Choosing an Approved Counsellor
Victims Services has a list of counsellors who are currently Approved Counsellors under the Scheme. All of the Approved Counsellors on the list are qualified, private practitioners who provide counselling approved by Victims Services.
In order to become an Approved Counsellor, the practitioner must meet a number of criteria including a minimum of two years experience working with victims of crime as a registered provider. On a 3 yearly basis, to maintain their Approved Counsellor status, the practitioners must meet additional criteria, including demonstrated ongoing professional development.
In finding the right counsellor for you, please note that Approved Counsellors are required to provide Victims Services with information about any specialist training and clinical experience they have in working with different client groups or types of crime. This means that Approved Counsellors may have identified counselling specialties. Victims Services staff will take these into account when advising you about counsellors or when allocating counsellors on your behalf.
If you have any special requirements, for example you have a disability or the counselling is required for a young child, you can contact the Referral and Support team on 1800 633 063 or (02) 8688 5511 to discuss your requirements further.
If you are a qualified counsellor and wish to become a counsellor of Victims Services clients under the Approved Counselling Scheme please refer to 'Applying to become an Approved Counsellor'