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Behaviour Management

Do you need some assistance in managing or understanding behaviours you may be finding difficult?  If you or someone you support is exhibiting behaviours of concern, for example self-harm, aggression, or physical acting out, you might benefit from the expertise of a CHOICES Behaviour Consultant. They will work closely with you and your support network, including friends, family and paid staff, to provide assistance and reduce the behaviour of concern. All consultants are suitably qualified and experienced in delivering this service.

This process will vary for each individual but may involve some or all of the follow steps:

  • Getting to know the individual with the behaviours of concern
  • Observing the individual and their support network during daily routines
  • Speaking with people who support the individual including family, friends and paid support
  • Developing a plan and positive behaviour strategies in consultation with the individual and their support network
  • Providing training and support to those involved in the behaviour modification
  • Monitoring and review


For more information contact us on 6162 6100

Better Access – Bulk Billing Counselling Service

The Better Access Counselling program offers free, bulk-billing psychological counselling services to the Canberra community. Our highly experienced Psychologists and Mental Health Accredited Social Workers can assist with a range of issues including:

  • depression
  • anxiety and stress,
  • grief and loss,
  • diagnosed mental health disorders
  • chronic health conditions
  • alcohol and other drug use
  • sleep problems


To access this service you will need a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your GP. This entitled to 6 free sessions. If you require additional sessions you can re-visit your GP to access a further 4 free sessions.


For information and appointments call us on 6163 7600


Funded through the MBS (Better Access) initiative

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn is the provider of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for a number of community agencies in the ACT.


Employee Assistance Programs provide a free, voluntary and confidential counselling service for employees and their families. Our counsellors can assist in the prevention, early intervention and resolution of both personal and work related issues. EAP can assist you with:

  • Workplace conflict
  • Stress
  • Critical incidents
  • Workplace transitions
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Parenting issues
  • Separation or divorce
  • Loss and grief


Appointments are offered at both our Red Hill and Watson sites and can be made by speaking to your employer or contacting us on 6162 6100.

Family & Adolescent Counselling & Mediation Program (FACES)

FACES is a counselling service for teenagers & young people (between 10 and 21 years) their parents, family members and carers. FACES provides the chance to talk to each other in a supportive environment and can help you and your family to:

  • develop better your relationship
  • enhance communication skills
  • work through any individual problems which have an impact on your family.
  • learn new parenting and conflict resolution skills
  • resolve difficulties
  • talk about the loss of a family member through death, separation or divorce
  • re-define your roles in a changing family dynamic

CatholicCare FACES Counselors are skilled in individual and family therapy and have vast knowledge on issues that impact on families (pre and post separation), step-families and blended families.

There may be a fee associated with this service. For enquiries or to book an appointment call us on 6162 6100.


Partially funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services

Family & Relationship Counselling

CatholicCare’s Family & Relationship Counselling Service offers counselling to individuals, couples and families who are seeking support to deal with a range of issues including: building relationships, conflict resolution, improving communication, coping with change, step parenting and parenting after separation.


Our Family & Relationship counsellors are professionally qualified Psychologists, Social Workers or Counsellors. They are skilled in individual, couple and family therapy and vast knowledge of issues that impact family relationships.


Our counsellors can help you by:

  • Assisting you to explore your options to change
  • Supporting you while you implement changes to improve your relationship
  • Helping you as parents to provide ongoing support to your children
  • Helping you as individuals to minimise the pain should you decide to separate or divorce


This service is provided in the ACT, Goulburn, Bega, Moruya and Queanbeyan.


There may be a fee associated with this service, call us on 1800 068 698 for more information or to book an appointment.


Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services

NDIS Counselling

We have expanded our counselling services and now provide counselling to individuals with an NDIS plan. This service is available to anyone of any age and can support you in broad range of issues. Our team of qualified and highly experienced staff assist with psychological, emotional and life skills and help you develop personal resources and strategies to improve your wellbeing.


