Counselling Blog

Domestic Violence: Let’s Get Real About It

Domestic violence affects many. It causes fear and intimidation, and starts from an entitlement to have power and control over another person. Living with domestic violence has a profound effect upon children and young people, and may constitute a form of child abuse....

Separation and Divorce Counselling

I’m at breaking point. Should I should leave or stay? Separation can be traumatic.   Communication breakdown. Accumulation of resentments. Power games. A partner may wonder, “Is it worth staying?”. If both partners are willing to talk, sometimes progress can be made...

Post-Natal Mental Health

Preparing for the arrival of a new member of the family is a wonderful time for everyone. There is so much planning that goes into the arrival. By the time baby comes along you have had many different tests, many hours spent waiting for or seeing doctors. You have...

How Do You Approach Parenting?

Parenting is a complex and challenging job. Whether it’s your first child or your third, fourth or fifth there are challenges along the way. These challenges arise in part due to the complex nature of raising a small person who in many ways is completely different to...

Navigating the Dating Game

It’s all too common that people come to see us for dating related issues. There are a number of common issues that people bring with them such as: Confusion around how to connect to people Wanting more than a hook up or a fling Not knowing how to navigate online...

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

There are many different strategies that counsellors and psychologists use to support their clients progress in therapy. CBT is one of many commonly used strategies. There is lots of research around how helpful CBT is to support clients in their journey of healing and...

Child Protection Matters

You might ask the question, we’re here to talk about my issues, why do you want to know about my children? Essentially, when it comes to counselling, all aspects of life can be contributing to your current level of functioning. All parts of your personal life may need...

Mental Health: Hope for Return to Normality

Mental health issues impact most of us at some stage “What’s happing to me? Why am I feeling like this? Why can’t I get better?” These are some common questions people ask when they are struggling with a mental illness. And times like this can seem bleak and scary....

Plan the Marriage, Not Just the Wedding

Are you seeking pre-marriage counselling? Do you seek good preparation for marriage? As distinct from problem-focused couples counselling? Several of our marriage counsellors offer a well-proven program called Prepare/Enrich.   The Prepare/Enrich Program The...

What to Expect in a First Session

Anxious before your first session of counselling? Feeling vulnerable that you will be sharing aspects of your life? Let us explain what to expect and answer some of your questions. Our commitment We want to reassure you that our therapists are committed to listening...

Emotions: Tips in Learning to Respond Well

What to do with emotions can be difficult, confusing, awkward and scary. Some people are hardly aware of their emotions. Others feel utterly overwhelmed. Are feelings important? Are there good and bad emotions? What kind of emotions are there? What are our...

An Affair: What Happens Now?

What happens now that the affair is exposed? The discovery of an affair can be highly traumatic. The betrayed partner may struggle with obsessive memories and wild uncontrollable feelings. If the couple comes to counselling, there is usually a consensus to...

Grief Counselling: Know Your Grief Process

Grief is a process, not a one off event. Grief helps us to let go of the past and adjust to a new life without the person who died, or without the person or thing that is “lost” to us. It is not an illness, although it may be a very difficult time to go...

Sexual Abuse: How Can Counselling Help?

Rochelle Dawson writes from her experience with sexual abuse counselling. Bridges Counselling Parramatta has experienced Psychologists and specialised Relationship Counselling for those seeking an established professional team. Our 10 therapists have...

Sexual Addictions Counselling

Reasons why people seek help for sexual addictions Sexual addictions include addiction to internet porn, having multiple affairs with sexual involvement, or engaging in interactive online sexual behaviours. People often seek counselling for sexual...

Anger Management: Looking Deeper

Anger management problems are so common. Anger, unresolved and unmanaged, can destroy relationships. I’ve always had a short fuse So often we can think that anger is the problem, when actually it is a expression of deeper issues. Those issues may be...

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