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.
“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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.