Ever feel like you need to get things off your chest?
We hear you!
Our counselling services are available to anyone, whether you are living with HIV, newly diagnosed, contemplating testing, awaiting results, or even a friend or family member of someone affected by HIV - we are here for you. You can also connect with us to talk to our professional counselling staff about a range of other topics such as;
- General sexual health
- Relationship issues
- Gender issues
- Behaviour changes
Our services are inclusive to people from all walks of life, and operate in a supportive space, with your privacy and confidentiality at the forefront.
We are located close to the Perth CBD and our fees work on a sliding scale, we’re trying our hardest to make sure every person has the opportunity to seek assistance when they need it. Did you know that one in five Australian’s will go through a time in their life when their mental health needs a bit of extra attention, but only half of those people will ever go on to seek professional counselling services?
We want to change that. We believe everyone should be able to live a happy and fulfilling life, whatever steps you have to take to get there.
We're here to help, call us now on 08 9482 0000 or use our on-line booking form.
So what is counselling?
Counselling is a confidential service provided by trained professionals to promote mental health, resolve internal and external concerns, and enhance self-understanding and acceptance. It can be undertaken by individuals, as couples, or as groups, such as a family, and counsellors are trained to work with adults, teens and children. Typically, a counsellor takes a collaborative approach with the client, having them actively involved in each stage of the process, whether the concerns are of a short-term, long-term or lifelong nature.
The most effective counselling happens from when clients feel respected, understood and accepted without judgement, which happens when the counsellor uses deep listening and empathy to make the client feel truly heard.
Counselling is a great way to achieve a change in perspective, awareness and enhance management of feelings and behaviours or adopt new ways of thinking about and dealing with a situation.
What can I expect?
The sessions can be quite broad in nature or focus on a particular topic, such as identity, spirituality, past experiences including trauma, grief and loss, depression, and relationships with self and others. The counsellor aims to open a dialogue with the client to highlight a path to addressing the root of the issue and achieving a positive outcome.
Sessions with WAAC counsellors last approximately 60 minutes.
The counsellor and the client will work together to determine how many sessions are required to achieve the best outcome.
Payment works on a sliding scale, and can be discussed with your counsellor. Our services take place at WAAC head office in West Perth.
How do I know if should explore counselling?
We all come up against things that challenge us in life, if you find that you are unsure of the best way to tackle an issue, a counsellor can offer you professional insight.
Gone are the days of ‘manning up’ and getting on with it, we know that this approach is not working. Nationally, we lose six people a day to suicide, and another 30 making attempts, with members of the LGBTQI+ community being four times more likely to attempt than those identifying as straight.
Without changing our mindset about asking for help when we need it, these statistics probably won’t improve. We need to remove the stigma about what actually happens in counselling and the sort of people we stereotype to need it.
Our counselling services are available 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. If you need to speak with a qualified counsellor outside of these hours, Lifeline is available 24/7 on 13 11 14.