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As diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder impacts the whole family, Behaviour+ offers counselling services for adults as well. Our experienced counsellors offer evidence-based modalities that are person-centred. We also provide psycho-education to build your knowledge about the changes and challenges that you might be facing.

We are highly experienced in working with parents of children with disabilities. This includes where the child has been newly diagnosed, which can be a challenging time for most people and families. Additionally, we are also able to work with your child’s siblings, offering supports to them or explaining your child’s diagnosis to them.

What can Counselling help with?

Some challenges that Counselling can also be used (but is not limited to) include:

  • Family stress
  • Relationship challenges
  • Stress management
  • Adapting to life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Low resilience
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Coping with separation/divorce
  • Communication
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Depression and low mood
  • Challenging life events
  • Low self esteem
  • Passiveness
  • Difficulty in problem solving

What happens during the session?

The initial session commences with the Counsellor explaining the counselling process. Then you will discuss your background and the reasons why you decided to come to counselling. Together, you will work with your counsellor to identify goals you would like to achieve, and also consider your readiness to commit to treatment. Collaboratively, you will determine a plan to reach your goals.

Subsequent sessions can involve combinations of the following: strategies, psycho-education, exercises and skill building, and resources that are all designed to empower you and work towards you achieving your goals.

How many sessions will I need?

There is no set number of sessions that we can recommend, as each person and situation is very different. We do suggest starting with at least three (3) sessions. This is due to the fact that the first session is really about providing information to your Counsellor about the current situation to ensure they have enough information to provide appropriate interventions or skill-building. In the second session, you will discuss some strategies and a third session will allow discussion around what you have learnt.

The total number of sessions will depend on how many goals you would like to achieve and your progress towards your goals. Some issues are complex and need more time, other things may be resolved quicker. Ultimately, you are in control and decide what works for you.

How often should I have sessions?

As with the quantity of sessions, how often you should have sessions varies as every person and situation is unique. Typically, the sessions may start more frequently and then fade out as the situation is resolved. Some people may resolve a major issue and then come in on an ad-hoc basis when things come up or they need additional support. The counsellor is there to discuss your options however, it is your decision about what will work best for you.

Where are the counselling services delivered?

Behaviour+ delivers counselling services onsite in our Centres or via Telehealth, depending on what suits your personal needs.

How much do the Counselling services cost?

For NDIS services, Behaviour+ charge as per the NDIS Price Guide. During the initial assessment our team will discuss your goals, individual circumstances, and personal preferences. We then provide options around service delivery, and you have the final say of how that looks. The Behaviour+ team will then create a Schedule of Supports which is a detailed report of the services you will receive. Our aim is to ensure that your budget will be utilised in the most effective way to achieve your goals. To learn more about the NDIS Price Guide view https://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/price-guides-and-pricing

For any further information regarding Private Fee for Service fees, Medicare and Private Health funds refer to the Funding Factsheet.

How do I access Counselling at Behaviour+?

To access services at Behaviour+, please visit our Registration page or to access Counselling services at Behaviour+ it is as simple as contacting Reception on
(02) 9569 7700 or info@behaviourplus.org and booking in a counselling session at a convenient time for you. Once you have seen the Counsellor, you can book in your next session through them or alternatively call Reception to book in again. If you have any questions our friendly Behaviour+ team is happy to answer them.

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