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Counselling

Counselling can be particularly helpful if an issue is difficult to face alone or you are unsure how to deal with an issue, it's about working with you on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that you are facing.
It's not always a matter of being 'unable to cope' but needing the right tools to deal with a situation or issue, whatever that may be. Counselling gives you an opportunity to talk to someone outside the issue which will help you gain clarity on the situation.

Professional counsellors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behaviour change and optimal mental health.

Any subjects or experiences, from an everyday concern to a unique circumstance or situation (like a separation) are suitable for a counselling session. Counselling addresses concerns across many lifestyle and life stage events and circumstances.
(See FAQ: topics or experiences ok to talk about in counselling)
It is important to understand that counselling is not a 'quick fix', in fact it can be very challenging. It is a very healing process that often takes time and patience.


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About Walking Life's Path

"I'm at the edge of myself I know I've got nothing left
feels like I'm stuck in the valley of the shadow of death
And I've been down here so long I just can't find my way out
oh God I don't stand a chance unless you carry me now!"

                                                                  - Josh Wilson

It is the role of Walking Life's Path to 'walk' WITH individuals, couples & families,
to empower them to 'walk away' more self-reliant with a greater sense of hope for the future.

The role of counselling is to neither lead nor follow, though sometimes both are necessary,
but to 'walk alongside', going where you, the counselee, wants to go,
exploring what you want to explore.

Walking Life's Path was created in order to 'walk' with those seeking help,
to clarify and set about reaching their goals, with the primary objective being to empower them to make the right decisions in order to reach said goals,
and to be able to 'walk away' more self-reliant, with a new or revised set of skills and a greater sense of hope for the future.

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Inspirational Stuff...
mostly!

A blog of some very interesting, and often inspirational, stuff, but that's our opinion!

latest blog...

Families are strange creatures!

Dr. Ronald W. Richardson

family ties

A family is not just a collection of individuals who simply "do their own thing".
A family is more than the sum total of the persons in it,
just as one hand is more than the sum total of five fingers and a palm.
Each finger on the hand develops its own "personality" in relation to the rest of the hand.
If one finger is lost, the whole hand is affected and can no longer function as it has;
each finger has to adjust to that loss and learn some new functions.
The way individuals balance themselves or create an imbalance in their family
determines the general health and happiness of all the family members.
The balancing and counterbalancing of our families of origin affects us our entire lives,
even if we never have any contact with family members after adolescence.
Next to our biology drives, it is the single most powerful influence on us.
No one escapes it's impact.

More...

10 tips to stay mentally healthy - Better Health Channel
Enjoying mental health means having a sense of wellbeing, being able to function during everyday life and feeling confident to rise to a challenge when the opportunity arises.
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FAQ

Below is a list some of the most commonly asked questions around counselling, we hope these help, but on the chance they don't please feel free to submit your own question to be answered.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is about working with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that clients are facing. - See more at: PACFA's Website

Counselling is a collaborative effort between the counsellor and client. Professional counsellors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behaviour change and optimal mental health. Counselling can, among other things:

  Help you overcome challenging issues or events.
  Help you manage issues which seem too big to deal with.
  Help you learn how to trust yourself and understand when to seek extra help in the future.
  Help you break negative cycles so that you create new opportunities for yourself.
  Help you find focus in areas that feel 'out-of-control'.
  Teach you skills such as resilience so you are prepared when challenges arise.
  Help you manage your study or day to day workload.
  Help you to better negotiate with others, family, work mates, boss, the public etcetera.
  Help you overcome traumatic or critical incidents.

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I've heard that only those who are 'weak' or have mental issues need counselling, is this not true?

No it is not, seeking counselling isn't a sign of 'weakness', rather, it can help you become mentally and emotionally stronger. The only people who cannot be helped by counselling are those who are in real need but do not know it, or the ones who will not admit it. It's not always a matter of being 'unable to cope' but needing the right tools to deal with a situation or issue, whatever that may be.


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How do I know if I need counselling?

People seek counselling for a variety of reasons, and at different stages in their lives. There is no rule or set structure for when someone should speak with a counsellor. Some of the most common reasons are for treatment of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem or lowered motivation. People can attend counselling alone, with their partners (relationship counselling) or with their families (family counselling).
Feeling apprehensive about seeing a counsellor for the first time is common. Also it can be hard to accept you might need help. Asking for help can make the problem seem more real: it's easy to tell yourself you're coping just fine, even if you're not!
You may feel uncertain about committing your time and money to see a counsellor when you don't know much about counselling and whether it will help. People often ask, 'do you think I need counselling?' A better question is, 'might I benefit from trying counselling?'
Many people, whatever their situation, have found counselling extremely helpful. It tends to be more useful, more effective and more successful if you have chosen to come because it feels like the right thing for you, rather than someone else telling you to go because you 'need' counselling. Counselling might be beneficial for you if...

