Free Counselling for people impacted by bushfires.
At Foundation Psychology we offer three free counselling sessions for people who have been impacted by the 2019/2020 bushfires. These sessions can be conducted online via video conference for any Australian resident. There is no need for a referral from a GP, simply call us to make an appointment on 9039 2177. After the three free (bulk billed) counselling sessions you are eligible for 7 additional Medicare subsided therapy sessions. Our bushfire counselling services are supported by Federal Government funding.
It is completely normal to experience a range of emotions if you are directly or indirectly affected by bushfires. These may be experienced a months after the actual fire, and may include:
Call us on 9039 2177 to organise a free appointment (via video, skype, Zoom or facetime). Alternatively, you can book an appointment online via the button below.
Bushfires and Trauma
The mental health impacts of traumatic events like the bushfire crisis can be huge, and long lasting. For people on the front lines, fighting fires or fleeing their homes, the danger is real and visceral. But for those further removed geographically from the fires, breathing smokey air and reading harrowing media reports can also be extremely distressing and triggering.
Everyone in Australia needs mental health support during this difficult time, and we’ve already seen many heartwarming examples of people looking out for each other, in the spirit of mateship.
But we must also remember that the impacts of this crisis will ripple out far beyond this moment. We need robust mental health support to be available not just during an emergency, but also well into the future.
For people with a history of trauma or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this is particularly important. These people can be incredibly resilient in times of crisis, and often step in to help others in need. But after the worst is over, the delayed impact on them can be significant.
Symptoms related to PTSD include:
Bushfire counselling services are available for all residents of Australia, especially directly impacted by fires in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. We’re particularly familiar with the situation that unfolded in Shoalhaven, Merimbula, Bright, Mount Buffalo, Corowa, Beechworth, Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma, Cobargo, Bega, Eden, Blackwood, Clunes, Metung and Lakes Entrance.
When looking after yourself a natural disaster, some basic skills can help you bounce back more quickly, including: