The AIDS Action Council is proud to provide counselling services to people living with and/or impacted by HIV, and LGBTIQ people and their allies across Canberra. Our counselling services are a vital part of the ongoing support we provide for Canberrans.
We are funded to provide counseling free, for people living with and impacted by HIV, and for LGBTIQ people and their allies who have a current Centrelink, DVA or health care concession card. Members of the LGBTIQ community and their allies can also access our counselling services, with pricing set using a sliding scale based on personal income to ensure affordability for everyone. The scale will be $1 per $1000 of annual income, per session and capped at $120 per session.
Who can access counselling?
Westlund Counselling is for everyone. We welcome members of the community over the age of 16, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, religious belief or economic circumstances. Through counselling we provide assessments, support, advocacy and referral for a range of issues including but not limited to: coming to terms with your gender and sexuality, emotional and physical health, relationships, employment, education and accommodation.We specialise in providing counselling services to people:
- Living with or impacted by HIV
- Experiencing same sex domestic violence or homophobic violence and/or discriminiation
- Same sex relationship issues
- Sexual identity issues
- Gender identity issues
- Allies and family members of LGBTIQ people
Counselling is provided free of charge for:
- People living with and/or impacted by HIV
- LGBTIQ people and their allies who hold a current Centrelink, DVA or health care concession card.
If you do not identify with the identities or the issues described above, we encourage you to contact our Counselling Team on 02 6257 2855 to find out how we can support you.
What can you expect?
Talking with a counsellor can help clarify a situation, lead to new understandings and identify ways of learning or relearning coping strategies.
Our counsellors offer a safe space, underpinned by professional and ethical boundaries, to explore why you came to counselling in the first place and to support you throughout this time.
Our counsellors take a holistic approach and you may be asked about your health and wellbeing in general, as well as the presenting issues.
To make an appointment call 02 6257 2855 or VISIT our office and speak to someone.
If you are concerned about the safety of yourself or someone else outside of regular business hours you can contact
- Lifeline Australia (13 11 14) - this service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- QLife Support Service (1800 184 527) - this service is available from 3pm until midnight
We welcome clients referred to our Counselling service. To refer clients to the AIDS Action Council Counselling Service, please contact us.
AIDS Action Council Counselling Services Model
The purpose of this document is to demonstrate the value and effectiveness of the AIDS Action Council’s community-driven counselling service model. The Council cares about the sustained and evolving wellbeing of people living with and impacted by HIV and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBT) community. Our counselling model adheres to the community-based evidence of what works for our clients. The needs of our community underpin our counselling model, service philosophy, therapeutic approach and staffing commitments.