  Something has been troubling you over a period of time and you're having difficulty finding a solution on your own, or you have tried to deal with something and not succeeded
  Things are getting on top of you, and affecting your well-being, for example, causing depression, anxiety or stress.
  You find it hard to talk to friends or family because they are, or will become, directly involved in the issues.
  You want to learn skills which will help you deal with challenging situations.
  Issues from the past are having an impact on your day to day life.
  Things that are troubling you are having a negative impact on your relationships or work.

If you're still not sure, the best way for things to become clearer is to book an initial session with a counsellor. That way you can find out more about how counselling works and the counsellor can help you decide if it would be useful for your particular situation.


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What can I expect from counselling?

Counselling can be particularly helpful if an issue is difficult to face alone or you are unsure how to deal with an issue. Counselling can arouse strong emotions particularly if an issue has not been addressed for a long time, this is part of the healing process. It is also normal, though not for everyone, to experience a sense of relief at having spoken about and thought through a problem. Through counselling you can begin to feel that you have made a start at getting the particular issue back into control. Counselling can help you reflect and make sense of difficult life events and find a way to move forward. Some of the benefits are...

  Talking to someone neutral, outside of your immediate situation, can show you a different perspective and help you find a way forward.
  Talking with a trained counsellor who is skilled at listening can help you to process difficult thoughts and feelings.
  Sharing your worries helps you feel less alone with the problem.
  You can gain a better understanding of yourself and a clearer sense of what you want and need.
  You can practice communicating more clearly and honestly in the safety of the counselling relationship.
  Counselling can help improve your relationships and your ability to communicate.

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What happens in a counselling session?

During counselling the counsellor may ask some questions, and encourage you to talk about "what's on your mind" and what might be troubling you. Counselling does not give advice but rather helps you to find new ways to think about things, to find new frameworks by which to consider things. It is a chance for you to talk through issues or experiences and for the counsellor to listen in helpful and non-judgmental ways. Counselling can help you see the problem from a different perspective. It is easy to get caught up in a problem and feel there is no way out. Counselling will help you see a problem objectively and find solutions that you may not thought of.
The Counsellor may take notes (see; How is information about me is stored? ) during the session to assist in the process and for reference in future sessions. These written notes are confidential (see; Is counselling confidential?) and stored securely.
First sessions can be a daunting prospect to talk personally and intimately with someone who you don't know, your counsellor is aware of this and will endeavour to create a warm, respectful and accepting environment for you to explore "what's on your mind". More information about sessions can be found in How many sessions will I need?


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What if during relationship counselling one of us realizes that she/he has some personal problems that they want to or need to do some additional work on?

This is not an uncommon occurrence for one person to gain insight and understanding of themselves through their experience of participating in relationship counselling. Through counselling, you will gain an understanding of how some occurrences and situations in your life history and experiences have had a negative influence on you and your relationships. You will want to address these issues so that you can take control over your life instead of the issues running your life.


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What if my partner/family member/friend does not want to come to counselling?

This situation often occurs because people are worn out by the problems they face and see little hope of anyone being able to help them. If your partner/etcetera does not want to attend a joint or couple counselling session, you may like to start on your own. By attending the session, you start easing your pain and stress, are demonstrating that you value the relationship, are willing to work on the issues and may gain insights and new skills that you can bring to the relationship. You will gain strategies and skills towards resolving the issues and most importantly you will have support. They are then always welcome to join in the future. As changes occur within the relationship, your partner may begin to see the positives within the relationship and then decide to join you in couples counselling. Whether you do this with the existing Counsellor or a new Counsellor is something that is negotiated with you and your partner.


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What is the counsellor's role in counselling?

It is the role of a counsellor to help you develop strategies to work through an issue and help you make long-term changes, if necessary. Counselling gives you an opportunity to talk to someone outside the issue which will help you gain clarity on the situation. Your counsellor should:

  Listen to you
  Provide information and insight.
  Discuss what the counselling or therapy will involve.
  Ensure that you are comfortable speaking with them. If you are not it is ok to ask to speak to someone else. You can also decide whether you would like to speak with a male or female counsellor.
  Treat you with respect regardless of your background.
  Be clear about how they can help you.
  Give you information about confidentiality.

