Room Rental Footscray

 

We are very excited to share a space with like minded professionals of different backgrounds.

At Safe Place We value creating a warm and safe spot for clients and would like other professionals to join our space. Located at 86 Paisely Street Footscray this spot offers warm natural lighting, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for all clients.
We have the following available onsite:
-onsite parking for staff and close by client parking. 5 minutes walk to Middle Footscray train and 10 minutes to Footscray train station.
-Wifi, kitchen with tea and coffee available, disability toilets and access, tissues
-Aircon, natural lighting -Great street marketing potential being on Paisely Street Footscray
-Supportive and homely environment
-Medium and Large rooms available some fitted out as counselling rooms.
-Some rooms furnished for consulting space for counselling
We would like to encourage all kinds of practitioners to reach out to us including massage therapist, play/art therapist, child psychologist, forensic psychologists and other allied health practitioners.

What are the fees?

7am-1pm $50
7am-9pm (all day) $100
7 days (full room use Mon-Sunday) $550
Sessional times available upon request


Here are some more pictures of the space.


Interested in coming in and having a look?


Give us a call on 0411791 089 or email safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com

Therapist

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker & Counsellor
Qualifications: Qualifications:
• BACHELOR OF ARTS (Multicultural Studies)
• BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK
• MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (Research).
• ACCREDITED MEMBER OF THE AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS SINCE 1998.
Experience:
Halakhe has worked in community health field for the last 21 years in Victoria. He has worked with individuals, young people and families who have had experienced child hood trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) trauma, depression & anxiety, domestic violence, drug and alcohol addictions and relationship issues. Halakhe also provides counselling for migrates and refugee clients. Halakhe has extensive experience working with couples, working with communication issues, intimacy, trust and building positive value based trust. Halakhe prides himself on connecting with both partners in understanding the gaps occurring in the relationship and focusing the work on the couples needs..
Approach:
Halakhe uses holistic ( body, mind & core-self)in his approach utilizing various strategies depending on what the individual needs. Halakhe’s gentle, respectful and welcoming approach allows client's to feel comfortable to start therapy at a safe place. He cares about his clients and supportive of people to achieve their goals. He aims to provide a safe and supportive environment that is flexible to the needs of the clients. He draws from various theories and approaches not limited to: Client centred strength based/solution focused; motivational therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative Therapy.
Other languages spoken:
Oromo & Amharic (Ethiopian Languages)

⼼心理理諮商服務 FOOTSCRAY, MILL PARK 及 GEELONG

在 Footscray,Mill Park 及 Geelong ⼼心裡諮商服務可能很難找到,特别是找到⼀一位能深刻 理理解你難處的諮商師與你⼀一起⾯面對議題。在 Safe Place Therapy,我們盡其所能地創造這 個安全的療癒空間,與你⼀一起探索與了了解你,以及你所⾯面對的議題。我們常常聽到社會不 夠關⼼心⼼心理理健康的議題,及缺少對此議題的協助。我們希望在墨墨爾本提供諮商服務來來改變 這種状况。以下是關於我們為什什麼有別於其他諮商所;

Footscray 諮商所鄰近 Footscray⾞車車站,⽅方便便從墨墨爾本市中⼼心,Yarraville, Newport, Williamstown,及其他鄰近區域前往。
Mill Park 諮商所鄰近Epping, South Morang, Thomastown 等區域。
Geelong 諮商所鄰近Geelong市中⼼心,以及⼗十分靠近Newport 及 Belmont等區域。


我們已以下幾點為榮:

價格合理理及彈性的服務:比起其他鄰近的諮商所我們的收費⼗十分合理理,此外我們也提供低收 費諮商以及國⺠民健康保險核銷
我們重視你多過於我們的專業:我們不以專家的⾝身份提供指導,⽽而我們傾聽你的聲⾳音,與 你⼀一起⾯面對各種議題。
陪伴及傾聽:我們盡所能地傾聽你的故事,了了解您的體驗,和你⼀一起朝你的⽬目標前近
安全的療癒空間:我們努⼒力力地創造這個安全的療癒空間,這不僅是關於實體空間上的安 全,我們提供非批判性的⽀支持,使個案得以在此療癒創傷。

準備預約?

or call us 0411 791 089.

Therapist

Qualifications:
Bachelor Social Work , BA, Grad Counselling, Cert Family Therapy, Cert Intro Play Therapy
Accredited Carer Counsellor
Member Australian Association Social Workers
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Experience Jacqueline has over 18 years experience counselling various populations in community health, mental health, employee assistance provider counselling, private practice and schools. Jacqueline thoroughly enjoyed working as a School Counsellor in various schools. Jacqueline has worked for Family services, Relationships Australia and Melbourne University. Jacqueline uses an eclectic approach, drawing from the following; cognitive behavioural therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, Family Systems and Play Therapy.


Approach:
Honest direct transparent Jacqueline uses an eclectic approach, drawing from the following; cognitive behavioural therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, Family Systems and Play Therapy. During the first session Jacqueline likes to pass on a 'bag of tricks' so the client can have some strategies to try straight away. Jacqueline’s passion and talent is in working with individuals in a collaborative and creative way. Jacqueline’s aim is to give voice to individuals to express feelings through their most accessible means, talking or art or creative expression. SPECIAL INTEREST AREAS – Anxiety, depression, grief, family related concerns, relationship problems, eating disorders and parenting ..

Therapist

Qualifications:
Master of Professional Psychology, Monash University
Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, Monash University
Bachelor of Education in Psychology and Counselling, University of Taipei

Experience:
Poly has worked in community, educational and private settings with individuals from all age groups across the lifespan with a variety of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, anger management, adjustment issues, behaviour issues, social skills, and general life stress. Apart from working experience in Australia, in Taiwan Poly has also worked in the field of mental health. Because of this cross-cultural experience Poly is interested in assisting clients from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds with their mental health and wellbeing issue.

Approach:
Poly is a multilingual speaker, and he provides service in English, Mandarin and Taiwanese. He is flexible with his approach. He believes in the idea that clients are the expert of themselves, and therefore it's essential to understand the presenting issue from the client's perspective and then tailored the intervention according to the client's need.
Poly uses a range of evidence-based approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Applied Behaviour Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and play therapy (Sandplay). Poly is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Poly speak fluent chiense (mandarin) and Taiwanese and is able to see clients who speak these languages

SAFE PLACE THERAPY


Counselling service in Geelong. Mental health support for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Also services for couples counselling and other stressful life situations. We provide counselling for people who live in Geelong, Belmont, Newport and surrounding areas.




We believe that our main job is to be in your 'corner' and support you towards improving your mental health and relationships. If you are needing counselling support now is the time to contact us. Our team is ready to work with you. We are ready and able to listen to what is going on for you and connect you with the right help.

This is what is different about us:
We are affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others and we offer low cost options and medicare rebated sessions.
We are human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
We are in your corner: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, its about providing trauma informed support that is non-judgemental and appropriate.

Want to know more about costs and our counsellors?

Click on the Meet our team tab (above)


Scroll down to see what services we provide.


Pricing:

Yes we do have medicare rebates available with Stuart Cheverton Appointments cost $130 per session.This is well below many other services who charge $160 or more. Safe Place Therapy does offer a lower cost rate for clients needing this. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

Medicare rebates can be claimed for counselling with Stuart Cheverton . This needs to be arranged through your local GP and getting a referral to our service. If you would like further information please contact us or read the mental health care plan blog below.



OUR LOCATION


44 Mt Pleasant Rd, Belmont VIC 3216, a close 8 minute drive from Geelong city centre.

Any questions give us a call 0411 791 089

Ready to make a time?


Click on the 'book a time button' or you can call us on


0411 791 089 or email safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com



Our Counselling Footscray office is close to Footscray station and a quick drive from Yarraville, Newport, Williamston and surrounding areas.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLAN

GETTING A MENTAL HEALTH PLAN

FOR MEDICARE REBATE

We can support you with:


Counselling for Anxiety in Melbourne
ANXIETY SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

To support you, it is important to discuss anxiety symptoms, anxiety treatment, and counselling support. There is a spectrum of anxiety, and everybody has a different experience with the condition. For some, anxiety may be a mild inconvenience without impacting significantly on daily functioning.

