Abuse and Trauma Counselling

Counselling at Interact is able to help those who have or are suffering from Trauma and Abuse. A specialization in assisting people who are experiencing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is available.

This counselling is appropriate to those who have experienced past traumatic incidents where abuse may or may not have been attached to the incident. These experiences may have impacted so deeply that memories, sounds and sights associated with the past trauma can block that person's ability to get on with their life. For some the trauma is still a current experience. Counselling can assist a traumatized person with early interventionto establish strategies and plans to maximize immediate safety, resourcing the person with other appropriate community help and information where necessary. Counsellors will work alongside victims of trauma and abuse and with other family members where appropriate to support their recovery.

Anger management counselling is available to individuals and couples. Anger is often considered to be a negative emotion which can be damaging and harmful if allowed expression. Whilst anger can contribute to the use of aggressive and destructive behaviours it is important to remember that anger is a normal emotion that may be constructive enabling us to deal with conflict and problems is a safe manner.

 Common issues and themes associated with anger management which Interact Counselling Services can assist you with include:


  Learning the difference between constructive expressions of anger and when expressions of anger become damaging, dangerous, frightening and unsafe.
  How to use anger constructively and safely to aid in the resolution of problems.
  Exploring how our learnings from family, school, the workplace, movies and the media may influence the ways we use anger.
  Teaching strategies and skills in defusing potentially explosive situations.
  Teaching strategies and skills in assertive behaviour in place of aggressive behaviours.

Interact Counselling offers specialist help in depression, stress or anxiety problems


Arguing Too Much


I just want to be listened to.


I'm sick of the constant arguing. It seems like my opinions don't count.


It makes me feel angry and unimportant. We never used to argue.


I don't even know how it changed - but I don't want to keep going like this.


Can you help us?


Counsellors at Interact listen to both of you. We understand that you may each have very different views about the probems you are experiencing. Counselling is not about determining who is right or wrong but aims to help couples understand each other better and open up the communication between you.


This can lead to finding solutions to your problems, reducing arguments and increasing respect.


Couple Counselling

Couple counselling is extremely beneficial for those wishing to enhance and maintain a healthy and safe relationship. Common issues that couples bring to counselling include:-

  • Respect for and acceptance of differences in the way we think and run our life
  • Re-igniting passion and zest in relationships
  • Learning to maintain good feelings for each other
  • Finding creative and safe ways of working through conflict
  • Learning to communicate directly, assertively and respectfully to each other on wants and needs

If you are feeling depressed you can get help with our trained counsellors, enquire here for a confidential discussion.

Domestic and Family Violence

Counselling can help people who are experiencing violence and abuse in their
family relationships where a person is in fear of their partner or other family
members and where children are at risk of violence or witness violence in their
The following behaviours are examples of Domestic Violence:-
Physical abuse such as pushing, shoving, slapping, hitting, punching, biting or pinching.
Threatening to hurt you, your relatives, friends or work colleagues in some way.
Damaging property such as furniture, the house or pets in order to frighten and intimidate you.
Forcing you to have sex or to take part in sexual acts when you do not want to.
Depriving you of the necessities of life such as food, shelter, medical care and the company of
other people such as your family and friends.
Criticising, humiliating and insulting you, your friends and family.
Denying you access to necessary financial support for you and your children.
Restricting where you go and who you see.
Following you in public, by car or on foot.
Staying outside your house or workplace against your will.
Repeatedly phoning, or texting your phone or workplace without your consent.
Doing things which upset you and make you fear for your safety.
Counselling can help people to access appropriate help and assistance with
approved domestic violence services in the community to ensure safety for
themselves and their families. As well as this, ongoing counselling support can be
provided for individuals and family members at Interact.
Counselling is also provided to perpetrators of domestic violence who acknowledge
their need to change their abusive behaviours and attitudes of control in order to
find and establish safe and respectful ways of thinking and behaving when they
are angry or stressed.

Employee Assistance

I am a business owner/director and from time to time find some of my employees
severely stressed often due to external issues and/or work pressures. These
stresses then adversely affect their work performance and effect productivity. Are
counsellors at Interact Counselling Services trained to assist such persons? As an
employer, I am willing to finance some counselling sessions to assist my employees
and thereby assist my business as well.
Counsellors at Interact Counselling Services are highly trained to assist persons
with personal, emotional and relationship issues that may affect work
performance. Interact enters an agreement with business owners which provides
assistance to employees whilst safeguarding their confidentiality to maximize
successful outcomes for both parties. Costs are negotiated between Interact and
the individual business.

