IS COUNSELLING FOR ME?

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Counselling at GCCASV is about how you are feeling and the affects your experience of violence is having on your life.

 

Our experienced staff are available to support you no matter how long ago you were assaulted or what stage you are at in your healing journey.

 

We offer individual counselling and a range of support groups to meet identified needs.

In your initial counselling session, you will have the opportunity to discuss your support needs and counselling goals and will be provided with information regarding the support and therapy that can be offered. This discussion will continue and evolve throughout your counselling journey.

 

Counselling at GCCASV is underpinned by a feminist framework, is strengths based and holistic in nature, meaning that you will be related to as the expert in your own life and have ultimate control over the direction, content and focus of the support you receive.

 

You have the right to decide what you talk about and how much you share. The counselling will take into account your history, present circumstances and future goals and will focus on how you are feeling and the impact of the experience/s of violence on your life.

 

The support offered is always trauma-informed and evidence based; it is delivered by qualified professionals with a tertiary degree in counselling, social work, social/behavioural sciences, or psychology.

 

Your counsellor will gather information to collaborate with you in formulating a counselling plan to meet your needs. This will be reviewed regularly and updated as needed to ensure that it continues to be reflective of your personal situation and support requirements.

 

You have the right to ask questions, request further information and change your mind at any time during your counselling journey.

Sexual Violence Program

Our Sexual Violence program is for:

  • all women and female-identifying folk

  • 14 years old and over

  • currently living on the Gold Coast

  • who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives

  • non-offending parents, partners, and friends who are supporting a client or potential client

Our youngest clients are in their early teens and  Margarita was one of our older clients at 96.

Sexual violence is an umbrella term for a whole range of unwanted sexual behaviours that can make a person feel uncomfortable, scared, or angry.

It might be something that happened many years ago or just yesterday, whatever your experience it doesn't have to meet any criteria for being 'bad enough' or 'severe enough'. If it is impacting you and the way you live your life then counselling may help.

Women's Health & Wellbeing Program

Our Women's Health & Wellbeing Program is for:

  • all women and female-identifying folk

  • Adults aged over 18 years

  • currently living on the Gold Coast 

  • physically and emotionally safe and stable

  • in secure and safe housing

  • no current breaches (of Domestic Violence Order or bail)

  • who have experienced gender based violence at any time in their lives

Gender-based violence covers a range of experiences including Domestic and Family Violence, forced marriage, trafficking, and female genital mutilation.

Experiences like growing up in a household where violence was used, or being in a relationship that was abusive can have lasting impacts on us as adults.

Working with a feminist counsellor who understands gender inequality may help you move forward in your journey.