Depression counselling
DEPRESSION: THE SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT AND SUPPORT OPTIONS

On average, around 1 in 6 women and 1 in 8 men in Australia will experience some level of depression. Statistics can be helpful in getting a picture of a mental health issue but these numbers do not highlight the impact depression has on an individual’s life.


    Have any questions ? Give us a call on 0411 791 089 

    Or fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can

     
    Safe Place Therapy is committed in supporting the community towards better awareness and proactive tips on suicide prevention. Our team have worked in suicide prevention services for a number of years and have real experience in counselling people who are contemplating or actively suicidal in person or on the phone. We proud ousrveslves in having real knowledge and first hand experience in this area. More needs to be done so we have teamed up with Life Works , offering accredited ASIST training.

    About ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
    ASIST is a two day workshop related to suicide first aid course ASIST helps prepare participants to have difficult conversations related to asking and talking about suicide, seeing warning signs and be able to intervene if someone is experiencing suicidal ideation.

    Here is a information sheet with some more detail
     

    BOOK INTO A TRAINING TIME TODAY

    Bundoora Thursday 27th to Friday 28th June 8.30am-5pm cost $400

    La trobe university Bundoora campus. Registration starts at 8.30am and the training starts at 9am. Please ensure you are on time. Situated in the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Hall on Trott Avenue, on the Bundoora campus. Please view map below. Parking information will be sent to you via email closer to the event.

    Next ASIST training in Bundurra September 2019

    Cant make it to the June dates? Place your expression of interest for the next offering of training with us in September 2019

    Safe Place Therapy wants to work with local General Practitioners (GP's) as we understand that GP's have knowledge of local mental health issues. For best mental health practice it is important to work together when supporting mental health clients. A cross referral relationship (SPT referring to GP's and GP's referring to SPT) is our goal to have strong relationships and communicate effectively between patient, SPT and the local GP.

    Why choose to partner with us?


    Our services are cost $130 per session which is less than many other services. We also offer low cost sessions ($20 per session with a mental health plan) for people experiencing financial hardship.
    We are local and close to your practice
    We have after business hours times and weekend times for clients
    We have varied experienced in a number of areas including depression and anxiety, relationship counselling, trauma, LGBTQ support and anger management.
    Our team is professional and well versed in suicidal thinking, self harm and other risk issues.

    We offer CPD points to your practice at your office.
    At SPT we value training and building knowledge in the community. We have put together some CPD workshops that are very relevant to local GP's. We delivery this training free of charge and at your site so there this is easily accessible. Here are some workshops we deliver:
    SUICIDE AND SELF HARM MYTHS

    Suicide and self harm workshop

    in this workshop we want to use real examples that GP's have to work through solutions and practical tips to support clients with suicidal or self harm thinking. Stuart Cheverton and Prue Gilligan have extensive experience in suicide prevention services, working on the suicide call back service and suicide line victoria. Stuart and Prue base this workshop on skills that you can use with your patients first hand.
    Depressive Disorder

    Working with mental health patients

    This evidenced based workshops focuses on the issues mental health patients face when trying to access mental health support. More needs to be done to work with patients in a recovery informed modal that is trauma informed, practical based and client centred. Our practitioners have many years of experienced working in the field and we aim to support you in being up to date with working with mental health patients
    coping strategies

    Distressed clients: how to calm the situation

    There are some real simple steps to slow down a client that is distressed. This workshop would be useful for GP's but also reception staff who often have distressed people infront of them on a daily basis. We also discuss self care management and debriefing techniques after a difficult session with a patient.
    Anxiety

    Anxiety and Depression: The first counselling session

    SPT wants to share our techniques and strategies to help work with clients lower mental health symptoms quickly. This information can help GP's understand our process and have continuity of care with mutual clients.
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    GP Self Care

    its important to take of yourself given that you work with many patients who need intensive support. GP self care is very important and we need to prevent burn out and stress related issues. Lets take the time to work on strategies and steps to best support you in your role. Safe Place Therapy wants to work with GPs towards better self care.

    Ready to contact us to make a time? call us on 0411 791 089 or email safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com

    SPT is ready to work with you and your clinic in providing the above training and working closely towards better mental health outcomes for patients.

    Counselling Support for Staff

    Safe Place Therapy offers a number of services that are flexible with no out of pocket fees for any staff.

    Meet Our Counsellors

    Stuart Cheverton

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    Prue Gilligan

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    Lina Sarwar

    Lina Sarwar

    Rae Kruger

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    Our Locations

    Footscray


    Mill Park

    Call us now: 0411 791 089


    Or email at: safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com


    We also offer counselling over the phone or via Skype.
    Please contact us for more information.

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      COUNSELLING SERVICES FOOTSCRAY, MILL PARK AND GEELONG

      Counselling services in Footscray, Mill Park and Geelong can be hard to find, especially finding a counsellor who sits in your corner and works with you. At Safe Place Therapy we strive to be in your corner and pride ourselves on creating a counselling service that is a safe place for you. We often hear that mental health issues are not supported enough in the community. We want to change this by providing therapists in Melbourne that are different. This is what is different about us;

      Footscray services close by to Footscray train station and easily accessible from Yarraville, Newport, Williamstown and surrounding areas.

      Mill Park Services close by to Epping, South Morang, Thomastown and surrounding areas.



      Geelong service very close to the Geelong CBD (two minutes drvie) and a short distance from Newport and Belmont areas.



      We pride ourselves on the following

      We are affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others and we offer low cost options and medicare rebated sessions.
      We are human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
      We are in your corner: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
      We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, its about providing trauma informed support that is non-judgemental and appropriate.
      A mental health counsellor should be a trusted support that engages with you. From our experiences, mental health disorders are individual and someone needing ‘depression counselling’ while may have some general similarities to another person, your story is unique and our work together should be about you. Having a mental health problem is a big thing for anyone to face and facing it alone makes things worse. In our first appointment with you, our job is to listen. Listen to your experience so you feel heard and then we can work further on what might help. We are here to help understand and work alongside you.

      There is a big myth out there that ‘someone who sees a counsellor (or therapist/psychologist) has a mental disorder’ and we hope to debunk this. Counselling can be for stress, a workplace issue, an unexpected life change event like a divorce or even that you have questions about finding direction in your life. Of course, we offer support for mental health issues but we also support people who just need some time to talk through a specific issue. We want people to move away from the idea that a counselling service is something that is a last resort. Mental health should be very similar to physical health, we all need to strive towards being healthy in all aspects of our life.

      Below is a list of services we provide. Please take the time to read through this list and contact us with any questions. We also have our ‘meet our team’ tab. Here you can find out more about our individual's therapists.

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      Therapist

      Qualifications:
      Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
      Graduate Diploma of Psychology
      Masters of Counselling
      Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief, and Trauma

      Experience:
      Lina has worked in the mental health industry within community, educational and private settings. Lina’s experience includes face to face counselling and mental health crisis support with clients from different ages and cultural/social backgrounds. Areas include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar disorders. Lina provides counselling and support to clients who are struggling with a range of life issues including relationship difficulties, family violence, depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma issues.

      Approach:
      Lina offers a compassionate and holistic approach to counselling and works within a range of evidence-based therapies beneficial to the client. Lina believes in psycho-education, early intervention, and helping clients improve their overall quality of life. Lina aims to work collaboratively with clients, buildings on their strengths to achieve personal growth and goals.

      Depression Counselling in Footscray and Mill Park



      On average, around 1 in 6 women and 1 in 8 men in Australia will experience some level of depression. Statistics can be helpful in getting a picture of a mental health issue but these numbers do not highlight the impact depression has on an individual’s life. The impact of depression on a person’s life affects their ability to function and get through a day, being able to be effective at work or study and relationships with others is often affected. The individual experience of depression is varied and differs from person to person. While there is a list of depression symptoms, this does not mean this is a tick list as some people have a varied presentation and this may change over time.

      Depression is a widely used term that is often misunderstood as someone feeling ‘sad’. There are many misconceptions and stereotypes used to portray a person living with depression, and so it is important to unpack the symptoms of depression, the experiences, and treatment of depression to better inform the community.

