Post Abortion Counselling


There are over 80 000 abortions performed in Australia every year and 1 in 3 Australian women will at some stage in their life, have an abortion. Abortion often catalyses a deep psychological and emotional distress within an individual as well as triggering spiritual anguish that can be difficult to understand.

The purpose of counselling after abortion is to help you understand and heal from the impact of abortion on yourself, your life and your relationships. At such a painful and confusing time in your life, there is someone who you can turn to who can help and support you through the journey.

The after effects of abortion can be confusing, unexpected and overwhelming for both women and men. Many of those who experience an abortion are left feeling grief stricken, empty, conflicted, ashamed and guilt ridden.

Narelle Williams, Bethesda’s Counsellor and Grief Recovery Specialist, understands, cares and is experienced with walking alongside those who need to find healing and peace from their abortion experience. Counselling is non-judgemental, sensitive and offered individually (face to face, telephone and email) and in small support & recovery groups. Narelle understands the pain that abortion often injects into a person’s life and can show you the pathway for healing and recovery.

Abortion is a complex choice and not a decision that an individual takes lightly. If you have had an abortion and are hurting, your feelings are normal. If you thought things would go back to normal but they haven’t, there is hope. At Bethesda, I seek to provide the post abortion support and counselling that you need and deserve. You can expect compassionate and non- judgemental support in your recovery.

Perhaps you can relate to some of these common experiences after abortion…..

  • Guilt/shame/regret
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Frequent crying
  • Anger/rage
  • An overwhelming sense of loss
  • Loss of self esteem
  • Feeling like you are falling apart
  • Having trouble concentrating
  • Feeling alone & isolated; as though no one understands
  • Self hatred
  • Confused
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Emotional numbness
  • Unnecessary risk taking, increased promiscuity
  • Intense desire to become pregnant again
  • Anorexia or other eating issues
  • Difficulty bonding with current children
  • Intense fear of babies
  • Suicidal urges
  • Drug/alcohol abuse
  • Nightmares/flashbacks
  • Disturbed sleep or insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Relationship problems &/or parenting problems
  • Abdominal pain and gastrointestinal problems
  • Physical complaints related to the reproductive system

Counselling sessions are a window of opportunity for you to get back on track and find peace of mind and purpose once again. Together, we can walk that road that will lead you out of the darkness and ease your suffering. Narelle has helped many individuals and couples walk through the painful aftermath of abortion.

Don’t suffer alone any longer, Make an appointment today for your post abortion counselling sessions and begin to claim your mental, emotional and spiritual recovery. Trust Bethesda Counselling to provide you with safe, compassionate and confidential support and to show you the pathway for your healing. The fee schedule can be accessed through the website under FAQ.

“Abortion is such a profound event in one’s life, that one must either thoughtfully integrate it into one’s life or fearfully suppress it. Neither is easy. The former requires great fortitude and honesty. The latter is simply unhealthy. It is a fundamental principle of psychiatry that suppression of emotions is the cause of numerous psychological and physical ailments. Suppressed feelings create their own internal pressures, sap emotional energy, and cause turmoil in one’s life until it bursts forth in a way which can no longer be ignored.”

The Post Abortion Review. “Women Who Abort: Their Reflections on the Unborn”. Vol 4, No. 1, p4. Elliot Institute,

Bethesda Counselling and Family Therapy offers reliable counselling services in Perth, Midland, Ellenbrook, Kalamunda, the Hills and surrounding areas.