Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselling

Toora’s alcohol and other drug counselling service is available to women, trans women and feminine-identifying people aged 18 or older who are impacted by drug and/or alcohol dependencies. Counselling is provided by qualified and registered professionals. Sessions run for one hour and are offered in 12-week packages. Both current Toora service users and new clients are welcome. 

What can Toora’s alcohol and other drug counselling help with?

  • Support with changing behaviours and habits
  • Develop coping strategies
  • Relapse prevention
  • Improved and maintained motivation
  • Goal setting


Counselling packages up to 12 weeks are free. Further appointments are negotiable based on the needs of our clients. 


We require 24 hours’ notice for cancellations to ensure you receive your full treatment package. If notice is not given, then the session will be deducted from your agreed number of sessions. 


To make an appointment, contact the Toora intake team on (02) 6122 700 or email The team will assess your suitability for counselling. Sessions are held in Civic, Canberra with flexible appointment times and outreach visits (we come to you) available.  

The Counselling Service offers specialist alcohol and other drug (AOD) counselling to women in individual and group settings.  Support is provided to women with complex issues who have experienced the impact of their own AOD use, past or present traumas such as domestic, family and sexual violence and / or are experiencing related mental health issues.

In line with Toora’s Practice Framework, the counselling service works within a strengths‐based, person-centred framework that is underpinned by trauma informed care.

Our counsellors use a wide range of evidence-based treatment approaches and therapeutic interventions such as motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapies. Together, the client and counsellor explore goals and coping strategies to work through a variety of issues linked to their addictions, and to help clients to improve and maintain motivation, increase self-awareness, change behaviours, and develop strategies for emotional coping and for relapse prevention.