      Myth 1: Someone who feels ‘depressed’ can be diagnosed with depression

      This is not necessarily the case. Someone may be feeling ‘low’ simply because of a situation, and not because they have the major depressive disorder. Feeling sad or unmotivated are considered symptoms of depression, but do not meet the biopsychosocial requirements for a diagnosis of depression. For example, someone failing an exam and worried about passing their class may feel ‘low’ and withdraw from others, however, this does not mean they have depression.

      Myth 2: Depression happens because of a sad event

      This is a big myth that affects people who experience depression. People often say 'get over it' or 'it will get better' without really understanding how depression begins. Importantly depression occurs due to function of neurotransmitters in the brain being impaired. This is why medication given addresses these neurotransmitters .

      To be diagnosed with the major depressive disorder, or a similar mood disorder, specific criteria needs to be met and this is more than just being ‘sad’ all the time. This page should be a starting point for you to ask further questions and get the support you need if you or a close person to you is affected by feeling depressed or having depression symptoms.

      ‘Depression’ is an umbrella term for a number of mood affective disorders that all display similar symptoms but often have different underlying causes. These individual disorders include:

      - Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
      - Major depressive disorder
      - Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)
      - Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
      - Substance/medication-induced depressive disorder
      - Depressive disorder due to another medical condition
      - And unspecified depressive disorder.

      1Symptoms of Depression
      There are a variety of symptoms that may be present in cases of depression. It is important to understand that not all of these symptoms are present at all times, and not everybody with depression experiences these symptoms. Symptoms that can be present include:

      • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day
      • Loss of energy, feeling exhausted, lethargic, and fatigued
      • Lack of mental concentration, and inability to remain focused
      • No longer feeling pleasure or joy from activities that were previously enjoyed
      • Significant weight loss or weight gain
      • Sleeping too much or too little
      • Restlessness and an inability to stay still
      • Feelings of worthlessness and/or excessive or inappropriate guilt
      • Recurrent thoughts of death

      (Source: DSM V)

      According to the biopsychosocial model, at least five of the above symptoms must present for a minimum of two consecutive weeks for a diagnosis of depression. These symptoms need to be distinct from another medical condition. Most importantly, a thorough mental health assessment by a medical practitioner or a psychologist is required in order to attain a diagnosis of depression

      If you feel you have a number of these symptoms, it may be worthwhile contacting your GP to discuss the possibility of depression.
      2Treatment and Support
      Depression can be a complicated syndrome, and there are a number of treatment options, depending on your unique situation. You should have an input into all aspects of treatment, There are different treatment options for depression and the course taken depends on the severity, the symptoms present but also the personal ability of the person who has depression.

      Medications


      Often there is a neurological component to depression in which there may be too much or too little of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Antidepressant medications aim to restore the balance of these chemicals, and in doing so, aim to restore emotional regulation. There are benefits of taking medication for depression, particularly in cases where daily functioning is heavily impacted by the diagnosis. Medications can greatly help a lack of motivation and energy levels, which then support the person towards engaging in work and areas to improve their mental state. In some ways, antidepressants can be considered a gateway to psychological therapy, as they minimise the neurological component of depression and allow people to begin work on the emotional and mental components. These antidepressant medications do take time to take effect, in some cases around 6 weeks, and this should be noted before starting them. Clients often stop taking antidepressants due to the negative side-effects, which do vary between different classes of antidepressant medications. It is important to discuss antidepressant therapy with your GP in order to find the right medication and dose for you – and remember, you should be involved in all decisions regarding your own treatment.

      Note: We are not medical practitioners, and are not providing any medical advice. You will need to discuss all aspects of pharmacological therapy with your GP or specialist, including starting, stopping, or altering antidepressant medications.

      Counselling


      Taking medication may alleviate some of the symptoms connected with depression however they often don’t address the health issue more broadly. To that effect, antidepressants may be considered a ‘band-aid’, masking the symptoms without really targeting the underlying causes. Depression is complex and often requires counselling to work through the underlying issues, but also to help build real strategies for combatting negative feelings and stressors in your everyday life.

      Most importantly, counselling should be unique and tailored to your specific needs.

      Depression counselling with Safe Place Therapy



      YES WE OFFER MEDICARE REBATES: this significantly reduces the price of counselling for you. Medicare rebated sessions can be organised with Stuart Cheverton or Prue Gilligan. to find out more about organising this please contact our team directly on 0411 791 089 or email via safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com


      At Safe Place Therapy, we recognise that everybody has a unique experience with their depression, and understand there are a number of different circumstances and life histories that are all involved in building you up as a person. Our counselling sessions are centred on you, and our counselling style is tailored to meet your requirements so that you can gain the maximum benefit from us. There are a number of different counselling styles and techniques, and we strive to deliver the most appropriate modality for you. We pride ourselves on providing a safe place for those who require counselling support to discuss any issues or past experiences they may wish to bring up.

      Our Footscray office is very close to Yarraville, Newport and Williamstown with Footscray train station on the same street.


      Our Mill Park office is on Childs road close to Epping, Thomastown and South Morang.


      Here are some points of difference about Safe Place Therapy:

      We are affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others, and we offer low-cost options and Medicare rebated sessions to eligible clients
      We are human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
      We offer support and understanding: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
      We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, it’s about providing unique and tailored therapy that is non-judgemental and appropriate for each individual.


      If you would like to make an appointment please use the book now button or call us to talk about your situation, 0411 791 089 Now is the time to get the support you need.

      Pricing

      Appointments cost $130 per session.This is well below many other services who charge $160 or more. Safe Place Therapy does offer a lower cost rate for clients needing this. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.
      Medicare rebates can be claimed for counselling with Prue Gilligan. This needs to be arranged through your local GP and getting a referral to our service. If you would like further information please contact us.

        Counselling for Anxiety in Mill Park and Footscray


        To support you, it is important to discuss anxiety symptoms, anxiety treatment, and counselling support. There is a spectrum of anxiety, and everybody has a different experience with the condition. For some, anxiety may be a mild inconvenience without impacting significantly on daily functioning. Other may experience a more intense form of anxiety, that can have a significant impact on daily life, potentially resulting in an avoidance of certain situations that may cause undue stress. Here we define stress, fear and anxiety; we understand the symptoms and diagnostic criteria as well as the helpful and unhelpful anxiety treatment options. By better understanding anxiety, we hope you find the right help for you.

        Fear


        The emotion fear has helped humans survive in many areas of life. When we think of fear, we also think of danger. Physiologically, fear results in the release of adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol from the adrenal glands. These hormones have numerous effects, including increased heart rate and increasing blood flow towards the muscles, in preparation for a dangerous situation. The flood of adrenaline and noradrenaline instructs our brains to go into either ‘flight’, ‘fight’, or ‘freeze’ modes. When this response is repeated numerous times, a phobia can be created due to the effects of neuroplasticity.

        For example, someone who has arachnophobia (fear of spiders). The important thing to remember is that a phobia is persistent and out of proportion to the actual risk (danger) present. The body fear response and avoidance of the stimulus causing the fear is common in phobias. This can be in extreme cases where someone with arachnophobia cant like at a photo of a spider that clearly cannot hurt them.


        Stress and Anxiety


        Signs You are Doing Too MuchStress is often a triggered experience, and can either be viewed in terms of ‘positive stress’ and ‘negative stress’. ‘Positive stress’ is used to describe a situation where feelings of stress motivate a person to overcome a problem. For example, someone may feel stressed about an upcoming test, and use this stress as motivation to study. On the other hand, ‘negative stress’, also called distress, is a situation where we perceive no attainable positive outcome and can enter a state of anxiety. In this situation, rather than studying for a test, for example, someone may perceive themselves as failing and stress over future consequences.

        Anxiety is an intense form of prolonged stress that can be difficult to overcome. As counsellors, we often talk about the ‘Three Ps’ when discussing the difference between anxiety and stress – pronounced, pervasive and prolonged. Put simply, when the stress becomes so intense it interferes with regular daily functioning and lasts longer than usual, we consider this to be anxiety. Often, anxiety pushes a person to perceive the absolute worst outcome to a situation, even if this may be unreasonable or illogical.

