Our team of psychologists and counsellors provide group, family and individual sessions. The counselling service at the Andrews Centre is part funded by the City of Casey and the Andrews Foundation, enabling us to ensure access to these services for families and individuals who may not otherwise be able to afford it.
Subsidised rates are available for those on low incomes. Those able to access counselling services through Medicare under a Mental Health Plan are bulk billed.
We provide counselling for adults, adolescents, and children encompassing:
- General counselling
- Personal and relational issues
- Strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety and depression
- Emotional, behavioural and developmental problems in children and related diagnostic assessments
Support and counselling groups also operate out of the Andrews Centre. Currently, the local chapter of Al-Anon meets in the front room of the Centre, 9:30am on Mondays mornings.
This year one of our psychologists, Emma Healey will be running a course entitled “Keys to Connect” for primary school children over a 10 week period. The course is designed to help children with social skills issues, equipping them with self awareness, social understanding and interpersonal skills. The program is aimed at providing an accepting and welcoming environment that does not assume understanding and teaches keys to connect with others.
The program begins with a focus on understanding their own and other peoples’ feelings and behaviours. Once this understanding is established, then interpersonal skills are taught, giving children the keys to develop meaningful friendships and connections with others. This, in turn, is likely to build their confidence in social settings, and increase their sense of well being and belonging as they experience success in their social world.
This program will benefit children with Autism spectrum disorders or any children who experience difficulty is their social understanding or behaviour.