Counselling | How to choose a Counsellor/Therapist | What to expect


People seek out counselling for a range of reasons. Counselling is often helpful when something traumatic, difficult or distressing is happening or when things feel overwhelming in life. Counselling is designed to be supportive and works with peoples’ strengths, knowledges and life experiences. Having the support and understanding of a professional counsellor opens up new possibilities and ways of thinking and feeling about problems and experiences.

At times of crisis and when responding to trauma, entering into a therapeutic relationship with a counsellor helps to reduce feelings of isolation and aloneness. At other times people may feel like the most challenging aspects of their situation have improved, yet they wish to have counselling to support new life directions and life decisions. This type of counselling can be a rich and rewarding experience.

The counselling practitioners at Adelaide Trauma Centre all use body inclusive practices as part of our integrated approach responding to trauma. Body inclusive practice includes coaching people in helpful, practical, and easy to use methods that can be used at any time as a resource to respond to trauma. In our practice, we believe that the therapeutic relationship- that is the connection between the counselor and the client- is vital to everything we do. We value these connections as a foundation for good therapy.

Beyond the above principles, each of the practitioners has training in a variety of counseling modalities, and these are described on our profile page.

On our website, we have referred to “counsellors and therapists” and “counselling and therapy”. We use these descriptions to describe the counselling that occurs at Adelaide Trauma Centre.