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Counselling Melbourne

Counselling is valuable for individuals traversing life's challenges and transitions in the city of Melbourne. It’s not solely for those grappling with chronic mental health issues, but instead for anybody who needs some extra support or insight. It is supportive for anyone encountering hurdles, losses, or transformative changes. In Melbourne, where life's ebbs and flows mirror the city's dynamic character, counselling can offer the support necessary to move through the challenges of work, finances, family, love and loss.

Counselling at The Spring Clinic in Melbourne is a compassionate dialogue with a knowledgeable professional who can help you move through difficult emotions and thoughts. Through empathetic inquiry, your counsellor can ask helpful questions and offer valuable tools to help you to understand and cope with life’s challenges. Your counsellor will take a holistic approach whereby they consider the physical, emotional, psychological and environmental factors which may be contributing to or maintaining distress. Counselling at The Spring Clinic in Melbourne is accessible to individuals of all ages, races, religions, sexualities, genders and abilities and is supportive to anybody who is looking to gain greater resilience, joy and self-knowledge.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is an empathetic dialogue, where you can share and explore your thoughts, feelings and beliefs in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Counselling offers the opportunity to speak with somebody external to their life, whose interest and focus is in supporting the well-being and growth of that individual. 

It is often helpful to see a counsellor during difficult times of loss, confusion or change, as counselling can provide the insights and tools to help people cope. This might include counselling following a death, a breakup, divorce, career changes, the birth of children or a move. Counselling is also supportive in times of depression, anxiety, confusion about identity, gender or sexuality, and experiencing issues in relationships, workplaces or home.

Counselling differs from other forms of therapy such as psychotherapy or psychology, in that it is more focused on providing emotional support and gaining coping skills, rather than resolving mental illness. Visiting a counsellor may be short-term to address a specific issue or it can evolve into a long-term, supportive resource. During counselling sessions, you will be asked curious questions which will help you deepen your self-knowledge and comprehend yourself and others more clearly. Sometimes, a counsellor may guide you through or provide specific exercises, meditations or processes to help you manage challenging thoughts and feelings. The tools gained from counselling empower clients to better manage their stress and emotions outside of the counselling room, making way for better decision-making and relationship capacity.

Holistic Counselling in Melbourne

At The Spring Clinic in Melbourne, we offer holistic counselling which aims to understand and address the social, environmental, and psychological factors that contribute to suffering. Holistic counselling is based on the premise that experiences of sustained stress, sadness, anxiety or distress, are often caused and maintained by several factors within and outside of the individual. Therefore, resolving problems often necessitates taking the time to comprehend the specific causes of our suffering before we can make positive changes.

At The Spring Clinic in Melbourne, holistic counselling encourages clients to reflect on their lifestyle habits, the resources they do or do not have socially, their ways of viewing the world and processing emotions, and how these factors might be contributing to their challenges. A counsellor may make suggestions about what could be changed to improve one’s well-being, but ultimately, counselling focuses on supporting the client to make their own empowered decisions once armed with a deeper knowledge of their issues.

A Counsellor’s Support Through Life's Challenges

A counsellor can act as a compass for those standing at a crossroads in life, providing room to explore, express, and understand the myriad emotions that accompany challenges, losses, or transitions. At The Spring Clinic, our counsellors are compassionate and caring people who have the life experience and training to help others during times of difficulty.


Fundamental to counselling is a real human relationship where you can experience understanding and comfort, which is essential to all human beings during troubling times. Counselling at The Spring Clinic is founded upon the premise that everybody benefits from unconditional support and empowerment and that healing and flourishing are a natural outcome of receiving such care. Our counsellors help you to access your innate wisdom which can help you gain perspective on otherwise intractable problems.

How can Counselling Help?

A Person-Centred Approach to Counselling


At The Spring Clinic in Melbourne, Our therapists take a person-centred approach to counselling, where the only agenda is following your lead. The client-centred approach was developed by Carl Rogers, who understood that each individual is capable of growth and healing when provided the right conditions. Person-centred counselling enables these conditions through developing a genuine and empathetic therapeutic relationship where an individual can explore their thoughts and emotions freely. As Rogers says, “People can only seriously consider change when they are accepted for exactly who they are”. 

Person-centred counselling is based upon the principles of unconditional positive regard, authentic relating and empathic understanding. Receiving this kind of attention and care is an essential part of counselling, as many people have never experienced a relationship in this way. The counsellor’s priority is you and your well-being, and they will endeavour to be a companion to your worries, fears, griefs and confusion.

