You are not alone
Relief from concerns and stresses in a confidential environment
Tailored strategies to equip you for day-to-day issues
Compassionate and caring counsellors dedicated to helping you
Are worries and stresses getting you down?
Do you struggle to get through the day?
Are you feeling alone?
Are you going through a change: job, relationship, move?
When you or a loved one are struggling to get by each day, it can feel tiring. Disheartening. Unmotivating. Frustrating.
The stress and worry are eating away at you day and night. It’s a huge burden.
You don’t have anyone to talk to. You can’t. The people you know will judge you. You can’t risk them telling anyone else. They just won’t understand. No-one understands.
You hate feeling so alone. But you don’t know what to do to make things better...
You can’t go forward but you can’t live this way anymore. So how do you get out of this seemingly hopeless situation?
What your counsellor can help with
A counselling session is a safe place to chat to someone with the knowledge and dedication to help you. Your counsellor will listen without judgement and help you create strategies to help you - or a loved one - get through the situation.
Your counsellor has listened and guided people through a range of different situations:
Stress and anxiety
Relationship difficulties (including marriage)
Grief and loss
It can be hard to talk to a stranger about private thoughts and relationship problems. But be assured your counsellor has likely heard similar thoughts and helped people navigate similar problems.
Although it may feel like you’re alone, you are not. You may feel guilty. Ashamed. Embarrassed. Angry. Scared. You are not alone.
Your counsellor is here to listen - not to judge.
Your counsellor is here to care for you and make you feel comfortable.
Your counsellor is here to help you find ways to get through this tough time - to help you find peace, perspective and the confidence to work successfully through it.
6 Ways counselling can help
1 - Confidential
Talk, shout, cry, or think. Express any emotions without judgement or self-consciousness and know that nothing you say will leave the room. Your counsellor’s priority is to make you feel comfortable during your session so together you can get to the heart of your concerns.
2 - Perspective
It can be easier to speak to an outsider than someone you know. They don’t know you and will consider your thoughts with fresh eyes. For relationship counselling, a neutral party can mediate and get each party to see each other’s perspective.
3 - Awareness
Your counsellor can help you see yourself from the outside. Giving you a sense of awareness to better understand yourself. This can help you be more compassionate and less judgemental about yourself. Your counsellor is compassionate, empathetic, and understanding of the struggles we all go through in our lives.
4 - Experience
You will get proven strategies that have helped others - tailored to you and your situation. You’ll realise there is nothing wrong with you. You are not alone. The feelings you are experiencing have been felt - and worked through - by others. You can get through it too.
5 - Your time
This time is reserved especially for you - with no distractions. Together, you and your counsellor will gently work through your worries. Let go of the emotions you keep bottled up and experience relief at getting those big things off your chest finally. No-one else matters during this time but you.
6 - A plan
Together, you and your counsellor will come up with a plan to address your stress and concerns. You’ll learn effective personal and interpersonal coping strategies to get through this tough time.
FAQs about counselling
Do I need counselling?
It can help to speak to an unbiased, qualified professional if you’re finding it hard to get through the day, or you are struggling to deal with a situation in your life. Often even saying something out loud can help you feel better. What’s more, our caring counsellors can guide you with strategies that have helped others in your situation.
Reasons to see a therapist
A few good reasons people see a therapist include: if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, having trouble coping, having relationship problems, are grieving, or have an adolescent you’re worried about.
What can I expect in my first session?
The thought of walking into your first Counselling session may be intimidating. You don’t know what to expect and may be be scared you might say something stupid or that your problems seem ridiculous. Rest assured this couldn’t be further from the truth.
You can expect your first session to be very conversational and relaxed - it is a time for you to talk about anything…. even if it isn’t the main reason you have sought Counselling. It is a time for you to tell your story and get to know your Counsellor and to feel out whether they are the right fit for you.
Expect the unexpected, there may be tears, anger, laughter or maybe all three at once! No matter what, you can expect to be listened to and cared for by someone that has nothing but absolute compassion for you and how you are feeling in this current moment.
About your counsellor
Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist, Catherine Cenandez has dedicated her life to the betterment of others. With a special interest in pain management, stress, anxiety and depression she has had a passion for helping others work through their problems since she graduated with a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Counselling in 2008. Her warm, person-centred and caring approach is bound to make you feel at ease.
Counsellor Kathleen Ford (currently away on leave) is a genuine, warm-hearted person with a passion for helping people navigate whatever difficulties they may face. You’ll find her empathetic, non-judgmental and compassionate as part of her Person-Centered Counselling approach - and her background as a yoga teacher.
Kathleen is university qualified with a Bachelor of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.
Counselling in Melbourne’s western suburbs
We’re based in Moonee Ponds and are visited by patients from the Western suburbs of Melbourne, and beyond. Includes:
Counselling at Body and Brain Centre
Gain perspective and confidence by using proven strategies tailored to you
Get to the heart of your problems with empathetic counsellors
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