What is Counselling?

Counselling is a therapeutic process that  provides guidance, support, and assistance to individuals or groups who are experiencing various personal, emotional, psychological, or behavioral challenges. The primary goal of counselling is to help clients better understand their feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and situations, and to facilitate positive changes in their lives.

Counsellors don’t diagnose issues, but work with you to improve your mental health, help you understand yourself better and help you develop strategies and work towards goals. 

Counselling is facilitated in a confidential and safe environment, where clients can openly discuss their concerns without fear of judgment. The counsellor, employs various therapeutic techniques and approaches to help clients gain insights into situations, develop coping strategies, improve resiliance and work towards personal growth and change.

There are various types of counselling, each with its own focus and approach. Some common types include:

Individual Counselling: This involves one-on-one sessions between a client and a counsellor. It’s suitable for addressing a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, career challenges, and more.

Couples Counselling: Also known as marriage or relationship counselling, this type of counselling is aimed at helping couples address conflicts, improve communication, and strengthen their relationship.

Family Counselling: This involves working with entire families to address issues like communication problems, conflicts, and changes within the family structure.

Specialized Counselling: There are various specialized forms of counselling, such as grief counselling, substance abuse counselling, career counselling, and more, each tailored to address specific issues.

Types of therapy / methods we use:

Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a therapy plan.

We offer a range of therapeutic approaches and are able to adapt to the client’s way of exploring to empower you to make healthy choices and change old, unhelpful patterns of behaviours.

Employing Person-Centred and Mindfulness-based therapies that are applied to relevant client situations such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Some of the therapies we may use are:


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) | more info


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) | read more


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) | more info

Who can benefit from seeing a counsellor?

Mindfulness and Person-Centred approaches offer a way of working which accepts the client for who they are, this enables us to work with individual clients, couples and families from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to offer clients the support and understanding that they need in order to evolve and make changes in their lives.

These challenges may include:

  • Life transitions – individual or family orientated
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships issues
  • Loneliness
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Parenting pressures
  • Abuse – emotional, physical or substance
  • Self-esteem issues

What are the potential outcomes?

Seeing a counsellor can lead to various positive outcomes depending on the individual’s needs and goals. Here are some potential outcomes from seeking counselling:

Improved Mental Health: Counselling can help individuals manage and alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental health issues. It provides a safe space to discuss feelings and emotions, leading to better emotional well-being.

Enhanced Coping Skills: Counsellors teach practical coping strategies to handle challenging situations, emotions, and life changes. These skills can improve resilience and help individuals navigate difficulties more effectively.

Better Communication: Counselling can improve communication skills, leading to healthier relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and partners. Learning to express thoughts and emotions clearly can prevent misunderstandings and conflicts.

Increased Self-Awareness: Through counselling, individuals can gain deeper insights into their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. This self-awareness can lead to personal growth and positive behavioral changes.

Stress Reduction: Counselling can equip individuals with stress management techniques, enabling them to reduce the negative impact of stressors and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Healthy Decision-Making: Counsellors can assist individuals in making informed and balanced decisions by providing guidance and helping them consider different perspectives.

Trauma Recovery: For those who have experienced trauma, counselling can aid in processing and healing from traumatic events. Therapists can guide individuals through techniques like trauma-focused therapy.

Improved Relationships: Counselling can help individuals develop healthier relationship patterns, address conflicts, and work through communication issues. This can apply to romantic relationships, friendships, family dynamics, and work relationships.

Behavioral Change: Counsellors can support individuals in making positive behavioral changes, such as breaking harmful habits, improving time management, and developing a more balanced lifestyle.

Goal Achievement: Counselling can assist in setting and working towards personal, academic, or professional goals. Therapists can provide guidance and support in developing strategies to achieve desired outcomes.

Increased Self-Esteem: Counselling can contribute to enhanced self-esteem and self-worth by addressing negative self-perceptions and fostering a more positive self-image.

Grief and Loss Support: Counselling can help individuals navigate the complex emotions and challenges associated with grief and loss. Therapists can provide a safe space for processing these feelings and adjusting to life changes.

It’s important to note that outcomes from counselling can vary depending on factors such as the individual’s willingness to engage in the therapeutic process, the counsellor’s approach and expertise, the specific goals of the individual, and the nature of the issues being addressed. It’s also possible that counselling might not lead to immediate changes, but the insights gained during sessions can contribute to gradual improvements over time.

Delivery methods:

  • Face to Face
  • Video
  • Telephone

Locations for Counselling:

Georgia Nichol:
247 David Low Way,
Peregian Beach, QLD

Video & Telephone Sessions also available

Sharyn Dorber:
Laidley Community Centre,
13 Mary St Laidley, QLD

Video & Telephone Sessions also available


Support… where, when and how you need it.

Support… where, when and how you need it.

Support… where, when and how you need it.

Support… where, when and how you need it.

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