THE CENTRE FOR COUNSELLING AND THERAPEUTIC SERVICES


ACKNOWLEDGING AND CELEBRATING THE FULL SPECTRUM OF HUMAN EMOTIONS AS MEANINGFUL ASPECTS OF LIFE

The Centre for Counselling and Therapeutic Services was established on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong Victoria in 2017 as a place where people can come for practical and emotional counselling support and information for a range of life circumstances.

‘The Centre’ is also a reference to the place inside. That still place where we  ‘come home’ to ourselves when events outside of our control threaten to de-stabilise our natural sense of rhythm.

Although there are many things in life that are outside of our control, our mission, here at The Centre, is to offer you a counselling service that can help you find your way home to your Centre so that you can navigate lifes’ trials and tribulations in ways that matter to you.

We provide Individual Counselling and therapeutic group programs.

“Home is a hollow between the waves” (Michael Longley: Irish poet).

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OUR SERVICES

We offer individual counselling as well as group programs and rhythm events for health and wellbeing

 Some of the services we offer individuals and groups include:

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MEET ALYSON

Alyson is a Counsellor with over 20 years experience working in community settings and therapeutic services supporting people through many of life’s changes and transitions. Some of these include illness, ageing, addiction, relationship challenges, single and multiple traumatic experiences and grief associated with the loss of how things were ‘meant’ to be. Alyson has worked with children and their primary givers, adolescents and adults.

Alyson’s aim is to introduce new possibilities for experiencing emotions as signposts to meaningful self-understanding, compassion and growth, rather than problems to be solved. Like water, emotions can be considered as constantly moving. Sometimes calm, stormy, unpredictable, flowing, and sometimes hot or cold. She believes that by acknowledging and accepting all emotions as meaningful, we can learn to ‘dance with our feet in the water’, creating a pathway to living our lives in ways that matter to us, for the benefit of ourselves and others.

 Alyson’s intention is to provide the conditions that support expansiveness, self-understanding,  deepening insight and the emergence of ‘possibility’.

Alyson draws from a range of theoretical frameworks as well as philosophy, existentialism, music and art for health and wellbeing. She is an accredited DRUMBEAT facilitator.

Alyson is a provisional member of PACFA (register no: 23894) and a level 3 member of ACA (8916).

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Our Mission

To provide the conditions that support the acknowledgment of all human emotions as signposts to meaningful self-understanding, compassion and growth.

Our Vision

To live in a world where feelings are understood and accepted as each having a story to tell, and that accepting the story as meaningful, whilst allowing space for the story to emerge, ultimately leads to a sense of  ‘home’ and ‘belonging’.

Our Values

  • Acceptance

  • Freedom

  • Curiosity

  • Playfulness and Creativity

  • Trust

  • Bodily knowing

If something you have encountered here moves you to take another step, please send me a message using the form below.  

Acknowledgement of Country

For thousands of years aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have met on this land; telling stories, doing business and embodying culture. In this culture there is a story for every mountain, every creek, every hill, every rock, and every being.

The Centre for Counselling and Therapeutic Services would like to acknowledge the first custodians of Australia and their connection to community and country. We pay our respects to their ancestors past, and elders present and emerging. May we honour them by continuing to share stories and bring our personal mythology to bare on the world. 

We express our sorrow for the lasting impact of colonisation on their culture, language and sense of home.