Supporting change through counselling
What to expect
TALKING THERAPY OFFERS NEW INSIGHTS AND NEW FREEDOMS
Counselling can help improve a person’s quality of life whether this means exploring relationship tensions, or perception of self as an older or younger person, or coping with a disability or chronic health condition, or fears about the future.
Registered as a Provisional Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and NDIS Provider of Therapeutic Supports (4-ATU3TQM), Caroline offers you the opportunity to be supported through short-term counselling to live the best possible life. She also offers group counselling, where appropriate.
What to expect
Your first session:
Your first session will be about your reasons for therapy, what you want to achieve from therapy and agreeing how to work with your therapist. Working together includes discussing how often you will meet, time of the meeting, fees, cancellations, ethics of practice and so on. A written agreement between you and the counsellor acts as a reference for therapy sessions.
Counselling sessions are typically 50 minutes, except for the first session. All information is confidential. The sessions generally follow a pattern of introduction, information gathering, discussion, conclusion and 'homework' or goal-oriented tasks.
NO SPECIFIC REASON NEEDED
NO GP REFERRAL REQUIRED
NO LIMITS TO SESSIONS
WE WORK TOGETHER
I started in the aged care sector in 2001 working across a range of roles. I explored ageing from different perspectives including direct care, research, advocacy, community development and counselling. In 2007, I graduated with Honours in Social Science from Macquarie University and in 2017 with a Master of Counselling from the University of Notre Dame. I explored my interest in ageing through a thesis that examined the re-valuation of care work, and then a dissertation to investigate counselling therapies for positive ageing among older people with addictions.
From a counselling perspective, I remain curious about existential and narrative therapy as a therapeutic practice to deal with the stories of our life as older and younger people. I am also exploring Grief and Loss as the existential crises of being human.
As part of building listening skills, I volunteer with local community organisations to provide short-term counselling.
I believe counselling has the potential to support one's life journey at any age, stage and role.
I love good coffee, pastries, cheese and bread. I’m a café chaser!
I appreciate art, enjoy sewing and support SBS/ABC. I enjoy commenting on posts about ageing as a way to educate and challenge narratives. I try to remain curious about my world because it’s a good way to expand knowledge and grow!
Caroline Counselling is not an emergency service. If you or a person you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please call emergency 000, or your local mental health crisis team (call 1800 011 511 within NSW), or present to your local hospital emergency department.