Counselling & Crisis Support
Crisis and Support
The Crisis and Support Workers are available to spend time with women that may currently be or have experienced trauma in their life or who just need someone to speak with. Wagga Women’s Health Centre staff participate in ongoing training for issues such as domestic and family violence, loneliness, grief and loss, relationship breakdown, experiences of mental health concern and childhood trauma and abuse. Our Crisis and Support Workers are not counsellors however all are appropriately qualified for their position. The Crisis and Support service is a confidential, safe and relaxed space for women to be heard. Phone, drop in and appointments are available and a range of resources and information are also on hand. Workers can also assist with Safety planning, self-care strategies, advocacy and referral options depending upon our clients priorities.
The Wagga Women’s Health Centre supports the rights of women to make informed choices about their own fertility. We recognise that this includes the option for women to choose termination of pregnancy. The Centre also supports that freedom to make choices by women includes providing safe, affordable and accessible access to termination pf pregnancy services. There are currently no termination of pregnancy services in Wagga Wagga. Crisis and Support workers are available to assist women with all options pregnancy counselling and support. Please contact the Centre to discuss your needs.
Translating and Interpreting Services are available for women from culturally and linguistically diverse cultures.
Crisis and Support workers can provide information for women who wish to access the Revenue NSW, Work and Development Order program. This program assists women to pay off outstanding debts with Revenue NSW through participation in Centre services.
The Centre offers assistance to women, in partnership with Telstra and Wesnet to improve their online and telephone safety. More information is available by speaking with a worker.
Crisis and Support is provided within a trauma informed framework which means we recognise trauma is what happens in someones life not who they are. It also means that women can choose to share as much or as little as they wish.
Women wishing to access trauma specialist counselling or the Economic Wellbeing Worker must make an appointment with one of the Crisis Workers first and an internal referral can then be made.
Crisis and Support can be accessed anonymously.
Telephone and Face to Face Counselling Available
The Wagga Women’s Health Centre has a Trauma Specialist Counsellor who is available by appointment to see women who have experienced trauma.
Trauma counselling is available Monday to Thursday for those who have experienced trauma including women who have experienced domestic violence, women who are adult survivors of child sexual assault and sexual assault. There is no limit to the number of counselling sessions that a client may access. Appointments are required and referral is by self referral.
Generalist Women’s Counselling is available on weekends. Appointments are necessary, please contact the Centre.
Services at the Centre follow Trauma Informed Practice principles.
Support can be accessed anonymously.
What Happens in the Counselling Session?
Counselling is about empowering women to make their own decisions in their lives.
Counselling allows women to:
Form a trusting and safe relationship
Feel listened to and validated
Be empowered to identify their own priorities
Identify strengths and inner resources
Develop and move towards achieving personal goals
Gain information about other resources that may be available
Examples of some issues women see our counsellor for include, but are not limited to:
Experiences of trauma
Depression and anxiety
Grief and loss
Family and relationship issues
Counselling & support for women who have survived child sexual assault
At Wagga Women’s Health Centre we offer individual counselling services and groups for women who have experienced sexual abuse as children. The Centre is committed to working with women to support them in discovering ways of healing and working with their experiences of child sexual abuse.
All Centre programs provide:
A safe environment
What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child sexual abuse is a CRIME.
It is estimated that one in four girls and one in seven boys will experience some form of sexual or indecent assault before they reach the age of 18 years. In most instances of child sexual assault the perpetrator will be known to the child, most commonly being a family member, family friend or trusted community member. The perpetrator will usually use a number of strategies to make the child believe the violence is their fault or that telling will lead to something terrible happening. Rape and Domestic Violence Service Australia 2016.