In Japanese culture, the Cherry blossom signifies that life is beautiful with great fragility. This is one of the first realisations we have when we face the injury or illness of ourselves or others.

 

     Absent Companion And Adversity Wellbeing Services has expanded to include support for injury, disability and illness. Going through a serious health condition can be draining and put a lot of pressure on a family unit, friendship or relationship. Sometimes these feelings are overwhelming and a counsellor needs to help navigate the difficult path you have ahead. We provide non-judgmental, non-discriminatory, professionally qualified counsellors, who work with your concerns, focusing on your experience and how it might impact the rest of your life. We offer complimentary counselling to all clients who are dealing with their own or a family member's:

  • terminal illness
  • a health condition that causes daily impairment for a prolonged time
  • physical disability
  • injury from an accident or natural disaster

 

 

HOW ACAWS CAN HELP

     We can arrange appointments typically within 24 hours of your request. To organise a time, please contact us. We offer a call-back service to rural and interstate callers.

     Our injury and illness counselling aims to help clients understand the context of what their life now means with their health concern, helping to look at building new skills or resources to cope with changes.  We understand that it impact our lives greatly, sometimes for the worst as well as the good. Clients who have gone through such unfortunate experiences are assisted in expressing themselves wholly, reaching acceptance, addressing nightmares, flashbacks or visions, reviewing coping mechanisms, and focusing on any key issues that are triggered. Counsellors offer reassurance and guidance, assisting in any problem-solving or decision-making.

     Our counsellors are experienced in working with people with disabilities and severe health conditions, meaning they will not use platitudes or soothers that are unhelpful or disempowering to clients. Having a difficulty in life is not just about positive thinking or telling someone it will get better again. Instead, we work in a trauma-informed approach where the goal is to help you understand how difficulty alters your life and how it can be navigated. Treatment includes grieving parts of life or self that are lost, accepting the new what-is, building the self in the new framework, purging residual emotions, and assessing coping skills. Our overall focus is to help clients work through their new situations in a way that will suit them and keep them moving forward despite what might happen.

   Sometimes clients need further care, such as if they have a history of difficult adaption or substance abuse. In these cases, we provide the best care possible and may offer extended services. If a client requires more specialised care, we will refer to services more equipped to provide in-depth treatment. We are connected to a network of qualified, caring professionals.



MEMORY ROAD

     Memory Road is normally offered to clients to remember their loved ones who might have passed on, however, we realise that sometimes health condition changes can cause grief also. People can grieve for the life they had, the limb they lost, or the security they once felt in their body. So while you might not have a person to grieve, if you wish to grieve a part of self due to a disability, we still offer this service. Please advise your counsellor if you'd like to create a profile, and if you'd like it to be private or public. 

     To submit, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line, Memory Road

     Images must be less than 500x500 pixels, as we only host small images. Please note: we do not accept attachments in email, so photos you want to use for the submission must be hosted elsewhere. If you have pictures of your animals on Twitter or Facebook, include the link of a photo. Alternatively, upload your image to tinypic.com, a free image host that is easy to use, and doesn't require you make an account.

     This service is free of charge and can be used to remember as long as you wish. You can share the page with family, or share it with friends on social networking sites.


      Bless you on your journey, and we look forward to assisting you. May you heal from your losses.


ABSENT COMPANION AND ADVERSITY WELLBEING SERVICES 
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: (08) 8121 5775
Call-back and Skype to Skype services available for rural and interstate callers.

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Before you get a dog, you can't quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can't imagine living any other way. -- Caroline Knapp, author.

Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone. -- Martina Navratilova

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom. -- Rumi

Those that won't be counseled can't be helped. -- Benjamin Franklin

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -- Mahatma Gandhi
 





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