Counselling is a confidential process that you can access to help you manage yourself in distressing situations/circumstances and to create alternative thoughts, emotions and behaviours to enhance your coping and resilience. Counselling can also help uncover the strengths, values and experiences that you already possess that will help you to get back on your feet again and re-engage effectively with life.
To ensure confidentiality and privacy, most counselling sessions are conducted at an office location (currently by appointment in Springwood or Carindale QLD). Video-conferencing is available as an alternative to face-to-face meetings, although it is recommended that the first meeting is face-to-face.
Absolutely! Unless there is a risk of harm or a legal requirement, your counsellor will not discuss your situation outside of the counselling space without your awareness and written consent.
Counselling at Cynosure Support Services is designed primarily for men and women 16 years and above who would appreciate a confidential space and an empathetic person to journey with them towards recovery.
The short answer is: Anything that is of concern to you! Common issues that show up in the counselling space include but are not limited to:
- Loss and grief
- Depression, anxiety
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Transition and change, including relocations
- Relationship issues
- Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder
- Loss of direction
No. There is no expectation that you will express emotion and it's OK if you do. While emotional expression is welcome in the counselling space, you decide how much emotion to express in each session.
That depends very much on the severity of the distress you are experiencing, how long you have been in distress, and whether you are looking simply for relief or for long-lasting change. At Cynosure Support Services, we believe that the clients know when the counselling process has achieved its goal. In each counselling session we aim to provide you with opportunity to assess your progress and to decide if further appointments are needed.
At Cynosure Support Services, we understand that sometimes it can be hard to talk about the things that are causing you distress, and that not everyone finds talking helpful. We are able to use a variety of creative non-talking strategies to work through the distress as needed. Your counsellor will negotiate with you which strategies are right for you.