At the Merinda Park Adolescent and Adult Counselling Service, we help Casey community members to make positive changes in their lives. Confidential and professional counselling appointments are available, and appointment times can be flexible to suit your needs.
Fees are determined by the Counsellor based on income and personal circumstances.
Consultations are confidential, and usually up to an hour in length. The program is individualised; counselling style, interventions, session times, and frequency of appointments are dependent on the needs of the individual.
Counselling can be brief, medium or long term and can support a range of issues that may be of concern. No mental health plan is required and there is no limit to the number of sessions a client may have in their time at MPAACS. The service is also LGBTIQA+ friendly.
We also offer referrals to other wellbeing services and have experience providing advocacy for our clients in the areas of homelessness, domestic violence, discrimination, financial issues, Centrelink, bullying and harassment.
Counselling enquiries and appointments can be made via phone or email. The counsellor is happy to answer any questions you may have and can arrange appointments according to mutual convenience.
You are also invited to contact the counsellor to make time for an initial consultation in order to establish whether MPAACS will be the right fit for you.
Emma is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Emma’s approach is humanistic and person centred. She is a genuine, considerate, empathetic counsellor adept in creating safe spaces for clients. Therapy aims to increase self-awareness, individual growth, improve outlook, and highlight client strengths.
Emma facilitates client goal-attainment, change, growth and empowerment through a range of research and evidence based modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Positive Psychology, Solution-Focussed Therapy, Person-Centred Counselling, Narrative Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
Her qualifications include a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is registered with the Australian Counselling Association
She specialises in counselling with adolescents and is also well-versed in providing effective and appropriate support to women experiencing domestic violence.
Counselling can help you:
- Better manage emotions and behaviour
- Enhance self esteem and confidence
- Communicate more effectively
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Identify and manage addictive behaviours
- Change unwanted behaviours
- Improve and maintain relationships
- Take control of your life
Issues supported can include:
|Depression||Communication problems||LGBTIQA+ issues||Migration|
|Anxiety||Relationship issues||Family breakdown||Grief and loss|
|Stress||Drug and alcohol issues||Lack of self-esteem||Trauma|
|Isolation||Family violence||Study problems||Loneliness|
|Cost – Hour session|
$11 per session for children 11 years of age and under
$11 per session – for part time workers and concession card holders
$22 per session – for full time workers and non-concession card holders
Free counselling for adolescents 11-18 years of age
|Payable:||At the conclusion of each counselling session. Payments for multiple sessions can also be made in advance|
Exceptions: As the service aims to be affordable and accessible to members of the Casey community, fees are sought on a sliding scale according to income; however counselling will not be denied where there are genuine financial difficulties. If you are in financial difficulty, please discuss this with the counsellor in order to make arrangements for fees, charges and other needs. Payment arrangements and exemptions can be negotiated at the discretion of the counsellor.
We aim to provide affordable counselling to individuals residing within the Casey area.
|Open hours:||Monday – Friday (closed public holidays)
9:30am – 4:00pm
|Address:||141-147 Endeavour Drive
Cranbourne North , Victoria, 3977
|Postal:||P.O. Box 7144,
Cranbourne North, Victoria, 3977
|Telephone:||(03) 5996 9056|
|Map reference:||Melway 129 F8