Indigenous Counselling

COPE Centre is offering Aboriginal services to help support our clients from relational and culturally appropriate perspectives.

  • Aboriginal Counselling for females
  • Support Work and Recovery Coaching for Aboriginal females is available for plan-managed, self-managed or NDIS-managed participants
  • Aboriginal Women’s Family and Domestic Violence Group
  • This is a group aimed at Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women who have encountered Family and Domestic Violence in their lifetime
  • Over six weeks the women will build connections as a group, identify individual strengths and strengths as a community and have an opportunity to explore past events through yarning, art, and the use of Narrative Exposure Therapy techniques

There is no shame in talking it out

Step into the realm of compassionate healing with our Indigenous counselling services for Mental health.

At the intersection of cultural wisdom and modern therapeutic practices, our dedicated therapists provide tailored support navigating the complexities of mental health, rooted in respect for indigenous traditions and providing a safe space.

Meet our Indigenous Counsellor

Kylie Smith

B.A, GradDipCouns, MCouns

Kylie Smith is a Yamatji woman raised in Noongar Country and is our new Aboriginal counsellor and NDIS Psychosocial Support Worker/Recovery Coach. Her clinical approach ensures person-centred care, and her preferred modality is Narrative Exposure Therapy.She has worked across various community contexts over the last 12 years and has recently graduated from Murdoch University with a Master of Counselling. Recognising the gaps that exist in services for Aboriginal people, particularly in the counselling/therapy space, she has shifted her focus (in the last couple of years) to working as a counsellor with clients individually and through group work

How do I know if Indigenous counselling is for me?
  • It often adopts a holistic perspective, acknowledging the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being
  • Indigenous counselling respects and integrates cultural traditions, values, and practices into the therapeutic process.
  • It respects and integrates cultural values, promotes cultural identity, adopts a holistic perspective, involves the community
What are the benefits of working with an Indigenous counsellor?
  • It focuses on understanding and strengthening cultural identity, which can be crucial for mental and emotional well-being
  • Focuses on resilience, addresses trauma, and ultimately empower individuals to achieve mental and emotional well-being within the context of their cultural heritage.
  • Promotes empowerment by encouraging individuals to take an active role in their healing journey. By recognizing and utilizing their strengths and cultural resources, individuals can regain a sense of control and agency in their lives.