Did you know that Australia began the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the late 1990s? Since then, they have collected data on the prevalence of mental health illness in the Australian population focusing on adults, children, and people with psychotic disorders.

Consistently, the survey has estimated that almost half of the population of Australia, at 45% experience a mental health disorder.

That means, if you look to the left, or right of you right now. You will see someone struggling with some form of mental disorder. You are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common, and afflict 14.4% of the population, closely followed by depressive disorders affecting 6.2% of the population, and substance use disorders at 5.1%.

If you wish to read the full National Health Survey Report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, simply click here.

These disorders however are not limited to adults, with 1 in 7 children and adolescents aged 4-17 years having been assessed to be facing challenges. This equates to roughly 591,000 children all around Australia. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the most common in children with 7.4% of the population affected.

These statistics show that many people in your life are struggling too. Your neighbour, your teacher, your colleague, your friend, or sibling. Thankfully, due to the prevalence of this data and a growing national consciousness about the importance of mental health, it is now easier than ever to get help through a trusted counselling service.

You are Worthy

No matter what situation you have been in, you are worthy and deserving of living the best version of your life. So, take control of the situation, and book yourself into your first session at this ideally located gold coast counselling facility.

What Counselling Services are available on the Gold Coast?

Whether it is a crisis in your family life, work environment, or merely the stress of everyday life, there is never a time too early to begin focusing on taking care of your mental health. It may be easy to push aside the anxious thoughts, or worrisome feelings at the beginning, but without proper methodologies these can easily overwhelm you and create negative impacts in all areas of your life. Counselling is one of the best ways to cope and deal with any issues that may arise on your journey, with your qualified psychologist capable of helping guide you towards success.

Going to counselling can improve your life in a myriad of different ways. It can:

  • Improve your overall attitude
  • Increase your energy levels
  • Improve your relationships
  • Living your life with integrity
  • Happiness about your decisions
  • Increased satisfaction at work
  • Smaller inner critic
  • Help welcome change
  • Lessen dependence on drugs or alcohol
  • Improve communication with your friends and family
  • Lessen your stress about small things

You do not need to be suffering from a mental disorder to benefit from regular and structured counselling sessions. Having an impartial and qualified person to speak to can help you navigate rough seas or simply help foster healthy relationships no matter what external events are occurring. So,consider this psychologist on the Gold Coast as a sturdy and dependable constant in your life.

What to expect from a counselling session?

The counselling session you will be attending, will be specifically devised based on your personal narrative. Voxen focuses on counselling for Gold Coast residents to provide them with vital coping strategies, a safe space to talk, and a place of stability.

You and your counsellor will set goals based on areas of growth and change identified during your sessions, so you can become the best version of yourself. Finding someone you trust to divulge your inner most thoughts, fears, and worries can be stressful and that is why Counselling at Voxen is careful to provide a safe space for you.

You will be met with warmth, support, and a never-ending positive attitude to help guide you through trauma, relationship stress, anger management, parenting, or anxiety support. While there are no easy short cuts, a focus on understanding and growth is fostered, with every session designed to best help you get to where you want to go. The empathetic psychological, psychotherapist counsellor, Katherine, will be your guide while you are working towards a happier future.

The key focus on counselling is allowing you to safely explore and manage your emotions, thoughts, and resulting behaviours. This can help address any challenges in your life, get to know your own weaknesses, and strive towards being the person you wish to be.

When should I go to counselling?

It may feel like it is never the perfect time to start counselling. You may be pushing it aside because you are too busy, the trouble is not serious enough, or you consider the sleepless nights a norm. Pushing the issues to the side may seem like the easiest option, and to begin with it may be.

However, the journey to true self-acceptance and happiness sometimes requires a little help, and with a qualified, certified  and experienced counsellor you can get there faster.

The best time to start working on yourself and your mental health is right now. The sooner, the better, but at any point where you make that decision to prioritise yourself and a healthy mind is the best time to start counselling. You do not need to live with anger management issues, anxiety, or trauma negatively impacting your life.

Some of the most common signs that you should see a counsellor include:

  • Inability to go to work or school
  • Difficulties in personal relationships
  • Difficulties taking care of children
  • Higher risk of health issues
  • Hospitalization

There are additional situations which might be good signals to consider booking yourself into a counselling session. These include

  • Having trouble expressing your feelings
  • You have trauma that you cannot get over
  • You are arguing in your relationships without resolution
  • You struggle tackling to your loved ones
  • You need a crutch, whether that be alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, or food
  • Your usual coping skills aren’t working
  • You take all the blame
  • You just need to talk

What is the difference between counselling or psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably; however, they refer to different things. Psychotherapy is the psychological work and methods used through the process of counselling. Counselling is classed as the action that takes place during sessions. 

Should you choose in person therapy or online therapy?