Appointments are offered at both our Red Hill and Watson Offices.


For more information or to book an appointment please contact 6162 6100

Next Step

CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn delivers the High Intensity Service of the Next Step program that provides free intensive psychological intervention for people with moderate to severe symptoms of a mental health condition.




About the High Intensity Service

The high intensity service (replacing ATAPS) builds off the low intensity model to provide more intensive psychological interventions to people with moderate to severe presentations. Interventions are delivered by trained mental health professionals. Interventions are provided across a 6 to 18 session basis dependent on the individual’s needs. Next Step provides services to adults, youth (12 -25 years old) and children under the age of 12.


The high intensity service does not replace Better Access. The service is designed to reach people who may not benefit from or who have barriers to accessing Better Access or headspace (youth), including:

  • underserviced groups
  • children and youth
  • people with financial barriers to gaining treatment

To be eligible for services, people must not be:

  • able to receive the support they require through Better Access
  • currently accessing psychological interventions through other services.


For high intensity services, clients require a GP referral, including a Mental Health Treatment Plan and referral form which can be faxed to 6100 9961 to be triaged and the intake team will contact you.

The level of triage completed will be determined by the level and detail of information provided on the referral.

Want to know more?

To make an appointment call (02) 62878090

For more information, visit: www.next-step.org.au


Parenting Support

CatholicCare’s Parenting Groups can help you strengthen your parenting skills to manage the variety of circumstances that can be thrown your way. Our groups also give parents the opportunity to share your parenting experiences and tips for managing challenging situations.


The 2 courses we currently offer are:

  • Bringing up Great Kids, a course for parents with younger children; and
  • Resourceful Adolescent Program for Parents (RAP-P), relevant to parents with children over 10 years of age.


There may be a fee associated with this service, contact us on 6162 6100 for further information.


Funded partly by the Australian Government Department of Social Services                                     

Relationship & Pre-Marriage Education

CatholicCare is a leading provider in Relationship Education in the ACT. Our highly skilled and experienced Relationship Educators facilitate relationship courses for couples, including those preparing to get married.  The 2 courses on offer are FOCCUS and REFOCUSS.


Facilitating Open Couple Communication Understanding and Study (FOCCUS)

The FOCCUS is a course for marriage preparation and is used by many priests, celebrants and educators who are helping to prepare couples for marriage. It can help you study, understand and communicate openly about many things that are important to your relationship. FOCCUS is not designed to predict marriage success or failure. It is designed to facilitate the process by which couples have an opportunity to explore the strengths in their relationship and the areas that they wish to develop further.


The REFOCCUS course is a marriage enrichment designed to help couples think about, understand and discuss their relationship. The course covers 6 major areas including;


  • Marriage as a process,
  • Intimacy,
  • Compatibility,
  • Communication,
  • Commitment and if relevant,
  • Ministry Marriages


REFOCCUS does not measure the quality of a couples’ relationship but helps affirm what is strong in the marriage and helps couples explore areas ready for growth and/or problem solving.


There is a fee associated with these courses. If you wish to register for the FOCCUS or REFOCCUS course please call 61626100, email an enquiry to info@catholiccare.cg.org.au or click here to submit your interest.

Speech Pathology


CatholicCare’s Speech Pathology service offers screening, standardised assessments, reviews, consultations, individual therapy and group therapy. The service also offers access to professional education sessions.


The service provides flexible, high quality, evidence based and person centred support to individuals of all ages in the following areas:

  • Speech sounds
  • Language (expressing themselves and understanding others)
  • Literacy (reading and spelling)
  • Voice
  • Fluency
  • Pragmatics and social skills
  • Using alternative and augmentative communication systems
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing


CatholicCare’s Speech Pathology services is NDIS registered. The service is also offered for a fee.


Please contact us on 6162 6100 for more information and enquiries.


CatholicCare Speech Pathology is NDIS registered.