Welcome to Attitude Counselling, located in central Launceston, Tasmania. For a full list of services, to make an inquiry or book an appointment, please use the menu.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Counselling is a purposeful conversation. My role is to learn about you, your attitudes, values, strengths, skills, experiences, perspectives and relationships. Together we will discuss the outcomes that you are hoping to achieve through counselling and explore any obstacles or barriers to attaining your goals.
Counselling can help to enhance your resilience, expand your existing coping strategies and reduce chronic stress and anxiety. My approach tends to be holistic: I am very interested in the relationships between your sleep patterns, diet, activity levels, social connectedness and your mental and emotional and sexual wellbeing.
My name is Viktoria Szemes. I am a qualified and experienced Social Worker, registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers, with twenty years of practice in counselling and community support.
Background: For the last fifteen years I have worked as a counsellor and educator specialising in mental health and sexual wellbeing. I am able to work with people at all ages and stages of life & provide help to address stigma, self-acceptance, social issues, and physical health related issues wherever possible.
Skills: My counselling style has been developed over a number of years of practice and incorporates aspects of narrative, strengths, humanism, empowerment, feminist & systems theories. I use various intervention strategies and psychotherapeutic techniques including CBT, psychoeducation, mindfulness integrated CBT, relaxation training, interpersonal style therapy, communication skills training, motivational interviewing, strategic self-care training, distress tolerance, emotion regulation strategies, emotional resilience building etc.
Sexual health is often an awkward issue for people to speak about with partners or friends, but so much easier to discuss within a non-judgemental, compassionate, confidential environment.
Through my work and my community involvement with LGBTIQA+ rights I have developed a deeper understanding of the many challenges experienced by LGBTIQA+ individuals and community (LGBTIQA)*.
I can offer specialist counselling for individuals who are members of sexual and gender minorities: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans/gender diverse people, including people who are intersex, or those identifying as genderqueer, nonbinary, agender, asexual or gender questioning. I understand that the issues LGBTIQA+ clients bring to counselling are not necessarily related to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
*Alternatively, SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity), is an inclusive term that encompasses all individuals regardless of where they identify on the sexual orientation or gender identity spectrums, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, heterosexual, and cisgender.
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
National LGBTI Health Alliance (LGBTI)
Men’s Resources Tasmania (MRT)
Positive Lives Tasmania (PLT)
PFLAG Tasmania (PFLAG)
Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)
Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA)
Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional and original owners of the land on which we walk today.
We acknowledge and pay our respects to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past, present and future generations.