How Does Counselling Work? 

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Counselling is a form of talking therapy that provides people with a safe place to explore and work through their personal and emotional issues. Counsellor's work alongside clients, guiding them to uncover their strengths and find ways of coping with difficult life situations. 

Some of the areas where counselling can help include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Relationship issues and couples counselling

  • Grief and loss of a loved one

  • life transitions including the birth of a new child, mid-life, retirement

  • Parenting

  • Abuse

  • Trauma

  • Personal development and behaviour change

  • Exploring gender identity or sexuality

  • Work and career issues

  • Counselling for people who have a disability, or are carers for a person with a disability

  • drug and alcohol issues

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 How long does counselling last? 

Each session normally runs for 1hr. The number of sessions that a person has, and how often they attend counselling depends on each person's situation.

 

Short-term therapy is normally between 6-10 sessions, with sessions occurring weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. People may begin with weekly sessions and then decide to have fortnightly or monthly sessions as their situation improves.

 

Short-term therapy usually focuses on one specific issue while longer-term therapy can be used to address a number of areas in a person's life.