What is counselling?

Counselling is working out your personal concerns with the help of a trained professional. The counsellor helps you to resolve your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness. Counselling is usually a short-term treatment for a specific problem.

How are our counsellors different?

Open Arms counsellors and staff have an understanding of veteran and military culture that assists them to deliver specialised support and care to members of this community.

What can Open Arms counsellors help you with?

Open Arms counselling take a tailored approach to work with you enhance your mental health and wellbeing. Common concerns include: 

  • Relationship and family issues
  • Transitioning to civilian life
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Sleep difficulties
  • PTSD
  • Alcohol or substance misuse.

Together, we can find effective solutions to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

When might you seek counselling

If you, or someone you know is feeling or behaving differently for an extended period of time and experiencing the warning signs below, it’s time to talk.

  • Feeling stressed out, on edge or flat
  • Withdrawing from social events
  • Losing interest in intimacy
  • A general sense of nervousness
  • Feelings of panic or being overwhelmed
  • Frequent distressing thoughts or memories
  • Feeling irritable, angry or aggressive (including road rage)
  • Changes to sleep patterns
  • Difficulties falling or staying asleep
  • Regular nightmares
  • Increased conflict in relationships, including with children
  • Difficulties concentrating or managing everyday tasks
  • Increased or excessive use of alcohol (including binge drinking)
  • Abuse of prescription or illegal drugs
  • Avoiding social activities and friends
  • Loss of interest in activities that were important or enjoyable before, including intimacy
  • Physical symptoms including headaches unrelated to an existing injury or illness, or unexplained aches and tension
  • Difficulty coping or planning ahead, or continuing day-to-day activities
  • Reduced self-confidence
  • Feeling unsafe for no apparent reason
  • Thoughts of hopelessness or suicide

Call us

To learn more about Open Arms and how we can help you, call 1800 011 046.

Anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, as well as their families are eligible for Open Arms counselling.

A step by step overview of what to expect

Open Arms offers free and confidential counselling, in some circumstances we work with DVA or the ADF.