The perinatal period, lasting from pregnancy to the first 12 months after giving birth can be a period of significant adjustment, for the mother and child and other family members. There are major physical changes, emotional changes, and often lifestyle changes associated with this stage of life. Sometimes women will also experience miscarriage during pregnancy, and the sense of loss associated with this can be significant. To support pregnant women, mothers of newborns, and their partners, during this potentially vulnerable time, AccessEAP offers counselling sessions provided by female psychologists specialising in perinatal counselling.
A diagnosis of cancer has a major emotional impact on most people. Many different emotions can surface, and this can have impacts on all areas of people’s lives. While there may be family or friends available to offer support, sometimes sharing distress with those who are close can be difficult and painful. It can help to talk to someone about upsetting thoughts and feelings without guilt or worry about burdening those who are closest.
AccessEAP work with Cancer Counselling Professionals NSW to offer counsellors who have specific training and knowledge about cancer. Employees can speak with a counsellor knowing that they won’t have to explain their diagnosis or treatment, which may be a great relief. Cancer is a difficult enough experience without having to launch into explanations for the untrained counsellor who innocently enquiries about various aspects of the diagnosis or treatment. People can instead focus entirely on themselves, how they are feeling, and what they need.
At AccessEAP we are aware of some of the challenges which you may experience as a part of the LGBTI community. Our counsellors will approach all and any experiences that you wish to discuss with respect, compassion, and acceptance. We believe that everyone has a right to feel safe and understood, regardless of sexual or gender identity. We also understand that many of the concerns that LGBTIQ employees bring to counselling are common to all people and are not related in any way to their sexual or gender identity. However, our counsellors are also sensitive to, and continue to learn about, some of the unique challenges you may face as part of the LGBTIQ community.
If you have any preferences in relation to counselling, e.g. a counsellor who specialises in sexual or gender identity issues, or is a member of the LGBTIQ community, please make sure you mention this when registering for your initial appointment. This will help us to link you with a suitable counsellor.
AccessEAP recognises the significance of providing culturally sensitive counselling to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the workplace. Co-operation is part of our way of working together to provide culturally appropriate support, sharing knowledge in a respectful, confidential and safe space.
Support when you need it: 24/7 365 days.
Our Client Services Team members are available to speak with you. Please call to make an appointment between EST 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday or outside these hours for urgent requests. At AccessEAP our Cultural Wellbeing Team includes both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counsellors and Culturally Sensitive Counsellors. If appropriate our Cultural Co-Ordinator is able to assess and understand any individual circumstances and will work with you to identify the most culturally safe options for you or your organisation.
Together we find ways to provide culturally appropriate support that works for you, sharing knowledge in a respectful, confidential and safe space. Having a chat can help with the day to day challenges at home or in the workplace such as;
- Grief and Loss
- Dependency Issues