The term ‘Counselling refers to the purposeful application of a professional knowledge and expertise to guide and support individuals, families and groups. Counselling is one of the principal modalities in a clinical social work practice. It is mostly concerned with social, emotional, financial, physical, developmental and functional concerns.
Counselling usually involves a facilitation of self-knowledge personal growth, self-acceptance, and the development of interpersonal resources for a more fulfilling, satisfying life.
Our counselling and therapy services are client centred, goal and outcome focused, and strength based. They are conducted in a way that respects the client’s values, acknowledges personal strengths, abilities and resources, and encourages capacity building and self-determination. They are informed by The Person-Centred Approach, Strength Perspective, Wellness Model and a wide range of therapy approaches.
The Person-Centred Approach to counselling relies on a quality of relationship and focuses on the clients’ experience of themselves, where they are the experts of their situation, rather than counsellor being an expert and telling them what to do.
The Strengths Perspective has initially been developed as an alternative to a common problem-oriented approach that underpins many health care and community based services. Instead of focusing on deficits, the Strengths Approach emphasises the clients’ strengths, abilities, talents, and resources.
The Wellness Approach strives for the state of optimal physical and mental health. It therefore encourages the clients to maintain a healthy diet, exercise, sufficient rest, enjoy a healthy, safe environment, meaningful social connections and satisfying lifestyle.
H-L Therapy specialised counselling services aim to support you in:
• addressing your concerns
• working through feelings or inner conflicts
• addressing your distress
• developing goals to improve your situation
• developing interpersonal skills
• improving your confidence and wellbeing
H-L Therapist has a wide range of experience, providing a specialised assessment and counselling for:
• Mental health issues (including anxiety and phobias, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
• Behavioural concerns and habits
• Chronic Health Conditions, including Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
We can also assist clients with various social and emotional difficulties, interpersonal skill development, developmental adjustment and disability related concerns.
We do this by a skilled application of integrated evidence based psychological therapies and strategies which are discussed below.
Psycho-education. Psychoeducation refers to information sharing about the mental health conditions. The purpose of psychoeducation is to assists people in learning self-management strategies to dealing with their health condition.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). This is a form of psychotherapy which aims to assist clients via the application of combined cognitive and behavioural principles and strategies. Examples of these strategies include cognitive and behavioural distractions from unhelpful thoughts and situations, Socratic Questioning, behaviour modification tools and gradual exposure techniques, typically used to assists clients in overcoming anxiety.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) s an evidence based therapy for working with clients with AHDS, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD and a wide range of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety. It is also useful in emotional regulation and in the management of anxiety for persons diagnosed with ADS. Please also refer to our page which specifically discusses our DBT informed programs.
Interpersonal therapy. This is a time limited psychotherapy treatment that is based on the premise that there is a connection between the way individuals interact with others and their mental health. The therapy focuses upon this interaction and modifying it in such a way to improve the mental health outcomes.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a powerful psychological therapy that aims to promote a goal of living a full and meaningful life, The Act Therapy does this by teaching Mindfulness skills and instructing the clients to accept the things that are outside their individual control. The Act Therapy also encourages the clients to commit to actions that improve individual life and wellbeing,
Relaxation strategies. Please refer to Mindfulness and Relaxation Therapy for more information.
Applied Behavioural Therapy (ABA) is an evidence based behavioural approach for working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABA consists of a range of different strategies and techniques, such as role modeling and positive reinforcement that can be used to teach people with ASD new skills, including social skills, self-care skills, communication skills, play skills. It can also assist in the management of such behaviour as inattention or aggression.
Skills training. H-L Therapy ssists clients in developing and practicing skills in interpersonal communication, stress management, conflict resolution, confidence and resilience building and so forth.
At H-L Therapy we understand that having active involvement and control of your treatment is important. This is why ‘we are doing it with you and not for you’. We recognise you as an expert of your situation and are guided by which is important for you. We work alongside of you, assisting in improving your confidence, capacity and resilience. We work with you and your strengths, abilities and talents, assisting you to utilise them in designing the lifestyle you really want.
In addition to counselling, H-L Therapy also provides a basic service coordination for NDIS participants only. This service aims to provide information and linkages within and beyond the NDIS system as well as an assistance in navigation of services. Please refer to the section ‘NDIS services’ for further information.