Counselling Service is a is a young, growing small business organisation
which was set up in 1995 by Tony Howe
B.S.W., Grad Dip Social Science (Social Research), MAASW, a counsellor,
in Hobart, the capital city of the State of Tasmania,
Counselling Service works with the use of narrative
ideas and believes that all people in the community, including
children, young people, adults, families and people in organisations
should have a right to knowledge and support in making decisions
about their own wellbeing.
Counselling Service seeks to help people overcome the effects of
problems in their lives by:
opportunities for members of our community to discover more about
who they are and what they prefer for themselves and to make decisions
that support living this way
services committed to the value, specialness and rights of individuals,
families, groups, organisations, communities and cultures
people to stand up for justice and against injustices in their
community support and social research services aimed at building
knowledge which will enhance wellbeing and social justice within
our journeys of where we have been and what we have achieved as
individuals and as communities as we create change in our lives.
types of services are available?
counselling support services are available for:
provides the services?
Howe is principal counsellor providing services for JOURNEYS. Other
counsellors from The Narrative Centre in Hobart may contract their
services as required on a casual contract basis. All are qualified
counsellors with tertiary qualifications and training.
is Tony Howe and what is his experience?
HOWE B.S.W., Grad Dip Social Science (Social Research), MAASW
is married and has four children. He knows well from this
that it is not easy to be in a relationship and to be a parent
and that family life comes with many struggles. He believes
that it is hard work being in a family and that we learn more
about who we prefer to be as we go along.
is a qualified and accredited Social Worker in Australia,
a social researcher and trainer, who uses a narrative
perspective in his work
with people and organisations.
be an accredited social worker in Australia a person must have an
appropriate degree from a university and must annually complete
the requirements of the Continuing Professional Education programme
and must also be a member of the Australian Association of Social
has over 20 years of experience in the human services area, having
worked in government, community and private services in the area
of direct service provision with clients and in management of welfare
organisations. His counselling work has been mostly with individuals,
couples, families and groups in the areas of relationship and family
counselling, young people and school issues, mental health and staff
counselling and training in small business and organisations.
has been involved in community development and mediation, and awareness
raising about issues of social justice. He has also worked in the
area of support for people with intellectual disabilities. He currently
has a particular interest in working with issues of family violence
and abuse and respectfulness in relationships and also in working
with staff in small businesses. He is also currently contracted
from time to time by the Tasmanian Government to facilitate Community
Conferences between young offenders and their victims around restorative
justice and Family Group Conferences for families who are supporting
children where there are care and protection issues involved.
1995 Tony set up Journeys Counselling Service as a private service
and is now based at the Narrative Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia,
alongside five colleagues who also use narrative ideas in their
has taught Narrative Counselling theory and practice with tertiary
students and facilitates a range of training programs in narrative
approaches in human service practice. He has also taught police
recruits in the subject area of understanding social issues within
believes in the basic goodness in people and that everyone has their
own stories of victories over problems and survival in their lives.
He knows about many of the social pressures under which we live
and believes it is possible for people to make deliberate choices
to have respect and sensitivity towards each other.
ARE PROBLEMS, and
ARE NOT PROBLEMS.
work is about helping people become free from the beliefs in their
lives that they have to give in to what other people, organisations,
societies and cultures unrealistically expect or demand of them
in trying to make them become who they think they should be. He
attempts in his work to discover and acknowledge the skills, knowledge
and values people have in overcoming the effects of problems and
that they have the means within them to be who they want to or prefer