Life Enrichment Centre offers professional, caring, qualified and affordable psychological counselling services. We are passionate about empowering people to work through their own issues in a supportive and therapeutic environment.
Life Enrichment Centre provides focused psychological strategies to people referred by their GP with Mental Health Care Plans under the Better Access Initiative or ATAPS. For more information visit: www.health.gov.au
A qualified therapist will help you identify the outcomes you desire in a safe, friendly environment where you will be respected and valued, as you discover the steps needed to achieve a more fulfilled life.
Josie has an extensive background in psychological counselling, having worked in the government and private sector with adolescents, adults and young children. She has a passion for assisting people overcome the emotional and psychological obstacles that hold them back from achieving their full potential in life. She is also passionate about helping people recover from traumatic life events and assiting individuals and families to develop the skills they need to build and often re-build strong, healthy relationships.
After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1988, Josie worked in child protection for two years, and then in medical social work (trauma, mental health, maternity) for a further 10 years. From there she took on the role of full time lecturer and then program coordinator at Queensland TAFE (Yeronga and Sunshine Coast) in the Faculty of Community Services for 6 years, delivering adult training in counselling skills, Mental Health care, crisis intervention and case management. During this time Josie continued on with further post-graduate studies and has completed her Masters Degree and Cert IV in Training and Assessment. Josie then accepted the position of Senior Student Counsellor at a large independent school on the Sunshine Coast where she worked with young people and families experiencing personal difficulties including family breakdown, low-self worth, bereavement, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues for a further three years. She founded Life Enrichment Centre in 2013, which she continues to manage. Josie is also a consultant at 4D Training Institute.
Josie has been recognised as having significant skill and insight in dealing with a large range of adolescent issues, family and relationship issues, as well as goal setting and motivation (see testimonials). She is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and holds Advanced Accredited status with the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Alison is an experienced registered psychologist, wife, and mother of three children. She has had experience in both the public and private sector. She strives to offer a compassionate, caring and empowering counselling service. Her style is empathetic and supportive, while reframing and asking helpful questions to empower her clients to make their own decisions and identify their strengths and hopes for the future.
Alison graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor Psychology (Honours) in 2002. She worked in Disability Services in the government sector for 12 years. This experience provided her extensive expertise in conducting assessments, writing reports, working in partnership with a team of professionals, advocating for clients, and collaborating with the client, their families, carers, and services providers.
Alison commenced private practice in 2010 and has provided counselling to children, adolescents and adults. This is something that Alison is very passionate about. She takes a strengths based approach and uses a variety of treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Some areas Alison can assist with include:
All sessions are by appointment only Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm Thursday 10:00am - 7:00pm.
Telephone and Skype counselling also available.
Medicare rebate is available for clients referred to Life Enrichment Centre by a GP in accordance to the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative. Please provide all necessary referral forms or letters upon first consultation. Payment can be made in advance on line or at the time of the appointment. Eftpos facilities are available on site.
Nambour Office - Level 1/38 Queen Street Nambour
Maroochydore Office - 186 Wises Road Maroochydore/Buderim (Lifepointe)
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If you have a concern about the management of your personal information, please inform the Director. Upon request you can obtain a copy of the Australian Government’s National Privacy Principles, which describes your rights and how your information should be handled. Ultimately, if you wish to lodge a formal complaint about the use of, or access to, your personal information, you may do so with the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner on 1300 363 992, or GPO Box 5218, Sydney, NSW 1042.
Life Enrichment Centre is committed to protecting the privacy of our clients. As a client of the Centre your privacy is protected under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the policies of the Centre. This means that all information supplied by you to the Centre will be treated as confidential and can only be released in the following situations: It is subpoenaed by a court or It is considered by the therapist that failure to disclose the information would breech duty of care and place you or another person at risk of harm You provided written consent for the release of specific information in order to: a) Provide a written report to another professional or agency e.g. Health professional , lawyer b) Discuss the material with another person e.g. a parent , employer, case worker. Your Personal Information In order to provide effective counselling services, we need to collect some personal information. This usually include s your name, address and contact details, date of birth, marital status, number of children you have, as well as details of issues you would like to discuss with a counsellor . Clients’ files are kept in a secure location. In order to maintain a service with a commitment to best practice standards and requirements with the counsellors accrediting body, aspects of your sessions may occasionally be discussed during regular professional supervision . The purpose of the supervisions is to enhance the quality of care you receive. How we use your personal information Information is documented regarding what happens during sessions. This enables the counsellor to ensure the provision of a focused and purposeful session. Information is only considered to be personal information if the identity of the individual is apparent or can be reasonably ascertained from the information. Your personal information may be used in order to compile statistics such as the number of clients we see on a monthly basis, the number of males/females, the ages of clients counselled etc. This information may be used to administer, manage or further develop our services.
Q. What is the difference between a psychologist, a social worker and a counsellor?
A. The term “counsellor” has become a very widely used role description. Anyone, even without adequate training, can call themselves a counsellor. Social Workers and Psychologists, however, must have completed extensive university studies and training. A Social Worker with current accreditation with their National Association must achieve a strict standard of practice and must demonstrate a commitment to ongoing training and development. Registered Psychologists must meet and abide by the strict criteria and guidelines set by the relevant registration body in their state. Mental Health Social Workers must meet strict requirements for current knowledge and expertise in mental health clinical practice. Both Psychologists and Social Workers will also go by the title “counsellor” or “Therapist”.
Q. Do I need a referral to see a counsellor?
A. Yes and No. If you intend to claim a medi-care rebate on your counselling sessions, you must provide a GP referral upon your first session. If you are a full fee paying client you do not need a referral.
Q. How do I go about making an appointment?
A. You can make an appointment via email or phone. Simply contact Life Enrichment Centre on the contact number provided on this website, or write a quick email using the contact form below
Payment must be made in advance of the session, either on-line or at the time of the appointment. Eftpos is available.
Q. How long does a session last?
A. A usual session lasts between 50 minutes to one hour, unless otherwise arranged in advance.
Q. What kind of treatment strategies does Life Enrichment Centre use?
A. LEC uses a wide range of evidence-based treatments which have been found to be highly effective. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Counselling, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Interpersonal Therapy.
Q. How often will I need to come?
A. Depending on the issues being addressed, generally appointments are made on a weekly basis to facilitate the best possible outcome, though this may change depending on the issue.
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