What is the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist?

Psychologists are regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (APHRA) and hence, the term “psychologist” is protected term. The term “counsellor” is not protected, and therefore anyone can refer to themselves as a counsellor as there is no minimum standard for this service. Although there is no minimum standard for counsellors, there are many counsellors that have undertaken relevant training that may range from Certificate III to a Masters Degree.

Services

Counselling and Clinical Services:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, fears and phobias
  • Sleeping Difficulties
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Defence Force related issues
  • Addictions (including alcohol, drugs and gambling)
  • Children’s Behaviour Management
  • Unresolved Grief
  • Pain management
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Health and Education Services:

  • Life Coaching to Reach Your Full Potential
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Communication Skills Training
  • Parenting Skills Training

Vocational Services:

  • Work Life Balance
  • Career Counselling
  • Occupational Testing
  • Enhancing Job Performance
  • Job Seeking Activities
  • Vocational Counselling (including workplace issues)
  • Return to Work
  • Employee Assistance Programs

NDIS Approved Supports – All Delivered Face to Face

  • Early Childhood Supports
    Specialised individual therapy to enhance long term outcomes for young children (0-6yo) with a disability or developmental delay.  Family therapy is also part of this service,
  • Therapeutic Supports
    Individual assessment and counselling to assist the participant to address issues, build capacity and enhance emotional wellbeing. Service is for both children (from 7yo) and adults.
  • Coordination of Supports
    Coordination of services (including specialist coordination activities) to address complex barriers and facilitate supports while building participant capacity and resilience.
  • Behaviours Support
    Development of positive behaviours management plans.
    Training in behaviour management strategies for caregivers.
  • Assist Access/Maintain Employment
    Employment related assessment and counselling for participants to gain/maintain employment.
    Transition through school and to further education.
  • Assist Life Stage Transition
    Individual skills development and training.
  • Accommodation Tenancy
    Assistance with accommodation and tenancy obligations.
  • Assistance with High Intensity Daily Personal Activities
    Assistance to access community/social/recreational activities when behaviour support is required.

Therapies Include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing (Trauma Focus)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Relaxation Strategies