What is Counselling?

  • Counselling is an opportunity to meet with a professionally trained person who can listen to your concerns and assist you to identify solutions or better manage issues that are causing difficulties in your life.
  • As part of counselling, we aim to support you to make choices about the problems you are facing based on your own values and preferred ways of living and relating to others.
  • This means that the counsellor will be interested to know how you see your problems, what you have already considered and tried and will plan an approach with you that will be guided by your needs.
  • Throughout counselling, the counsellor will regularly check with you to see if the treatment is meeting your needs and moving you towards your identified goals.

How can we help?

We can provide you with:

  • help accessing withdrawal and residential treatment services
  • safe alcohol and other drug use information
  • short to medium term counselling and brief interventions for:
    • individuals
    • couples
    • families
    • concerned significant others
  • access to Peer Support group
  • information, liaison, advocacy and referral to other services such as:
    • housing
    • family
    • mental health
    • legal
    • employment support
    • naturopathy (nutrition and herbal medicine)
    • massage
    • acupuncture
    • reiki.

Who can use the service?

  • People who are 16 years of age or over.
  • People concerned about their own or another’s problematic alcohol and/or other drug use.
  • People who have been instructed to attend alcohol and drug counselling by the court.

When can you start?

  • Individuals and services can make direct referrals to Windana Counselling if an AOD Intake Screen has been completed within the last six weeks.
  • Once we receive a referral, the client will be contacted and offered an Assessment appointment with one of the counsellors.
  • Counselling sessions are free of charge and held at 88 Alma Road St Kilda (entrance to reception is on Chapel street).