What is counselling?

Counselling is a talk-based therapy. You, as the client, will have the chance to discuss your goals and any issues that are standing in your way, and together we figure out ways of meeting those goals, and removing or working around any barriers. There are a variety of techniques used in counselling, and I am very happy to discuss these with you during our session.

How is a counsellor different to a psychologist?

Although there are many similarities, psychologists are often more focused on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of complex mental health issues – things such as eating disorders, PTSD, and personality disorders. Counsellors tend to take a more person-centred approach with a focus on working towards goals, finding insight, and removing the obstacles to living your best life.

What should I expect from you?

I will be warm and welcoming, and I will listen to you. My practice is client-centred – that means that everything I do is focused on how best to help you. I will be supportive, understanding, and the service will be confidential so you can talk about anything that’s on your mind.

What is confidentiality in counselling?

For you to feel comfortable in our sessions, it’s important that you feel safe to talk freely. I will keep your confidentiality within the legal limits. I will explain confidentiality in much more detail at the start of our first session.

How long is each session?

Sessions go for 50 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions is up to you. Some people just want one or two sessions to help them work through a tricky decision. Other people might want to take their time to explore issues in depth. I am comfortable working in a variety of ways to best suit your needs.

How do I pay for my sessions?

You can pay online via credit card or direct deposit, or you can pay in person with cash or card. Payment is required at the end of each session.

What about Medicare rebates?

At the moment, counsellors are not eligible for Medicare rebates. However, counselling can be very cost effective when compared to some other mental health services. Your private health fund may offer rebates – check directly with them to see if this is the case.