Family Counselling

Family counselling is available to those who wish to find new and better ways to relate to each other in a safe and respectful environment. Common issues that can be addressed at Family counselling includes:

  • Parents and children learning to communicate more effectively with each other, so that family members can enjoy a freedom of expression about matters of concern.
  • Understanding the different roles family members have and how expectations and hopes can influence relationships.
  • Adapting to the changes occurring in family life as children grow up.
  • Dealing with and adapting to family circumstances changing.
  • Negotiating differences and responsible limit setting enabling family members to feel safe, accepted, loved and cared for.

While talking to family members and friends can help us get through difficult times, counselling offers an opportunity to talk
with someone who is not involved with the problem, and who can help you to discover some different ways of looking at things. Talking can help us better understand ourselves and others and find more constructive ways to respond to the situation.

At times it comes over me like a wave. I don't know where it comes from but I feel intensely sad.
If asked what's wrong, I can't find an answer - I'm confused about things like "Who am I?",
"What am I doing with my life?", "Why aren't I happy?". I store these thoughts inside
and get few answers. Sometimes I can pinpoint sadness to a recent incident or feeling of
loss, other times it's a mystery, but it seems to paralyse me when it happens.
Is this normal? Is there any hope?
It is quite common to have feelings of sadness from time to time. These feelings are usually connected to sad
events and losses in people's lives. Intense sadness can be linked to hidden losses sometimes from the past
or be associated with some level of depression and anxiety about events and life. Talking with an
experienced counsellor can be useful in feeling understood and listened to as well as finding answers and
making sense of sadness and its sources. This can lead to an opportunity for a person to learn effective ways
of managing and coping with problems whether they are losses, relationship tensions or issues of feeling

Grief and Loss Counselling

Counselling can be highly effective in helping people who are experiencing losses. Losses can include the death of someone we have loved or it may be a pet who has had a special place in our lives. It can also include the loss of a relationship, a job or career. Grief can occur as we respond to changes in our lives which involve giving up something that has been important to our lives.

Grief and loss counselling helps people work through the feelings of despair, hurt, pain and confusion that are often associated with loss. Counselling can help people to find hope and new confidence in facing life again.

Individual Counselling is an option for those preferring a one to one counselling interview. Interact counsellors have expertise to help individuals with issues relating to:

  Difficulty in forming and maintaining relationships
  Low self-esteem
  Managing and understanding anger and stress
  Loss and grief
  Post Traumatic Stress
  Sexual, Psychological and Physical Abuse
  Personal Problems
  Work Related Problems



At times I get so stressed and anxious about doing normal things. Things like
going places and mixing with people. Things that I used to find OK but now seem
too hard. When this happens, I start to panic, get frightened and lose all
condifence in myself. It is easier then to avoid doing these things or not go to
places I usually would or should. I'm embarrased to tell others about this and
keep it to myself, but then I sometimes feel I must be going mad or something.
Can someone help me with this?
Counsellors at Interact will listen to you and believe how distressing it is for you. They can also
help you to understand your stress and anxieties and where they come from. They can then
assist you to find ways of managing your anxiety and rebuilding your confidence in a step by step
process so that you can feel less fearful and re-engage with activities and the people you want to.

I always knew that my partner wasn't a really talky person, but we st ill enjoyed lots of t imes talking about things we liked and did together, but over t ime it has seemed to dry up. It 's like we have developed our own separate interests. For me, I really need to find someone who I can talk to and be listened to. Although we spend a lot of t ime together, I feel very lonely inside. I don't even know what my partner feels most of the t ime because we don't talk!
Loneliness and the desperate need to communicate to another close friend or partner is a very real dilemma when people stop talking. Counselling can help couples to understand how their communication pattrn has changed over time. This can also pinpoint any areas of discontent, hidden resentment or a loss of interest in each other that may have formed the problems which need to be resolved. Talking comes naturally to some and less so to others. At the beginning of relationships, passion and newness often encourages talking even with "non talkers". However, when relationships settle down, talking is a function that has to be practiced regularly to maintain connections to keep relationships, interests and feelings alive. Counselling can assist
couples to rediscover and develop the art of talking and listening.