Psychological Services & Counselling
We have a dedicated team of qualified psychologists.
Our psychologists have specialised understanding and a scientific approach to human behavior, cognitive performance, mental illness and psychosocial problems.
We are able to choose, conduct and report on psychological testing and assessments for diagnosis and treatment planning (for example mental health assessments).
We have the expertise to engage in case formulation, treatment delivery and final outcome evaluation processes.
We have an evidence-based approach to psychological interventions (for example: cognitive behaviour therapy).
We are able to provide expert advice relating to an individual’s psychological functioning, with an emphasis on appropriate care and intervention.
We have the expertise to conduct research and evaluate outcomes in order to improve services for individuals and groups in the workplace.
We offer these counselling services:
- Marital, Family and Relationship Problems
- Stress and Tension
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Depressions and Unresolved Grief
- Addiction management
- Children behavioural issues
- Sexual Difficulties
- Work Difficulties
- Personal Growth and Well-being
- Improve Parenting Skills
- Making Good Relationships Better
- Goal Setting
- Trauma counselling
- Military Service and PTSD Counselling
- Vocational Guidance
- Fears and Phobias
Testing Intelligence & Intellectual Functioning Forensic testing, assessments, and reports:
- Medico-Legal Reporting - Third Party Claims
- Stress Assessments
- Family Assessments
- Criminal Law Assessments
- Family Law Assessments
Free access to our Psychological Services requires:
- A doctor’s referral under the Better Access Medicare initiative;
- A Referral from the Department of Veteran Affairs or Veteran and Veterans Families Counselling Service;
- Eligibility under one of the Government funded initiatives such as:
- Drug and Alcohol Counselling funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health;
- Family Support Counselling funded by the State Dept. of Communities (individuals or families with children under 18 only) or
- Counselling for Carers under My Aged Care.
For people who fit none of the above criteria, there is a fee of $120 per hour to access CST’s psychological services.
As a local organisation established in 1986, CST has a deep understanding of the needs of the people of the Atherton Tablelands, balancing contracted work from various funding bodies with charitable services for the general public.
We are an acknowledged and trusted service provider to both Commonwealth and State departments, including Queensland Health, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (Qld), Department of Communities, Disability Services & Seniors, Department of Social Services (Commonwealth), Northern Queensland Primary Healthcare Network and the Department of Health (Commonwealth).
From these funded services, our qualified social workers work with clients in a range of programs. These include the Family Support Program, Family Intervention Service, Intensive Family Support and the Family & Child Connect program. These family programs help educate and empower parents for happier families, while also helping ensure the safety of the children.
We also offer counseling and support to young people affected by alcohol and other drugs issues, who have complex needs or need help reintegrating back into our community. CST's workers achieve this through case management and psychological help, including visiting young people living in more remote areas of the Atherton Tablelands.
CST’s social workers also help educate and promote mental health and community wellbeing at workshops as well as establish support groups as needed. It has a calendar of programs it delivers to the community, targeting areas of education such as domestic violence or parental education workshops. These are usually free, or at a very minimal charge. CST currently has a specialised maternal and child health program and will begin to implement it from February 2018.
As part of its role in the community, CST keeps the community connected through providing meeting rooms for use by local groups, computer coaching for seniors such as the Be Connected program and a community bus. For room bookings and enquiries about possible use, please speak to the Client Intake Team.
Information and Advice, Personal Support, Referral and Advocacy
Week days (Subject to availability of volunteers Mabel St is open on weekdays) you can come into our 38 Mabel Street premises and have a chat and a cuppa and take a flyer with information on a variety of issues. If you need more assistance than that, we have helpful, trained Personal Support volunteers who will spend time listening to you to understand your situation. They will provide you with tailored support for your particular circumstances including information, advice, skills, support and referrals if required and can talk to other organisations on your behalf.
We can also help you to work out what you are spending your money on so that you can identify potential areas to cut back on. In some instances CST may also be able to provide material or financial assistance because something unexpected has happened which has affected your finances.
Home Maintenance Service & Transport
CST’s Home Maintenance Service offers minor home modifications to both eligible clients under government-funded programmes and to the general public.
CST specialises in helping people stay in their homes for longer. Our tradesmen are all appropriately certified with years of experience behind them and include a carpenter and electrician.
Some examples of the installation work we do regularly include:
- Grab rails;
- Small ramps;
- Chair raisers;
- Custom hand rails.
Maintenance services include:
- Pressure cleaning pathways;
- Advice on maintenance issues;
- Small electrical repairs;
- Smoke alarms;
- Tap washers;
- Doors and hinges;
- Bathroom modifications;
- Removal of shower hop.
Who CST assists
While this is a free or low-cost service provided to clients who are eligible under programme guidelines, CST's services are also available to the public.
An 11 seater bus is available for hire at attractive rates. For bookings, please phone CST on 4091 3850.
The CST bus runs are about keeping people connected to their community, as well as services. The bus is a door-to-door service with some runs having a volunteer ‘host’ to assist passengers getting on or off the bus and to carry their shopping inside.
The regular bus runs include:
- Atherton to Cairns and return every Friday;
- Mt Garnet/Battle Creek, Innot Hot Springs, Millstream, Ravenshoe to Atherton and return (fortnightly)
- Atherton town run (fortnightly)
- Rangeview/Tolga and return (fortnightly).
- Social runs (monthly).
For rates and bookings, please call CST on 4091 3850.