If you are a Gold Coast resident, it is preferred to make a dedicated time from your week to head to the conveniently located Voxen offices for counselling. While online counselling options are a good alternative if it means missing out entirely or circumstances prevent you from being in the counselling rooms, over the internet is the next best alternative to none. However, the face to face interaction allows you to benefit from many aspects. Online counselling does have the appeal of being convenient and perceived anonymity. You can organise online counselling sessions from wherever you are in the world, opt for telephone or video sessions and not interrupt your scheduled sessions even if you have to travel or move overseas.

In person counselling however allows your psychologist to get to know you deeper as there is physical aspects the counsellor can observe clearer as well as the atmosphere in the room. Humans have evolved to communicate not only from language, but from extensive and subtle non-verbal cues. In person, your trained psychologist will be able to pick up on these and better help guide you through your counselling sessions. These cues will help your psychologist gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours about topics or areas of concern. This way, your counsellor will be better prepared to devise a plan personalised to your own experience.

Another benefit of in person therapy is the confidentiality and security of discussing your troubles in person. Throughout your session, it will be just you and your psychologist in a comfortable room, with your words and thoughts kept private. Online systems continually must update security software to prevent confidentiality breaches or data leaks.

Probably the biggest reason to choose in person therapy is the comparative effectiveness between these two systems. Face to face interactions help decrease misdiagnosis and better aid your psychologist in receiving an accurate representation of your journey. So far, there is minimal clinical research which touches upon the effectiveness of online counselling.

It is important to be mindful of where you receive your online counselling. Many of the apps that have been popping up advertising instant text or telephone therapy, may have counsellors with minimal accreditations.

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What are the professional Qualifications of a counsellor?

If you want to gain the best possible experience from your counselling sessions, then finding the right match for you is vital. Take your time when looking for an appropriate counsellor. Make sure they have appropriate accreditation and are registered counsellors. Consider reading online reviews, asking your friends and family, trusting your instincts when you meet them in person, and look for a counsellor specialising in your particular needs. Katherine Nelson has over 10 years of professional experience in the field of mental health, with a focus in psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

What are some of contemporary counselling models used?

Voxen Gold Coast Counselling includes a wide range of contemporary models specifically adjusted to your personal needs. Some of the models include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Process Oriented Therapy, Mindfulness and Conscious Focused Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Positive Psychology, Performance Therapy, and others.

DNIS and Counselling

Considering the 4.3 million Australians who have a disability, Australia rolled out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) targeted to help people with disabilities to have access to information and connections to services in the community. It will also focus on early intervention to help reduce the impacts of disability or developmental delay. NDIS considers psychosocial disabilities are related to mental health issues, so counselling would be one of the benefits of the scheme. Katherine Nelson has worked with children and families with disabilities for over 20 years.

What area are you struggling with?

Some of the most common issues people struggle with include anger management, grief and loss, general mental health, healing from trauma, parenting, relationship and couple trouble, and anxiety and depression. Voxen counselling on the Gold Coast provides specialist counselling services focused on each of these areas.

Anger Management Counselling

Anger can range from a mild feeling of annoyance to a strong and uncontrollable rage and fury. While anger is a normal emotion to experience, it must be expressed in healthy ways. Learn more about it here. The best way to utilise anger to your advantage is to help overcome obstacles, problem solve, and achieve goals. Unfortunately, some people struggle with controlling their anger in positive ways, and instead let the anger control you.

Whether you are suffering from chronic, prolonger anger, passive anger, overwhelmed anger, self-inflicted anger, or volatile anger, anger management counselling can help provide you with tools and techniques to deal with it. Some side effects you may be experiencing include trouble organising your thoughts, fantasising about hurting yourself, or hurting others. Anger can also manifest in physical symptoms including headaches, fatigue, heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, or tingling.

Children & Adolescent Counselling

Growing up in the modern world has increased the amount of problems that youth and adolescents are facing every day. The media, screens, and the fast-paced world has increased mental health disorders with 14.2% of youth between 12-17 suffering from some form of mental disorder.

Counselling for children and adolescents can help the whole family on how to deal with puberty, behaviour, anger anxiety, depression, internet use, sexual abuse, bullying, learning disorders, sex, sexuality, and gender.

Grief & Loss Counselling

Grief is our natural reaction to loss, but it can include extensive emotional, physical and mental responses when we lose someone or something. Grief can be extremely painful and include a range of emotions, including sadness, shock, anger, and distress. There are no correct or right ways to deal with grief, with most people needing time to heal. However, talking to someone can help express your feelings and stop it from feeling too overwhelming. 

Grief can be caused by big changes, including moving schools, houses or cities. Losing a sense of place whether it is leaving a sports team, becoming redundant in your job, or other significant positions in society. Losing pets or people, tends to be the most common cause of grief. Whether this is the end of a long relationship, death, or change, this type of loss can be extremely traumatic and cause people extensive pain. The feelings of grief can range from sadness, disbelief, anger, yearning, losing control, and even physical changes. The key aspect of coping with grief is being kind to yourself and giving yourself time to heal.

