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Youth Counselling Service

Singleton Council has partnered with Evolve Psychology Service to provide a specialist therapy service to young people 24 years and under.

Why use the Psychology Service?
Young people can receive assistance with issues such as depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, anxiety, panic attacks, bullying, stress, grief and loss, self-esteem, trauma, sleep, substance use, adjustment issues and behavioural management.

How does it work?
Psychologists are bound by strict rules of confidentiality, and will discuss this with people that they work with in the first session or prior.

Sessions are generally 50 minutes.

Sometimes it is helpful for a parent to attend at least the assessment session especially for young people less than 16 years of age.

A general package of care can usually last between 4-6 sessions.

Where and when are the sessions held?
Sessions are conducted at Singleton Youth Venue, corner of Pitt and Bathurst Streets. The Counsellor is available for appointments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Is it free?
This is a free service however; it may mean visiting your doctor for a referral.

Who conducts the sessions?
Moira Sylvia is the Principal Psychologist’s and she conducts all sessions.

Moira is an AHPRA registered psychologist and has extensive experience working with people who have presented with a range of mental health issues. She is passionate about helping people lead satisfying and fulfilling lives.

Moira is an effective practitioner in the assessment and application of evidence-based interventions. Therapeutic modalities include, but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Dialectical Behavioural Therapy; and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Moira works from a holistic perspective believing that happiness and wellbeing involves optimal mental and physical health.

Why is Council providing this service?
In developing the Singleton Youth Strategy the community consultation identified some of the keys issues our youth are facing are bullying (cyber and face to face), body image, pressure to achieve, navigating difficult relationships with peers, family and figures of authority, mental health, gender and sexuality, family breakdown, school disengagement and sense of identity. It was also identified there is a service gap in Singleton for youth mental health support services.

Often problems can be worked through with the support of family and friends, but sometimes people may need the special skills of a psychologist. Psychological treatment is a very effective way to get help to deal with life’s problems.

This service is delivered in line with Councils Delivery Program and Our Youth Engaged Empowered Included Strategy 2015 action plan.

All bookings are in confidence, please contact Moira Sylvia by email or by phoning 0404 377 233.
Please note this is not a crisis service.

In an emergency please phone Triple Zero '000' or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290