How to support someone struggling with their mental health

Has someone ever come to you in a mental health crisis, and you found yourself lost for words? If so, you are not alone. Our counselling team have put their heads together to answer some frequently asked questions on this important topic.

How to talk to someone going through a difficult time

“It’s all about compassion, empathy and active listening when talking to someone who is going through a hard time,” says Peter Brown who works as a Hospital Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Manager at CatholicCare. For Peter, he looks to Jesus and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop as models of compassion. As Australia’s first saint, Mary Mackillop was “a big-hearted woman full of love and compassion.

Counselling helps Prisha recognise coercive control

"We had the privilege of supporting Prisha, aged 28 through her journey after receiving a referral from CatholicCare’s Family Connect and Support team,” says CatholicCare Counsellor Michele. “Prisha was born in India and her family still reside there.

Feeling stuck? Learn how to make changes in your thinking and your behaviour?

It’s not uncommon at some point in life for a person to feel ‘stuck’ in a situation, a behaviour or a frame of mind which prevents them moving forward and living a fulfilled life, but it’s not always clear how to go about getting unstuck. That’s where a visit to a counsellor or psychologist could assist.

Our free pregnancy counselling service – a safe space to explore your feelings

News of a pregnancy can sometimes result in feelings that are all over the place. However, if those feelings are overwhelming or confusing, they might definitely be worth exploring with CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay’s (CCDBB) experienced counsellors.

Counselling – what is it and how can it help?

The topics of therapy and counselling can be difficult for a lot of people to broach. Maybe you're not sure what each entails, or you're unsure about this path and if these services will work for you.

How we support young parents

Bringing a new baby home as a young parent can be an exciting but scary time, especially if this is your first child. Family and friends can offer advice, but outside support is critical.

How we’re helping to address the power imbalance between consumers and banks

The recent Banking Royal Commission report highlighted unethical practices by financial services providers and noted that there is a power imbalance between consumers and banks. People who feel that they have not been listened to by their bank frequently cannot access remedies or understand their rights without the assistance of free and independent financial counsellors.

Have you heard about the Family Referral Service?

It can be hard to know where to go for support when families experience challenges or hardship. There is a lot of support out there, but narrowing it down to find the best option for you and your family can be really difficult.

Our new Northern Beaches Family Centre is now open in Brookvale!

Our new Family Centre is purpose built to provide specialist one-on-one and group services for the Northern Beaches community. We offer services to children, families, young people and individuals across a range of programs that promote wellbeing.