If you or a family member has received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, we understand that it can be an overwhelming and distressing time.
Whether you have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s or have been living with the condition for years, there is much to be gained in talking to our professional Parkinson’s WA Counsellor.
The Counsellor offers a confidential and supportive space to talk things through and uses evidence-based assessments and treatments.
The Counsellor can assist in a range of issues including:
- Information and support around coping with a Parkinson’s diagnosis
- Coping strategies to manage the emotional and cognitive impacts of Parkinson’s
- Changes in mood, thinking and adjusting to physical impacts
- Disclosing your Parkinson’s to others and responding to others’ reactions
- Changes in work roles, employment and vocations
- Changes in roles, relationships and family dynamics
- Treating depression and anxiety
- Managing cognitive changes such as memory, processing, attention
- Maintaining your sense of self and identity
- Self-management and achieving your goals.
- Carer/partner/family stress or concerns
Cost $20 (inc. GST) per session
If you have any questions regarding the counselling service, please discuss
this with your Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist or alternatively, call Parkinson’s WA
on (08) 6457 7373
Currently our Counsellor Service is unstaffed and we are in the recruitment phase with a view to maintaining the service going into the future.
We are aware that this service has become a valued resource for people living with Parkinson’s and their families and we will continue to take referrals through the main office and deal with them when we are fully staffed. If the need is urgent, we encourage you to enquire about a Mental Health Plan access support via your GP’s referral network.
If you need urgent support, contact:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Mental Health Emergency Response Line on Metro 1300 555 788 or Peel: 1800 676 822
- In an emergency, call 000
Thank you for your patience and understanding.