For Online or Face-to-face
Individual, Couple, or Family Counselling, Treatment of Diagnosed Depression/Anxiety, Trauma and
and/or Prayer/Spiritual Support with
MAASW (Adv. Accr)
BSW (Curtin) MA (Counselling)
BEd (Science) Grad. Dip. Management
Accredited Mental Heath Social Worker/Medicare Provider
Supervisor and Training Consultant
Open Arms (formerly Veterans & Veterans Families Counselling Service) Outreach Programme Counsellor
Department of Veterans Affairs Provider
Insurance Commission of WA Provider
Able to see members of Bupa, HCF and Teachers Health (including UniHealth and Nurses and Midwives Health)
who have the appropriate level of cover
Listed as a Blue Knot Foundation Trauma-informed Service
For info Phone: 0408 890 887
(please allow one day for replies to messages)
NB Medicare rebates are available if you see a GP for a mental healthcare plan
Online options available
Signal (preferred secure phone app), Skype or Zoom options are available for online sessions.
Canning Vale Serviced Offices
Unit 15, 64 Bannister Road,
Western Australia 6155
Medicare Provider 442250DX
Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Fridays 7.30am-5:00pm (online or face to face)
7.30-11.30am (online only)
11.30am-5.00pm (face to face)
For Appointments Phone/SMS 0408 890 887
To mail: PO Box 260
This is NOT an emergency service. For Western Australian mental health emergencies please contact the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788
attend the nearest Emergency Department of a hospital.
Alternatively contact Lifeline on
13 11 14.
Helplines: (click )
Other support services:
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 - for 24/7 telephone counselling for young people 5-25 years
Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 - for 24/7 telephone crisis support for people at-risk of suicide, carers and bereaved
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78 - for 24/7 telephone and online support, information and referral services for men
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 - for 24/7 telephone support and online chat 4pm - 10pm (AEST)
Meth Helpline : 1800 874 878 - The Meth Helpline is a free confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone concerned about their own or another person's meth use.
1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732 - 24 hour 7 days a week, confidential telephone and online support - 1800RESPECT is not only a support service for people affected by sexual assault, domestic and family violence. It is also an information and support service for family, friends, and frontline workers.
WA COVID-19 Hotline - Phone 13 COVID
Lifeline - Phone 13 11 14
MensLine - Phone 1300 789 978
Jobseekers Contact Line - Phone 132 850
Small business advice – Phone 133 140
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Who is counselling for and when is it now too urgent for counselling?
(signs of coping and of not coping so well)
"If you do not transform your suffering you will transmit it." – Richard Rohr
Counselling is for anyone who is noticing they are having too little:
• enjoyment of relationships
• satisfaction in work
• desire to go out
• fun from what used to be fun
• desire to connect
• quality sleep.
Counselling is also for peope who notice that too often they have too much:
• nervousness, anxiety or fear
• 'buzz'/project-drive/in-your-face-ness/'happy'/self-importance (during a manic or hypo-manic phase of a mood disorder).
Signs and symptoms of not coping vary from person to person. Warning signs that things are not working so well can include:
• Feeling sad, down or "empty"
• Losing interest in activities that were once a source of pleasure
• Feeling hopeless, worthless or helpless
• Feeling irritable or restless
• Changes in appetite, and losing or gaining weight unintentionally
• Sleeping poorly or oversleeping
• Feeling tired or having less energy
• Having persistent feelings of guilt
• Having trouble thinking, concentrating or making decisions
• Decreased capability and performance
• Having thoughts of suicide or intrusive thoughts about death
• Abusing alcohol or other drugs
• Calling in sick to work for days or longer
• Avoiding social engagements and missing appointments
• Having trouble following healthy patterns of eating/sleeping/hygiene
• Resorting to avoidance behaviours to mask emotional hurt: e.g. using entertainment, food, chemical addiction, intnentionally staying busy so there is little time to think or feel emotion
• Sacrifice one's own needs and desires to please others; this might be such a habit a person might struggle to know what they want or to put it in words; often long periods of pleasing others will be interspersed with periods of high expressed emotion that might baffle others
Increased frustration and venting high levels of emotion more often (e.g. expressed hurt; anger; tears)
• Staying stuck in the 'familiar' and not communicating about how things hurt or are no longer ok
• Listening to what others say to do rather than thinking about and deciding the best option one's self
• Preferring to stay in denial that things are not working well, just plodding on even though not fulfilled
• Fear of conflict keeping one silent
• Using others for need fulfilment rather than coming to terms with old hurt and anxiety about unmet needs
(Source: Several points adapted from
Whilst Mayo Clinic lists many of these as signs of depression several of these symptoms can also match a number of other mental health concerns; e.g. they may also be symptoms of grief after an important loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, a complex trauma history or another anxiety condition.
Some people may think these symptoms are just normal or that they feel ‘just a bit blue’ so they might need your prompting to let them know how they could benefit from professional treatment to discover more ways to understand their symptoms and to cope better. It is tricky doing this without sayng to a person "you need counselling," a line that is very likely to offend the person.
If you or the person about whom you care a great deal are not sure some online self-scoring tests that assess strength of symptoms can be found . If you decide to make an appointment please print the results and bring them to the appointment to see a GP or when you see the counsellor.
Identify Warning Signs of Worsening Symptoms
Everyone experiences periods of not coping differently. It would pay to learn how depression and other mental health concerns affect your family member or friend — and learn what to do when it gets worse. Mayo Clinic recommends you observe your family member or friend and consider these issues:
What are the typical signs and symptoms of not coping in your family member or friend?
What behaviours or language do you observe when the pattern of not coping is worse?
What behaviours or language do you observe when he or she is doing well?
What circumstances trigger episodes of more severe symptoms?
What activities are most helpful when a period of not coping worsens? (Source:
Things you might do to support your friend or family member cope better include:
Urge the friend or family member to see a GP (request a ‘long appointment’ so the GP has time to listen and make recommendations; reception staff will normally accommodate this request).
Make a booking to visit a service like Counselling, Career and Consultancy Services for at least 6 visits and come with your friend or family member to the first visit if they want your support (for things that built up over a long time it may take more than 6 visits to improve quality of life).
Take more self-care steps together including better diet that contains a lot of unprocessed food, getting out in the sunlight for short periods every day (ask the GP to check for a vitamin-D deficiency if the person does not get much sun), (including no use of light-emitting screens in the hour before bed or use the night-shift mode on your device), do something physical as many days a week as possible.
Worsening symptoms may mean it is time to get more treatment before things go too far. Sometimes some great things can come from what looks bleak. Appointment details are listed above (to the right).
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