About CounsellingIfugao

Individuals experiencing relationship breakdown, and the accompanying emotional, parenting, financial and legal consequences, often experience a time of great personal challenge in their lives. Counselling provides a process in which people can be emotionally supported during this time of sustained stress.

The aim of Beacon Counselling and Mediation is to help people identify ways to support their emotional well-being so they are better able to attend to the many decisions that need to be made at this time. Counselling focuses on the emotional impact of relationship breakdown so that people are at least able to restore or maintain functionality in their parenting, work, financial and legal dealings.

Investment in strengthening mental health at this stressful time assists in restabilising individuals’ emotional well-being, in rational decision-making, and in long-term adjustment to change.

Counselling can be short, medium or long term.

Common issues include:

  • Crisis management and emotional First Aid
  • Supporting the self during the process of change to family life
  • Coping with trauma
  • Staying safe in situations of family violence
  • Emotional support when managing the legal and financial implications of separation and divorce
  • Understanding loss and grief reactions
  • Understanding the process of separation
  • Being an effective parent during the process of separation and divorce
  • Supporting children affected by parental conflict
  • Making sense of the experience – rebuilding after separation
  • Considering issues around repartnering
  • Forming a blended family

General counselling is also available.

Privacy (Counselling)

Confidentiality is essential. All notes taken by the counsellor during sessions are stored in a secure location in electronic form and hard copy.


Trained in a person-centred approach to counselling, Robin uses an integrated approach, with an emphasis on family systems, when working with individuals with the aim of assisting clients to:

  • Gain clarity about their circumstances
  • Analyse key areas of concern
  • Consider and implement suitable strategies for supporting the self in areas of concern
  • Monitor and reflect on these strategies
  • Maintain hope in the face of adversity
  • Consider their roles in supporting others
  • Prepare for living without counselling support in the future.

After an initial consultation, and in collaboration with the counsellor, clients are assisted to determine the nature and length of the counselling program they wish to undertake. This is reviewed on a session by session basis up to completion of the program.

Code of Ethics

Robin Coopes follows the Interim Code of Ethics and complaints management process for the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA)

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