        Generalised anxiety is even more intense and extreme than anxiety, and affects almost all aspects of life due to unrelenting stress and worry. Often, generalised anxiety results in restlessness, agitations and sleep disturbances. People often feel overwhelmed, and numerous aspects of life tend to suffer, including work and relationships. People experiencing generalised anxiety frequently withdraw from situations they perceive as stressful. This can lead to social isolation, which only further exacerbates the issue at hand.


        Stress, Anxiety and the 3 p’s.


        The stress response can be a positive or negative experience. For example, the stress of failing a test is often experienced by young people. For some, this motivates and pushes people to study, but for others, the stress can prevent the person from trying. Whereas anxiety is different and this can occur when the worry is pronounced, pervasive, prolonged (remember 3 p’s) and it is based around a future threat. Both anxiety and stress can be linked with unhealthy negative thinking and worry, thinking of worst-case scenarios like thinking they may need to drop out of their course, may never be able to qualify and therefore be unemployable. This thinking can be challenged either in counselling or with CBT techniques like cognitive restructuring or unravelling cognitive distortions. This particular thought pattern is out of proportion to the actual events that MAY occur IF the person fails. So, while stress and anxiety can be seen as similar in terms of symptoms, Anxiety is often more intense and generally focused on one aspect of life. With Generalised Anxiety, the person experiences symptoms like restlessness, agitation and sleep disturbance due to a number of life domains that seem out of control of the person.

        1Anxiety Symptoms
        What is it like to experience anxiety?

        There are a number of symptoms associated with anxiety. Some may be present constantly, others may change in intensity over time. Anxiety symptoms include:

        • Restlessness, or feeling ‘on edge’
        • Being easily fatigued
        • Difficult concentrating, or your mind going blank or being easily distracted
        • Difficulty focusing on anything other than the issue that is causing stress
        • Irritability
        • Muscle tension
        • Sleep disturbance

        Acute anxiety or an anxiety or panic attack can occur when anxiety is met with activation of the adrenergic pathways that result in the mass release of adrenaline into the bloodstream. Symptoms of acute anxiety are more intense, and include:

        • Increased heart rate (often above 100 beats per minute when at rest)
        • Sweating
        • Trembling or shaking
        • Feeling shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        • A feeling of tightness in the chest or throat, almost a choking sensation
        • Nausea

        A. Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance).
        B. The individual finds it difficult to control the worry.
        C. The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following six symptoms (with at least some symptoms having been present for more days than not for the past 6 months):
        o Note: Only one item is required in children.

        1. Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge.
        2. Being easily fatigued.
        3. Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank.
        4. Irritability.
        5. Muscle tension.
        6. Sleep disturbance

        C. The symptoms cause significant distress and impact upon the person's interactions with others and regular functioning.
        2Treatment for Anxiety
        Anxiety Medication

        Anxiolytic medications, or medications designed to stop the anxiety cycle, can be prescribed by a doctor, usually either a GP or a psychiatrist. There are generally two methods that can be utilised to treat anxiety with pharmaceuticals. The first of these is using a benzodiazepine type medication. These medications are usually prescribed in a manner that allows you to take them when you feel your anxiety increasing, and feel at risk of an anxiety attack. The medication activates inhibitory pathways in the brain to counter the effects of increased circulating adrenaline. The other method frequently prescribed is a daily anxiolytic or antidepressant medication, aimed at reducing the influence of adrenaline on the brain. While medications can be helpful in masking symptoms, they don’t necessarily correct the underlying issues related to anxiety. Often counselling is beneficial alongside anti-anxiety medications and can be useful for finding non-pharmacological ways of managing anxiety. It is important to discuss any pharmaceutical therapy with your GP or psychiatrist.

        Note: We are not medical practitioners, and are not providing any medical advice. You will need to discuss all aspects of pharmacological therapy with your GP or specialist, including starting, stopping, or altering anti-anxiety medications.

        Counselling for Anxiety



        YES WE OFFER MEDICARE REBATES: this significantly reduces the price of counselling for you. Medicare rebated sessions can be organised with Stuart Cheverton or Prue Gilligan. to find out more about organising this please contact our team directly on 0411 791 089 or email via safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com


        At Safe Place Therapy, we put you and your experiences first. We understand that everybody has a unique experience with anxiety, and pride ourselves on being non-judgemental, as well as providing you with a safe place to discuss your emotions and experiences without feeling vulnerable. Our role is to listen to you, to understand your life with anxiety, and to help you manage your symptoms and put some balance back into your life. In our first few sessions, we focus on helping you recognise the signs of increasing anxiety before you reach the panic point, and design strategies for you to use when you feel your anxiety increasing. We go beyond the standard ‘breathing techniques’ and ‘mindfulness’ that other counsellors may prescribe, and find strategies that work for you personally, and can be used anywhere, whether at work or at home. We employ a range of counselling styles to help you understand your anxiety and to help you manage and overcome the difficulties it may place on your daily life. We aim to provide you with real, long-term solutions so that you can enjoy an anxiety-free life.

        Finding the right support for your anxiety experience can be difficult. At Safe Place Therapy we are here to help you. This is what makes us different from other counselling for anxiety:

        We are affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others, and we offer low-cost options and Medicare rebated sessions to eligible clients
        We are human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
        We offer support and understanding: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
        We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, it’s about providing unique and tailored therapy that is non-judgemental and appropriate for each individual.



        If you think anxiety is taking charge of you, please reach out and make a time by clicking on the book a time not button below links. Have more questions? Phone us on 0411 791 089 or email safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com

        Pricing


        Appointments cost $130 per session.This is well below many other services who charge $160 or more. Safe Place Therapy does offer a lower cost rate for clients needing this. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.
        Medicare rebates can be claimed for counselling with Prue Gilligan. This needs to be arranged through your local GP and getting a referral to our service. If you would like further information please contact us.

        Footscray services close by to Footscray train station and easily accessible from Yarraville, Newport, Williamstown and surrounding areas.
        Mill Park Services close by to Epping, South Morang, Thomastown and surrounding areas





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          LOW COST COUNSELLING


          FOOTSCRAY AND MILL PARK LOCATION


          Safe Place Therapy is committed to the local community and mental health. We understand that the main reason people don’t get counselling is because of the high cost. This is often the case for people not working full-time, are a student or aren’t able to get through without financial support. This should not be the case.

          We have made sure that anyone can access counselling at the lowest cost possible but also to give you the counselling help you need. The following options may help you:


          LOW COST INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING:


          We have dedicated sessions for clients to book into that cost $50. This is way below the average cost of counselling which normally starts at $160 per session. These sessions are during the day or fill in sessions when there is a gap we need to fill. Please note this is for individual clients only.

          From here have a look at the closest site to you for further information. If you want to book in a low cost session please contact us directly or fill out the form below.

          MEDICARE REBATED SESSIONS WITH PRUE GILLIGAN


          Prue Gilligan offers Medicare rebated sessions for clients who need support. This can be organised through your local GP and is capped at 10 sessions. You will need to pay during the session but you will get back the whole amount when you claim at Medicare.

          CONCESSION RATES FOR OTHER TIMES


          If the above options don’t work for you, we can still organise concession rate sessions. Our concession rate is $90 per 50 - minute session and these apply to students, those working part time or casual or need financial support. We have available times from 3pm - 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

          Take the time for your mental health and get the support you need. Our counsellors are ready to take your call and book a time.


          WANT TO MAKE A TIME? PLEASE CALL 0411 791 089 OR EMAIL SAFEPLACETHERAPYSPT @GMAIL.COM OR FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW

          STUDENT COUNSELLING SUPPORT


          Safe Place Therapy counsellors understand the ongoing struggle of studying and the many stressors that come with this. There are so many important things to focus on that we lose track of our mental health and recognising the warning signs that things arn't working. Below are a list of common problems and things students need to think about which cause increased mental health issues.

          Prioritizing tasks and managing time


          So often we hear that lecturers and parents tell their children that getting through study is all about managing your time. This is 'easier said than done' when you have four subjects to study, exam periods, assessments, scheduling in class as well as working. All these things pile up and we become overwhelmed with the massive mountain of tasks.

          Independence and issues with relationships


          At the same time of going to uni, students are also moving out of the family home and being more independent which can be scary and trying. This increases poor eating habits, big nights out and issues with housemates as we try to do the 'adult thing'.

