December 9, 2016

Counselling

Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice in Glen Iris

Possibilities for Change is a Counselling and Psychotherapy practice based in Glen Iris in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

It is a place where transformation is possible.

We provide a respectful and safe environment offering individual counselling, group work and supervision.

Possibilities for Change is a private practice that values the importance of empowering oneself and assist in helping individuals identify and reach their goals and full potential.

We welcome all ages, genders, cultures and the LGBTI community.

 

What is Counselling?

PACFA, the Psychotherapists’ and Counsellors’ Federation of Australia – one of the two largest Professional Associations in Australia for counsellors and psychotherapists –  gives the following definition of therapy:

Therapy is the process of meeting with a counsellor or psychotherapist for the purpose of resolving problematic behaviours, beliefs, feelings and related physical symptoms. Therapy uses an interpersonal relationship to help develop the client’s self-understanding and to make changes in his or her life.

Although counselling and psychotherapy overlap considerably, there are also recognised differences.

While the work of both Counsellors and Psychotherapists with clients may be of considerable depth and length, the focus of Counselling is more likely to be on specific problems, changes in life adjustments and fostering the client’s wellbeing.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is more concerned with the restructuring of the personality or self and the development of insight.

To read the full definition of counselling and psychotherapy, go to the Counselling and Psychotherapy Definition page of the PACFA website.

Some key points about therapy:

  • Therapy usually takes place on a one-to-one basis or may be done in group settings
  • The client is able to choose a therapist and therapy style which is best suited to their particular situation
  • A therapist and client will normally sit with one another for an hour to discuss the issues which are presented by the client
  • The therapy process involves a ‘getting to know you’ period just like any new relationship
  • The therapist and client play an equal role in the therapy process. There is no ‘expert’ in a therapy relationship
  • The therapist’s intention is to make the therapy process both safe and supportive
  • Everything that happens in therapy is confidential, except if necessary for your own or another person’s safety is at risk

If you are experiencing things in your life that you would like to talk to someone about or need assistance with, please contact us.

 

Possibilities for Change acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of this nation. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and future.