What does a Counsellor do?
Counsellors provide front-line mental health support for millions of Australians every day, between private sessions, eTherapy, community programs, counselling in school and more.
A Counsellor’s job is to work closely with people experiencing emotional or mental health problem, either one-on-one or in a group setting. They help to unravel the deeper issues at play, provide management strategies, and support the person (or family, or group) as they work towards an improved state of mind.
Where do Counsellors work?
Counselling is a diverse field; you might encounter a Counsellor in:
- Community centres
- Online chat and telephone services
- Private clinics
- Outreach programs
- Rehab centres
However, they may not always have a job title like Counsellor or Psychologist. Often in areas such as community service, mental health peer support, youth work or AOD support, qualified counsellors go by different titles related to their profession.
That’s why our Diploma of Counselling is such a popular course; our graduates find fulfilling careers helping people all over Australia.
How can a Counsellor help me?
Counsellors help people work through an incredibly diverse range of situations. Depending on their area of expertise, you may consider seeing a Counsellor for personal stress, relationship problems, substance-related concerns, anger management or grief.
Signs it’s time to see a Counsellor
- Feeling sad, anxious, deflated or angry
- Experiencing stress or financial strain related to work
- You or someone you know is abusing drugs or alcohol
- Relationship breakdown (your partner, parents, sibling)
- Just want to talk to someone
- Recent trauma or loss in your life
Some people see a Counsellor for specific emotional turbulence. And for others, a Counsellor is someone to speak to when things don’t feel right. They are committed to supporting you and helping you develop resilience.
How can I make an appointment?
If you think you need to talk to someone, there are numerous resources available, many at no cost. Here are some ways you can speak to a qualified Counsellor:
- Online through Lifeline, Kids Helpline and Counselling Online
- Over the phone with Kids Helpline and Call to Mind
- In-person at Relationships Australia or any other reputable counselling service
- See your GP for a recommendation
GPs (General Practitioners, your family doctor) can help you to access Counselling subsidised by Medicare.
A final word on Counselling
The first appointment can be tough. Stick with it, and be open to working with your counsellor to access your inner strength. If you decide your Counsellor’s approach is not suited to you, then you are always able to change providers.
You never know – it might be so rewarding that you want to study counselling later in life to help other people.