          Financial issues


          Based on Centrelink payments alone, living week to week can be extremely hard for anyone, but specifically for students who often cant work because of their uni commitments. Safe Place Therapy understands this and there are a number of options available to you. Click on the link below for further information.

          Mental Health issues.


          Right at the time when we are leaving home or heavily involved in study our mental health can also change for the worse. Growing feelings of isolation and study stress builds up and without working through these things, anxiety and depression can fog our daily life. Read more about depression and anxiety below if these are relevant to you. Safe Place Therapy is here to support you with many different issues so click on the common issues tab to read through some common services we provide.
          If we add all these issues up (or different ones you are experiencing) we can see a picture of someone who is struggling to get through. If your having a tough time it is important that you reach out for support and get counselling help. Our counsellors are ready to work with you. To make a low cost counselling time please contact us directly on:

          0411 791 089


          or

          email: safeplacetherapy@ gmail.com

          What is Borderline Personality Disorder?


          Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that can cause a lot of suffering from the person experiencing it, and carries a risk of self-harm and suicide. For people with this diagnosis it can make it difficult in personal, social and employment relationships. BPD is estimated to affect between 2-6 percent of Australians and often more commonly in women.

          It is important that this mental illness is diagnosed and treated correctly. It involves very specific psychological intervention with the most common form of treatment being Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). It is often a misunderstood condition that has many challenging aspects, including intense interpersonal relationships, low self-esteem, self- sabotaging acts, mood fluctuations and impulsivity. The most notable aspect of BPD is emotional dysregulation meaning that the person with BPD has difficulty regulating their own strong emotions, and often they have an inability to self-sooth in times of distress. Many people with BPD with counselling can do very well over time, experiencing sustained relief from many if not all of their symptoms.

          The causes of Borderline Personality Disorder are unclear, historically it was seen as a response to abuse and trauma in childhood. However, most professionals now agree that there is not one single cause, as most mental illnesses have a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Many people with Borderline Personality Disorder do have a history of abusive, neglect or attachment issues. There are people who are diagnosed with BPD have no history of abuse, in these people there may be a higher biological or genetic vulnerability to this condition.


          Diagnosis and Symptoms


          Clinical criteria as published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is used to make a diagnosis of BPD: A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image and affects and marked impulsivity beginning in early adulthood and presenting in a variety of contexts as indicated by five or more of the following:

          • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment;
          • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships;
          • Identity disturbance;
          • Impulsivity in at least two areas that are self–damaging;
          • Recurrent suicidal behaviour, suicidal gestures, threats or self-mutilating behaviour;
          • Affective [mood] instability;
          • Chronic feelings of emptiness;
          • Inappropriate, intense anger; and
          • Transient stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

          And some of the common things that someone with BPD will experience is feeling empty or having low self-esteem, a feeling of paranoia about emotional detachment, anxiety about relationships and efforts to avoid abandonment either real or perceived, impulsive or risk-taking behaviour, self-harming, threatening or attempting suicide as well as disproportional feelings of anger, moodiness or irritability.

          BPD Myths

          As a mental health professional when we do counselling for people with Borderline Personality Disorder when often come across people with myths. Some of the most common myths are: People with BPD are bad where are the reality is that people with BPD are often labelled as ‘manipulative’ or ‘attention seeking’ but this is just a result of the symptoms of the personality disorder and not about the person being a bad person. A Myth is that BPD people can’t get better, which is untrue because there are effective treatments for BPD and people with BPD are able to recover well with treatment and support. Another Myth is that people who harm themselves have BPD, and this is untrue as there are many reasons for self-harming and it is not exclusive to the BPD diagnosis.

          It can seem overwhelming for someone diagnosed with BPD, but there is hope. With appropriate treatment recovery is possible. Over time 80% of people diagnosed with BPD experience a significant reduction or cessation of their symptoms. It is often a misunderstood mental health condition as there can be challenging aspects to it including; intense and fluctuating emotions, intensive relationships, low self-esteem and thoughts of self worth, self-sabotaging acts, and impulsivity.


          BPD COUNSELLING WITH SAFE PLACE THERAPY in Footscray and Mill Park


          We often hear that BPD clients are mistreated by different services, reporting them as too difficult to deal with. This is generally seen at hospitals where people are turned away due to many presentations. Our first step with you is about creating safety in counselling. Clients with BPD feel like nothing is in their control and their minds are 'all over the place'. We need to slow this down and offer real strategies that work at different times. Every person is different and so the strategies and supports also need to be unique to the person. Here is what is different about us:

          We are affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others, and we offer low-cost options and Medicare rebated sessions to eligible clients
          We are human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
          We offer support and understanding: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
          We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, it’s about providing unique and tailored therapy that is non-judgemental and appropriate for each individual.



          If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with BPD and you would like to seek support from one of our counsellor please feel free to contact us on 0411 791 089 or email safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com, Ready to make a time ? Click on the book now button.
          We want to support the LGBTI community during this difficult time while we are waiting for the results of the non-binding Marriage Equality survey. The community has continued to be discriminated against throughout history but currently the intensity and outright attacking has affected so many of us in a deep and personal way..

          For many people this may bring up a lot of old or negative feelings, or things that you thought you might have worked through when you first came out or at another time in your life. Some of us over the years have noticed the community becoming accepting, however this feeling has deteriorated as we know now that there are many people in the community wanting to deem our rights as less than equal. We want to acknowledge during this difficult time, members of the community who are affected by the survey can be supported with counselling from one of our team. Some things that might be coming up for you during this time:

          An increase in feeling unsafe and unable to be yourself.

          Feeling judged or drawn into horrible conversations with family, friends or others.

          Increased mental health issues, specifically depression or anxiety.

          Lowered self esteem and feeling isolated.


          If you find yourself needing to talk things through, or wanting to reach out for support, our practice is offering low cost counselling at the rate of $50 per session for those affected by the Marriage Equality Debate. Just mention that you have read this blog post for the $50 sessions, we will offer 5 sessions at this rate. If you see Prue under a mental health treatment plan you will be able to rebate the whole $50 after the session with Medicare.
          Check out the rest of our website for more information on other supports we offer.

          Here at SPT we want to support people and give them space to talk about how this has affected them.

          SAFE PLACE THERAPY

          YOUR SAFE PLACE TO TALK

          We have locations in Yarraville and Mill Park. If you or a LGBTI friend lives in these areas please encourage them to reach out, like the post and share with anyone who might need some help.
          How to make a time?

          Fill out the form below or call us on 0411 791 089

          Therapist and Founding Partner

          Qualifications:
          Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
          Graduate Diploma of Counselling
          Masters of Counselling
          Masters of Social Work

          Experience:
          Prue has worked in community mental health, crisis counselling, face to face counselling and other roles in the community service sector for the last 13 years. Prue initially started counselling face to face at a community organisation delivering low cost counselling for clients with a variety of presenting issues ranging from mental health issues to relationship difficulties. Prue has worked with client's diagnosed with Depression, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Anxiety and a variety of other general life stressors.

          Approach:
          Prue is flexible with her approach, she can use different strategies depending on what the individual needs. Prue has a warm and gentle approach that welcomes client's into a safe place to start therapy. She care deeply for her clients and is passionate about supporting people to achieve their goals. Prue aims to provide a safe and supportive environment that is flexible to the needs of the clients.She can use Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) strategies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques, Narrivate Therapy techniques and Client focus techniques. She focuses on evidence based interventions.

          Therapist and Founding Partner

          Qualifications:
          Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Charles Sturt University)
          Masters of Social Work (RMIT)

          Experience:
          Stuart is a Mental Health Social and has worked in the industry for a number of years. Stuart has delivered crisis telephone counselling and supported clients in a number of different roles This work has further developed Stuart’s skills in working with trauma and difficult periods of depression and anxiety. Stuart has also worked with clients in the LGBTI community and has a passion for supporting clients who experience homophobia, difficulties with coming out or have anxiety or depressive symptoms.

          Approach:
          Stuart is fully aware of the many areas mental health issues and stress impacts a person's life. This means it is important to recognize this in session and understand the positive and negative ways clients cope. Stuart wants to give you techniques and tools to use to support you through difficult days. Therapy isn't just about talking, its also about real action and delving into the issues that are really important for you to address. To Stuart, being a good counsellor is about first listening and understanding, working with clients and their goals.

