New project is up and running

AS PART of our next installment of our mental health campaign, we explore the counselling services offered through Lifeline.

Since July this year, a counsellor and family therapist has offered face-to-face sessions with Warwick people.

Counsellor Janine Hills takes appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays at the office on Freestone Rd, and is also based at Stanthorpe one day a week.

"We take general counselling for individuals, couples and families," Ms Hills said.

"Generally people only have to wait a couple of weeks."

Appointments are necessary, and can been made through Ms Hills at 0409 204 200.

Federal government funding instigated the service this year for 12 months, and Ms Hills said she wasn't sure whether that would be extended or not.

"I was in private practice and said 'we need free counselling in Warwick'," she said.

"It's a new project, but it's time limited at this stage."

Ms Hills said there wasn't a limit to the number of sessions, and the type of counselling was determined depending on what the client needs.

"Usually a client will come from anything between 1-10 sessions," she said.

"Sometimes I'll refer them on to someone else who might work differently."

Anyone needing urgent counselling is urged to call the 24-hour Lifeline number on 131114.


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