Psychotherapy & Counselling

  • I work on Mondays to Fridays and there are a limited number of after-hours appointments available.
  • All sessions are 60 minutes and are held at the same time each week in order to provide consistency and continuity.
  • My fee is $120 per hour and a cancellation policy applies.
  • Fees are payable by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or direct deposit.
  • No referral is required for psychotherapy or counselling.

The initial session

It is really important to find a therapist that is the right ‘fit’ for you. The initial session is an opportunity to talk about what has brought you to therapy and what you are hoping to gain from the sessions as well as experiencing how I work and how you feel about working with me. It will give me the opportunity to make an initial assessment, which we will discuss at the end of the session. We will also talk about any other support systems that you have or need, and come to an agreement about future appointments.

 

Length of therapy

The length of time that you invest in therapy depends on many factors, including what you want to address, what your current life circumstances are and what other support systems are available to you.

If you have experienced a recent loss or bereavement, or if you want to explore your options around a particular situation, then counselling or short-term psychotherapy may be sufficient.

If you would like to change unconscious, repetitive relational or behavioural patterns that have complex underlying causes, e.g. childhood abuse or other trauma, then longer-term psychotherapy may be required. Psychotherapy may also be helpful for people who want to focus on self-development and becoming more authentic in their relationships with themselves and others.

Whatever your reasons are for counselling or psychotherapy, we will regularly evaluate how the therapy is going and will work towards ending once you have reached your therapeutic goals.

 

What are psychotherapy and counselling?

Psychotherapy and counselling both use a professional relationship to support clients in developing self-awareness and in addressing whatever the client presents in an empowering way.

Having trained in both counselling and psychotherapy, my experience is that counselling tends to focus on addressing specific, current problems or goals in the short-term. Psychotherapy focuses on the development of insight into unconscious patterns and beliefs that have developed since childhood, and facilitates growth and change at a deep level. Psychotherapy is therefore usually a long-term process.

There are many different theoretical approaches in both psychotherapy and counselling. Each practitioner works differently based on their training, unique personality and personal style and the requirements of their workplace and professional association. If you would like to read a more detailed definition of counselling and psychotherapy by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, click here.