          Every person is different and so this means the therapy needs to be unique to you. Stuart is open and honest in his style of working and focuses on the true underlying emotions that are coming up for a client. Stuart is able to provide medicare rebated sessions when you organise a mental health plan and referral from your GP. To make a booking please click below.

          Any more questions? please give our service a call 0411 791 089


          COUNSELLING IN FOOTSCRAY AND MILL PARK FOR LGBTQ CLIENTS


          Finding a LGBT counsellor or gay psychologist can be very hard in Melbourne. We constantly ask 'will this person get me' or understand the journey of coming out, internalised homophobia/biphobia/transphobia or ongoing discrimination I face? There are many things heterosexual counsellors may think they understand but without in depth learning they fall short of basic knowledge of what it means to be LGBTQ. Our issues in the LGBTQ community are unique and this means we need gay counselling or LGBT counselling from a professional who understands. Safe Place Therapy counsellors are experienced in working with many different people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and also those who identify as non binary. Your gender and sexual orientation is one part of you and how you identify should be respected and celebrated. This means learning what pro nouns you would like us to use or opening up the conversation if you are dealing with gender dysphoria or curious about your sexuality. We come to counselling with an open heart and mind to hear your story and support you! We are different from other services as we pride ourselves on being

          Affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others and we offer low cost options and medicare rebated sessions.
          Human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
          In your corner: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
          A safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, its about providing trauma informed support that is nonjudgemental and appropriate.

          Some of the things we find are coming up in counselling work with the LGBTQ community:

          - Coming out issues.
          - Relationship problems.
          - Difficulties with sexuality and sex in relationships.
          - Internalised homophobia, biphobia or transphobia.
          - Discrimination, bullying or outright abuse.
          - Mental health issues.

          You may have experienced the above or something else but the point is it is important to reach out if your struggling. Safe Place Therapy is here to be in your corner and work with you.

          Stuart Cheverton is an openly gay (cis male) professional counsellor with experience working with the LGBTQ community. Prue Gilligan also has experience in this field, providing LGBT counselling to many LGBTQ people.

          Both counsellors are proud to support you in what you are going through and are here to help. To get in touch you can email us at safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com, call 0411 791 089 or book an appointment using the buttons below.



          Below are some helpful blogs for you to read through

            Pricing

            Appointments cost $130 per session. This is well below many other services who charge $160 or more. Safe Place Therapy does offer a lower cost rate for clients needing this. Click on the low cost button for further information. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

            Medicare rebates can be claimed for counselling with Prue Gilligan. This needs to be arranged through your local GP and get a referral to our service. If you would like further information please contact us.

            Our Footscray and Mill Park office are very easy to get to. The Footscray office is a quick drive from Yarraville, Newport and Williamstown.
            The Mill Park office is close to Epping, Thomastown and South Morang.

            Are you a student or need low cost counselling options? Click below for some low cost options.

            Below are some terms that are often misunderstood in the community

            Sexual Orientation (sexual attraction/romantic attraction 'im attracted to')


            Heterosexual: someone who is attracted to the opposite sex, male attracted to female and female attracted to male.

            Homosexual or Gay or Lesbian: People attracted to the same gender.

            Bisexual: People attracted to the same gender as well as other genders. A useful term can be 'multi-gender attracted' as we need to remember that people can be attracted to non binary people or not based in terms of just two genders.

            Pansexual: Someone who is attracted to another regardless of their gender.

            Queer: A celebrated term used by many people to identify that they are not part of the mainstream binary of heterosexism or strict rules around sexual attraction.

            Gender Identity 'I identify as..........'

            This is how you as a person identify your gender to others. This should not be confused with biological sex (being born with female genitalia, male genitalia, intersex or other)

            Male

            Female

            Transgender 'Trans man or trans woman' . A person who identifies that their biological gender does not match with their internal gender identity.

            Non binary 'queer': The idea of being 'male' or 'female' is heavily shaped by the society and culture we live in. Someone who identifies as non binary or queer do not accept this binary for themselves.

            It is important to be respectful of someone no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. If someone asks you to call them using a certain pronoun like He,She,They,Them please do so. If you or someone you know is struggling with sexual identity or gender identity issues our service is happy to help.
            - If you are needing after hours support you can phone Switchboard on 1800 184 527

            TRAUMA COUNSELLING FOOTSCRAY AND MILL PARK. We want to support you by first informing you about trauma. This way you can find the right trauma counselling for you.


            What is Trauma?


            The Australian Psychological Society (APS) says that everyone’s reactions to potentially traumatic experiences are different. Most people recover well with the help and support of friends and family and do not experience any negative long-term problems. However, some people experience difficulties directly after the traumatic event or much later. When someone is psychologically traumatised it means that the mind is affected as a result of a distressing event, and often people become overwhelmed and unable to cope or are unable to integrate the emotions involved in the experience.

            What are some causes of trauma?


            Some but not all typical causes of psychological trauma include; harassment, abandonment, abusive relationships, rejection, co-dependence, physical assault, sexual abuse or sexual assault, partner violence, police brutality, bullying, family violence, being the victim of an abusive parent, the threat or the witnessing of violence (particularly in childhood), life-threatening medical conditions. Other traumatic events can include things like catastrophic natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, large-scale transportation accidents, fire, motor vehicle accident, mass interpersonal violence like war, terrorist attacks or other mass tortures like sex trafficking, being taken as a hostage or kidnapped. These are just some of the most common events that can cause psychological trauma. Often people who have protective factors like friends and family support and psychological robustness are able to recover from an event.

            Possible mental health issues resulting from trauma


            Trauma can cause ongoing psychological problems. It can also affect a person’s sense of safety, self and self-efficacy as well as their ability to regulate their own emotions. Some of the most common mental health issues that happen as a result of experiencing a traumatic event or ongoing trauma are; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety or Substance Abuse. If you are interested in finding out more about any of these mental health issues please see the supporting blog posts.

            1Symptoms of Trauma
            The severity of symptoms can vary from people to people and may also depend on the type of trauma they experienced. Some of the common reactions to trauma can be; re-experiencing the trauma mentally and physically, having the person mind become fixated on thinking about the event over and over. Reminders of the trauma are called triggers, which can remind the person of the traumatic event. Triggers can cause flashbacks which is a dissociative event where a person feels as though the event is happening to them again in the present, it can be mild like remembering the event to a complete immersion in the memory and not aware of the present.

            Sometimes people try and manage these triggers or negative effects of the trauma by using alcohol to try and escape or numb the intense feelings. Triggers reminding someone of the trauma can also cause anxiety and other emotions like fear, dread, panic etc. The person may be aware of triggers, but at other times they may be completely unaware of what these triggers are. Another effect of a traumatic event may be Panic attacks, which may be a psychosomatic response to the emotional trigger. Some other commonly experienced feelings are anger coming to the surface, sometimes inappropriately and unexpectedly. Another common symptom is nightmares or even insomnia where the person is hyper-vigilant and on the lookout for danger.

            A symptom that can happen with people who have experienced childhood trauma is that the person has difficulty remembering the trauma or has large gaps in their memory. This can result in the person re-experiencing emotions experiencing during the trauma in the present without understanding why. This can cause many other psychological and physical symptoms. And if this continues without treatment a person can become extremely emotionally exhausted.

            Some people who are not able to resolve the symptoms of trauma either naturally or with therapy may feel permanently damaged or lose hope that things will ever change. This can lead to feelings of despair, hopelessness, helplessness, loss of self-esteem, emptiness, suicidality and depression. Some of the common symptoms you can experience after a trauma can be:

            • Intrusive thoughts
            • Feelings of anger, guilt or shame
            • Feeling overwhelmed easily
            • Up and down moods
            • Flashbacks
            • Psychosomatic symptoms (eg stomach pain or upset stomach, chest pain, neck pain, back pain, headaches)
            • Poor self-esteem and self-worth
            • Weight issues (eg emotional eating)
            • Depression and anxiety
            • Panic attacks
            • Alcohol or other substance addiction
            • Self harm (eg cutting)
            • Heightened startle response
            • Poor concentration
            • Emotional numbing or dissociation

            There may be other symptoms you experience that is not listed above that you experience.
            2Treatment of Trauma
            There are a number of psychological treatments that have been found effective for trauma, such as; EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, biofeedback, Somatic Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It has been shown to be effective in certain cases to use medication such as anti-depressants in combination with psychological approaches.

