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:
- Stress and Tension
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Depressions and Unresolved Grief
- Addiction management
- Children behavioural issues
- Work Difficulties
- Personal Growth and Well-being
- Goal Setting
- Trauma counselling
- Military Service and PTSD Counselling
- Fears and Phobias
Testing Intelligence & Intellectual Functioning Forensic testing, assessments, and reports:
- Criminal Law Assessments
- Intelligence and memory testing (WISC, WAIS)
- Personality testing (Personality Assessment Inventory [PAI])
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.
Tableland Drugs & Alcohol Counselling Centre
Tablelands Drug & Alcohol Counselling Centre provides free (to eligible clients) confidential counselling and support services for individuals and families affected by substance misuse. Counselling includes assessment and evaluation, education, understanding triggers and goals, decisional balancing, relapse prevention and anger management/emotional regulation. We are also available to present community education and information sessions on request.
Youth Alcohol & Other Drugs Counselling
We can help young people deeal with all sorts of challenges. We are able to help with support, information and advice. We can also put you in touch with other services to make the changes you would like for yourself or your family. Our professional psychologists and counsellings can help you understand how you feel and why; stop being controlled by unhelpful thoughts and feelings; manage your emotions and behaviour better and most of all, help you create a meaningful future.
Family counselling and social work
Trusted Service Provider
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.
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 offers the Maternal & Child Health program: Making Healthy Choices for Family Planning and Pregnancy: Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Education. We are now accepting referrals and bookings for this six-week program for expectant mums/parents that provides education regarding the importance of making healthy choices during pregnancy. Focused on reducing alcohol, tobacco and drug use, the program aims to teach healthy coping strategies and motivate behaviour change. There will be four programs throughout a year, with starts in June, September and May. It is open to all, including self-referrals.
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 on a fee-paying basis.
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.
Our community centre at 38 Mabel St
Information and Advice, Personal Support, Referral and Advocacy
CST's welcoming and helpful volunteers offer help and support through information, advice, referral and advocacy. Pop into our Mabel St Community Hub (38 Mabel St) to have a chat and cuppy and take a flyer with information on a variety of issues. As this is a volunteer-run program, it's of course, subject to their availability.
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. While we here to give a hand up, this does have some criteria which needs to be fulfilled such as Centerlink statements.
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.
An 11 seater bus is available for hire at attractive rates. For bookings, please phone CST on 4091 3850.
Meeting rooms and facilities
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.