CatholicCare NT run many different types of counselling sessions. Each are tailored to you and your needs; helping you overcome a challenge you might be facing.
We’ve outlined some helpful facts about our sessions, so you know what to expect.
There are several different rooms at each of our sites. Most have small windows high up so you cannot be seen from outside. Each counsellor has access to a computer so they can provide you with information from websites that might help.
Our team are there to provide ideas and strategies to help you. You and your counsellor will work on tools together. They will tweak strategies you may already have, or develop new and healthier ones. We will help you put real actions in place to help you cope with a situation.
Counsellors are there to help you feel safe, supported and at ease.
Here are some examples of helpful questions to ask yourself before a session:
What exactly do I want help with?
What are my goals?
What type of worker would I like? (gender/age/culture/skill base/expertise/qualifications).
Can I get to a session? If not, can I see a worker at a different site? Is there a cost?
It’s normal to feel cautious around a new person. Some people like to say nothing at all during the first session. Others, chat about their day before they feel comfortable. This is fine, we are all different.
If you like expressing yourself through painting or drawing, let your counsellor know. If you think it would help to have an interpreter, say so. The service is about helping you.
After your session
Everyone is unique, so the number of sessions you will need after your first changes. The average is 6-8 sessions. If you are on a healing journey, it might take a while. Be patient with yourself. Know that you will have ups and downs, steps forward and some steps back.
We are all different, and our counselling sessions reflect your unique situation.