Vast Horizon Counselling

Vast Horizon Counselling provides men, women and couples a safe, confidential and collaborative space to explore struggles that often present themselves in life. Vast Horizon Counselling offers an affordable service that is professionally accredited to communities in and around Ballarat.

About Anthony

As lead counsellor, Anthony Varenica has completed a Bachelor of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Prior to this, Anthony has had more than fifteen years experience working in the social welfare sector encompassing a variety of roles. This work has included facilitating men’s groups, working as a hospital chaplain and working with asylum seekers. Anthony is also working in Melbourne facilitating men’s behaviour change and family violence group programs for the Victorian Behaviour Change Centre (VBCC).

Anthony has a keen interest in the use of humour and joy in the context of therapy. This curiosity inspired Anthony to participate in an experiential workshop with Dr Patch Adams in Guatemala in 2013 to explore concepts of humanitarian clowning.

Approach to therapy

The approach Anthony uses in his practice is predominantly narrative therapy. This approach’s philosophical stance places the person being consulted as the ‘expert’ in the therapeutic relationship and the counsellor as a collaborator who assists in facilitating the process of therapy. This stance allows for collaborative explorations of problems that arise in people’s lives with the goal of discovering preferred ways of living in relation to difficult situations.

Person-Centered, Existential and Solution-focused approaches are also utilised in Anthony’s practice, offering people being consulted a flexible and integrated approach that aims to meet people in their individual contexts.

Anthony works with people who seek assistance for issues including:

  • alcohol and other drug misuse
  • anger management
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • disability related issues
  • existential dilemmas
  • family violence
  • grief and loss
  • impulse control difficulties
  • relationship issues
  • spirituality
  • trauma
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