Vocational Guidance



The Sydney Counselling Centre provides a range of employment services to the community. We are committed to helping clients find and keep the right job.

Our counsellors will assist in the following areas:

  • identifying and working through issues which may be preventing you from gaining employment (eg low self-esteem, anxiety, drug and alcohol issues)

  • identifying employment areas of interest to you

  • preparing a professional resume

  • teaching you how to market yourself

  • developing interview and telephone techniques.



In some cases, we are able to provide these services free of charge. This is the case if Centrelink regards you as eligible for the following program;

STEPS is an employment service that was set up to help people with psychiatric illness or other permanent disability to gain and maintain employment in the general work force. The service has been providing employment support to people with disabilities since 1989 and is funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

To be eligible for this program, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a diagnosed psychiatric or other permanent disability.

  • Live within a nominated catchment area.

  • Be well and largely free of symptoms.

  • Be regularly seeing a mental health worker (If relevant).

  • Be ready and motivated to pursue at least 8-15 hours of work per week.

  • Be able to travel to and from work independently.

  • Be free of illicit drug use or alcohol dependency, or receiving specialist drug/alcohol counselling.

 People who join the STEPS program are assigned an Employment Counsellor, who works one-on-one to address issues relating to both obtaining and maintaining employment. Once clients are working, STEPS can provide support for as long as is required.