Carl Rogers Humanistic Approach

Rooted in Carl Rogers' humanistic philosophy, person-centred counselling operates on the foundational belief in the inherent potential for insight and flourishing within each individual. This approach, which places a profound trust in human nature, asserts that individuals possess an innate capacity for self-discovery, growth, and the realisation of their unique potential.

The therapeutic process of counselling is centred around fostering a genuine and empathetic therapeutic relationship. By creating a safe and non-judgmental space, the counsellor facilitates an environment where individuals can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences freely. This unconditional positive regard, a core tenet of person-centred counselling, provides the nurturing soil for the seeds of self-insight and personal growth to take root and flourish.

The humanistic underpinnings of person-centred counselling reject a one-size-fits-all approach, recognising and celebrating the diversity of each individual's experiences and perspectives. This approach encourages autonomy and self-direction, acknowledging that the individual is the ultimate expert on their own life. The counsellor acts as a supportive guide, offering reflections, questions, and insights to aid the individual's journey towards self-compassion, understanding, and resolution.

Person-centred counselling, with its emphasis on the intrinsic goodness and potential for growth within every person, aligns with the belief that, given the right conditions, individuals can embark on a transformative journey towards a more authentic and fulfilled existence.

The Principles of Person-Centred Counselling

Person-centred counselling, founded on the principles of Carl Rogers, relies on three essential conditions that form the bedrock of an effective therapeutic process. These three interwoven conditions create the fertile ground for a transformative therapeutic process. They are –

Unconditional positive regard: Your counsellor will accept and celebrate you as your are. In your suffering and challenges, your counsellor will not loose sight of the essential goodness in your nature and your commitment to growth.

Genuineness and Congruence: Your counsellor will be genuine and honest with you. They will be real and present in the relationship, which may at times mean that they challenge you on your ways of interpreting life.

Unconditional Empathy: In face of whatever emotion which may be arising or reflecting upon experiences of guilt or shame, your counsellor will remain empathetic to you. Empathy is the capacity to understand and validate the experience of another person.

Unconditional Support and Belief in Your Potential

Person-centred counselling operates on the fundamental belief that each person has an innate capacity for growth, self-discovery, and positive change. The counsellor provides unwavering support, irrespective of the individual's challenges or choices. This unconditional positive regard communicates acceptance and belief in the person's intrinsic worth and potential for personal development. It creates an environment where individuals feel encouraged to explore, reflect, and make choices aligned with their authentic selves.

A Genuine Therapeutic Relationship

In person-centred counselling, the cornerstone is the establishment of a genuine and authentic connection between the counsellor and the individual seeking support. This goes beyond mere professionalism; it involves a sincere and transparent interaction where the counsellor engages with openness and honesty. The aim is to create a safe, trusting space where the individual feels understood, accepted, and respected.

Empathy for the Unique World of Each Person

Empathy is a central tenet of person-centred counselling. It involves the counsellor's ability to step into the shoes of the individual, and to understand their experiences, emotions, and perspective without judgment. Through empathetic attunement, the counsellor communicates that the individual's feelings are valid and acknowledged. This empathetic understanding fosters a deeper connection and promotes a sense of being heard and valued.

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  • How Many Psychotherapy Sessions Should I Go To?
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  • How to Find a Therapist in Melbourne for Psychotherapy?
    We have a compassionate, caring and curious team of psychotherapists at The Spring Clinic, Melbourne. You can review the profiles of our therapists online or call our lovely receptionist Charity on (03) 7035 9031 for a free consultation call to discuss which therapist would best suit you. Our therapists have multiple degrees from institutions including Melbourne University, The Ikon Institute, Sydney University and Monash University in Australia; and are certified by the governing bodies of the ACA or PACFA. Once the right therapist is found, you can book in for an intake session which provides the space for you and your therapist to get to know each other. Normally, there are 2-3 intake sessions which are more interview based than psychotherapy sessions, which usually offer some emotional relief or insight prior to therapeutic treatment. After these meetings, you and your clinician will find a collaborative agreement about treatment and begin working together to meet your aspirations.
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    The Spring Clinic located in Melbourne offers mental health support services from professional and registered psychotherapists. Expect warm, friendly and compassionate encounters, from the first moment of contact with our lovely receptionist Charity to your therapeutic treatment with your specific psychotherapist. Your psychotherapist will be a respectful and kind person, who is sensitive to the experience of sexual, gendered, cultural and socioeconomic marginalisation. Our clinic is quiet, inviting and relaxing – as we believe our clients should feel that The Spring Clinic is a nice place to visit. Your information will be protected by confidentiality agreements and your therapist will always follow the codes of conduct outlined by their governing bodies.
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