01 Jul 2021

How counselling supports families of children with disability

At Xavier, our trained and experienced counsellors are here to support families of children with disability. But how can they help? To answer this question, first let’s take a look at the role of counselling.


What is counselling?

According to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA): “Psychotherapy and Counselling are professional activities that utilise an interpersonal relationship to enable people to develop self-understanding and to make changes in their lives.”


Counselling is delivered by trained and qualified professionals. In more simple terms, a counsellor is a trained professional that can help solve your personal problems. Professional counsellors help individuals explore and resolve issues that are interpersonal or personal in nature. They do so within the boundaries of a clearly drafted and principled relationship.

The difference between counselling and psychotherapy

Counselling is significantly different from psychotherapy in that the role of a counsellor is to focus on specific problems, helping you make changes in your life and fostering your wellbeing. Whereas psychotherapy is more concerned with restructuring the personality, helping develop deep insight and driving change.


Disability counselling

Counsellors will often specialise in certain areas where their knowledge and approach can help people the most. In disability counselling, your counsellor should have significant understanding and experience in disability and the impacts that it has on individuals with disability as well as the family unit.


Find out more about Xavier Counselling

If you’d like further information on how Xavier’s disability counselling service can support your child with disability and your family:


At Xavier, we’ve been providing disability support in Brisbane for over 70 years and we work with families throughout the greater Brisbane area to provide support and services that enable families of children with disability to live the best lives possible.