FAQ

General Questions

What can I expect during a counselling session?

During a counselling session, you can expect a safe and confidential environment. You will be in a space where you can openly discuss your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. We’ll work collaboratively to explore your challenges, set goals, and develop strategies for growth and change.

How long are counselling sessions?

I will tailor sessions to suit the unique needs of each client. For individual counselling with adults, sessions typically last for an hour. This allows ample time to delve into your concerns and explore strategies for growth and healing.

For my younger clients, individual sessions range between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on their age and developmental stage. I understand the importance of adapting my approach to ensure that young individuals feel comfortable and engaged throughout the session.

In couples counselling, sessions extend to 75 minutes. This allows time for both partners to express themselves fully and for us to delve deeper into relationship dynamics. However, I understand that every couple’s needs are different, so sessions can be adjusted based on individual preferences and circumstances.

Regardless of the session length, my focus remains on providing a safe, supportive, and confidential space for you. This is a space for you to explore your challenges and work towards positive change. Your comfort and progress are my top priorities.

How many counselling sessions will I need?

The number of sessions needed varies depending on your unique circumstances and goals. We’ll work together to assess progress and determine the most appropriate duration for your counselling journey.

Couples Counselling

What types of issues can couples counselling help with?

Couples counselling can help with a wide range of issues. It can help with communication problems, conflict resolution, intimacy issues, infidelity and many more. Couples Counselling can also support relationships where there is ADHD or a couple are navigating a FIFO relationship.

Do both partners need to attend sessions?

Ideally, both partners should attend sessions to maximise the benefits of couples counselling. However, individual sessions may also be recommended depending on the situation.

How do you approach conflicts and communication issues in couples counselling?

In couples counselling, I use various techniques. For example, active listening, empathy building, and conflict resolution strategies can help improve communication and resolve conflicts in a constructive manner.

Will couples counselling save my relationship?

I can’t promise I will fix your relationship problems.
But here’s what I can do: I can help both of you figure out the issues causing trouble and talk openly about what you both want from the relationship. Then, we can see where things might go from there.
Sometimes, couples come to me when things have gotten really tough. Sadly, not every relationship can bounce back from that.
Yet, some couples manage to heal and make their relationship stronger.
If your partner isn’t sure about fixing things but you’re determined, you might find it helpful to undertake some individual counselling. Individual counselling could help you figure out what you can do differently.

Separation and Divorce Counselling

How can counselling help individuals going through separation or divorce?

Counselling can provide invaluable support during the emotionally turbulent process of separation or divorce. I offer a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their feelings. This helps you to gain clarity about what is happening and establish priorities. It also assists you to develop coping strategies and navigate the practical and emotional challenges of the transition.

What age groups do you work with?

I work with adults facing the challenges of separation or divorce as well as children, adolescents, and young adults. Separation and divorce can have a ripple effect. All family members can be affected, regardless of age. My approach to counselling is highly individualised, taking into account the unique developmental stages and specific needs of each client.

Individual Counselling

What types of issues do you address in individual counselling?

In individual counselling, I address a wide range of issues. For example: anxiety, depression, stress management, ADHD, self-esteem, relationship issues, personal growth and many more.

How do you ensure confidentiality?

Confidentiality is a top priority, and all information shared during counselling sessions is kept strictly confidential. There are rare circumstances where disclosure may be required by law or necessary to prevent harm.

What approaches or techniques do you use in individual counselling?

I use a person-centered approach, integrating techniques from an attachment-based approach. I also utilise the development model, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches, solution-focused therapy and more. My approach is eclectic. I will utilise a range of modalities to tailor the counselling experience to your unique needs and goals.

Youth Counselling

What age groups do you work with?

I work with children, adolescents, and young adults who have been affected by separation and divorce. My approach to counselling is highly individualised, taking into account the unique developmental stages and specific needs of each client.

How do you approach counseling with teenagers?

Counselling with teenagers involves creating a supportive and non-judgmental environment where they feel comfortable expressing themselves. I use creative and age-appropriate techniques to engage them in the therapeutic process.

Do you involve parents in the counselling process for minors?

Parental involvement in counselling for minors varies depending on the situation and the minor’s preferences. Collaboration with parents can be beneficial in supporting the minor’s progress and addressing family dynamics.

Cost and Insurance

What are your counselling fees?

My counselling fees are as follows:
Couples $220.00
Individual $100-$120

Do you accept insurance, and if so, which providers?

While Medicare does not cover private counselling services, an increasing number of private health funds now acknowledge the importance of counselling. Your health fund may offer coverage within their policies. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, it’s advisable to reach out to your private health fund provider for clarification.

Do you offer sliding scale fees or other payment options?

Yes, I offer sliding scale fees based on income and financial need. Additionally, I provide payment options such as cash, or electronic transfer for convenience.

Scheduling and Availability

Scheduling and Availability:

I strive to accommodate appointment requests as soon as possible. Depending on availability, you may be able to schedule an appointment within one week.

What are your office hours?

My office hours are as follows:
Tuesday – Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm.
Thursday after hours 4:15-8:30pm
However, I understand that these times may not always be convenient for everyone. I strive to accommodate my clients’ schedules as much as possible. In some circumstances, special arrangements can be made for sessions outside of my usual working hours. If you require a session outside of my regular office hours, please don’t hesitate to discuss your availability with me. I will do my best to find a suitable time for you.

How do I book a session?

It is important that you feel comfortable with me before we meet. This can happen via a telephone call. You can email me with your best contact number and a suitable time to contact you. Alternatively you can contact me by calling me. Click on the “Let’s Chat” button below to call me now.

When we speak, I will ask you a little bit about yourself and why you are seeking counselling. You can ask me some questions too. That way you will get a feel for the way I work. This will allow you to be better placed to make a decision about us working together. At that point you can make an appointment, or you can email me at a later date, if you decide we are the right fit.

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ensuring that support is within reach,
no matter your location or schedule constraints.

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