Talking to a licensed professional can be the best way to help deal with your feelings and process what is going on. Keeping a journal or a diary is another method that has been proven to help people deal with feelings of grief, anxiety, and depression.

Trauma Counselling

Trauma can apply to situations or a set of circumstances which can cause physical, emotional, mental farm, or life-threatening experiences. These situations can have lasting adverse effects on your day to day life including your physical, social, emotional, or well-being. Some of the most common cases of trauma experienced include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Professional burnout
  • Mental abuse
  • Acute stress
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Domestic violence
  • Death of someone close
  • Serious illness
  • Sexual assault

There are several types of trauma including acute, or complex trauma. Acute trauma refers to a single overwhelming event. Complex trauma also known as relationship trauma that stems from an extended exposure to traumatising events.  From these two types of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder can trigger people to re-experience the feeling of terror or helplessness.

Through counselling you can learn to heal trauma through the three pillars of safety, connections and managing emotions.  Your psychologist can help you work through these with the use of Cognitive processing therapy, exposure therapy, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, narrative therapy, skills training in affective, and interpersonal regulation.

Parent Counselling

Sometimes parenting can be difficult, and whether you need someone to talk to due to postnatal depression, raising children, or communicating in your family. Family counselling can help the enormous divide in the generations created by the boom in technology and the gaps in communication.

The three generations of baby boomers with old school values, generation x with enormous technological developments occurring within their lifetime, and generation Y which cannot imagine a world without smartphones. The children of this generation grew up with the internet world all around them are now suffering from normal puberty difficulties in addition to climate change fear, gender uncertainties, equality, and many more topics which are coming to the forefront.

Children and teenagers whose parents are going through divorces can also struggle due to the separation, and Voxencan help both the children and parents navigate these difficult times and changing dynamics.

The cognitive changes that occur in young individuals between the ages of 12-19 mean many individuals struggle focusing in school while their brains and bodies develop rapidly. Weekly counselling sessions can help you and your family deal with these changes, while keeping an open and healthy lines of communications.

Relationship & Couples Counselling

Considering how difficult it is to manoeuvre the modern world in our own minds, combining lives with another person along with the expectations and complexities of a relationship it is not surprising that relationship and couple counselling is one of the most frequently booked appointments.

Are you and your partner having trouble communicating? Couple counselling provides a safe place where you can address specific or everyday issues that come up in your relationship. It allows an outside perspective to shine some light on the strengths and weaknesses in your relationships and provide you with scaffolding and methods on how to better communicate and support each other.

Consider it this way: you take your car to regular servicing check-ups. You go into a hair salon to upkeep your hair style. You invest in cleaning and sprucing up your garden and house. You spend money on improving your education and training. Almost thing in your life requires attention and thought to keep functioning. For some reason, people believe that relationships should be easy and often leave them with little care. Couples counselling can be a great way to keep your relationship strong and healthy, even if you are not facing any fundamental issues.

If you are your partner are facing problems such as infidelity, violence, miscommunication, anger management, postnatal depression, or grief in the family, then having a licensed psychologist can be instrumental in finding the healthiest way to move forward for both of you. It is too easy to get stuck in our own perspective and to shift blame outwards onto the other person. Counselling can help you work through any issues and find your way back to the good things in your relationship in times of distress.

Anxiety & Depression

Half of Australians suffer from anxiety and depression related disorders. If you are one of them, you might consider booking in an appointment to help manage and overcome these issues. Counselling can help you learn techniques to better manage anxiety, work through frameworks to relieve the symptoms of depression, and help you create coping mechanisms to deal with stressful external factors while staying calm. Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety and depression include:

  • Decreased energy, chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Pain, aches, cramps, or gastrointestinal problems
  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficult sleeping
  • Loss of interest or no longer finding pleasure in activities
  • Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
  • Anger and irritability
  • Feeling guilty
  • Feelings of worthlessness or helplessness

If any of these sound familiar, particularly if experienced over an extended period of time, then take that first move to improve your life. Asking for help, is the first, and hardest part of this process.  There is no shame in reaching out and getting professional help can significantly improve your day to day life and overall happiness.

Are you unsure whether you need to go to therapy? Why not check out this video with 5 common signs that you might need therapy.

5 signs that you need therapy

Kati Morton discusses how becoming at tearful unexpected moments, constant negative thinking, slipping back into unhealthy habits, feel like emotions are taking control of you, or having thoughts of dying are some of the biggest indicators that you may need to seek professional help.

Whether that is because there are simply many topics that are going on in your life and head that you have not had the opportunity to fully process, or there are bigger issues rearing their heads.