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FAQ

I may not have an answer to all of your questions, but here are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to assist you. If not please send me an email and I will reply within 24 hrs – Thank You

What is Counselling?

The definition of Counselling is:

‘The provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems by utilising an interpersonal relationship to enable people to develop self-understanding and to make changes in their lives.

Why would I go to see a Counsellor?
There are different reasons why people seek out a counsellor, they may be depressed, anxious, stressed, angry, stuggling with every day life. When things get on top of us and we cannot manage on a day to day basis, then it is time to seek help. You don’t want to worry your family, so talking things through with a qualified counsellor will help you to get back on track…
What about the Stigma attached to seeing a Counsellor?
Many people feel the need to see a counsellor at some stage in their lives, it is not a sign of weakness to seek help, but a positive step to taking back control of your life.
What Happens in a Counselling Session?
In counselling you will be listened to empathetically.
You will not be judged or criticised.
All sessions are strictly confidential.
You will be treated with respect.
You will determine your own goals for change and be supported by the counsellor.
How helpful is Counselling?
Counselling can provide great relief, a burden lifted. Counselling can help you to find clarity in your life and change your life for the better. It can give you back, or improve your confidence, and also improve your relationships with loved ones and friends.
How often do I need Counselling?

Initially it will be weekly sessions, then less frequently as time goes on, it really depends on you.

Some clients will only require a few sessions before they see a benefit. There is no set time limit to counselling. I have had some clients who only need one session. Whats important is your health and well being.

Do I need a referral from my Doctor or a Mental Health Plan?
You do not need a referral from your Doctor or a Mental Health Plan to come and see a counsellor.  A Mental Health Plan is only required if you are going to see a Clinical Psychologist.
How much will it cost me?
I charge $ 80 per hour for individuals and $ 120 per hour for couples. Please check with your health provider as some will often contribute to the cost via your insurance.
What is the difference between a Counsellor and a Psychologist?
Counselling focuses on client’s concerns and difficulties and includes understanding people’s patterns of thoughts, behaviours, feelings and the ways in which these may be problematic in their lives. Studying counselling involves learning how to assist people to develop an understanding about themselves and to make changes in their lives.
Psychologists are experts in human behaviour and emotion, with practical skills and research skills that can be applied to a wide variety of fields that include health, education and management. Clinical psychologists help with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses across the lifespan. Most psychologists also help mentally healthy people to find ways of functioning better. For example, they train people to handle stress and family problems.
In a nut shell if you want to learn CBT skills to help you cope then a Psychologist is the way to go.

A Doctor's Referral or Mental Health Plan is not required.