“Across those roles and years, I studied a Diploma of Life Coaching and Diploma of Counselling and was given the opportunity by ac.care to undertake a lot of professional development,” she said, explaining completing her degree would be a major milestone in her personal and career journey.
“This current role as counsellor is my passion and I do it because I can make a difference in the community and help build stronger, more resilient community members.”
Her diverse role involves travelling to Naracoorte as part of ac.care’s outreach services in the Limestone Coast region and working with people of various backgrounds and ages.
“I see clients for a variety of issues and they range from a 13-year-old to my oldest client who was 72,” she explained.
“I also do group work about building confidence and self-esteem, goal setting and changing your thinking.”
The Family Relationship Centre offers a unique package of services in the Limestone Coast, including counselling and workshops focused on strengthening family relationships, helping families stay together and assisting families through separation.
It is part of ac.care’s broader services, which also include foster carer recruitment and support and homelessness, Aboriginal and adult community education programs, delivered across the Riverland, Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula, as well as throughout the Limestone Coast.
ac.care is one of few organisations created and run by country people for country people in South Australia.
“Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships,” Dianne said.