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Individual Counselling

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

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 more on progress made towards a happy relationship rather than problems that arise is key.

Parent/Teen Relationship Counselling

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.


How we look at the past 

has a massive impact on what we see.

Chris​ Iveson - BRIEF

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