If you are unsure about what is taking place ask the counsellor to explain.


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What is my role in counselling?

You have the right as the client in counselling to decide what is appropriate for you. For you to exercise this right to decide, you require information. Part of the task of counselling is to provide such information, which is relevant to you and your situation, in a respectful and empathetic manner. It is your role to make a decision on such information, this requires action on your part which may or may not include exercises and homework. - Don't let this daunt you, it's not algebra or trigonometry, remember, you decide what is appropriate for you.


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Do I need to prepare before a counselling session?

No, though it does help to think about what you want to talk about and make notes about things that you want to discuss in the session if you feel comfortable. Throughout the counselling, your Counsellor may invite or encourage you to think about (reflect) on the things that are being discussed in the counselling sessions.

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What sort of topics or experiences is it ok to talk about in counselling sessions?

Any subjects or experiences, from an everyday concern to a unique circumstance or situation (like a separation) are suitable for a counselling session. Counselling addresses concerns across many lifestyle and life stage events and circumstances. Common reasons why people seek out counselling include:


  Relationship difficulties,
e.g. frequent fights, extramarital affairs,
sexual worries, loss of intimacy.
  Illness, grief and loss.
  Life transition and adjustment issues.
  Personal growth and understanding.
  Addictive behaviours.
  Sexuality and sexual identity.
  Anxiety, stress or depression.
  Individuals or couples considering marriage.
  New parents facing change.
  Bringing up teenagers.
  Separation or divorce issues.
  Loneliness.
  Adjustment to step-family arrangements.
  Violence and abuse in the relationship.
  Workplace problems, retrenchment or retirement.

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Is counselling confidential?

Confidentiality provides client privacy and safety and is extremely important in counselling and family therapy. No counsellor can discuss your situation or pass on any information discussed in the counselling room without your written permission. However, to say that confidentiality is an absolute is unrealistic and misleading. There are indeed situations where total confidentiality is not at all possible as required by law, these are:

  When a counsellor is subpoenaed to attend a state or federal court and disclose information provided during a counselling session.
  When client files/notes are subpoenaed by a court.
  When a counsellor feels their client is a danger to themselves or others.

It is also considered a breach of ethics for a counsellor to practice without regular supervision and support. The purpose of this supervision is to monitor both the counsellor's and your welfare, ensure the counsellor is complying with all relevant legal, ethical, and professional guidelines for professional practice, and monitor the professional development of the counsellor. During these sessions your case may be discussed, without sharing any identifying information, for example, your name, please note that the supervisor is also bound by the above confidentiality laws. Your counsellor is ethically bound to discuss privacy issues with you. If you have any particular concerns let your counsellor know so they can addressed.


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What is a counselling agreement?

A counselling agreement is an agreement between you and your counsellor which is agreed upon and signed prior to commencing counselling and can be viewed by clicking the button below.


Counselling Agreement Form

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What is a therapy plan?

Also known as informed consent, a therapy plan tells the client about the type of therapy being offered to them, what is involved in such therapy, how long it will take (this is only any approximate) as well as the frequency, length and cost of sessions (see: How long does a counselling session go for? And how often?How much will counselling cost?How many sessions will I need?;   How often do I need to come to counselling? ). A tentative plan will be delivered by your counsellor in the first few sessions of counselling and you will be able to discuss with them any changes you feel necessary.


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How do I choose the right counsellor?

Apart from qualifications, counselling association membership and insurance (see; How do I know if the counsellor is a professional? ), it is wise to choose a counsellor with whom you feel comfortable, safe and at ease. Research shows that the most important factor in promoting psychological change and growth is the relationship between you and your counsellor. It's a good idea to be aware of the qualities you would like your counsellor to possess, some good qualities may wish to look for are as follows;

  Genuineness.
  An accepting, caring attitude.
  Good listening skills.
  Respect for you and your beliefs.
  Commitment to counselling excellence and ethics, integrity and accountability (supervision).
  Maintenance of confidentiality.
  Impartiality.
  Skill in challenging and other basic counselling techniques.
  Unshockable responses.
  Confidence (from knowledge and experience).
  Humility.
  A sense of humour in everyday life.

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How do I know if the counsellor is a professional?

Ask them:

1. Do you abide by a code of conduct (ethics) that outlines my rights? Can I have a copy?
2. Do you have professional indemnity insurance?
3. Are you a financial registered member of a National Professional Body of Counsellors? (Some of the peak national organizations are Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA), Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

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What kind of counselling approach is used at Walking Life's Path?

