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Family and relationship counselling

Family and Relationship Counselling

Relationships with children, partners and other family members can be challenging and stressful.

Bethany Community Support provides family relationship counselling to individuals, couples and children. Our counsellors are compassionate, experienced and fully qualified.

In your counselling sessions, we will help you explore, understand, and possibly change, aspects of your life and relationships. The aim of the program is to promote positive change, assist in problem solving and reduce stress.

Counselling can be helpful to:

  • address communication issues
  • deal with difference and conflict
  • assist with concerns about family relationships
  • improve child–parent relationships
  • cope with separation and loss
  • overcome trauma and related challenges
  • improve self-confidence.

We also offer parenting programs to learn about how you can support children after separation.

If you’re experiencing challenges with your ex-partner to manage contact with your children, you might consider Bethany’s supervised contact services.

    Who it is for

    Geelong Region
    Parents, children and individuals
    No Referral required

    How to access this service

    Call (03) 5278 8122 during business hours to talk with one of our team about our family and relationship counselling services, and to organise an appointment.

    Frequently asked questions

    Are these costs involved for Bethany’s counselling services?

    All of our family and relationship counselling services are free. 

    Do I need a referral?

    No, you do not need a referral and you do not require a mental health plan from your doctor. 

    Is there a waiting time?

    There may be a wait time of up to eight weeks. To enquire about the next available appointment call 5278 8122 during business hours and talk with one of our team

    Do you provide phone and online counselling?

    Yes, Bethany provide phone, online and face to face sessions. 

    Are sessions confidential – will my information be protected?

    Yes, counselling sessions are confidential between you and your counsellor. There are some circumstances in which we may need to discuss your information with others – your counsellor with explain this to you when you begin counselling. 

    Further resources

    Family Relationship Centre


    The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.

    The Lookout provides information, resources and services aimed at preventing and responding to family violence.

    1800 RESPECT is Australia’s national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. Call toll free on 1800 737 732.

    Your situation is unique, but you don’t need to struggle alone. We are here to help.