Psychology and counselling.

Caring support to help you understand, accept and manage your vision level.
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What does Psychology and Counselling involve?

Learn strategies to look after your overall health and wellbeing.

Experiencing a change in vision and adjusting to a new way of understanding the world can be difficult, but we’re here to support you through every step. From the moment you discover that your vision may change, we’re on hand to listen with empathy and guide you through your whole experience.

Throughout your initial feelings and beyond, we can support you to understand and accept your situation, address any barriers or concerns, and look after your overall health and wellbeing.

Please note Psychology and Counselling services are only available through Guide Dogs Queensland.

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Who can receive counselling?

Support for anyone with low vision or blindness: at any age, at any stage.

No matter how long you’ve had low vision, or the nature or extent of your low vision, talking to someone can help. Counselling can be beneficial for:

  • People adjusting to a recent change in vision
  • People experiencing a gradual change in vision
  • People with long-standing low vision or blindness
  • Carers, friends, and family members of people with low vision or blindness.
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Where do the sessions take place?

At home, in person, or over the phone. Wherever you prefer.

Before starting a session, we’ll find or create a safe place with you so that you feel comfortable, calm, and supported. Depending on your preference, counselling sessions can happen:

  • In your home
  • In a private space at one of our local Guide Dogs Centres
  • In conversation over the phone.
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How can counselling help?

Talk openly and honestly with someone who understands your story.

You can talk about anything you like, including any feelings, concerns, or challenges you face in experiencing a change in vision, or long-term low vision.

These conversations can help you to build strategies to overcome any difficult feelings and continue to live a fulfilling life. Plus, it’s always good to get things off your chest in a caring, supportive, and safe environment.

Counselling can support you to:

  • Understand and accept your change in vision or low vision
  • Develop strategies to cope with changes in your life
  • Improve your outlook and general wellbeing
  • Make plans for the future
  • Overcome concerns or challenges around your independence
  • Access additional information, resources, and support.

In addition to personal support in private sessions, counsellors can also suggest group programs you might find useful or enjoyable. These programs can give you a chance to share your stories and feelings with people in similar situations, and provide an opportunity to learn from—and support—one another.

Please note Psychology and Counselling services are only available through Guide Dogs Queensland.

How can I access this service?

Take the first step towards more confidence and independence.

Let’s get started. Where will you access this training and support?

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