We all experience personal challenges or issues in our lives. We can deal with these times by talking to friends or family, or trying to deal with things ourselves. There are times, however, when issues are too much for us to manage on our own, or cannot be resolved by support from our friends or family. At such times, seeking support and strategies from a professional such as a counsellor can be helpful. Feenikx offer a full range of professional counselling services to residents of Burnie and Devonport, including the surrounding towns of Ulverstone, Latrobe, Sheffield, Somerset, Wynyard and Smithton.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a process of talking about and resolving personal difficulties with a trained professional counsellor. The counsellor assists you in tackling your issues in a constructive manner by assisting you in clarifying the situation, exploring alternatives, developing techniques, and increasing self-awareness. For some people, simply sharing their experiences with a counsellor and being heard may be beneficial.
A counsellor is a trained, objective professional with whom you can build a healing and trusting relationship. We are trained to offer different types of assistance; most frequently talking-based styles of therapy.
What services does Feenikx Counselling & Mediation offer?
You can make an appointment to see a counsellor at Feenikx at any time and you don’t need a referral from a doctor. You can see one of our trained professional therapists whether it’s by yourself; with your partner or other family member; or as part of a group therapy session.
We offer counselling in a private, confidential setting. We are not affiliated with any religious or political groups and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, religion, age group or lifestyle.
A counselling session is usually 60 minutes long; however we may require more than one session depending on your specific needs. Counselling sessions occur in the privacy of our rooms at either our Devonport or Burnie office, your home or even at your local coffee shop. Our rooms provide a non-threatening atmosphere that help facilitate the healing process.
Counselling is available to anyone who wants help with a personal difficulty. There is no such thing as a little or trivial problem that cannot be addressed. The following are examples of some of the most frequent issues for which people seek counselling (click on the links for more information about the different issues) :
- communication & relationship issues,
- grief or trauma,
- stress & anxiety
- self confidence and self-esteem difficulties,
- family matters and parenting,
- anger management,
- Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)
How does a counselling session work?
During a session, most often you will discuss your life’s situations and problems with your counsellor; however there may be times when you would like to focus on specific issues, such as those listed above.
The process involves you talking about your issues with the therapist in order to gain understanding, insight and new perspectives on your difficulties. We will also assist you in developing counselling-related skills when required e.g. relaxation techniques when experiencing anxiety or anger, communication strategies when having relationship difficulties etc.
The process typically begins with an initial intake appointment, which involves an assessment and orientation. This takes place at either our office or another venue of your choice.
During the initial intake we find out about you, your life experiences and what brings you to counselling in order to begin the therapeutic process. This intake session is followed by further sessions which are typically 60 minutes long, however appointments can occur in different time periods depending on your goals or needs.
How Can Counselling Help Me?
You may get help at any time, not just when you’re in crisis. You might want to learn more about another family member or strengthen your relationship with your spouse or family. Counselling can help you work out what your issues or concerns are, and what options you have to deal with them. The counsellor will not tell you what you have to do, but help you work things out. They can also help support you when things get tough.
Counselling can help you in many ways, including:
- providing a safe environment for you to explore your feelings and talk about what is troubling you without fear of punishment or criticism;
- allowing you to share all of your concerns while allowing you to maintain some privacy. The session is an opportunity for you to focus on you and your issue;
- proving a safe place to discuss feelings that may be difficult to talk about, such as sexuality or abuse;
- helping you go over experiences in your life that have been troubling you without fear of being judged by others or labelled ;
- helping you break the cycle of negative behaviours and thoughts;
- helping you learn ways to cope with your feelings and problems;
- providing a non-judgmental, accepting atmosphere where it’s okay not to have all the answers; and
- helping you determine what options are available to you.
If the above scenarios describe a situation you are currently going through or you have further questions, then maybe we can help. Call Feenikx Counselling & Family Mediation at 0498 704 680 to find our more or book your free confidential telephone consultation today!