Counselling

Counselling services for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants are available through Lotus Place.  A range of counseling options is available to suit your needs. 

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What is counseling?
How can counseling be helpful for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants?
Is counseling confidential?
What are the counseling options available to me?
How can I access counselling?

What is counselling?

Counselling is talking confidentially with an appropriately experienced and qualified person about experiences in your life which may be  preventing you from living the life you want to live. The overall aim of counselling is to work with you to improve your sense of well-being. Counselling is not about judgment, or telling you what to do; it is about assisting you to find the right pathway to deal with the past and the present.  

Counsellors at Lotus Place have wide connections with specialist counsellors who are experienced in working with people who have suffered childhood trauma including sexual abuse, mental illness, addictions, family and intimate relationship stressors, and domestic and family violence. They will work with you towards personal growth and development, and solutions-focused counseling for dealing with issues in life that are difficult.Lotus Place counsellors will work with you to access the right expertise and counselling, suitable to your needs,in your community.

How can counselling be helpful for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants?

For many Forgotten Australians and former Child Migrants, their past experiences and traumas still impact heavily on their lives today. Counselling is one important way to help to reconcile or understand your past, so that you can live a better present and future. Counselling will never take away painful memories, but it can help to ease the everyday impact your life, and the lives of family and loved ones.  

Is counselling confidential?

Counsellors and all staff at Lotus Place respect your privacy and confidentiality. We will only release information about you with your permission, unless we have grave concerns about your wellbeing or the wellbeing of others, including information about criminal activity. We understand that in talking about the past, there may be sensitive things that you may share with your counsellor. Counsellors at Lotus Place work as part of a multidisciplinary team and will discuss with you information that you may wish to share with other team members who are also engaged with you.

What are the counseling options available to me?

Counselling options are available for all Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants across Queensland. We understand that just as everyone’s care histories and life experiences are unique, so are their counseling needs. We will work with you on an as-needs basis about finding the best counselling options for you.
 
We can provide you with the following options:

  • support to access counselling services in your local community in a way that best meets your needs;
  • face to face counselling at Lotus Place;
  • telephone counselling for people who cannot access a service; or
  • counselling with a private counsellor
  • linking you with British Child Migrant Trust
  • linking you with culturally-specific services of Link UP.

How can I access counselling?

If you would like to access counselling, please cotact Lotus Place. As well as being able to answer your questions, counselling staff will talk with you about the information we need from you to get counseling underway.  

For more information please contact Lotus Place.

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