Counselling & Advocacy


People who have experienced torture and trauma before coming to Australia may need help to deal with the effects; time alone does not always heal. It is normal to have strong emotional or physical reactions following a traumatic event. In fact, these feelings are part of the healing process. Reactions to trauma may last for days, weeks or even longer.

There are many things you can do to cope with and recover from traumatic experiences. The way a person reacts to trauma will depend on many things such as; the type and severity of the event, the support the person has, other stresses in their lives, their personality and their ability to cope. Common reactions to trauma involve a range of physical, cognitive (thinking) and emotional factors.

Trauma can also affect the relationships that people have established with partners, parents, children, family and friends. A traumatic can event temporarily disrupts the way our relationships normally work.

What is Counselling?

There are probably as many definitions of counselling as there are professional counsellors, but most would agree that the purpose of counselling is to give the client an opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more resourcefully and towards greater well-being and satisfaction with life. The counsellor provides a safe and supportive atmosphere for this to occur.

People who have been traumatised by the actions of other people typically experience changes in their perceptions of themselves, other people, and the world around them.

Many of our clients have no previous experience of counselling, and no concept of the professional "skilled helper" other than the traditional doctor, lawyer or religious guide. We have therefore extended our role to "advocacy"; we may assist a client in practical ways, such as accompanying him to Centrelink or calling the Ministry of Housing on her or his behalf to request necessary repairs. Through such activities, we develop a trusting relationship in which we show that change is possible, that people can and will help, and that the world may be predictable at times, after all. Such a relationship is conducive to therapy.

At ASeTTS we work together with individuals, couples, families, young people and groups.

To refer a client to ASeTTS for counselling, please fill in and return theĀ Referral Form.