Do you have a problem that you just can’t solve on your own?
Counselling provides an opportunity to establish and explore family roles and relationships in a safe and reflective environment. When feelings become overwhelming or confusing, counselling can be very helpful. We work with you to address and overcome challenges and stress. We listen, talk through options and help you think about strategies.
Common issues addressed in counselling include family transitions, communication issues, work/life balance, conflict, parenting after separation, grief and loss and decision making.
Counselling fees are based on a sliding scale. CatholicCare will not refuse service in cases of financial hardship.
CHILD & PARENT SEPARATION SUPPORT
KEEPING KIDS IN MIND
Parents love their children and want the best for them. Following separation, parenting can get tougher. This is a 5 week course for separated parents who are experiencing on-going conflict designed to assist parents in seeing the separation through their children’s eyes. It provides tips on how to best support children following family separation.
FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Our family dispute resolution (FDR) services assist separating and divorcing couples and their children to resolve disputes without needing to resort to action in the Family Court. With the assistance of an impartial third party, family dispute resolution helps the parties identify issues and collaborate to develop a range of options and alternatives. We aim to reach a settlement that is suitable to all. FDR/mediation appointments are held at all our Family & Community Hubs.
PARENTS FOR LIFE
An online pre-mediation course that helps you get the most out of mediation. This course covers parental behaviours that help and hurt children after separation. All our Family Centre’s offer this online course.
CHILDREN & YOUTH COUNSELLING
We provide a range of children and youth counselling options from art, play and sand therapies to group work to deal with trauma, grief and loss, family breakdown and domestic and family violence. All our Family & Community Hubs offer this service.
Through our expert Family Therapists we are able to offer support via domestic violence counselling, emotion coaching, emotional release, therapeutic, psychotherapy and educational groups, work trauma and working through strong emotions. All our Family & Community Hubs offer this service.
We provide free, independent and confidential financial counselling to anyone having difficulties managing money. Our financial counsellors can assist by helping you prepare a budget or money plan, manage debt, set financial goals, understand your rights and negotiate with creditors. Our financial counselling service is funded by the NSW Office of Fair Trading and the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. Financial counselling is offered via our Artarmon, Ryde & Northern Beaches Hubs. You will find more information here.
Our professionally trained team offer a space that gives clients the ability to talk freely. Our counsellors offer understanding, acknowledgement and clarity with a focus on healing and wellbeing for clients. All our Family Centre & Community Hubs offer this service.
Our Mediation Counselling is for people who are attending family dispute resolution and need some assistance in dealing with separation and preparing themselves for mediation. Children’s, youth, individual, family and mediation counselling is offered at all of our hubs.
Pregnancy should be a time of joy but for some people it is accompanied by anxiety and grief. We offer free counselling for women of all ages and their significant others. We cover issues such as unplanned pregnancy, loss due to miscarriage, termination, neo-natal death, support during and after pregnancy, adoption, pregnancy testing and contraception. We link women to specialised health and community services. Flyer here.
YOUNG PARENTS COUNSELLING
21 YEARS & UNDER PREPARATION FOR PARENTHOOD COURSE
A free 6 week course held in conjunction with midwife educators. We explore pregnancy care, labour/active birth/pain relief and caring for yourself, baby and family. We also tour a birthing unit.
YOUNG PARENTS GROUPS
Free fortnightly groups for parents 21 years and under with children under 2 years. Groups are held in Gosford and Wyong. Come and reconnect with friends and their babies from your ante-natal groups and meet new mums.
WELLBEING SUPPORT GROUPS
CatholicCare provides a range of support groups including playgroups, parental wellbeing groups, positive parenting groups and more. For more information visit our Parenting Programs page here.