Counselling and Psychology

Counselling Services at CHIRP Community Health

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space to explore a range of personal and life issues.  We believe that people have the ability to make positive changes in their lives. Our counsellors can provide assistance and support on the journey toward change.

Generalist Counselling

Our generalist counselling program is provided by qualified and experienced professionals. This free service is available to anyone in the community who needs support to deal with personal, relationship or family matters. We can also provide information on other services available and refer you to a more suitable service when appropriate.

Psychological Therapy Services (PTS)

Counselling is also available through the Psychological Therapy Service. PTS services are available for adults and children for a range of  mental health issues, including anxiety and depression.

Children between the age of six and twelve can be seen by our Children’s Counsellor.

To access the Psychologist and the Children’s Mental Health service you need a Mental Health Care Plan referral from your general practitioner.

A Mental Health Care Plan is not needed for an appointment with the Suicide Prevention Counsellor.

There is no cost for these services.

How to get more information?

If you are seeking counselling at CHIRP you can complete the on-line intake form or leave your contact details with reception for a counsellor to phone you back to do intake.

During intake we will collect some initial details about your needs and circumstances.

A more in-depth assessment appointment will be made for you within two to four weeks, before you go on the waitlist for a counsellor. Waiting times can be up to 12 weeks for generalist counselling or six to eight months for the psychologist.

We provide short-term counselling (up to six sessions) with a primary focus on current or presenting issues. It is necessary to limit the number of counselling sessions in order to provide this free service to more people in the community. However under special circumstances this can be reviewed.

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