Connections Counselling

"Lets build bridges together"
For couples, individuals and family therapy.

About Me

What do I offer

Hi, my name is Colleen, welcome to my site. The approach I like to take is one of empathy and non-judgemental.

About Me

What do I offer

My passion

Is to help people who are experiencing mental and emotional challenges in life. Listen without judgement and treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Colleen Nicholas, Dip. Couns.
Art Therapist Psychotherapist Counsellor

As a qualified counsellor I’ve been caring for couples, individuals and families within Western Sydney; Greystanes, Penrith and Luddenham.

We are all unique, just like our circumstances. During our sessions, I take the time to evaluate your situation and tailor an individualised program using recognised therapeutic approaches by psychologists and other professional counsellors. My aim is to help you equip yourself to take control and build back the crumbled bridges in your life.

As we uncover the workings of the human brain, new methods and techniques continue to be discovered. To ensure I can offer you the best possible counselling, I continually expand my skills and knowledge through workshops, seminars and training courses.

I am here for you. Please reach out to me by either phone, text or email. All conversations are confidential.

Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and bound by their strict Code of Conduct and supervision requirements.

Services

Counselling for couples, individuals and families

I tailor a caring, non-judgemental session each time, specific to your unique situation.

Services

Counselling for couples, individuals and families

Here is a list of my areas of expertise.

Personal Issues
Relationship Problems
Family & Parenting
Stress Management
Careers Counselling
Grief & Loss
Anxiety
Depression
Transitional Life Changes
Support Group
Art Therapy

Support Group

For parents, carers, relatives & friends of people with mental illness.

Who is this group for?

It’s for anyone who cares for or supports a person suffering from mental illness. You could be a parent, guardian, sibling, child or friend.

How can this group help me?

The main purpose of each gathering is to provide you with a safe place to meet other people experiencing similar challenges.

During each gathering, I will teach you important skills and strategies, to help you cope with the difficulties you face.

An information pack about mental illness will be provided and resources available.

 

Resources

Practical advice for you

Gathering knowledge in what you are facing is important. I'm constantly updating this page with new information, advice and resources that will enhance our sessions.

What is Art Therapy?

There are two aspects to Art Therapy.

“Art as Therapy” is about the process.  “Doing” the art is, in itself, therapeutic.  It’s a form of mindfulness.  The client is able to focus on the art and be completely present in the moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future.

“Art in Therapy” is looking for the deeper meanings in the artwork.  The therapist helps the client to tap into their unconscious – to become aware of the underlying issues that may cause difficulties in their life and their relationships. 

Who can benefit from Art Therapy?

Anyone can benefit from Art Therapy – children, adolescents and adults.  It can help people with anxiety, depression, physical and mental illness, grief and loss, changes and transitions, conflict.  Art Therapy can help individuals, couples and families.

Do I need to be able to draw?

No.  Art Therapy has nothing to do with artistic ability.  How you draw or paint is not important.  Art therapy is about what you feel while doing the art and the unconscious projections in your art. 

Find out more

Call me for a confidential chat or email me for more information about how art therapy can help you.

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Q & A

What is counselling?

Counselling is a professional, caring and confidential service offered to couples, individuals or families seeking assistance with personal issues or difficulties.

Q & A

What is counselling?

Counselling is a means of gaining support and guidance through challenging times.  It can help you to develop better, more effective coping mechanisms and strategies.

Through counselling, clients are able to explore their personal situations and problems with a professional who is empathic, impartial and non-judgemental.  Counselling can help you understand your situation and your problems within it.

Counselling does not provide magical answers or advice.  It helps you to explore yourself and find your own resolutions.

Confidentiality and its limitations

Confidentiality provides the client with safety and privacy. All information is treated as confidential, except in the following circumstances:

  • There is a mandatory duty to report the counsellor’s reasonable opinion of client self-harm or harm to others.
  • A statutory requirement, Court Order or a legal duty.
  • Your counsellor may discuss some aspects of your case with her professional supervisor, however, care will be taken to protect your identity.
  • Information may be given to another professional counsellor, a clinician or a medical practitioner as part of a  referral process.  Your consent will be sought before information is passed on.

Clients rights

As a client of a counsellor, you have a right to expect that:

  • You will be treated with respect.
  • You will receive a clear explanation of the service you will receive.
  • Your consent for any service will be sought prior to the service commencing and as it progresses.
  • You will receive an explanation about the nature and limits of confidentiality surrounding the service.
  • You will receive competent and professional service.
  • You will receive a clear statement about fees.
  • You will be clear about the outcome you and the counsellor are working toward.
  • You will receive an estimate of the number of sessions required to achieve the outcome.
  • You will not be exploited financially, emotionally, sexually or in any other way.
  • You will be shown respect for your cultural background and language tradition.

Code of conduct

Membership to the ACA (Australian Counselling Association) commits members to adhere to the ACA Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct includes the counsellor’s responsibility to the client, other counsellors, colleagues and the wider community

Responsibility to the client includes confidentiality, client safety and client self-determination.

It is important that you clarify any concerns you have with your counsellor at the commencement of your relationship.

If you have any concerns about a counsellor’s conduct, call the Australian Counselling Association on 1300 784 333

 

Talk with me

Call, text or email

What is important to me is helping people rebuild the broken bridges in their lives. Please reach out and talk to me by your most comfortable means.

Talk with me

Call, text or email

I am able to offer a number of locations that we can catch up and talk:

Greystanes NSW
Penrith NSW
Warragamba NSW

 

Feel free to reach out to me, Colleen, via your most comfortable means:

Phone: 0414 935 362

Email: [email protected]

Or if easier, please complete the contact form below and I will be in touch shortly.

 

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy & Copyright

I take your privacy seriously. Please read my privacy policy which also covers copyright information.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy & Copyright

Who we are

Connections Counselling is a registered business. Our website address is: http://www.connectionscounselling.net.au. 

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Contact Forms

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Resource material provided on this website is to compliment counselling sessions with clients of Connections Counselling. Each circumstance is individual and requires a tailored session. Connections Counselling recommends obtaining professional assistance to better support you in rebuilding the broken bridges in your life.