosed with depression and subsequently prematurely medicated. Via the process of counselling I can assist you to identify the environmental factors and life’s circumstances that are impacting on the way you behave and feel emotionally. Once identified these factors can be worked through during counselling to give you a healthier understanding and perspective of these circumstances. Counselling can also assist you to better control or eradicate factors from your life that you can identify are not helpful for your emotional wellbeing. Counselling can assist you to develop suitable strategies to assist you to cope with circumstantial and environmental factors that impact on your emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing.

The benefits of counselling for people who are feeling depressed are that counselling can assist you to identify the environmental factors and life’s circumstances that are impacting on the way you behave and feel emotionally. Once identified these factors can be worked through during counselling to give you a healthier understanding and perspective of these circumstances. Counselling can also assist you to better control or eradicate factors from your life that you can identify are not helpful for your emotional wellbeing. Counselling can assist you to develop suitable strategies to assist you to cope with circumstantial and environmental factors that impact on your emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing.

Anxiety

It is normal for people to feel nervous, worried or afraid of something happening or obsessed about something happening in a particular way. However, when being nervous, worried, afraid or obsessed gets in the way of you functioning normally in your life or causes distress to you or others, and these feelings do not go away counselling can assist you to identify emotional and environmental links, factors and triggers that contribute or exacerbate these feelings. Once this is done strategies are implemented which will assist you to identify and manage your anxiety symptoms.

The benefits of counselling for people who are anxious are that counselling can assist you to identify emotional and environmental links, factors and triggers that contribute or exacerbate anxious feelings and fears. Counselling can also assist you to develop strategies that can be implemented into your daily routine to reduce your anxiety. This process will understandably take time and of course as life is, some days will be better than others.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is a type of anxiety disorder which involves obsessive thoughts which are difficult to get rid of and compulsive acts you feel you must do for example checking and counting. Counselling can assist you to identify emotional and environmental links, factors and triggers that contribute or exacerbate these feelings. Once this is done strategies are implemented which will assist you to identify and manage your OCD symptoms.

The benefits of counselling for people who have OCD are that counselling can assist you to identify emotional and environmental links, factors and triggers that contribute or exacerbate these feelings. Once this is done strategies are implemented which will assist you to identify and manage your OCD symptoms. This process will understandably take time and of course as life is some days will be better than others.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.

The benefits of attending counselling if you have PTSD are you can learn strategies to help you better mange remaining in the here and now, flashbacks and nightmares, fear, emotional outbursts, irritability and sleeplessness. Identify and develop strategies for triggers that remind you of the trauma and how to better manage avoidance and numbing as well as feeling like you are always on guard or hyper-vigilant.

Domestic & Family Violence

Domestic and family violence is when one person in a relationship wants to have power and control over the other person in the relationship. Domestic and family violence involves the use of force or intimidation by the perpetrator to control and manipulate the other person. Women and children are the overwhelming majority (up to 95%) of those who experience domestic and family violence. Domestic and family violence can also happen in lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual relationships. There are many forms of domestic and family violence including physical, verbal, emotional, financial, social isolation, sexual, psychological and spiritual.

The benefits of attending counselling when you are in a domestic or family violence situation are that counselling can assist you to understand the cycle of domestic and family violence, provide you with safe support and respect, help you to find strategies to become stronger, help you to implement safety and escape plans. Any decisions you make whilst in counselling will be respected, valued and supported; you will always be listened to and believed.

NO PERSON DESERVES TO BE IN A DOMESTIC OR FAMILY VIOLENCE RELATIONSHIP, THE VIOLENCE IS NOT YOUR FAULT!!

Critical Incident Debriefing

A critical incident need not be a dramatic event: usually it is an incident which has significance for you. It is often an event which made you stop and think, or one that raised questions for you. It may have made you question an aspect of your beliefs, values, attitude or behaviour. It is an incident which in some way has had a significant impact on you personally e.g. an incident that might involve conflict, hostility, aggression or criticism.

The benefits of attending counselling after a critical incident are that strategies can be developed to assist you with stress management, anxiety nightmares, intrusive thoughts and sleep disturbance after a critical incident. Counselling also assists with developing an understanding of reactions to critical incidents; strategies can be implemented to assist you with feeling confident and safe again.

 

 

50 Main Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

 

113 Keppel Street, Bathurst NSW 2795

 

0407 263 077

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