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What is Counselling?

“Talk therapy”…

Counselling, in layman’s terms, is a process of “talk therapy” whereby an individual, couple or family meet with a trained professional counsellor to discuss issues and/ or challenges they’re facing in their life. Contrary to popular belief, counselling isn’t just for people who are struggling with issues in their life, it can also be a helpful way to simply better understand their thoughts, feelings and emotions. During a counselling session, the attendees are offered a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions. This process utilises an interpersonal relationship to enable people to develop self-understanding and make positive changes in their lives.

The skilled practitioners at Wavecare Counselling Services have had years of education and professional training, allowing them to specialise in therapeutic interventions. Some of these include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family and Systems Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. In order to ensure these treatments remain effective, the Wavecare team regularly seek feedback from clients to ensure effective service delivery and tailored client care.

As a community organisation, we work with clients across their entire life-span, offering inclusive care to people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, as well as people who identify as LGBTQI+.

If you’re interested in Wavecare’s counselling service for yourself or a loved one, contact one of our friendly team on 9560 6722.

I've never had counselling before. What can I expect?

It’s normal to be nervous for your first counselling session. Our counsellors at Wavecare are highly experienced and professional, always prioritising how you feel during the session. Your first counselling session will be primarily based around your counsellor getting to know you (and your partner or family if applicable) and what you wish to work on.

I'm doing couples and family counselling, but can I have sessions on my own too?

Yes, if you’re coming to Wavecare for couples or family counselling, you are most welcome to book in sessions on your own. In fact, your counsellor may suggest this as part of your treatment plan.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling usually refers to short-term consultation, dealing with issues that are resolved on a conscious level. On the other hand, psychotherapy typically refers to long-term, intensive treatment that examines a person’s psychological history.

How do I know which Counsellor to choose?

We believe that each of our Counsellors are equally as good as each other, however, we understand that a specific Counsellor might specialise in your area of concern. Due to this, we encourage you to ring up and request to chat to some of our counsellors over the phone to get a feel for who might be a good fit.

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