Services | Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Counselling

There are over 4,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Sunshine Coast and many have been disconnected from their community and culture. More often than not this disconnection occurred through government intervention throughout the years (ie. stolen generation).

The Stolen Generation refers to the systematic removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities. In the 90 years between 1883 and the 1970’s an estimated 100,000 Indigenous children were forcibly removed.

This disconnection has led to a number of concerns and issues, and many indigenous people today suffer transgenerational stress. Such stress will show in a variety of ways that are sometimes dysfunctional and harmful to mental health and well being.

Ongoing effects relating to the Stolen Generation include:

  • Insecurity and lack of self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness
  • Depression and suicide
  • Delinquency and violence sometimes leading to imprisonment
  • Alcohol and drug abuse and/or
  • Lack of trust and intimacy

Donna has worked as a psychologist with the Cultural Healing Program (Indigenous Mental Health) for over 5 years and has assisted many in the community in social, emotional and mental health areas.

“The time has come for you, your Tribe, and all First Peoples. Together, you must learn, remember, and teach the languages, songs, and stories of your ancestors so you may rise once again as true Shepherds of Earth. Teach your quiet light and wisdom to all that they may know, love, and honor all Spirits and the circle of life.”  ― Frederic M. Perrin