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Counselling is not for me

By: Tanya Di Michele

Category: Health & Safety

  11.24 AM 23 December, 2014


Location: General

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While the Christmas season is often considered a time for fun and festivities, it can also be a stressful time too.

For many years now CFA has offered its members and families access to a Member Assistance Program.  A program that provides access to up to three confidential, face to face (or in some cases via phone) counselling; for any issue which may be impacting on their mental health or wellbeing.  The counselling sessions provided are solution focussed, aimed at working with individuals to develop strategies and solutions to manage and/or resolve their issues.

Many who have used the service have felt supported and better equipped to manage their issues by their third session.  It is not uncommon however for us to hear some people say “counselling is not for me”.  While counselling is a proven and effective way of managing mental health, we understand that not everyone will respond to this form of support. So, what else is there?

During the past year, CFA’s Member Assistance Program has offered an additional new service, an alternative to counselling.  It is known as Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR).  This method of intervention was first developed as a result of the findings which came out of communities recovering from the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

SPR is a skills based approach which primarily assists individuals in their recovery from trauma.  It can however equally be applied to pretty much any situation which might be impacting on an individual’s mental health.  So what does it involve?  Up to six phone consultations are provided; a qualified psychologist will work with you to identify an issue and provide you with tasks which will assist in developing skills to manage and/or resolve the issue. 

This may include:

  •         Building problem solving skills
  •         Promoting positive activities
  •         Managing anxiety, grief and loss
  •         Promoting helpful thinking
  •         Building and rebuilding healthy social connections
  •         Developing strategies to promote improved relationships
  •         Promoting work/life balance
  •         Building coping skills

So, during this festive season and into the New Year, when it comes to managing your mental health, and you get to step 3 (Take action), consider whether SPR might work for you.

For more information or to access this support, contact the Member Assistance Program on 1300 795 711.  You can also download the Member Assistance Program flyer here.

And don’t forget, CFA has a range of services and resources available to manage your mental health.  Visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth for more information.

Last Updated: 23 December 2014