Centre at your service

2019-02-12 06:00
Andrea Nettel.

Andrea Nettel.

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The Family Counselling Centre in Fish Hoek is calling on people to make use of their donation-based counselling clinic so that no-one has to go without help because they can’t afford it.

The centre provides counselling for individuals, couples and families.

Currently they have an educational psychologist, Michele Berger, a life/parent coach, Leigh Johnson, a recovery coach, Helena Wagener, and two general counsellors, Deborah Rutenberg and Andrea Nettel, on their team. They are calling on all residents that need help to tap into their services and be assisted.

Nettel is one of the founding members. She decided to continue with the vision of the Centre after her partner decided to quit.

The centre was established in 2015.

Nettel says: “We provide counselling and coaching for anyone who feels in crisis or who would like to find a way forward. Our job is to walk with our clients and to provide a safe and confidential environment, so that they can explore the struggles or the possibilities they might be facing. We also offer parenting workshops and assist with care for the caregivers.”

Among others they support non governmental organisations (NGO’s) with professional services for their staff and volunteers.

Nettel says their aim is to provide affordable, accessible yet professional counselling to all people.

“My vision was always to provide really good services to people who would normally not access counselling or coaching. We aim to make ourselves known to all the communities and to encourage therapists that share a bit of this vision, to join us. We hope to grow healthy relationships in families and in the communities. We cater to all who can reach us. Adults, teenagers, children, families, parents, couples – everyone is welcome,” says Nettel.

She says the journey has been a rewarding one. “For me personally it has been a rewarding and satisfying journey. I am humbled daily and feel honoured by the trust the public has in me, my team and our vision, both therapists and clients alike. It is not all rosy – as with any new beginnings we have had our share of bumps and bruises.

“I hope we have learnt and grown from them and continue to do so. Working with people’s most inner thoughts and emotions is a tremendous responsibility and we always work on how to improve what we do and how we do things. I thank God for the opportunities we are given and pray that we fulfil them appropriately.”

Their wish is to spread the word about their new service at the donation-based counselling clinic.

“This is an attempt to bring counselling to the poorest of the poor. We are looking for professionals to volunteer their service maybe a few hours per month or week and we would like NGOs and other organisations to spread the word about our clinic so that clients can find us,” says Nettel.

The centre offers a range of parenting workshops to local schools.

“We also host monthly talks, on a variety of topics, at Sandi’s Bistro on the last Tuesday of each month. We also offer donation-based counselling every Saturday and our specialist clinics on a Friday afternoon. The specialist clinic includes family law, youth at risk, addiction and recovery, and children’s counselling/educational assessments,” explains Nettel.

They offer both free and paid services. “Our private rates during the week are R350 for individual sessions and R480 for children and couples/families. Our clinic services are on a donation basis. Anything will do.

V For more information call the Family Counselling Centre on 072 375 6089 or email info@familycounsellingcentre.co.za.

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