DYHSAC offers a confidential and professional counselling service that supports people to work through their challenges. These challenges may include trauma, anxiety and depression. Many of our clients have experienced trauma through the influence of colonisation. This has an impact on many aspects of people’s lives, further contributing to psychological difficulties, substance use, domestic violence, a sense of low self-worth, challenges with employment and education and sometimes sexual abuse. The effect of the Stolen Generation remains highly prevalent in nearly all presentations of our clients seeking counselling.
The role of the counsellor varies from having a good yarn to providing more specific therapies for each client. These include psychodynamic, cognitive- behavioural and comprehensive EMDR treatment (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy). There is provision of assessment and treatment for mental health difficulties across all ages and life stages from childhood all the way to the last stage of life, with particular focus on complex trauma presentations, domestic violence, alcohol and substance abuse, sexual abuse, attachment and relationship issues in a culturally appropriate context.
Whilst the primary client group is individual adults, we also work with children, adolescents and families and are able to provide couple therapy, developmental assessment, and carer support.
DYHSAC also provides a visiting Psychologist service and employs a part-time Mental Health Nurse. These professionals work in conjunction with the Counsellor and GPs to provide a continuity of care.
To make an appointments, clients may be referred by their GP. Otherwise, please enquire with the East Perth clinic about self-referral.
8.30am – 5.00pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays