Counselling

CatholicCare offers family and relationship counselling as well as a range of specialist counselling services. We do not make judgements and we don’t tell you what to do – we’re just here to listen and provide you with strategies and choices.

Counselling can help maintain family relationships, and supports the care and development of children ...

We provide the following counselling services. Please click on the down arrows on the right for more information.

Child and parental separation support
KEEPING KIDS IN MIND

Parents love their children and want the best from them. However, following separation, parenting often gets much tougher. Our Keeping Kids in Mind program is a 5 week course for separated parents who are experiencing on-going conflict. The course is designed to assist parents in seeing the separation through their children’s eyes and provides tips on how to support their children following family separation.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Grief and loss after separation
  • The hidden world of children
  • Building resilience
  • Bridging the gap
  • Looking back, moving forward

Participants must register, participate in a pre-group interview and pay prior to attending. All our Family Centre’s offer Keeping Kids in Mind. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Our family dispute resolution (FDR) services assist separating and divorcing couples and their children to resolve disputes without needing to take action in the Family Court. With the assistance of an impartial third party, family dispute resolution helps identify issues and together we develop a range of options and alternatives. We aim to reach a settlement that is suitable to all. All our Family Centre’s offer FDR. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au 


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. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au 

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Please note: Counselling fees are based on a sliding scale. CatholicCare will not refuse service in cases of financial hardship.

 

Children and 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 Centre’s offer this service. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au 

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Please note: Counselling fees are based on a sliding scale. CatholicCare will not refuse service in cases of financial hardship.

 

Family therapy

We offer:

  • Domestic violence counselling
  • Emotion coaching
  • Emotional release
  • Therapeutic, psychotherapy and educational groups
  • Work trauma
  • Working through strong emotions

All our Family Centre’s offer this service. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au 

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Please note: Counselling fees are based on a sliding scale. CatholicCare will not refuse service in cases of financial hardship.

 

Financial counselling

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
  • negotiate with creditors.

The 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 Naremburn, Ryde & Northern Beaches Centres.

For more information contact our:

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Please note: Our financial counselling service is free to clients.

 

Individual counselling

Our professionally trained team offer a space that gives clients the ability to talk freely. Our counsellors work from a therapeutic framework offering understanding, acknowledgement and clarity.

All our Family Centre’s offer this service. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au 

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Please note: Counselling fees are based on a sliding scale. CatholicCare will not refuse service in cases of financial hardship.

 

Mediation counselling

Counselling for individuals that 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 centres. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au 

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Please note: Counselling fees are based on a sliding scale. CatholicCare will not refuse service in cases of financial hardship.

 

Pregnancy counselling

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.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Please note: Counselling fees are based on a sliding scale. CatholicCare will not refuse service in cases of financial hardship.

 

Young parents counselling
UNDER 24s PREPARATION FOR PARENTHOOD

A free week 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 under 24 years 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.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Please note: Counselling fees are based on a sliding scale. CatholicCare will not refuse service in cases of financial hardship.

 

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.

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