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What happens in the first session?

In the first session we’ll discuss your therapy goals, your personal history, and what the therapy plan might be. In this session we will also go through the confidentiality and consent policy. 

During the COVID-19 crisis, the first phone call will go over how you can maintain your privacy during sessions. This can be a challenge if your household is self isolating. If this is a concern for you, please be sure to mention it as soon as you can.

What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

There is quite a bit of overlap between counselling and psychotherapy. Both involve discussing your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and actions. Counselling is usually to explore issues that are causing a problem for you. Psychotherapy is not necessarily about a problem, but about helping you get to know yourself better.

Where is your office located?

I operate from my home office. I find that this is a relaxed, informal setting and suits people who might want a less clinical environment for therapy. 

When are you available? Can I get a session in the evening?

Appointments are available from 10am till 7pm on weekdays, 9am till 1pm on Saturdays. All sessions are first come, first served. 24 hour notice is required for bookings and cancellations.

Does my health insurance or Medicare cover this?

At the moment most Australian health insurers do not include counselling in their coverage. 

Medicare rebates are currently only available for psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers. 

Are these sessions confidential?

Absolutely. All information you share is strictly confidential and will not be released without your written consent. As part of maintaining ethical practices, I may occasionally consult with a clinical supervisor on your case to provide you with the best care possible. Confidentiality will be maintained and your name will not be used. 

There are some legal limitations to this confidentiality including:

  • There is reason to believe that there is immediate threat of harm to yourself or somebody else,
  • There is reported child abuse or neglect, or
  • There is a court subpoena requesting my case files and testimony.

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How many sessions do I need? How often?

In the first session we will discuss what your goals are and how long this may take, however it is impossible to be definite. If you are getting over a breakup, you may need six months or so. If you want to make changes to your habits and behaviour, it will take longer. I’ll check in with you intermittently to discuss progress and whether it feels appropriate to end our sessions.

In the early stage of counselling, I recommend you commit to once a week. Counselling is most effective when there is a trusting and caring relationship forged through regular contact.

Are there any discounts available?

The current discounted rate of $90 is available to everybody.

Can you do a home visit?

Sessions are being provided over video chat to minimise risk of viral transmission. 

Do I need a referral from a GP?

It isn’t essential, you can contact us directly. Counselling is not currently covered for rebates with mental health care plans.

What if you’re not the right counsellor for me?

You’ve read through my profile and this counselling FAQ but still aren’t sure if we’d make a good team. Feel free to contact me to arrange a complimentary, no obligation 20 minute consult call. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about me and how we can work together. 

If it turns out that I’m not the right counsellor for you- that’s okay. Finding the right counsellor can be difficult. That connection can make a real difference to your outcomes, so it's important to be sure.

Contact me to organise your complimentary 20 minute phone consultation to discuss how I can help you