Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Counsellor and a Psychotherapist?

Training for Psychotherapists tends to be much longer and more comprehensive. A psychotherapist is also expected to have their own weekly therapy for an extensive period of time (often for the duration of their training).

How do I choose a therapist?

All the evidence shows that the key to successful therapy is finding, and working with, the right therapist for you. The theoretical approach they use is a relatively small factor. With this in mind I offer a FREE 30 minute initial appointment so that we can make a more informed choice about how to move forward. 

What can I expect at my first appointment?

I understand from my personal and professional experiences how difficult it can be to take this first step. I therefore aim to create a welcoming, relaxed, safe space where you can talk openly about your issues and let me know what you hope to achieve by attending sessions. I will also go through some contractual elements e.g. confidentiality.

Will my sessions be confidential?

Yes, sessions are confidential. The exception would be if you were to pose a danger to yourself or others. I would always aim to discuss any concerns I had with you and encourage you to deal with issues where possible. However, in extreme cases I would be required to notify relevant parties.

How many sessions will I need?

This will depend on your particular needs. We will agree an initial number of sessions and review periodically. Psychotherapy is a commitment to yourself and requires regular attendance for the maximum benefit.

Do I need a referral?

No. Simply book in for an initial session.

Can I claim a rebate through Insurance?

Unfortunately I cannot offer a rebate through medicare. However, I understand that some private insurance companies do offer rebates for counselling/psychotherapy so please check with your current provider.

What are your rates?

I currently charge $95 (inc GST) per 50 minute session.

What is your cancellation policy?

A minimum of 24 hours notice. 

What is your availability? 

I generally work Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday morning. Other times may be available upon request.

What type of payment do you accept?

I accept cash and payment can be made by Bank Transfer.