Why would I need to attend counselling?
If you are feeling overwhelmed in any area of your life, if you feel you have lost your way, or things are becoming difficult to manage, counselling can be a good opportunity to open up about your thoughts and feelings to someone who is removed from friends and family.
As a counsellor I can listen and hear what you are saying, and provide guidance and prompt questions to understand the reason you may feel as you do. Which in turn will allow you to explore options and develop strategies to cope with all that you have going on.
I am worried the counsellor will judge me?
A nonjudgmental, attitude underpins my approach to counselling. As a counsellor I do not make diagnosis. I have a deep respect for other people and their unique perspectives of the world.
Will my counsellor keep my information private & confidential?
Your privacy is protected by law. Counselling sessions are completely confidential except under the following circumstances:
If I was concerned that you were at risk of seriously harming yourself or others. If you are under 17 years of age and you were being harmed by someone else. If I found it necessary to breach your confidentiality I would discuss this with you before taking action.
When I discuss work with my clinical supervisor. This standard practice and my supervisor is bound by the same laws, code of ethics and confidentiality as myself.
How often do I need to come and how long will it take?
There is no set answer to this question. Some problems can be resolved in just a few sessions. Others take much longer. Therapy should continue as long as you are making progress and you feel you have gained the resources you need to resolve issues you have brought to therapy.
People also often use counselling sessions on an on-going basis, like a regular ‘check-up’ – similarly to how you look after your physical health, it is important to look after your emotional and mental.
How much will it cost?
One hour sessions are charged at $120. Medicare does not currently offer rebates for this counselling services, however rebates are available for some private health funds. (Bupa, Medibank & Police Health Fund)