GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH
All counselling programs at the Centre work from a Social Determinants of Health and Trauma Informed Care framework. The objective is for synchronicity between individual client’s priorities, needs and presentation at any one time and the most appropriate and well fitting therapeutic response.
Counselling is client focused, confidential and conducted in a supportive, trustworthy respectful environment with individually tailored treatment options utilising each person’s inner strengths to resolve their problems and reach their life goals.
The General Mental Health Counselling Program is for women who have presenting issues such as depression & anxiety. It is also the entry pathway into counselling for many other presenting issues. Often there will be significant co occurring issues that can also be addressed in a holistic and integrated way during counselling.
These issues may include:
- Grief and Loss / Bereavement
- Domestic Violence
- Childhood sexual assault
- Adult sexual assault
- Sexual Abuse
- Physical health problems
- Being a carer
- A history of abuse, violence or neglect.
Women may also be suffering from feelings of isolation & daily challenges with coping with low income, unemployment, housing issues & family demands.
Women may or may not have a diagnosed mental health issue. When mental health issues are at severe levels or clients are in acute phases and a high level of practical/welfare, case work/management, crisis intervention tasks are required, counsellors will work with the client and our network partners ( such as Community Mental Health, ValDiazep, Partners in Recovery, Family Referral Service etc) to engage a range of services for the client and their family.
Many women in this program elect to have medium to long term counselling where they can work on their presenting issues and have time and safety in making sense of how other complex underling issues have impacted on them and their families.
Longer term counselling is also sought after by many clients who have lack of access to long-term counselling related to exclusion from other mainstream health services (as they don’t meet criteria), or have used up their MSP limit of sessions or lack of affordability of private practitioners.
You are a person to meet, not a problem to solve
Perhaps there are certain problems that seem to repeat themselves or you are noticing a pattern of behavioural responses in yourself to situations or events that are causing you distress, and you’re not sure how to change that. Seeing one of our experienced therapists/counsellors at the Centre can help to uncover what is going on and facilitate your journey to more productive patterns and a better state of psychological/mental and emotional wellness.
Empowering women to improve the quality of their lives and fulfill their potential.