            In Trauma counselling it is important to develop positive coping strategies instead of negative coping strategies. Some of the things that can be helpful to develop in counselling are psychoeducation which is the process of understanding how trauma works and becoming educated in how your brain and emotions work. Emotional regulation, which consists of identifying when you are heightened and being able to use grounding thoughts and strategies to help calm yourself. Cognitive processing which is over time transforming negative perceptions and beliefs into positive ones about self, others and the environment. Trauma processing which can involve things like systematic desensitization, response activation and counter-conditioning and others. It is important for the counsellor in trauma counselling to focus on particular strategies that are going to be effective for you.

            Trauma Counselling with Safe Place Therapy


            At Safe Place Therapy we value the idea of stability first before trauma work, this means working with the person to stabilise their life before delving into the trauma. This is because the trauma work can bring back old memories that can be painful to process. Our work is on a case by case basis and focused on client safety at all times. Through therapy, we can help you process feelings and emotions that have come up either during or after a traumatic event. Trauma can involve a single event or incident like a rape, being physically assaulted, being robbed, a car accident, witnessing a robbery or assault or rape, or being involved in a natural disaster. Trauma can also be repeated over a long period of time like child sexual assault, childhood neglect or abuse. Trauma work can be slow but it is so important for it to be done in a safe way that does not cause you to feel more overwhelmed and less able to cope.

            Trauma counselling can help you understand the event or events and what coping mechanisms you have used to get through. These coping mechanisms may have been helpful at the time but are now becoming unhelpful, for example, you may use alcohol to try and numb the feelings but are now becoming reliant on it and drinking too much. We can support you to develop more adaptive ways to manage your feelings. Here is what is different about our service.

            We are affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others, and we offer low-cost options and Medicare rebated sessions to eligible clients
            We are human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
            We offer support and understanding: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
            We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, it’s about providing unique and tailored therapy that is non-judgemental and appropriate for each individual.


            Pricing

            Appointments cost $130 per session.This is well below many other services who charge $160 or more. Safe Place Therapy does offer a lower cost rate for clients needing this. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

            Medicare rebates can be claimed for counselling with Prue Gilligan. This needs to be arranged through your local GP and get a referral to our service. If you would like further information please contact us.



            If you have had trauma in your life that you would like to process our team can work with you. You can book a time below or call us on 0411 791 089 or email us at safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com.
            Close by to Footscray or Mill Park? Its a short drive to Footscray from Yarraville, Newport and Williamstown and Footscray station is just down the road. The Mill Park office is close by to Epping, South Morang and Thomastown

            Relationship counselling can be hard work for any couple. It is important for the counsellor to make both partners feel supported and heard in their experience of what is going on in the relationship.




            . We pride ourselves on the following:

            We are affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others and we offer low-cost options and Medicare rebated sessions.
            We are human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
            We are in your corner: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
            We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, its about providing trauma-informed support that is nonjudgmental and appropriate.
             

            Pricing:


            Appointments cost $130 per session.This is well below many other services who charge $160 or more. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.
            There are many different issues that can be brought to relationship counselling but we have listed the ‘big three’ that we often hear about. These are communication issues, emotional connection and conflict/trust breakdown. Please read through these below. If you have experienced one or all three of these big three it is important that you reach out for support.

            Ready to make a booking? Click on the booking button below or give us a call Today 0411 791 089

            Footscray services close by to Footscray train station and easily accessible from Yarraville, Newport, Williamstown and surrounding areas.
            Mill Park Services close by to Epping, South Morang, Thomastown and surrounding areas


            Geelong Services are a close drive from Geelong CBD, Belmont and Newport areas


            Want to talk this through? Call us 0411 791 089

            COMMUNICATION ISSUES


            'They never listen to me' OR 'I can't get a word in'

            Do you feel like your having the same conversation over and over and not getting anywhere? Or are you just not talking at all? We are here to tell you that every single relationship has communication issues. What often happens is we get into this rut of the famous 'he said/she said' arguments and we can get caught up in a cycle of fighting. Because we know our partner well we know how to hurt them and sometimes we say hurtful things and this spirals things.

            When we sit you both down and start talking about communication usually each partner can easily recognise what they are doing that is unhelpful and adds to the breakdown in connection. why do we do this? There are many reasons but often its because we feel unheard, unsupported and revert back to bad ways of communicating.

            If communication with your partner is making things not work, reach out to our service and we can talk this through.

            EMOTIONAL CONNECTION


            'I feel alone in this relationship' OR 'they are so hot and cold all the time' or even 'i'm walking on egg shells'.

            In the middle of any relationship is the lack of connection that you have. If you can remember back to when you first met, usually you can think of a time where you both spent time together, went out of your way to do something special or just had one-on-one time. Over time we get busy and comfortable or issue come up that pull you apart.

            We usually see this in couples who haven't spent the time to talk things through and feel unable to share their feelings in a safe way. Alot of couples are unsure how to support their partner when they are going through a hard time. We also see feelings being hidden away or replacing true feelings with frustration of the other person because its easier to display anger than sadness or fear. Our first priority in your emotional connection to your partner is talking about your ability to feel safe with them. There may have been real reasons why you have pulled away from them and our sessions need to focus on this. If you would like a deeper connection with your partner please contact our service and we can discuss this further.

            CONFLICT/ TRUST BREAKDOWN


            'i've lost trust in them'

            Is there just that 'one thing' that has ripped your relationship apart? Whether it be an affair, the one fight you always have and it seems that all other fights revert back to this one issue. You both feel stuck and consumed by this issue and cant move forward. The other aspect of this is your changed perception of your partner and the loss of respect or trust that has come with it. The way they have behaved or treated you in the past has carried forward and tainted how you both interact now. We don't want to downplay how horrible this experience can be and what your going through right now. We may not believe it right now but if both partners are willing and wanting to work on the relationship, things can get better.

            If any or a combination of the above issues are happening for you and your partner our service is here to help. We are happy to have a conversation over the phone or to speak with you on a first appointment time. Take the time for your relationship.


            Here are some blogs that may be helpful to read through

              EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) Provider BASED IN MELBOURNE

              Supporting Your Business
              Safe Place Therapy provides a competitive and professional Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at an affordable price. Services include:

              One off mental health check ups for staff.

              3-6 counselling sessions for staff (or as many as the organisation permits).

              Staff training.

              Free staff access to our blog.

              Support for management.

              Safe Place Therapy wants to support and encourage the wellbeing of people we see in counselling. We focus on resilience and skill building, increasing the client's capacity to take care of themselves so they can function at their best. We believe that being an EAP provider is more than just providing counselling. Its about supporting your business, the wellbeing of your staff and to be in your corner.

              WHY PICK US AS YOUR EAP PROVIDER?

              Our service is affordable.


              We offer services to small, medium and large organisations and there are no hidden costs or annual fees. Some EAP Providers charge up to $200 per session. We charge $130 per counselling session and you only pay when a service is provided. We offer the same rate for every organisation we work with, irrespective of your size. For all our costings please view our service outline document below.

              We are there to help.


              Our team are trained counsellors ready and able to support the organisation, the leadership team as well as your employees. We say that we are only a phone call away and can talk through at risk staff or HR issues that need extra support. We see that our work together is more than just providing counselling support but being there as a valued partner to work with your organisation.

              We do more than just EAP


              Safe Place Therapy is committed to providing quality counselling to the community as well as EAP support to businesses. This means that your staff are able to access other services outside our EAP partnership. We offer:

              Personal counselling, focusing on mental health.

              Relationship counselling.

              EAP program.

              In house training.

              Our counsellors are highly trained.


              Both Prue and Stuart have experience working as suicide risk counsellors, supporting clients at high risk. We also have experience with debriefing clients who have experienced a workplace incident such as a death onsite or difficult issues in the workplace.

              We are local and flexible.


              We offer the following options for counselling:

              -Counselling at our Footscray or Mill Park locations.
              -Melbourne CBD location as required.
              -Skype/over the phone counselling.

