Mingary and Counselling Service
Mingary - a peaceful sanctuary for people of all religions
- 8.00am to 5.00pm weekdays
- 8.00am to 1.00pm Sundays
- Russell Street side of St Michael's
Mingary is a Gaelic word meaning ‘the quiet place'. It is a non-denominational sanctuary that welcomes all who enter.
Mingary has been developed as a place for personal reflection and offers a peaceful escape from the hectic demands of city life. It offers a haven where people may restore a sense of strength and vitality following trauma and tragedy. Mingary is devoted to healing, restoration, inspiration, vision and empowerment.
Many hundreds of people have already visited Mingary since it opened in September 1999. They have been touched in different ways by their experiences.
The Mingary Counselling Service provides confidential counselling for a broad range of issues within a caring and professional setting.
Counselling leads to relief from painful or stressful experiences, assists in major life changes and reduces anxiety, fear and uncertainty. Counselling brings new perspectives to clients, enabling them to develop fulfilling ways of relating and being.
People generally seek counselling for the following issues: trauma, anxiety, depression, confidence, self-esteem, assertiveness, relationship and marital issues, family conflict, loss and grief, anger management, stress management, women's and men's issues, self-development, career choices and work issues.
The low cost service provides high quality counselling for an affordable fee.
Confidentiality is assured.
Male and female counsellors are available.
There are no waiting lists or limits on the number of sessions you may attend.
Please call the office for more information or to make an appointment.
$30 initial consultation
$20 subsequent consultations
Mingary Vocational Assessments
The Mingary Counselling Service provides vocational assessments for people at various stages of their working lives: from students making subject choices in secondary school to people seeking new career paths.
The assessment procedure is a collaborative process in which the consultant works with the client to arrive at clear recommendations for a future career direction.
The Assessment Procedure
1. Preliminary Interview (50 minutes)
The preliminary interview focuses on vocational needs, aspirations, career objectives, educational history, vocational history and reasons for requesting the assessment at this time.
2. Assessment of Personality and Interests (2 hours)
This assessment is required in order to arrive at vocational choices that will be aligned with personal values and interests. It involves the completion of a series of written questionnaires (mainly multiple choice).
3. Assessment of Ability (2 - 3 hours)
This assessment involves the completion of a range of tasks designed to assess relative strengths and weaknesses. The information obtained will enable the consultant to advise which career options are best matched with the individual's aptitudes.
4. Feedback Interview (50 minutes)
During this session, the consultant provides verbal feedback regarding the results of the both testing sessions. It includes the opportunity to discuss these results in the context of individual vocational needs.
5. Final Interview (50 minutes)
A detailed written report is provided at the final consultation. It includes a vocational profile and recommendations for pursuing different career options.
The fee for a Vocational Assessment is $150 and may be paid in instalments of $30 at each of the five consultations.
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
2nd floor, St Michael's Centre
Dr Lynette Kramer
The Mingary Counselling Service operates in conjunction with The Cairnmillar Institute School of Counselling and Psychotherapy and The Australian Foundation for Aftermath Reactions.
Please call the St Michael's office on 03 9654 5120 to make an appointment.
You are invited to join our monthly workshops on flourishing in life, through enhancing your holistic wellbeing. The workshops are presented by Dr Lynette Kramer, Director of Mingary Counselling Service and Dr Debra Campbell, Director Centre for Wellbeing at St Michael’s.
Workshops take place on the second Friday of each month
(excluding Jan, Sept, Dec 2012)
|Friday 17th February||
Start your own “Happiness Project” - Dr Debra Campbell
Organise your life from the inside out: plenty of insights and strategies for increasing happiness in your life.
|Friday 9th March||
Flourishing: The Goal of Positive Psychology - Dr Lynette Kramer
Discover ways to add to your happiness by creating a true sense of wellbeing and growth.
|Friday 13th April
Greater self-esteem through mindfulness - Dr Debra Campbell
Learn mindfulness strategies that can help you to work with lifting your self-esteem by developing a deeper level of self-acceptance and understanding.
|Friday 11th May||
Resilience and Trust - Dr Lynette Kramer
Trust is a key component of positive relationships. Find the confidence to be more open in your relationships.
|Friday 8th June||
Thinking Straight – Do you ever know what is really going on in your mind? - Dr Lynette Kramer
Gain control of your thought processes in order to achieve better solutions to life’s challenges.
|Friday 13th July||
Better Sleep, Naturally - Dr Debra Campbell
Explore a wide range of techniques and support
|Friday 10th August||
A Place for Pessimism – Dr Lynette Kramer
Learn to remove the stigma from pessimism and embrace your inner cynic.
|Friday 12th October||
Writing for Wellbeing - Dr Debra Campbell
|Friday 9th November
The Psychology of the Apology – Dr Lynette Kramer
What is the role of the apology in forgiveness? Learn to maximise the effectiveness of your apologies.
Cost: $10.00 (includes materials and refreshments)
Time: Fridays 11.00 am to 12.30 pm
Location: Waratah Hall, 1st floor, St Michael's Centre
Contact: Dr Lynette Kramer