For the Counselling Therapists Section of PACFA's National Register

Counselling therapists in this section work cooperatively with people to develop responses to difficult life circumstances. Issues may include grief and loss, communication and relationship, work and career, stress, anxiety and depression, life transitions, parenting, self esteem, spirituality and difficulties caused by addictions, trauma and abuse. Counselling therapists provide their clients with a safe and caring environment, which may help clients gain insight and become aware of choices they did not initially recognise.

Counselling therapists work in a wide variety of settings, some in private practice, others in agencies, community centres or government departments. Some agencies and centres are funded or partially funded from sources other than client fees. Many counselling therapists relate their fees to the income of their clients.

There are many different styles of counselling represented in this Section. Some are more active, more structured or more long term than others. Counselling therapists encourage their clients to be active partners in the therapy process. Clients are encouraged to seek information about the style of counselling to be used. When appropriate, referral is made to a therapist with specialist skills.

All counselling therapists are guided by the codes of ethics of their professional associations and such codes conform to PACFA ethical guidelines. They all have training and experience to ensure that they are professionally capable and that their services are offered with responsibility and integrity.