              We want your staff to know our counsellors and feel able to reach out for help when it is needed. We are flexible to take on any of your suggestions/feedback and implement programs and services that best help your business thrive.

              Want to know more? Click on our service outline below

              Yes we have a staff intranet page, see below. This is a free service for any organisation that signs up with us. The intranet has free blogs related to mental health and work support as well as easy access to our counsellors information to book a counselling session quickly.

              If you would like further information please contact us


              0411 791 089 or email safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com

              prue gilligan
              stuart cheverton
              Prue Gilligan and Stuart Cheverton have extensive experience in the mental health industry and have worked to support staff across a number of organisations. Prue and Stuart are Social Workers, focusing on the holistic support of people. Both professionals are highly trained in identifying risk and understanding the specific needs of clients.

              Both Prue and Stuart have been managers of services and therefore know how working in an organisation can be difficult in balancing service needs and staff needs. We see our EAP program as a way to partner with organisations and staff towards better mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

              Some recent training we have delivered



              GPCE conference: Gneral Practitioner Conference: Working with mental health Patients
              A positive approach to change
              Identifying mental health issues in the work place
              Suicide and self harm information
              Team values

              SAFE PLACE THERAPY


              Mill Park counselling services in the local area. Mental health support for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Also services for couples counselling and other stressful life situations. We provide support for people in Mill Park, Epping, South Morang, Lalor and surrounding areas.




              We have noticed there is a real need in the area for good counsellors to support those in the community. If you are in need of support, now is the time to reach out and get some counselling. We have put together a number of low cost options so that all people in Mill Park can get the help they need at an affordable cost.

              This is what is different about us:
              We are affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others and we offer low cost options and medicare rebated sessions.
              We are human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
              We are in your corner: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
              We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, its about providing trauma informed support that is non-judgemental and appropriate.

              Our main job initially is to be in your corner and hear your story. It is important that the work starts here so we can base our approach on what you need. We pride ourselves on being person centred and focused on your goals towards better mental health and relationships. Take the time for yourself and make a time with one of our counsellors.


              Want to know more about us? Scroll down to see what services we provide or click on the Meet our team for information about our counsellors.


              Our Location


              shop 50/314-360 Childs Road Mill Park VIC 3082.

              Our space is located within Fullife Pharmacy he Stables Centre in the new 'Health Hub'. Go into the store and up the stairs on the left

              Our space is confidential and private


              Contact Number:


              0411 791 089

              Pricing:

              Yes we do have medicare rebates available with Stuart Cheverton and Prue Gilligan. with a Medicare Rebate the cost of the session reduces to $55 out of pocket. So you pay $130 upfront and Medicare gives you a rebate of $74.50. This heavily reduces the cost for you.

              Appointments cost $130 per session.This is well below many other services who charge $160 or more. Safe Place Therapy does offer a lower cost rate for clients needing this. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

              Medicare rebates can be claimed for counselling with Stuart Cheverton and Prue Gilligan. This needs to be arranged through your local GP and getting a referral to our service. If you would like further information please contact us.


              Mill Park Services close by to Epping, South Morang, Thomastown and surrounding areas.


              Want to make a time today ? Click on the 'book a time tab' or call us on


              0411 791 089 or email safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com

              MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLAN

              Getting a Mental Health Care Plan

              For Medicare Rebate

              Do you have a specific issue you want to work through ?


              Below is a list of common issues we are happy to work through. Is your problem not on the list? That's ok! We are happy to talk through what is going on for you and let you know whether we are the right fit.
              Counselling for Anxiety in Melbourne
              ANXIETY SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

              To support you, it is important to discuss anxiety symptoms, anxiety treatment, and counselling support. There is a spectrum of anxiety, and everybody has a different experience with the condition. For some, anxiety may be a mild inconvenience without impacting significantly on daily functioning.

              Depression counselling
              DEPRESSION: THE SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT AND SUPPORT OPTIONS

              On average, around 1 in 6 women and 1 in 8 men in Australia will experience some level of depression. Statistics can be helpful in getting a picture of a mental health issue but these numbers do not highlight the impact depression has on an individual’s life.


                Want to know more or have a question ? 

                You can call us on 0411 791 089 Or fill out the form below and we will get back to you

                SAFE PLACE THERAPY


                Counselling service in the local Inner West area. Mental health support for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Also services for couples counselling and other stressful life situations. We provide counselling for people who live in Footscray, Yarraville, Newport, Seddon, Spotswood, Williamstown and surrounding areas.




                We believe that our main job is to be in your 'corner' and support you towards improving your mental health and relationships. If you are needing counselling support now is the time to contact us. Our team is ready to work with you. We are ready and able to listen to what is going on for you and connect you with the right help.

                This is what is different about us:
                We are affordable and flexible: our session costs are much more reasonable than others and we offer low cost options and medicare rebated sessions.
                We are human first and professionals second: Our clients love that we don’t lecture them or preach as an expert. Our job is to be a human being and work with you.
                We are in your corner: We want to understand your story and unpack your experience, working with you towards your goals.
                We are a safe place: This is more than just a physical safety, its about providing trauma informed support that is non-judgemental and appropriate.

                Want to know more about costs and our counsellors?

                Click on the Meet our team tab (above)


                Scroll down to see what services we provide.


                Pricing:

                Yes we do have medicare rebates available with Stuart Cheverton and Prue Gilligan

                Appointments cost $130 per session.This is well below many other services who charge $160 or more. Safe Place Therapy does offer a lower cost rate for clients needing this. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

                Medicare rebates can be claimed for counselling with Stuart Cheverton or Prue Gilligan. This needs to be arranged through your local GP and getting a referral to our service. If you would like further information please contact us or read the mental health care plan blog below.



                OUR LOCATION


                23 Hyde Street Footscray Victoria, close to Footscray train station, a short train ride from the city. Werribee and Williamstown Lines.

                Any questions give us a call 0411 791 089

                Ready to make a time?


                Click on the 'book a time button' or you can call us on


                0411 791 089 or email safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com



                Our Counselling Footscray office is close to Footscray station and a quick drive from Yarraville, Newport, Williamston and surrounding areas.

                MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLAN

                GETTING A MENTAL HEALTH PLAN

                FOR MEDICARE REBATE

                We can support you with:


                Counselling for Anxiety in Melbourne
                ANXIETY SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

                To support you, it is important to discuss anxiety symptoms, anxiety treatment, and counselling support. There is a spectrum of anxiety, and everybody has a different experience with the condition. For some, anxiety may be a mild inconvenience without impacting significantly on daily functioning.

                Depression counselling
                DEPRESSION: THE SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT AND SUPPORT OPTIONS

                On average, around 1 in 6 women and 1 in 8 men in Australia will experience some level of depression. Statistics can be helpful in getting a picture of a mental health issue but these numbers do not highlight the impact depression has on an individual’s life.


                  Have any questions ? Give us a call on 0411 791 089 

                  Or fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can

                  MAKING A BOOKING AND OUR TEAM

                  Our team is dedicated to your mental health. We pride ourselves on first listening and then working with you on the goals that you would like to focus on. Both Prue and Stuart have the experience and tools to sit with the difficult emotions and thoughts your facing. If you would like to know more about Prue or Stuart please click on the name buttons below.

                  Making an appointment using the system below is very easy. Click on the preferred location. Choose a counsellor then what day and time that suits you. Place in your contact details and that's it, your appointment is confirmed!

                  We have also placed some commonly asked questions on our FAQS page. Any further queries? Please get in touch with us


                  0411 791 089


                  safeplacetherapyspt@gmail.com

                   

                  Yes we do offer medicare rebated sessions. This can be organised with Stuart Cheverton, Prue Gilligan, Jacqueline Hope and Halakhe Ganyu. Want to know more about the process? give us a call today.

                  OUR TEAM

                  Pricing:


                  Appointments cost $130 per session. Safe Place Therapy does offer a lower cost rate for clients needing this. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.

                  Medicare rebates can be claimed for counselling with Prue Gilligan, Stuart Cheverton or Jacqueline Hope. This needs to be arranged through your local GP and getting a referral to our service. If you would like further information please contact us.

                  There are also a number of insurance policies that offer counselling as part of your benefits.

                  BOOK AN APPOINTMENT


                   

                  We work from Monday till Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.