Aboriginal Counselling is a mental health service, that provides intervention and therapeutic counselling for families, individuals and communities within NSW. We are a 100% Aboriginal owned business, that was established in 2007 in Western Sydney.
Aboriginal Counselling have supported many Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, by delivering mental health programs and offering mental health support to many community people, government and non-government agencies.
Aboriginal Counselling delivers mental health intervention and therapeutic counselling services to Aboriginal people in a way that is culturally sensitive and safe. Aboriginal Counselling is a “Culturalistic” service that is inclusive of mental & physical health, social wellness and considers spirituality. Our expertise and skills are in the mental health industry with over 25 years’ experience in the public health system.
Aboriginal Counselling supports, empowers and assists Aboriginal people with mental health service navigation and dealing with mental health issues such as grief & loss, drug & alcohol, gambling, financial hardship, family violence, sexual abuse, situational crisis and self-harm. Aboriginal Counselling has extensive knowledge and clinical experience and offer clinical supervision as well as cultural supervision.
Craig Brown is Chief Executive and Elizabeth Brown is Operations Manager. We are responsible for the day to day operations of the company and providing counselling to clients. Both the CE and operations manager manage staff and client’s welfare and safety.
Aboriginal Counselling subcontract counsellors, peer workers and support workers where necessary. We prefer to engage local Aboriginal people when working in any regional areas. All Aboriginal Counselling staff and subcontractors are of Aboriginal background, have recognised qualifications, are members of an association, have insurance and appropriate background checks.
Director / Counsellor
Libby is a proud Biripi woman and is a Director and Counsellor at Aboriginal Counselling and has and lived in Western Sydney community for the last 40 years. Libby has spent the last decade working in the fields of Health, Adult Education, Counselling and Community Development.
During the development her career Libby obtained a Bachelor Degree in Adult Education, a Diploma in Counselling, an Advanced Diploma in Business management, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Certificate IV in Aboriginal Family Health, a certificate in Clinical Supervision and numerous other accredited courses.
Libby’s Counselling experience includes working with young people in the justice system, community services sector and drug and alcohol sector. Libby has extensive knowledge and understanding of drug & alcohol issues that impact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Libby also has extensive skills and knowledge of development and monitoring of Key Performance Indicators, project management and strategic planning. Libby’s experience has equipped her with a versatile skill set to drive social change though community.
Director / Counsellor
My families are from the Gumbaynggirr & Yuin nations. I have lived and worked in Western Sydney for most of my life. I have an extensive knowledge of traditions, culture as I have lived in rural and remote communities. I have a thorough understanding of lifestyles, experiences and issues that impact Aboriginal people. My knowledge has been extended through life, study and work.
I have worked in the mental health industry for over 20 years. I have experience in social welfare in public and community health, education, employment and housing. I have completed a Bachelor of Adult Education, a Bachelor of Health Sciences, Advanced Diploma Management and a Diploma of Aboriginal Family and Community Counselling. I have also been trained in Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Mental Health Assessment, Senior St Johns First Aid, Strength Focused Interviewing, Cert IV in Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health First Aid Instruction and Juvenile Justice Mentoring. I further have completed numerous courses in Business Administration and Employment. I have developed training in Aboriginal Suicide Awareness and facilitated numerous workshops in health, including Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Aboriginal Mental Health. My approach when working with my people is solution focused and strength based. These approaches are empowering and develop resilience. I am passionate and professional when working with our communities. Through my capacity and experience I have developed a ‘Culturalistic’ way of healing and recovery around Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellness.