Peter Foster
Individual and Relationship Counsellor
Graduate Diploma of Counselling
Graduate Diploma in Relationship Counselling
Master Applied Social Science (Counselling)

  Peter began practicing as a personal face-to-face counsellor at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury in 2008. He has since worked with individuals, couples and families across a wide range of cultures, ages, presentations and settings, including face-to-face counselling, group facilitation, and the community recovery response to the South Queensland floods of 2011.

 

  Peter maintains a continuous program of professional development. Professional development activities completed over the past five years have included workshops and trainings in a wide range of counselling theories, modalities and contexts of practice.

 

  Therapeutic Perspective. Peter adopts a pluralistic perspective. This perspective is based on the belief that there is no therapeutic method which has been proven to be better than all other methods. It assumes that “different clients are likely to benefit from different therapeutic methods at different points in time, and that therapists should work collaboratively with clients to help them identify what they want from therapy and how they might achieve it”

 

  Therapeutic Approach. In adopting a pluralistic framework, Peter believes that the focal point for therapy is what the client wants from it. People are the experts on their own lives. They have their own experience, knowledge, skills and personal strengths. Given informed choices, people will select their own, preferred ways of dealing with the matters that concern them at any particular point of time.

 

  Peter's collaborative approach aims to help clients -

  • Identify goals that will promote desired change or resolution of their concerns

  • Develop tasks, or strategies, that will provide focus for the therapeutic work

  • Choose and carry out the activities that are designed to ensure that tasks are completed and goals are achieved

 

  Successful therapeutic collaboration depends on continuous, open communication exchange about what is happening between client and counsellor, and the ways the client is experiencing the process and outcomes. Needs and priorities can change. Goals may need to be reset and approaches revised. Peter invites regular client feedback which is used to track and adjust the progress of the work and the effectiveness of the therapeutic alliance.

 

Professional Affiliation. Peter is a Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and is listed on its National Register (PACFA Reg. Clinical 22515).  Counsellors who are listed on the National Register must demonstrate that they meet PACFA’s standards of professional training and ethical conduct, have sufficient experience to deliver quality counselling services, undertake ongoing professional development and receive professional supervision of their work, and hold professional indemnity insurance.

 

Peter is available by appointment. 
 

Call 9482 8113 to make an appointment