Counselling

Personal Counselling

As well helping clients with financial concerns, Virtue and Partners have realised that the stresses of day to day living and coping can amount to life passing us by and a build up of stress, worry, fear to anxiety and depression. So we are pleased to announce that we now offer a “personal confidential counselling service”. This service is open to all clients, and their friends and family members.

Matthew Sutton is our Counsellor (and can be contacted on either 0403179702 or by e-mail). Matthew is a newly qualified counsellor with over 500 hours and three years experience helping people. He listens to your needs and helps you get a better clearer understanding of what’s happening in your life. Matthew is empathic, gentle, caring and flexible to work beside you. Matthew has had over 30 years experience as a financial adviser also. In recent years Matthew has worked as a fully qualified telephone counsellor with the Salvo Care Line and has facilitated “Facing Anxiety” Self-Help groups with the Mental Health Association of NSW.

Why would someone talk to a counsellor about their problems?
People often go to see a counsellor for help with an area of their life causing them distress. Often they have already tried to find solutions but are a bit confused. Talking to a counsellor provides a caring listening environment where you can freely share what is happening with no judgement. Through understanding a person’s problem areas we can then work on the variable options at hand and help you find a workable solution to help you live a more free and happier life. Often it is about learning and developing new skills and ways to manage our busy life that helps the most. Sometimes it is just about having a caring empathic person to sit with once in a while.

How does a client and counsellor relation work?

The space between the counsellor and you is called a therapeutic relationship space. This space provides the grounds to work together in trust, fairness, empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. This allows you to feel safe first and foremost. This relationship itself will help you understand your situation, see more clearly and improve the important relationships in your own life. It will also empower you to understand your life more fully and make significant and meaningful choices to enhance the quality of your life. In this space you will be safe, supported and validated.

Is this service confidential?

Yes, this service is totally confidential, non-judgemental and private. The only reason information might be disclosed to a third party is if you were at risk of harming yourself or another person as we are held by law to advise an authority.

What kinds of things can I talk about with a counsellor?


  • anything that concerns you
  • day to day living
  • meaninglessness,
isolation and
loneliness

  • separation
and divorce

  • alienation

  • trauma

  • relationship and family problems

  • anxiety and depression

  • mental illnesses and phobias

  • drug, alcohol and gambling addictions

  • work related problems

  • death, disability, grief and bereavement

  • motivation

  • referral to other specialised services


What kinds of skills could I learn to use?
  • interpersonal communication skills

  • conflict management and resolution skills

  • stress management skills

  • financial stress and resolution 

  • help with anxiety, stress and depression

  • mindfulness skills

  • relaxation skills

  • suicide prevention skills

  • self-help



How can counselling make a difference in my life?
Matthew is a newly qualified counsellor with over 500 hours and three years experience helping people. He listens to your needs and helps you get a better clearer understanding of what’s happening in your life. Matthew is empathic, gentle, caring and flexible to work beside you. Matthew has had over 30 years experience as a financial adviser also. In recent years Matthew has worked as a fully qualified telephone counsellor with the Salvo Care Line and has facilitated “Facing Anxiety” Self-Help groups with the Mental Health Association of NSW.

Special Self-Help “Facing Anxiety” Groups.

This will be a 12 week course in a group setting. 
This will follow the guidelines of the Mental Health Association of NSW.
This group will be run directly after work in the city.
The optimum size of this group will be no more than 10 people.
The aim of this group is to validate and empower you with new or reviewed tools and skills to help you face your own anxiety. Please email us for your interest in more information and joining a group.

Costs of services
  • Individual counselling 1 hour – $80.00
  • Individual counselling 2 hours – $130.00
  • Couples counselling 1 hour – $120.00
  • Couples counselling 2 hours – $200.00
  • Group therapy sessions – $65.00 2.5 hour

Virtue & Partners. Celebrating 25 years in the industry: 1990-2015.

Amalgamated Financial Services Pty Ltd T/A Virtue & Partners ABN 42 060 673 814 | AFSL 407238

Manly Office
Suite 107, 37-39 The Corso
MANLY NSW 2095

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