We offer counselling for individuals, couples, families, and children. Counselling can help you to sort through difficult thoughts and feelings in a safe environment, find strategies to cope with tricky situations and make positive changes in your life.
Counselling provides a supportive and collaborative environment where you can discuss your problems and concerns, working on what you identify as most important. Participating in counselling can help you clarify your situation, gain new perspectives and work towards change. The counselling process can support you to develop insights, generate solutions and consider choices. We work with individuals, couples and families in a non-judgemental way.
Before beginning, we assess whether counselling is appropriate for you and your circumstances. In addition, we take safety and wellbeing very seriously and therefore, will refer you to appropriate additional services that you may require.
We are continuing to deliver counselling during COVID-19, through telephone and video appointments, as well as our typing-based, chat message Online Counselling Service.
Counselling can be an effective way to improve overall wellbeing, by relieving distress and enhancing relationships.
Common issues that people seek counselling for include:
Whatever your concern, it’s important to reach out for support.
We offer a range of specialised counselling services. (Note that not all of the specialised counselling services listed are available at all RAV centres).
Participating in counselling can help you clarify your situation, gain new perspectives and work towards change.
Our counsellors have qualifications in counselling, psychology or social work, and specific training and experience with a range of issues, including relationships, families, and children.
We can adapt our services to meet the needs of a wide range of cultures and community groups.
Our counselling service is flexible. We can work with individuals, including children and young people, couples and families to build solutions that recognise the strengths, wisdom and knowledge of each person. Our services are for all members of the community, regardless of religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances.
Counselling sessions usually last for 50 minutes. While some issues can be resolved in a few sessions, others take longer.
While we charge fees for most services, all fees are appropriate for the service provided and your financial capacity to pay. When you call to make a booking for counselling, we will discuss the fees payable.
Centre opening hours vary, however most centres offer evening sessions as well as sessions during business hours. Please contact your local centre for more information.
We offer an Online Counselling Service, which provides the opportunity to receive counselling from a qualified, experienced RAV counsellor, through an online, chat-based appointment. For more information, click here.
To find your nearest centre that offers counselling call us 1300 364 277 or see a list of RAV centres and contact them directly about the services they offer.
You can also view our tipsheets - handy guides on a range of topics.
Make an appointment or find out more - find your nearest centre on our Locations page or by calling us on 1300 364 277.
Make an enquiry via email.
Download our counselling service flyer.
Read our counselling frequently asked questions.
Try our new Online Counselling Service.
For more information on our response to COVID-19 and how we’re currently providing counselling during this time, visit www.rav.org.au/COVID19.