Counselling and Psychology

Counselling Services at CHIRP Community Health

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space to explore 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 experienced social workers. 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. The waiting time for counselling services is generally between two to three weeks.

Psychological Therapy Services (PTS)

Counselling is available with our psychologist and social workers through the Psychological Therapy Service.

To access this service you need a Mental Health Care Plan referral from your general practitioner.

PTS services are available for adults, adolescents 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. A Mental Health Care Plan is also required for this.

There is no cost for these services. The waiting time for the psychologist is between six to ten weeks. The waiting time for the Children’s Counsellor is approximately twelve weeks.

How to get more information?

For more information, or to arrange an appointment, please contact CHIRP Community Health on (03) 5479 1000 and ask to speak to the intake duty worker.

The duty worker will obtain a brief outline of your concerns or issues and inform you of the likely wait time for an appointment. You will be allocated the most appropriate counsellor who will contact you to make an appointment.


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