Counselling

Due to the rolling back of COVID-restrictions, we are now offering these services face-to-face. Options for phone/video sessions are available.

Hobsons Bay UP provides short to medium generalist counselling for young people who live, work or study in the municipality aged 12 to 25.

The counselling service provides young people with the opportunity to discuss and receive support on issues or concerns that may be affecting their lives. It can assist in providing young people with a range of options to help them overcome any issues or concerns they may have. Counselling allows young people and their families to be heard and supported without judgement in a safe and secure environment with trained professionals.

Young people and their families decide to attend counselling for a variety of reasons including family difficulties, relationships, education, legal, sexuality and social issues.

Immediate Support

If you are feeling like you are unable to keep yourself safe, please contact any of the following services immediately:

If you are worried about unhealthy, abusive or violent behaviour in any of your relationships, you can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or through online chat https://www.1800respect.org.au/

If in immediate danger, please contact 000 for urgent support.

Counselling details

The counselling service at Hobsons Bay UP is free and confidential and can be accessed at Newport Community Hub, Level 1, 13 Mason Street, Newport 3015. Arrangements can also be made to meet at the young person’s school if in the municipality.

If you need to speak to someone about counselling please contact Hobsons Bay UP on 9932 4000 or via email at youthcounselling@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.

Other counselling support

There are also a number of other agencies and services that operate within the western region offering a free service or concession rates:

Referral

If you are looking to refer yourself or a young person to this service, please complete the form below.