Counselling

Individual goals are client driven and are tailored to the specific needs of each woman

Individual goals are client driven and are tailored to the specific needs of each woman
Short term counselling is available at WOMEN’S Healthworks for women over the age of 18 years. Individual counselling is offered for women seeking assistance for a variety of life challenges such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, parenting, relationship distress, migration stress, work/life balance and confidence and self-esteem difficulties.

Counselling is centred around each individual’s desires and goals and offers an opportunity for women to increase awareness of the nature of the difficulties they are currently facing. Individual support is provided to assist woman to make choices to reach their potential and increase personal fulfillment.

The initial appointment with the WOMEN’S Healthworks counsellor will explore each woman’s unique situation to ensure that our counselling service is the most appropriate and beneficial to meet your needs. In some instances a referral to a more suitable service may be suggested.

Women seeking counselling at WOMEN’S Healthworks can call reception on 9300 1566 and will be placed on the waiting list for an initial appointment to meet with the counsellor. Our counselling service is limited and is only available three days per week. The wait for an initial appointment may be up to 3 months.

Fees apply: $10.00 (unemployed or on benefits)
  $10.00 (casual worker)
  $20.00 (part-time worker)
  $40.00 (full-time worker)

 

Mental Health Services are also available at Womens Health and Family Services in Northbridge.
For more information, visit the main WHFS website at www.whfs.org.au 

 

If you require more immediate assistance the services below may be helpful:

Crisis Care (24 hours)
9223 1111 or 1800 199 008

Lifeline (24 hours)
13 11 14 or 9421 1114

Women’s Domestic Violence helpline (24 hours)
9223 1188 or 1800007 339

Parenting Line (24 hours)
1800 882 436

Sexual Assault Resource Centre (24 hours)
9340 1828

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467

Mental Health Emergency Response Line
1300 555 788

Websites that may be of interest

beyondblue.org.au (for depression)
blackdoginstitue.org.au (for depression and bipolar disorder)
understandinganxiety.com.au (for anxiety)
suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Specific Counselling Programs

Drug and Alcohol

Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) Offers a free outreach counselling service offered at WOMEN’S Healthworks on Mondays and Thursdays. For an appointment, contact SARC on 9340 1820.

Private Psychologists working from WOMEN’S Healthworks

Pam O’Connor, Psychologist (available at WHW on Wednesdays and Fridays)

Pam is an experienced and mature Registered Counselling Psychologist. Women’s issues are her particular interest in addition to stress, anxiety and depression, fears and phobias, self-esteem and identity difficulties. Pam uses a combination of cognitive behavioral strategies (CBT) interpersonal therapy and hypnosis if suitable. Medicare and some health funds rebates are available. Private fees apply.

To contact Pam call 9450 8402

Gwen Brookes

Gwen is an experienced Psychologist who holds a Masters Degree in Counselling and a PhD in International Health. Clients come to Gwen through self-referral, the recommendation of past clients or their G.P. Gwen has extensive experience in counselling individuals and couples (12years) and is well known for her informal gentle supportive approach. At the first session, a collaborative plan for the number of treatment sessions is discussed with the client.

Gwen can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 0414 442 186 or 9206 3432 for further information or to make an appointment. (Medicare and some health fund rebates may apply)