Amity provides specialised services relating to alcohol, other drugs and gambling. Amity’s counselling service is for people and/or their family and friends.
We understand that people use alcohol, drugs and gambling for a variety of reasons and that these behaviours can have both benefits and harms.
We also understand repeated behaviours may become habits and these habits may in turn become a strategy to cope which is not useful.
From this view, our team aims to understand each person’s unique experience and situation and our qualified counsellors provide non-judgemental, professional and confidential counselling sessions.
Who can come to Amity?
Amity works with people who are having difficulties with alcohol, other drugs, gambling and related mental health concerns. We also provide counselling to a family or friend of a person who appears to be experiencing harms from their behaviour.
How much does it cost?
There are no charges for counselling with Amity.
Amity’s counselling service if funded by the Northern Territory Government and the Primary Health Network (NT) to provide a evidence-informed counselling service for people in the Greater Darwin area for alcohol and other drugs.
We are funded by the Community Benefit Fund Gambling Amelioration Stream to provide a range of counselling services across the Northern Territory.
Amity is a donation-based organisation.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment for counselling please call (08) 8944 6565, ask to make an appointment for counselling.
We take your first name and contact number and book you in for the next available session. We can provide an SMS reminder for your session.
What if I can't make it into Amity?
We understand that coming into counselling for sessions can be difficult. It’s important to come into Amity for you first session and you can talk with your counsellor about other formats for counselling.
For gambling there’s a 24hr helpline which you can call on 1800 858 858.
Where are counselling services offered?
Counselling sessions are offered Monday to Thursday during the times of 8am until 4pm.
If you haven’t been to Amity before or if it has been a long time since your last visit, the first appointment is usually about 1.5 hours and ongoing sessions usually go for 1 hour.
What is the referral process?
Amity’s referral process is so easy.
You can refer yourself by calling us to book in your session. If someone else is referring you, they can complete our online referral form. You will still need to call to make your appointment. Please remember that we encourage the person to call us.
Is there a limit on how many sessions I can have?
Your counsellor will talk with you about the number of sessions for counselling and the plan for your treatment.
How confidential are the counselling sessions?
Keeping people’s information private is very important to us. We make sure your information and privacy is protected and this starts from when you first make your session.
We take your first name and contact number only to ensure your personal information is limited.
In your first session, the counsellor will explain confidentiality and what that means in our service.