Someone to talk to and give advice
When it comes to dealing with life’s difficulties, Rochelle Carr knows the value of counselling.
The Grafton woman and her daughter have both sought help from Home and Family Counselling in Mt Eden.
“I walk out feeling like: ‘Yeah, I can handle it’. It’s really positive,” she says.
Ms Carr came to the service four years ago after a domestic violence incident forced her to take out a protection order against her former partner.
The service was offered to her by police after the incident and she decided to go along for a 10-session programme.
It was so beneficial, she decided to keep going.
“I wanted to have a more all-round look at myself. It really was good.”
When her daughter Maia, 9, started having trouble dealing with her friends, she took her along to Home and Family as well.
“I wasn’t at that stage able to give her 100 percent help. I knew it was going to make a huge difference to her selfesteem.”
Maia says the first time she went, her counsellor got her to do paintings and later on she wrote stories as well.
“The strategies helped me to deal with my friends. I knew I had other friends to play with.”
Ms Carr says although Maia’s situation didn’t change immediately, she learned new strategies for dealing with her peers.
Both benefited from being able to talk to someone professional and impartial about what they were going through.
“It gives a really fresh perspective and helps me think up different ways to look at things. It taps into more resources in me. Everything feels more positive,” says Ms Carr.
She encourages other people going through difficult times to use the service.
“It doesn’t have to be that bad for people to access it. It’s not an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, it’s the ropes that support you as you climb down the cliff.
“It’s support you know you can fall back on.”
Home and Family Counselling is celebrating Counselling Awareness Week, which begins on Monday and runs until June 15.
Director Mary Gray says the organisation is keen to promote counselling as a way to keep people from ending up in desperate situations.
“People react to trauma, stress and grief in many ways. Some lash out, some bottle it up and end up in depression or suicide. Many relationships are ruined because people haven’t coped.”
Home and Family Counselling is holding an open day at its Mt Eden branch, 344 Mt Eden Rd, on June 11, from 1.30pm to 6pm.
There will also be an open day at the Northcote branch, 2A Seaview Ave, from noon to 2.30pm on June 12. No appointments are necessary.
Helping hand: Rochelle Carr and her daughter Maia Carr Heke, 9, have both benefited from Home and Family Counselling.