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Counselling Services

At LifeCare, we provide professional counselling support and a range of counselling services to adults, young people, children and their families in the Brisbane area. Counselling involves sitting with a counsellor for 1 hour to discuss your situation in a safe and supportive environment. Counselling provides a therapeutic relationship between a client and a qualified counsellor. As in any new relationship, it involves a ‘getting-to-know you’ period, and it is important that you feel comfortable with the counsellor’s way of working.

Counselling is both professional and intentional. In difficult circumstances, friends and family are sometimes unable to provide an objective viewpoint. A counsellor can offer this objectivity so that you gain insight and learn strategies to assist in managing your situation.

For those new to counselling you may want to read our article on what to expect from counselling.

LifeCare’s counselling services include the following:

Counselling Children & Adolescents
Children express their feelings through play.

Children express their feelings through play.

Children communicate through play, and at LifeCare the specially designed Play Therapy Room offers a safe and child-friendly environment where children can ‘play out’ how they feel to one of our Counsellors specifically trained in Play Therapy. Often children and young adolescents cannot find the words to express how they are feeling and play and the use of symbols assists them in reducing the emotional causes of difficult behaviour.

Common Issues

At LifeCare we can successfully assist your child or adolescent with issues relating to:

  • Divorce/separation
  • Parents/boundaries
  • Separation anxiety
  • Bedwetting
  • Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)
  • Fears/phobias
  • Self-esteem
  • Bullying
  • Transitions (school, home)
  • Grief and loss
  • Friendships
  • School issues
  • Disabilities
Relationship Counselling
Contrary to popular belief, relationship counselling is not just for couples. It is appropriate for anyone seeking to improve their relationships with others, or for those coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.

Contrary to popular belief, relationship counselling is not just for couples…

Relationship counselling is appropriate for anyone seeking to improve their relationships with others, or for those coming to terms with the ending of a relationship.

Relationship counselling assists couples to address problems in their relationship. Couples can attend together and the LifeCare counsellor will assist in the expression of their difficulties, providing guidance in learning how to recognise the feelings behind the words/actions and discover a more positive way of being in the relationship. You will reach new levels of closeness, confidence, security and satisfaction.

Contrary to popular belief, relationship counselling is not just for couples, and is also suitable for people who are single and who want to move into a loving and functional and mutually rewarding relationship. Sometimes relationships come to an end. The LifeCare counsellor can assist you to manage this difficult experience.

Common Issues

Some of the common issues in relationship counselling include:

  • conflict resolution
  • mediation
  • creative problem solving
  • interpersonal communication
  • intimacy/creating love and affection
  • sexuality
  • anxiety and depression
  • trust and infidelity
  • power and control
  • managing grief and loss; anger
  • deciding to stay or leave
  • trauma
Grief and Loss
Loss can be loss of hope for the future as well as loss in the past. Loss may also include loss of a way of life, person, relationship, partner, home, job, or loss through illness. Grief is the emotional, physical and behavioural reaction to loss and is an entirely unique experience for each individual. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to grieve, but our LifeCare Counsellors can assist you to learn safe and effective ways of processing your grief and finding new ways to incorporate your loss in your life.

Support is available for loss associated with:

  • divorce/separation
  • death
  • reproductive loss
  • transitions: such as moving house/country, changing jobs or children leaving home
  • friendships
Women's Issues
Many women bear heavy responsibilities within their personal, family and work contexts. This can create stress and many challenges. Such challenges may be related to:
  • parenting/positive boundary setting
  • self-esteem
  • assertiveness
  • depression/anxiety
  • workplace bullying
  • grief and loss
  • eating-related issues
  • reproductive loss
  • sexual abuse
Anxiety & Depression
At LifeCare we base our methods on recent scientific research and we are able to provide you with strategies that have proven effectiveness. We provide you with information, education and insight around such issues as:
  • performance anxiety
  • social anxiety
  • phobias
  • general anxiety
  • separation anxiety
  • post traumatic stress
  • fatigue
  • mood disturbances
  • sleep disturbances
  • poor concentration
  • depressive episodes
  • reactive depression
  • major depressive disorder
  • bipolar disorder
  • cyclothymic depression
Family Therapy

Family therapy involves the LifeCare Counsellor working with the family (together and separately) to nurture change and development in the dynamics of interactions between family members. Family problems are seen to emerge as ‘system problems’ rather than blamed on individual family members. The family will be encouraged to develop an understanding of each other and develop ways of communicating effectively with each other as individuals and as a group.

Other Services

Family Law Reports/Social Assessments

LifeCare Family Consultants can provide

  • Family Reports
  • Social Assessments
  • Foster Carer Assessments
for Independent Children’s Lawyers, Separate Representatives and private individuals who are involved in disputes around children whose parents have separated or who are unable to provide adequate parenting.

Personal Injury Commercial Care Assessments

A critical part of some Personal Injury compensation claims involves claiming for care and lifestyle support that has been provided or will be required in the future. LifeCare is widely recognized in this area as a leading advisor in such matters; Susan De Campo’s expert evidence has been accepted in several notable trials in the Queensland Supreme Court. Reports that provide Commercial Care costs, nursing care needs, domestic needs and/or comprehensive lifestyle support needs are available for Plaintiffs in both metropolitan and regional areas.


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