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Counselling and Clinical Psychology

How does counselling work?

Many people think that counselling is just talking about your problems. Counselling is more than "just talking".  We can't expect a different result if we keep responding in the same way to situations or using the same methods to resolve our issues. What's happening is we are embedding those old habits in our memory and, even though we are hoping for a different outcome, when we keep using the same approach we keep getting the same results.

Our brains are set up to create certainty in our world.  Certainty and familiarity give us a sense of security. To change a habit we need to do things in a dfferent way, which creates a new neural pathway in our brain.  The neural pathway is the 'message pathway' that our brain uses to send messages to different parts of our body.  Once a neural pathway has been used several times, it becomes embedded and begins to develop a "default program" or new habit.  That's why it's so hard to change our responses when we are faced with a familiar situation, because our brain reverts to the old "default program".

It is also extremely important to learn self-regulation strategies that allow you to more effectively engage the "rest and digest" system as needed.

At the core of all therapeutic approaches is a strong therapeutic relationship that promotes and activates neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life). Psychological therapy seeks to empower you to understand your inner life with increased clarity. This understanding, coupled with a supportive therapeutic relationship, facilitates integration of the brain, reducing distressing 'symptoms' and promoting a greater sense of emotional well-being, and enhanced relationships with others.


Counselling services available at Alternatives

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  • Understand and reduce anxiety or stress.
  •  Manage past traumas.
  • Overcome depression.
  • Manage pain or anger.
  • Improve relationship skills.


  • Overcome self-imposed limitations.
  • Boost confidence.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Find meaning and purpose in your life.

Lifestyle changes 

  • Adjust to separation or loss.
  • Handle mid-life transitions.
  • Address unresolved issues.
  • Prepare for career changes.
  • Deal with redundancy or job loss.

Online and phone counselling available

Sometimes it is difficult to attend counselling sessions for a variety of reasons.  ALTERNATIVES can provide phone or online counselling. This method of counselling has been successful with clients living in remote or regional areas who have limited access to psychology services.  We use Skype for counselling sessions with clients in regional or rural areas.

Payment for Skype or phone counselling is made prior to the session.  Credit card facilities are available.

Contact us on (07) 3844 4888 to make arrangements for online counselling via Skype or phone.


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