What is Counselling?

Counselling involves a safe and confidential collaboration between qualified practitioners and clients to promote mental health and wellbeing, enhance self-understanding, and resolve identified concerns.

Counselling provides individuals who would not typically benefit from standard treatment options provided by their general practitioner or psychologist, access to cost-effective complementary psychological interventions, which are responsive to the individual’s mental health needs.

Benefits of Professional Counselling

Counselling provides individuals access to a broader range of efficient and appropriate services that are safe and responsive to their presenting and emerging mental health needs.

Who are Counsellors?

Registered Counsellors and Psychotherapists are trained professionals working in a variety of settings, from early intervention services, through to moderate and high needs in primary, secondary and tertiary care. The Registered Counsellor or Psychotherapist supports individuals with behavioural change through psychological interventions.
 
Registered Counsellors and Psychotherapists currently work with other allied health professions to deliver psychological interventions in clinical settings, and within broader service stepped care environments, to provide individuals with a choice of high-quality, evidence-based person-centred psychological interventions that are responsive to the needs of the individual and the broader health system.
 
Like other allied health professionals, registered counsellors are required to maintain their registration obligations and further develop their practice by participating in clinical/professional supervision and professional development.

Join the Australian Counselling Association

As a member of ACA, you will join a community of dedicated professionals committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical practice, continuous learning, and the wellbeing of individuals and communities across Australia. As the landscape of mental health evolves, ACA is dedicated to evolving with it, ensuring that our members remain at the forefront of the counselling profession.

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