The Byron Community Centre offers a free counselling service for clients and volunteers of the BCC.

What is counselling?

Counselling allows people to discuss their problems, hardships and emotions through regular meetings in a safe and confidential environment. People often seek counselling when they want to change something in their lives, or want to explore their thoughts and emotions in more depths.

Counselling can be helpful for anyone who is experiencing problems or wants to explore their emotions and way of thinking further. Some people may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they can’t speak to their friends, families or partners, or they simply want to speak to a professional with an objective point of view.

We encourage you to take advantage of our Community Counsellors for emotional and psychological support or just for a mindful mental health check-in. This service available free of charge to all BCC volunteers.

What is the role of a counsellor?

A counsellor is specialised in listening. Counsellors encourage their clients to talk about their issues with them in order to uncover underlying root causes and to identify certain ways of thinking. The objective is to help clients find a way of coping, see things more clearly and from a different perspective and ultimately to make a positive change.

Counsellors specialise in different areas like grief and bereavement counselling, abuse, depression, marital counselling or addiction counselling.

Make an appointment

Darcee M Refalo is available on Fridays 1:00 – 3:00pm at the Byron Community Centre. Text 0477 419 428 to schedule a call back to arrange an appointment. 

Louise Largier Gillespie is available Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:30 – 3:30pm. Text 0490 119 060 to schedule a call back to arrange a booking. As part of her internship, Louise is offering 4 free sessions per week at the Byron Community Centre.

Note: Louise will be away until the end of May and resume her sessions in June 2020.

Margie O’Sullivan is available as usual and continues with her existing clients. Text her on 0415 322 064 to schedule an appointment.