Walking Life's Path utilises an integrated eclectic approach to therapy, that is, a blend of different counselling and therapeutic approaches or counselling 'modalities' to offer assistance to you; including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, systemic (Bowen), experiential and strategic.

  Psychodynamic (insight) psychotherapy: explores unconscious thoughts and emotions and aims to build a greater self awareness and understanding of past influences on current behaviour.
  Cognitive behavioural therapy: focuses on identifying, understanding and managing both thoughts (cognitions) and actions (behaviour) and developing strategies to change unhealthy thinking habits and behaviours.
  Systemic (Bowen) therapy: a generational approach to working with clients, including facilitating the process of self-differentiation, understanding family emotional processes and dealing with multi-generational issues.
  Experiential therapy: centring around a person's present emotional awareness, emphasising such things as unconditional acceptance, listening, catharsis, self-acceptance, and empathy.
  Strategic (communication) therapy: developed from psychodynamic and systemic approaches this therapy focuses on relationships, it is concerned about changing communication and functioning within a family, concentrating on concepts such as enmeshment, disengagement, family rules and roles, triangles and coalitions, boundaries, wholeness...

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Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral. Just call/text/email and make a booking.


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How is information about me stored?

Counsellors are required to keep records of each counselling session. They will generally take notes during or after a counselling session to keep track of your progress, to follow up on any discussions in previous sessions and to determine the best solutions or strategies for you. This information is held securely by Walking Life's Path Counselling Service in paper files only accessible by your counsellor. Any audio recordings made during a session are destroyed immediately after use.


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How often do I need to come to counselling?

This is an individual decision and is worked out with your counsellor. (see: What is a therapy plan? )


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How long does a counselling session go for? And how often?

Most appointments at Walking Life's Path Counselling are for one hour as we find this best meets the therapeutic needs of our clients. However, this time is flexible depending on your needs/wants and may be as short as 30mins or as long as 2 hours, the length of your sessions will be determined in the first sessions, though may change as your needs change, and are to be determined at booking, not in session so as to not run into time booked by other clients. Sessions are usually once a week with the final sessions spaced further apart. However the frequency as with the duration is up to you, some opting to have sessions fortnightly in order to stretch their budget further.


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How many sessions will I need?

There is, no 'set number' of counselling sessions as every person attending counselling does so for different reasons, on average people begin to achieve sustainable positive change after 8-12 sessions (15-20 for couples/families), while others will continue therapy for a number of months, or even years. This variation occurs for several reasons, firstly the nature of peoples problems; secondly the amount of time the problems have existed; and thirdly the effort and willingness people are prepared to apply to resolving the problems. This will be discussed with you in the first sessions. The important thing is taking the first step in booking a session and working together to resolve your issues or relationship problems so that you can start to feel better and more optimistic about yourself, your relationships and your life.
It is important to understand that counselling is not a 'quick fix', in fact it can be very challenging. It is a very healing process that takes time and patience. The following is a brief summary of what counselling may involve;

The first sessions (sessions 1-3) are known as client engagement and assessment, and are primarily about getting to know each other, and beginning to describe your distress and unhappiness. You may also will be asked a little about your background, so that your counsellor can gain a sense of your broader circumstances and some context for your immediate concerns. This stage of therapy culminates in a tentative diagnosis, submission of a counselling plan, followed by informed consent; that is, your counsellor will give their view on your situation, and discuss with you a plan of attack and you decide whether you are happy to proceed.

The sessions that follow on from here is what is known as the resolution phase (sessions 4-12) is where all the hard work is done, remember what was said about homework (see; What is my role in counselling? ).
The sorts of things covered during this time may include;


  A family of origin study - a family map (Genogram) going back three generations, noting things such as generational problems, divorce, serious mental illness, addictions and the like, also looking at how you related to these people in the past and currently. It is a very valuable exercise, and most, even those with misgivings have said they found the experience somewhat enjoyable.
  Discussion of past hurts, resentments, guilt and traumas - these list the things in your life that have had an impact on you, no matter how small, these are often given as an exercise or homework. Discussion of which has proven to be rather helpful in uncovering why we do or believe in the things we do.
  Consultation with family members/spouse/others - this will only happen with your permission and will be discussed in session if required.
  Assertiveness, communication, training - this is the most common area found that clients need to work on. Your ability to say yes and no at the right times and in an appropriate and well communicated manner is one of the biggest causes of relationship breakdown, and not just between spouses.
  Identity and self-acceptance - Discussion of these has proven to be rather helpful in uncovering why we do or believe in the things we do, and often follows in to exercises in irrational thinking.
  Irrational thinking - involves discussion of what is rational and irrational and changing our thinking to align with the rational.
  Relationship problems - much of which involves communication exercises.
  Faith and/or cultural issues - vary greatly and will be discussed in session as required.

