Counselling and emotional support

Counselling and emotional support can help each member of your family through your journey with life-limiting childhood illness.

After your child’s diagnosis, you may experience a range of grief and loss, including loss of hopes, dreams and expectations for your child’s future. At Very Special Kids, we understand this grief process does not follow a timeline.

Our highly skilled team of professionals including social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, family therapists and play therapists can be by your side to provide tailored support at every stage of your journey.

Counselling comes in many different forms. We take a child-centred and individual approach to support, recognising everyone within your family will have their own unique needs. Counselling is an opportunity to express your feelings, thoughts, hopes and fears in a safe, non-judgmental environment. We can also help you identify your strengths and provide strategies to assist you in dealing with the many changes in your life.

We also understand that you and your family’s needs can change over time. Our staff conduct ongoing assessments to determine what works best for your family, offering you choice and flexibility.

To find out more information about receiving counselling and emotional support from a family support practitioner, please call 1800 888 875.


As a parent who experienced the death of a child, I feel that there are two periods I needed more support. The first one is the first time I knew the disease of Lucas and the second one is after he passed away… I shared my sadness, my guilt, or even my fear to my marriage with them. And it was very helpful.

Mel and Felix, bereaved parents to 5-month-old Lucas who had spinal muscular atrophy