You’re not alone. Here at Hello Sunday Morning we help people every day who are trying to change their relationship with alcohol. We hear many reasons for people wanting to reduce their drinking; health concerns, financial worries, hangovers, feeling like they aren’t coping without a drink, regretting things they’ve said or done when drinking, wanting to be a better parent or perform better at work … and the list goes on.
Whatever your reasons are, we can help you along your journey to keep you motivated, help resist triggers and cravings, develop new patterns of behaviour and coping, and build a better relationship with alcohol.
Daybreak Plus is a program that helps you change your relationship with alcohol through confidential, non-judgemental and supportive conversations with our professional health coaches.
You’ll receive 6 free phone counselling sessions of 45-60 minutes duration to help you talk through your concerns about alcohol. Calls are scheduled weekly at a time convenient to you. Calls are just like having face-to-face therapy with a psychologist, but without having to travel anywhere or provide any medicare information or get a referral from your GP.
Our Psychologists are experienced in working with people who are having issues with alcohol and wanting to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing, so can offer expert advice specific to your situation.
There are many barriers to changing your drinking patterns, and it’s hard to do all by yourself, without support. Having someone to talk to each week who understands what you are going though, and has a toolbox full of tips to help with the process, is going to make it easier to stick to your goals.
You don’t have to want to quit drinking completely, you might want to stay at the level you are at, or cut down a little, or have a few alcohol-free days. Our psychologists can help you work through the strategy that’s best for you right now, and change that strategy if and when you need to.
Some reasons people give for wanting to change their relationship with alcohol:
Our psychologists will help you by guiding you through your journey, recommending behaviour change experiments that can help your situation, and setting motivating and realistic personal goals. Our psychologists can help you work through triggers for drinking (such as putting the kids to bed, stress from work, Friday night drinks) and offer strategies for how to deal with urges to drink.
Whether the goal is to cut back or abstain from drinking, our coaches are available for anonymous, non-judgmental chats to give direct and personal support.
Our psychologists understand that the reasons people drink are not always straightforward, and other issues in their life may need to be addressed at the same time.
Some people talk to our psychologists about goal setting, anxiety management, decision making, trauma, depression and other mental health issues, parenting, PTSD, stress, illness, caring responsibilities or big life changes.
Briony Leo has been working in mental health since 2009 and has been registered as a psychologist since 2011. Her work currently involves helping people to understand and change their relationship with alcohol, and to meet their health and wellbeing goals. Her special areas of interest are in trauma counselling and using technology to support mental health and wellbeing, as well as improving overall health and functioning. She has completed further training in Neurofeedback, Schema Therapy and EMDR.
The program is free for residents of Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Gippsland encompasses the vast area from the Bunyip River in the west, Omeo in the north, Mallacoota to the east, to Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island in the south. Gippsland includes six local government areas (LGAs): Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington.
The program is paid for by Primary Health Network’s with the support of the Australian Government Department of Health.
Click on the calendar below. All we need is your first name, email address and a number to call you on – at a time that suits you. All information is collected and stored confidentially.
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Daybreak Plus’ and tell us when you would like to receive a call.
You can download our free app – Daybreak. Daybreak is an online program that helps you change your relationship with alcohol through a supportive community, habit-change experiments, and one-on-one chat with health coaches.