07 July, 2011

Okay so lets get the issue right out in the open.  Some men do not think that counselling is a ‘male thing to do’ that it shows weakness, and is girlie.  Some would say that counselling does not fit the Aussie/ rural bloke image, you know with all that ‘feelings’ stuff!

You may be surprised to know that more men than ever are using counselling services and it is not always because they are being dragged there by their wives! Men are using their initiative to book appointments to speak to trained professional about their issues and concerns.

You don’t have to be a SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy) or Metro-sexual (you know the guys who use facial products) to think about using counselling.  The every day bloke just like you and your mates can benefit from counselling.

What you talk about in counselling is up to you.  It might be that you have been feeling low and are not happy, you might be having problems with the wife, someone close to you might have passed away, thinking about changing jobs, or feeling stressed in general.  There are no judgements in counselling and it is confidential.

A counsellor can help you to develop strategies and ways to cope with your problems, make decisions about where you will go from the current situation, or to just be there as an ear for you to talk about what’s on your mind. 

Also very important - not all Counsellors are women - there are men too.  You can choose a Male or Female counsellor; all are qualified and experienced in their field.  While not all of our branches have Male counsellors available for face to face counselling, we can organise telephone counselling with one.

Relationships Australia Queensland offers a wide range of services. Have a look at our Website for our full list of services and branches http://www.raq.org.au

Call us to see how we can help you.  Phone 1300 364 277.