There are times in our lives when we are not able to cope with the pressures or issues affecting us. CCCVaT is pleased to offer a professional counselling service for the Pastors and Leaders of our churches in Victoria and Tasmania.
The service is provided by Grant Bickerton, Nicky Chiswell and Andree Sellars who are all Christian Psychologists and between them are skilled and experienced in areas including Mental Health, drug and alcohol treatment, parenting, youth, ministry burnout, and protective factors, homelessness and disadvantage, dealing with aggressive people, boundaries etc.
Andree Sellars is a Christian Psychologist and currently a service manager of a youth mental health rehabilitation service. Andree has experience in serious mental illness, risk, drugs and alcohol and dual diagnosis, strategic planning, policy and procedure writing. She is passionate about supporting people in ministry to maintain good mental health and the joy of serving.
Nicky Chiswell qualified as a psychologist in the mid 80’s. Her early psychology roles were in Community Health as well as a Foster Care and Group Home Care team in Sydney. For the last 14 years she has been working counselling young children, adolescents and families as a school psychologist. She loves to assist people with depression, anxiety, stress, coaching, addiction issues, relationship problems, organisational issues, procrastination and social skills. She also enjoys working with those who are on the autistic spectrum ( high functioning) and works to promote understanding of this spectrum to those around them. At school she also does psychometric assessments to explore learning difficulties and/or giftedness.
Grant Bickerton BA (Hons), MPsych (Couns), PhD, MAPS is a psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in Christian ministry with Power to Change (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) in Australia and overseas. Grant is currently working in the Member Care department of Power to Change applying findings from his research at the University of Western Sydney investigating the organizational, psychological, and spiritual variables that promote work engagement and personal well-being among Australian Christian workers. He is a registered member of the Psychology Board of Australia, the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the Christianity and Psychology Interest group of the APS. Psychological areas of specialty include burnout and well-being at work, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and other drug dependence and abuse, behavioural “addictions” (such as pornography and gambling), and the interface of psychology and religion. His research has been published in a variety of peer reviewed psychological journals spanning organisational psychology and the psychology of religion and spirituality.
The service is completely confidential aided by contacting Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org directly. Medicare can cover part of the cost, which Grant can discuss with you prior to enaging their services.