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 their 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 sensitive practices as part of our integrated approach responding to trauma. Body sensitive practices are helpful and practical, easy to use approaches that people can use for themselves at any time as a support in responding to trauma. Each of the practitioners have a variety of counselling styles and these are described on our profile page. In our practice we believe that therapeutic relationships, that is the connection between the counsellor and the client, is vital to everything we do and we value these connections as part of good therapy.

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.