connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


What is a Single Session Consultation?

A Single Session Consultation is an evidence-informed, client-focused counselling session. The focus of the session is on your greatest worry, challenge or difficulty and what you want to achieve from your meeting. Our aim is for you to leave the session with some ideas or strategies to try out.

Single Session Consultations are suitable for individuals, couples or families. They can be facilitated by one practitioner or sometimes two. A single session consultation involves a longer than usual counselling session and a follow up phone call to discuss the next steps.

Single Session Consultations can be a helpful way to manage your immediate concerns.

Can I still access regular counselling?

Yes, attending a Single Session Consultation doesn’t preclude you from accessing RAV’s other services, such as ongoing counselling.

Single Session Consultations are part of our suite of family and relationship services.

Why should I choose a Single Session Consultation?

People choose a Single Session Consultation for different reasons. The sessions can help to make sure you’re getting the most of your first, and sometimes only, session. Experience tells us about half the time people will come back for further counselling, while the rest are happy with one session. Both outcomes are okay. You are always welcome to return to Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) if you need further assistance.

In a Single Session Consultation our practitioners aim to make the most of your time by focusing on your greatest concern. Single Session Consultations are appealing because they are collaborative and responsive; they focus on your key concerns and goals, and you and your practitioner work together on strategies for change.

Single Session Consultations are collaborative and responsive; they focus on your key concerns and goals.

For what issues can Single Session Consultations be helpful?

Single Session Consultations can be used for a wide range of issues. We work to help individuals, couples and families to improve their relationships and find ways to manage issues such as separation and divorce, grief and loss, mental health issues, life changes, family violence, managing emotions, parenting issues and managing stress.

In fact, people attend Single Sessions Consultations for the same reasons as ongoing counselling and other services. In a Single Session Consultation, however, we can offer a contained and immediate response to your most pressing concern. While Single Session Consultations focus on your greatest concern, they can still be suitable for those with multiple and or complex issues. You may have a lot going on, but still find a single session to be helpful to you and your circumstances.

How long is a Single Session Consultation session?

A Single Session Consultation is longer than a typical counselling session. It usually is one and half hours in length.

Who provides Single Session Consultations at Relationships Australia Victoria?

You will talk to one of our qualified counsellors who have extensive experience helping clients with a range of issues. Both male and female practitioners are available.

How much does a Single Session Consultation cost?

We are a not-for-profit organisation and our Single Session Consultation service is only partially funded by the government, so fees are normally charged. However, we do try to make our services as affordable as possible. Our fees are determined on a sliding scale, based on a client's ability to pay.

What does a Single Session Consultation involve?

Before you attend a session, you’ll be sent a questionnaire to fill in, to help your practitioner find out more about your main concerns and goals for the session. You’ll need to complete and return this questionnaire when you attend your session.

After your session, your counsellor will arrange a follow-up phone call to see how you’re going and discuss options for further support. If you feel that the single session was sufficient and has met your needs, your practitioner will close your file with the understanding you are welcome to re-contact RAV at any time in the future.

Where can I access a Single Session Consultation?

Currently, we offer Single Session Consultations at our Ballarat and Kew Centres. Find out more or make an appointment by following the contact details below.

We also offer Single Session Consultations in the following ways.

  • To existing clients of the North East Area Mental Health Service (NEAMHS), through the North East Community Mental Health Service in Hawdon Street, Heidelberg. Existing NEAMHS clients can find out more by calling (03) 9431 7777 or by email.
  • Within the home visiting service of RAV’s early matters program. To find out more about our home visiting service, click here.