With the recovery of bushfires blazing in VIC, as mental health counsellors, professionals and proud citizens, we have joined in the emergency recovery effort and offer counselling as a relief to our community.
About Bushfire Recovery
To date, many people around VIC have either lost their property, were forced out of their homes or had to evacuate their hometown due to bushfires.
Despite people knowing and executing their fire evacuation in advance, it is very upsetting for many.
Bushfire victims and firefighting crew members have reported the trauma and grief they experience after being in fire affected areas.
According to Beyond Bushfires, six-year research on the Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires conducted by the Child Health and Wellbeing Program at the University of Melbourne, the long-term mental health impact on victims of the affected areas is something that cannot be ignored. Lead researcher and director Jack Brockhoff emphasize the importance of mental health services being made available to the community and to firefighting teams as part of disaster recovery plans.
“ The Beyond Bushfires mental health report surveyed more than 1,000 people who were impacted by the 2009 Victorian fires that killed 173 people and damaged or destroyed more than 2,100 homes.
What our Counsellors Do?
Our Counsellors are trained in Psychological First Aid which focuses on people with ‘traumatic’ problems caused by natural disasters.
Our Counsellors are also trained in Choosing Life program.
Our Counsellors do not prescribe medication.
Our Counsellors engage in one-on-one, family or group work, based on the needs of our patients.
Our Counsellors do refer patients to a General Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist for issues of a more serious nature.
Our Counsellors will support you with referrals to external agencies for emergency housing; financial support and/or financial counselling; food vouchers and legal assistance where needed.
Our Counsellors adopt a ‘more positive’ approach towards clients with a major focus on the patient's capability for recovery, resilience, improvement, achievement and productivity.
Counselling is a learning-orientated process and our counsellors are the facilitators.
In Australia, a recognised Diploma is an accepted qualification level for the practice of Professional Counselling.
All our Counsellors hold a current and valid Working With Children Check.
Counsellors registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) have undergone recognised professional training in counselling and therapeutic techniques.
What is Counselling?
At Life Vision Counselling our counsellors use a collaborative process that involves the development of a unique helping relationship.
The Counsellor acts as a facilitator in helping patients to understand their feelings, behaviours, relationships with others, situations, choices and decisions.
Through counselling you can talk in complete confidence, clarify issues and determine options.
Further, the counsellor offers a safe, confidential and non-judgmental context in which patients can:
Gain clarity and perspective on the issue;
Receive the support you need to resolve issues and make effective decisions;
Deal with negative feelings and emotions;
Explore personal resources and develop new skills;
Find answers which are best suited to your own individual needs and lifestyle.