USC Counselling and Wellbeing Clinic - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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USC Counselling and Wellbeing Clinic

The USC Counselling and Wellbeing Clinic – in the heart of Nambour - provides psychological and emotional support services to the Sunshine Coast community. It also functions as a clinical supervision facility for our counselling interns. Interns working at the clinic are in the final year of their undergraduate or post-graduate studies. The USC counselling programs are fully accredited by the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

The clinic has an overall positive growth focus. This means counselling interns are trained to use evidence-based wellbeing enhancing interventions, such as mindfulness, self-compassion, gratitude practices and creative arts for self-expression.

All clinical work undertaken at the Counselling and Wellbeing Clinic is supervised by highly experienced counsellors, who are qualified to supervise by their professional associations. The clinic has been developed and is managed by the USC School of Social Sciences.

The clinic is located close to the station in Currie Street, Nambour, and operates three days per week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9am to 4pm, with a last appointment at 3pm.

How can we help?

The clinic’s focus is on the delivery of person-centred, strengths-based counselling. We tailor our therapeutic approach as much as possible to the needs of the individual with whom we are working. We recognise that the relationships we build within counselling are a significant component of success and, as such we work strongly towards building collaborative outcome-informed relationships.

Sessions are provided to individuals, couples and families experiencing a range of issues and concerns that might include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Life Transitions and adjustments
  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Parenting
  • Anger Management
  • Alcohol and drug misuse

Interns may work with a wide range of clients, including individuals, people in relationships, families and groups. Children and young people may be seen jointly with their parents, carers or guardians, or on their own, according to the agreement formed between the intern, client, and responsible guardian.

Interns may work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and will be aware of the importance of understanding and working within their clients’ worldview, and of seeking advice from cultural consultants.

Interns may work with clients who identify as LGBTIQ+ and their families, using a person-centred approach. Cultural competence and multicultural practice are key skill sets interns will be further developing while working at the clinic.

Interns are trained to provide evidence-based interventions in the interests of client safety and effective treatment, and will provide service from a pluralistic platform, using a range of counselling approaches and modalities in their work with clients, based on their training, including:

  • Couples and family Counselling
  • Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Humanistic-experiential therapies
  • Integrative / pluralistic counselling
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-centred counselling
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy

Make an appointment

All clinical services are offered free of charge, including telephone and/or online counselling services.

Appointments are available on Tuesday through Thursday between 9am and 3pm. Appointments are made by contacting the clinic reception during office hours on: +61(0)458 811 220 and asking for a Counselling appointment.

Alternatively, you may wish to email counsellingclinic@usc.edu.au  with your contact details and a staff member will contact you for an intake interview.

Exclusions

USC Students and Staff

The Clinic is mindful of potential dual relationships and conflict of interest between clinic interns and staff and University staff and students, therefore the Clinic is not able to provide services for USC staff members, immediate family members of USC staff and students enrolled in any of the counselling programs.

Severe and / or complex problems

The Clinic is unable to provide treatment for individuals who have complex and / or severe problems such as psychosis, significant suicide risk, violent or criminal behaviour and personality disorders. Individuals needing treatment for these difficulties will be advised about appropriate services.

Referrals

The Counselling Clinic accepts referrals from a wide range of health care professionals and organisations. Referring professionals may phone the clinic or may provide a written referral using either their own format or by using a Clinic Referral Form which the clinic can provide on request. Members of the public are welcome to contact the Clinic directly, without a referral, to request an appointment.

Consultations

A standard consultation is 50 minutes.

Waiting list

The Clinic aims to keep waiting lists to a minimum and clients are given an appointment as quickly as possible. Waiting list times vary throughout the year and referring professionals will always be given an estimation of the waiting list when they first contact the clinic.

Child minding

The clinic does not have child minding facilities and does not allow children to remain unaccompanied in the waiting room. Therefore, clients are asked not to bring their children with them unless the children are participating in a therapy session.

Cancellation policy

If you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment, we would appreciate notification as early as possible by phoning +61 0458 811 220 or sending a cancellation email to counsellingclinic@usc.edu.au