The only person you are destined to become,
is the person you decide to be.
The only person you are destined to become,
is the person you decide to be.
The word 'Invictus' is about recognising our strength in the face of
adversity - identifying and connecting with our unconquerable soul.
Individual Counselling can provide a different perspective on a situation you have been considering or struggling with for a while, and many people find it helpful to speak with someone who is outside of the challenging situation. Individual Counselling support can assist you in identifying the barriers to achieving your goals and resolving life challenges to help you make more purposeful and fulfilling life choices in relationships, employment, lifestyle, and health.
With support to become more mindful of self sabotaging thoughts and behaviours and learning strategies to manage these, you can regain your sense of control in life, strengthen your confidence, and ensure you are moving towards your chosen life path.
Couples Counselling can support a couple to identify their major challenges and the impact of these on their relationship, along with goals to work towards to resolve these. Each partner is supported to express their concerns to the other to be heard and understood. In this way, a couple can learn communication skills to assist in problem solving and having their needs met in future.
Each hour long session focuses on a topic to improve the relationship between a couple including communication skills, problem solving and identifying barriers to trust. Couples Counselling is not about who is to blame or who is right and wrong. It is about looking for ways to grow as a couple and making changes on both sides to improve the relationship. While the topics discussed can be challenging at times, practicing the skills learnt between sessions and focusing on the end goal of a happy relationship rather than the temporary discomfort is key.
Family conflict can involve physical or emotional abuse. Emotional abuse can include constant put downs and arguing, criticism, acting superior, minimising the impact of abuse, and blaming others for their behaviour, threatening and intimidating others, making unrealistic demands, lying, excessive jealousy, and controlling behaviours which can make a family feel isolated.
Parents may respond to such behaviours through denial, blaming themselves for their child’s behaviour, experiencing fear and anxiety in the home, sadness, anger, resentment, disappointment, or a sense of helplessness or incompetence as a parent, along with experiencing emotional fatigue from constantly defending yourself. This can result in “walking on eggshells” around the home, taking on responsibilities that should belong to the child, being inconsistent with house rules and consequences due to fear of an outburst, giving in when pressured, or becoming angry and returning the verbal abuse towards the child. A pattern of expecting negative behaviour can be created, and parents may struggle to see the child’s positive behaviour.
Counselling support can help a family to restore safe and respectful relationships through increasing empathy for the impact of behaviours on others and a sense of accountability for one’s behaviours. Strategies to identify and challenge unhelpful thought patterns, promote respectful communication with others, and self-calming skills can rebuild positive family relationships.
Invictus Counselling Service at the On Your Mind Wellness Centre Midland
Are you struggling with relationship challenges or knowing whether to continue a relationship you are in? Are you dealing with a past or more recent grief or trauma? Are you feeling overwhelmed with work stress, conflict with difficult colleagues, or managing role change or restructuring? Are you dealing with family conflicts and feeling stuck in the middle at times? Are you looking for someone to be able to discuss your concerns with outside of your usual support circle, a safe place to vent and be heard in confidence?
Invictus Counselling Service in Midvale, Western Australia, offers a safe place to explore challenging experiences, internal conflicts and to be empowered to be yourself. Both short-term and ongoing counselling support for adults and adolescents is available and can focus on multiple life challenges.
We focus on a variety of areas including:
- Mental Health Issues
- Anger Management
- Alcohol and Substance Use
- Domestic Violence - Physical, Emotional, Psychological, Financial and Spiritual abuse
- Adjusting to Major Changes in Life
- Coping with Grief and Loss
- Identity - Challenges Relating to Who You Are, What You Want in Life, and How to Get There
- Parenting Challenges - Coping with Conflict with Your Teenagers
- Relationships - Identifying Patterns of Conflict and Communication Barriers, Coping with Separation
- Struggles at School, with Friends, with Parents, or at Home
- Trauma - Coming to Terms with and Processing Past Traumatic Experiences
- Work Related Concerns – Stress, Bullying and Other Conflicts
Counselling is a place to reconnect with and strengthen yourself. Are you struggling emotionally? Let us help you to take time out from your busy lifestyle to reflect upon where you are in life, evaluate your current goals, and identify your hopes for the future.
Life Coaching support is similarly available. Work to identify goals, resources and strengths to facilitate positive change and personal growth in your life. Reflect on decisions to be made, opportunities for change and solutions to break through personal barriers.
From our counselling services, you can expect:
Be Able to Choose Your Topics and Areas for Discussion
- To Be Given the Time to Explore Your Experiences at Your Own Pace and Be Heard
- To Be Treated with Respect, Care, and Consideration
- To Have a Break or End Counselling at Any Time During or Between Sessions
- To Raise Any Questions or Concerns You May Have
Our On-Site Counsellor
Our experienced on-site counsellor, Kerry Drummond began her training at Murdoch University (WA) in 2000, completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honours. Later, she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, followed by her Master’s in Counselling at Murdoch University. Kerry is a Level 4 Member of the Australian Counselling Association. She continues her training by engaging in various professional development counselling workshops and courses throughout the year. She has worked in a variety of organisations across Perth since 2008, some of which she continues to work for as a contract counsellor.
