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    Health & Wellbeing, Support

    Adventist Counselling Services (ACS)

    Adventist Counselling Services (ACS) provides high quality counselling and psychology services to anyone who seeks it. It is a mental health service operated by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Greater Sydney as part of its health ministries.


    Why seek Counselling?

    Counselling provides a confidential space to talk with a trained mental health professional who can help improve your wellbeing and discover solutions. For some, it is important that their Counsellor or Psychologist shares their own values and beliefs. Counselling is not simply for people who are in crisis, you might seek out counselling for:

    • Individual mental health and wellbeing
    • Discovering meaning and purpose
    • Relationship improvement
    • Self-development
    • Building resilience
    • Goal-setting
    • Changing dysfunctional life patterns

    For decades, ACS has been providing professional counselling, along with various group workshops and pre-marital preparation.

    What does ACS provide?

    • Individual mental health counselling for adults and adolescents
    • Psychometric assessment
    • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) for employees of the Seventh-Day Adventist church and schools
    • Group education through presentations or workshops for your church, school or workplace
    • Prepare-Enrich pre-marriage preparation course
    • Professional supervision for Counsellors and Psychologists in training (AHPRA-approved)

    Relationship/Marriage Preparation

    The Prepare-Enrich marriage course is designed for couples planning to marry, and for couples who have already been together long-term.

    • PREPARATION for couples planning to marry – the course stimulates greater understanding and discussion between couples with an emphasis on communication and conflict resolution skills; and understanding the unique differences between individuals in a couple and how to navigate these differences.
    • ENRICHMENT for married couples – the course is aimed at developing and rejuvenating a long-term relationship.

    Medicare Rebates

    ACS is able to provide Medicare rebates for eligible clients who obtain a referral from their GP. Talk to your GP about whether you meet the criteria. Other rebates are available if you are in financial hardship, please discuss this with the receptionist when you call to make a booking.

    Telehealth Services

    ACS offers the option to access remote counselling via video-conferencing or phone. The Government has made Medicare rebates available for these Telehealth consultations due to COVID-19. Eligible clients can access these rebates for up to 20 psychology sessions per year.

    Meet the Manager

    Claire Marsh is a warm, friendly and experienced Psychologist and the manager of Adventist Counselling Services (ACS). She is trained in a number of evidence-based psychological therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); and is able to adapt her approach for adults and adolescents.

    Claire is a trained Prepare-Enrich facilitator, a Neil Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program (DARP) facilitator, and Cool Kids Anxiety program facilitator.

    Claire is also able to provide professional supervision to provisional and registered Psychologists as an AHPRA-approved supervisor.

    Claire is currently providing the option for face-to-face counselling sessions at Sanctuary Lifestyle Clinic while observing COVID-safe practices, or remote Telehealth counselling through video-conferencing or phone.

    Adventist Counselling Services is located within Sanctuary Lifestyle Clinic, Suite 720, 1C Burdett St. Hornsby, NSW 2077, a Christian medical practice providing holistic care. Dr Andrew Pennington is the owner, founder and resident GP of Sanctuary Lifestyle Clinic.


    To make an appointment

    Please call the Adventist Counselling Services clinic on 1300 723 070 or email [email protected].

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