FREE counselling for school aged children
It is normal for children to feel afraid or overwhelmed during these uncertain times and some stress and anxiety is to be expected.
However, if you know a child who is finding the enforced adjustments to their lifestyle difficult or have concerns about returning to school, the Family Life counselling team is here to support them.
This service is aimed at school aged children, without a mental health diagnosis, who will benefit from a brief period of therapeutic support, generally three to six sessions, to assist them to overcome stress or anxiety resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
All Family Life’s counsellors use child-focussed and trauma informed therapeutic practices and always consider the issues and the individual in the context of their environment, experiences and family.
Who can access the service?
Counselling is available to families with a child living, or attending primary/secondary school, in the below listed local government areas who are unable to pay for sessions due to other competing demands.
Bayside, Glen Eira, Stonnington, Port Phillip, Dandenong, Casey, Cardinia, Kingston, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula. Priority access will be given to children aged 12 and under.
How much does it cost to access this program?
There is no cost to access this service.
Thanks to funding provided by the Australian Government under the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN), Family Life is able to provide these services, FREE of charge to children within the SEMPHN catchment (outlined above).
How can you access the service?
Anyone can make a referral to the service by contacting the SEMPHN Access and Referral Team.
A GP referral is not required.
Phone: 1800 862 363 (8.30am-4.30pm weekdays) and ask about the “Family Life Covid-19 Program”.
Note – in the Presenting Issues section of the form write “Family Life Covid-19 Program” along with any presenting issues.
How are the services provided?
Face to Face counselling sessions are carried out at our Sandringham and Frankston offices, for anyone that cannot attend one of these sites we offer sessions via a secure, online telehealth (video) platform or over the phone. During periods of restriction due to the pandemic all counselling is be conducted online, with Face to Face resuming as soon as the easing of restrictions permit.