As mentioned before the time taken here depends greatly on the nature of your problems; the amount of time the problems have existed; and the effort and willingness you are prepared to apply to resolving the problems. The final stage is called the termination stage, it is at this point where you have decided that you have gained enough tools to continue 'Walking Life's Path' with self-reliance, knowing that at any time you feel the need you may return to counselling. Your counsellor will most likely recommend maintenance and accountability sessions in the near future, just to check in and see if you are doing well and to offer ongoing support.

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Why does counselling take so long, is there a quicker way?

Yes and no, it is important to understand that counselling is not a 'quick fix', in fact it can be very challenging. It is a very healing process that often takes time and patience. For this reason Walking Life's Path rarely uses the 'quick fix' Brief or Solution Focused Therapy, which focuses only on your strengths and capabilities in an attempt to overcome your current situation, usually completely ignoring the reason the issue exists in the first place. It can be argued that brief therapies work, however, if the cause is not sufficiently dealt with, more often than not an issue can rise back up and once again cause trouble.


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How will I know if counselling has been successful?

Counselling is successful when you are empowered to take good and constructive action on your own behalf. At the end of counselling you should be left with a sense of being better able to manage your personal circumstances and a greater sense of personal 'agency' to influence the events in your own life, with an enhanced emotional 'tool kit' to help you make decisions and to see things more clearly.


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What happens if I need to change my appointment time or if I wish to cancel my booking?

When you book your counselling appointment at time is reserved specifically for you and offered to anyone else. You are welcome to cancel or change your counselling appointment at any time. However, please be sure to give a minimum of 24 hours notice, as this enables the time to be made available for someone else. Please note that the full session fee may be charged for late cancellation, changes and missed appointments.


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Can I complain or provide feedback about the Service?

Both positive and negative feedback is welcomed, negative feedback offers us the chance to change and grow and positive feedback builds up and encourages. At the end of your first session your counsellor will ask you how you feel things went. This will happen throughout your counselling sessions as well. There is also available a visual aid which plots each sessions progress if you so wish.
If something has been said or done that has offended you in any way, please give us the chance to right the wrong, offence tends to eat away at us from the inside like a cancer, any further hurt or stresses are certainly not wished upon you.
If you would like to comment on, compliment or complain about the Counselling Service, you can write to us

Contact Walking Life's Path 

or anonymously use the feedback button below. If you do not receive a satisfactory response, you can contact the counselling association to which the counsellor belongs. These details will be provided at your request.


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Will I be referred elsewhere?

In some cases a counsellor may refer you to another specialist or organisation which can provide specific or specialist assistance which is otherwise not available at this Counselling Service. In most cases such an organisation/service is best utilised in tandem with counselling, in any instances this will be discussed with you, information on the service offered will be made available to you along with their contact details, and your permission obtained prior to the other service being contacted.


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What do I do in an emergency?

If, and only if you can wait, our message service is answered every morning and afternoon. As the chances are that we would most likely be with other clients outside these times, if you feel you need help straight away, please note the following options;


  Police, ambulance or fire call emergency 000.
  your local community service or hospital.
Logan Hospital general enquiries on (07) 3299 8899.
  Lifeline 24/7 on 13 11 14  Link - Lifeline
  Kidshelp 24/7 on 1800 551 800  Link - Kids Helpline
  Domestic Violence.
DVConnect Womenline on 1800 811 811.
DVConnect Mensline 9am - midnight on 1800 600 636.
Link - dvconnect
  Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 Link - Beyond Blue
  Headspace 1800 650 890 Link - Headspace
  Your personal support system as discussed in session.

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What times can we make an appointment to see a counsellor?

We endeavour to provide the best service for you and will do our best to offer you a time that best suits you. As we have various places we counsel from across Logan, a suitable place can be found close to your residence, place of employment, school etcetera.


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How long will it take before I/we can see a counsellor?

During your first phone call we can make an appointment for you to see a counsellor usually within 7 days. Alternatively we can schedule a time that best suits you.


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Are you ready to take the first step to Walking Life's Path the way you want?

If so, call/or text your details to 0411 513 430
Or

Make a Booking 

and your contact will be returned as soon as a counsellor is available.
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I could not find an answer to my question?

Please Contact Us with your query, or call/text 0411 513 430
your call will be returned as soon as a counsellor is available.


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