Our Client Stories


My Story

I was a mess when I started working through my anxieties and fears it became things I could control better than I thought - my thoughts and the things that go in my head. I put the negative energy to one side and put positive stuff in my life. Understanding my Dad has gone now so he can't hurt me anymore. I used to blame myself because it was me who was getting the beatings, but the counsellor helped me realise it was my Dad's fault not mine. They'll still be days where I think of him but I need to channel them into good things. I appreciate all the help from the counsellor, she's been amazing I couldn't have got through it without her. She helped me look at things differently. If it wasn't for my counsellor I could have seen myself ending my life because the pain was too much. I was blaming myself and now I'm not.


Our Story

We had a clear understanding of how the counselling sessions would work and felt very comfortable commencing. Our counsellor was excellent and deducing issues that needed to be worked on and how to enhance communication skills with my partner. We were able to initiate difficult conversations with her help and we felt that she always validated our perspectives and love toward each other. We began to understand that we are a team, we handle situations as a team and we are on the same side. My partner and I came to Lighthouse counselling through a friend’s recommendation for premarital counselling. We wanted to discuss some cultural issues that shaped our understanding of each other’s expectations in the relationship. We have developed understanding and practical approaches of how to deal with conflict. In particular, I am learning how to manage my emotions and how to communicate respect towards my partner to break the cycle of disrespect and feeling unloved. We are still working on understanding and learning verbalising each other’s needs. I believe we have made more progress with our counsellor than if we were working on these issues without expert guidance. We loved that our counsellor was incredibly kind, understanding and empathetic, but most of all objective. She was always willing to hear reasons why we believed or felt a certain way, and often encouraged us to share our experiences. She really understood the cultural element and the role that this played in our lives and our relationship. We are more aware of how to deal with conflicting cultural views and practises.


Our Story

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My Story

I was struggling with coping with new disability which had affect my abilities to do every tasks, coping with returning to work with disabilities. Help me to express my thoughts and feelings around father's death and personal life situation. All of these events happened close together which caused me to suffer severe bouts of depression and anxiety . Giving me time to reflect on my feelings of loss and help me to go on a journey to help me move on and cope better.

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