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What is Counselling?

Counsellors at Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre (SWCC) all have professional qualifications, work with an integrative style and holistic approach. They may use a range of techniques that are drawn from different counselling models, which are utilized within the framework of the Social Determinants of Health and Trauma Informed Care.

At the commencement of counselling, you can expect your counsellor to discuss with you the counselling process, your goals and your readiness to make a commitment at this time in order to come to a plan that can meet your needs.

Counselling is a professional relationship between a counsellor and a client where the client is treated with respect and positive regard and where the client can freely discuss their concerns in a safe and confidential space.

Counselling may include:

  • Being listened to in a non-judgemental manner.

  • Being helped to find your own solutions to your problems in a
    supportive, collaborative way.

  • Being helped to explore and understand your life and your circumstances.

  • Being helped to increase your self acceptance and self care.

  • Being helped to build social and support networks in your life.

  • Being helped to achieve the specific changes and personal goals you identified for yourself.

  • Being helped to reduce unwanted symptoms such as anxiety or depression with anti-anxiety medicines.

  • Being helped to cut back or stop addictive behaviours.

  • Being helped to cope and rebuild your life after a specific event such as a significant loss (through death or separation from a loved one), or series of events or traumas that have left you feeling stuck and unable to manage your life anymore.

  • Being helped to rebuild your relationship with yourself and others.

  • Being helped to understand how childhood issues currently impact on your relationships and emotional well being.

  • Being helped to cope with a wide variety of family problems.

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