Location: 25 Barbara Street, Fairfield NSW 2165
Parramatta Mission Counselling Service in Fairfield provides Gambling Help Counselling (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and Financial Counselling (Tuesday).
Our Fairfield office has been operating since 2009 and is located in the heart of the Fairfield CBD. It is about a 5 minute walk from Fairfield train station and there is a 2 hour free council car park directly opposite the office. Even though the office is located within Fairfield Community Services Centre, the entrance is from the street and via the first door of the building on the left.
Meet the Team
Ilona Santa has a Master of Art Therapy and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling. She volunteered her time for a year as a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor and has 6 months experience working therapeutically in a drug and alcohol detox unit as an art therapist, where she ran art groups and therapeutic relapse prevention psycho-education groups, as well as one on one therapeutic sessions with patients. Ilona started working with Parramatta Mission Counselling Services – formerly known as UCMH Counselling Services/Uniting Care Counselling Services – in a student-placement capacity in 2013 and received full-time employment with the same organisation in 2014 as a Gambling Help Counsellor.
Over her 7 years of working for Parramatta Mission Counselling Services as a full-time Gambling Help Counsellor she has created and provided psycho-education workshops and presentations on the impacts of gambling for a broad range of services and community groups such as TAFE NSW, Community Corrections, Parent groups, Women’s groups, Men’s groups, and various Allied Health Services. Ilona is an active member in the community, attending events and maintaining professional networks.
In Ilona’s client-centered work she utilises a CDT-focused framework and draws on a toolbox of other therapeutic modalities such as ACT, CBT, and Motivational Interviewing to provide recovery-oriented support for individuals and their families.