Counselling

Counselling

If you have a lot on your mind, talking it over can help. Our professional counsellors understand the difficulties carers face.

Carers Victoria is funded through the Carer Gateway to provide counselling to people in the western metropolitan region. In addition, we can also provide fully funded counselling to carers who are over 65 years or support someone over 65 years throughout Victoria.

There is also the option to pay a fee or use any packages of funding you have to pay a fee for service. Please contact 1800 number 514 845 for more information and also to enquire about our group counselling options.

Referral

GPs, case managers or support workers can refer a client

We provide short term counselling to caring families throughout Victoria. You can refer a client who might benefit from talking through ways of managing their caring role better.

People are eligible to use our service if they provide care and support to a family member or friend who is frail and elderly, has dementia, a mental illness, a disability, chronic illness or complex needs, or receives palliative care. We can also provide counselling if a client has recently stopped providing care.

We can provide short-term counselling (up to six sessions) that will mainly focus on issues related to the caring role. Carers can come back after a break or if there is something new that they need to deal with.

Our counsellors work across metropolitan and rural regions of Victoria. Counsellors that speak languages other than English are available in some areas.

Group Counselling - Carers in Transition

What is Carers in Transition?

Carers in Transition is designed to support carers at three different stages:

  1. Those considering residential care - our program "Considering Residential Care".
  2. Those needing support after the person being cared for moves into residential care - our program "Sharing The Care".
  3. Those who are bereaved - our program "New Horizons".

Program details

Each program is run in a sequence, so it is important for participants to attend all sessions.

Groups are facilitated by a counsellor and kept to a small size of up to 12 participants.

The programs are run at Carers Victoria in Footscray and can be run in partnership at other locations with agencies interested in auspicing the program.

Why choose these programs?

These programs combine both educational and therapeutic processes, facilitated by experienced counsellors.

Our programs are designed using evidence based research about carer’s needs and issues.

They are unique programs targeting specific stages of the caring journey.

Exploration, discussion and group facilitation provides emotional support and a safe environment for these conversations.

For more information

For more information and/or to register your interest in any of our Carers In Transition programs, please contact our Carers Victoria Counsellor Mary O’Mara on 1800 514 845.

Counselling Programs

Considering Residential Care Program

This five day program is for carers who are at the stage of considering residential care. Moving someone into residential care may be one of the most difficult decisions carers may ever have to make.

This program offers an opportunity to explore the decision making process and provides practical information and support to help carers at this time.

Topics may include:

  • practical information (ACAS, powers of attorney, money matters),
  • what helps and what hinders,
  • decision making,
  • responding to change,
  • knowing when the time is right, and
  • a visit to an aged care facility.

Sharing The Care Program

This three day program is for family carers who have recently placed someone they have cared for in a residential care facility. When a person needing care moves into residential care, the caring role changes.

This program identifies and acknowledges these changes and explores the impact they have on carers.

Topics may include:

  • managing change,
  • loss and grief,
  • responding to change, and
  • discovering new roles.

New Horizons Program

This three day program is for bereaved carers. Adjusting to new circumstances and life following the death of the person being cared for, may be challenging.

This program explores some of challenges to adjusting to life following the loss.

Topics may include:

  • carer loss and bereavement,
  • understanding the grieving experience,
  • managing loss and grief and
  • picking up the threads.

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BROCHURE IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Click here to view the "Talking it Over - Carer Counselling" brochure in other languages.