The impacts of HD on the individuals, carers, partners and/or family members are often a lot for someone to manage on their own.
Counselling can be helpful at a number of stages across the lifetime of living with HD, ranging from additional support prior to or through predictive testing, issues around grief and loss; living with gene negative outcomes; planning a future or figuring out new or different ways of living with HD. These sessions can be for a single person, a couple, a family, with friends or a combination of some or all of these. The sessions are your time and focus on what you want to work on.
Counselling is a safe and confidential space where you can share your concerns, and have the support of an independent person to help you work towards improving your current situation. Through this process, you may learn new skills or build upon existing strengths to deal with different situations, and even begin to identify your own response patterns to situations.
If you think you would benefit from accessing counselling support please speak to your GP about making a referral to a counsellor nearby to where you live.
Alternatively, you can access counselling support from HV’s office in Hawthorn. JoAnne Bevilacqua has been working with HD families since 2004 and offers sessions on Monday and Fridays, from morning to evening. Please contact Huntington’s Victoria if you want to chat about whether this might be helpful for you or please contact JoAnne directly. Her details are listed below.