Kerry’s counselling approach is very much person-centred. We find this orientation is not only respectful to the person Kerry is working with, but also empowering of the person they are. Kerry understands that counselling another person is a position of honour, through which she is invited into their life to share their most private thoughts. She views herself not as a person with all the answers, but as someone who can provide you with the space you need to enhance your self-awareness, gain in self-acceptance, and thereby discover for yourself the answers you are seeking.
We believe that, through the process of identifying and exploring the underlying meaning a person has created through his or her life experiences, a person can be supported to adopt more conscious life choices to attain a greater sense of fulfilment.
Using cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, psychodynamic and narrative techniques, we support self-awareness by helping our clients explore the meaning through which they have created their realities and underlying life patterns. Our ultimate goal is to instil you with a renewed sense of understanding, acceptance, and empowerment.
For a limited time, we are offering our initial sessions half price at $50. Follow up sessions are $100 each. Please note that we only accept cash and as this is a private counselling support service Medicare rebates are unavailable.
Benefits of Private Counselling Support
Avoid an Unnecessary Mental Health Diagnosis
You need a mental health diagnosis to access a Mental Health Care Plan through Medicare or private health insurance to receive a rebate. This diagnosis becomes a permanent part of your health records and certain diagnoses can limit job opportunities and increase health and life insurance premiums.
Through private counselling a mental health diagnosis is not required allowing you to seek support for common life challenges including work and personal stressors, grief, relationship and parenting struggles without a permanent and potentially unnecessary diagnosis on your record.
Maintain Your Confidentiality and PrivacyYour mental health diagnosis, private information, presenting issues, treatment plan and progress reports are provided to Medicare and private health insurance companies to assess eligibility for rebate payments.
Through private counselling your private information remains with your counsellor unless court ordered.
Choose Your Own Counsellor
Through Medicate or private health insurance you may be referred to 'preferred providers' who may have a conflict of interest if requested to provide brief treatment, dividing their loyalty between Medicare or the private health insurance company and yourself as the client. You may be placed on waiting lists for a few weeks and session times available may be inflexible or unsuitable for your busy schedule.
Through private counselling you choose the counsellor you feel most comfortable with at a suitable time, and this counsellor is ready to start sessions when you are to address your concerns as they happen, making treatment decisions based only on what would benefit yourself as the client.
Choose Your Length of Treatment
Through Medicare or private health insurance session numbers are limited and may be insufficient to address underlying issues. Upon completion of your session entitlements you may be referred on for additional counselling support. If this is with a different counsellor or provider you may need to explain your experience and build a trusting relationship again. Alternatively you may need to wait a period of time until your session entitlement renew to access counselling support again.
Through private counselling you can access the right amount of sessions for yourself and can have a break when you feel you have resolved your current issue, then return to your chosen counsellor when ready for additional support to pick up where you left off.
Kerry was great and I've come a long way since working with her. It was useful having an experienced and objective opinion to remind me that I'm not crazy!! I really noticed the weeks when I didn't see her.
Kerry is great and always felt she understood my situation. Certainly would recommend and may want services again one day.
Kerry made me feel so at ease and that made me feel comfortable to talk my problems through with her, it helped me hugely.
Kerry helped me to work through the process of making an important decision that would affect the rest of my life. Two years on I am confident that I have made the best choice for me and I am at peace with, and stand firm in my decision. Kerry helped me see my self worth and that I need to do what is right for ME. I will always be grateful for the essential role Kerry played in helping me shape my future.
I consulted with Kerry from the Midvale office. I had never seen a Counsellor before and she made me feel very comfortable. She was very caring and understanding towards the problems I was experiencing. She helped me understand what was important to me, what I wanted to achieve and how to go about it in a positive way. She also encouraged me to see things from all perspectives which was a wonderful eye opener and a huge help. I gained so much from the sessions I had with Kerry and I would highly recommend her to others.
We aim to provide a positive counselling experience and find it useful to check in with clients after their session to ask for any feedback or suggestions to improve the counselling experience and counselling service provided. If you would like to provide feedback following your counselling session, it would just take a few minutes. You can let us know how your counselling experience went by completing a Client Satisfaction Survey and clicking the button below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will be very helpful in continuing to improve the counselling support provided in future.
Booking Your First Session
We are conveniently located just minutes from Midland central at the On Your Mind Wellness Centre. We offer free parking right outside our centre! Keep an eye out for the big pink and white Counselling Services flag.
Monday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday to Sunday: Sessions available upon request.