Torture Trauma Counselling
Aim of the Service
Many survivors of torture experience enduring psychological symptoms. Traumatic events can cause ongoing anxiety, a sense of helplessness, depression and sensitivity to reminders of violence. Often most profound is the sense of loss and grief for loved ones who have died or been left behind.
PCC has three Refugee Trauma Counsellors who specialise in providing counselling and support for those who have experienced torture and trauma prior to arrival in Australia as refugees or asylum seekers.
Eligibility is limited for those who have entered Australia on a humanitarian protection visa (refugee) or as an asylum seeker (seeking protection from persecution).
The term ‘refugee’ is generally used to refer to people who have arrived in Australia under the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Program. Most refugees living in Victoria have arrived through the Humanitarian Program. A broader definition of ‘refugee’ includes all people who have escaped situations of displacement, conflict and violence, so includes people seeking asylum in Australia or who came on a non-Humanitarian Program visa but from a refugee source country.
How to get an appointment
Anyone can refer themselves or refer another person (if consent is provided) to receive therapeutic support for issues relating to trauma prior to arrival in Australia. This can be done through our website at www.primarycareconnect.com.au/need-help/ or by emailing a completed referral form to intake on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a referral is received, the client will be registered onto our waitlist and contacted by a Refugee Trauma Counsellor as soon as possible to make an initial appointment for an assessment and to develop a care plan.
For more information you can contact a Refugee Trauma Counsellor on (03) 5823 3200.
Any other locations for appointments?
Outreach support is available in this program.
There are no costs associated with our Refugee Trauma Counselling Program.