One of the services that Open Place offers for Forgotten Australians and their direct family members is access to counselling. Many Forgotten Australians have taken up this resource and have told us that it’s been a positive experience for them.
There are no requirements (other than confirmation of time in ‘care’) to access the counselling service. If you are thinking that this might be a helpful resource for you or someone in your family, please contact the Open Place counselling team to discuss what will work best for you. The counselling team will assist in arranging counselling with an experienced person who knows about what happened to Forgotten Australians.
What is counselling?
Counselling offers you the chance to talk privately with a trained professional who can listen, offer support, advice, and new perspectives on your issues. The decision to seek help for a personal situation is a tough one. The whole idea of talking to an outsider about personal problems can be hard.
However, many Forgotten Australians and their family members have told us that they have found counselling helpful in coming to terms with issues from the past, as well as a practical way of resolving current problems.
For Forgotten Australians
Open Place will pay for counselling services for Forgotten Australians across Victoria and throughout Australia.
You can choose a counsellor or Open Place will assist in locating and recommending a suitable and qualified person.
Open Place will assist in providing counselling for each Forgotten Australian on an ongoing basis.
Open Place has three counsellors on the team. These counsellors are available to see Forgotten Australians and to run group programs for Forgotten Australians.
To arrange counselling please contact us.
For Family Members
Open Place will pay for counselling services for family members of Victorian Forgotten Australians across Victoria and throughout Australia. Immediate family members (spouse, life partner, siblings, parents and children) of Forgotten Australians can have counselling arranged in their local area at no cost.
Your family member can choose a counsellor, or Open Place will assist in locating and recommending a suitable and qualified person. Family members can only access up to 12 counselling sessions on a one-off basis.
Open Place has three counsellors on the team. These counsellors can provide counselling to family members and run groups to support family members from time to time.
To arrange counselling for a member of your family, or if you are a family member of a Forgotten Australian, please contact us.