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Lifeforce Counselling Overview

Counselling is a therapeutic process conducted between the client and the trained professional (The Counsellor.)

Counsellors use specialist interpersonal skills to learn about clients' personal issues and challenges, in order to facilitate empowerment, improvement, and ultimately management or resolution of issues or challenges.

Counselling is best described as a dialogue between consenting adults to enrich and improve the client's life.

Effective, personalised Counselling will assist the client to move towards desired life goals and to live the best, most valued life possible.

Counselling can be used to assist with -

  • Building or enhancing Self Esteem
  • Building Confidence & Ego Strengthening
  • Grief and Loss (Including loss of Life, Income, Employment and Identity)
  • Anticipatory Mourning, Sudden Loss, Complicated Grief and Disenfranchised Grief
  • PCBD Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder
  • Clarification and Understanding of Family Relationships
  • Divorce and Infidelity
  • Conflict Resolution and Influencing Skills
  • Management of Anxiety, Nervousness, and Panic
  • Management of Peer Pressure and Mean Girl Syndrome
  • Isolation and Loneliness
  • Depression, Malaise or Fear
  • Phobias (Insects, Bugs, Fear of Flying)
  • Processing of Emotional Pain
  • Trauma Processing
  • Career Advice 
  • Building road maps for the future

    These are just a small selection of issues counselling can assist with.  If you have a particular challenge that is not mentioned here, please feel free to contact us.

    Counselling. Frequently Asked Questions.

     

    How do I know if I need Counselling?

    Most people have a sense or feeling that something is not quite right when they seek out assistance.

    For some people, it can be as simple as feeling 'blue' or 'stressed'. For others, it's a little more complex, you may feel 'uneasy' or uncharacteristically 'on edge'.  You may even find yourself 'snapping' at others, or becoming dissatisfied with your 'lot in life'. 

    There are many reasons people seek out Counselling. Sometimes it really can be as simple as needing someone to talk to who is NOT a family member, who can view the situation with relative objectivity and a lack of bias.

    If you feel like life is starting to get on top of you, or that you cannot cope in your present situation, then you may benefit from talking to a qualified, accredited Counsellor.

    How long does it take?
     
    Counselling rarely follows a dedicated timeline. Every client is an individual, with individual needs, responses and requirements.

    Some clients feel much more confident and relaxed after a single session with a Counsellor, while others need time to develop trust and rapport with their therapist.

    Treatment plans are discussed with clients during the initial visit, as per the Code of Conduct for all professional Counsellors with the ACA.  (Australian Counselling Association)

    Does my family have to know?

    No.  Your privacy is very important and all matters discussed with your Counsellor will remain completely confidential.  *Except in the case of agreed or implied consent.

    Will I be Judged?

    No, you will not be judged.  Counselling is not about judgement.  It is a dialogue between consenting adults, where a trained professional assists the client in understanding, accepting and changing unwanted behaviours, in order to reach desired life goals.

    What happens in a Session?

    Sessions will vary from visit to visit depending on your needs at the time.  Sometimes you may be feeling like you want your therapist to act as a sounding board.   At other times, you may be looking for direction or clarity.   We don't set rules or enforce an agenda in our therapy sessions.  It's all about what you need on the day!

    What are the fees?

    The fee for a counselling session is $140.   Sessions run for 60 minutes. 

    Do you take Mental Health Care Plans?

    Unfortunately, as Registered Counsellors, we are unable to take mental health care plans.  Our industry body, the ACA, is lobbying hard for Counsellors to be included in the MBS.  Until that occurs only Registered Clinical Psychologists can offer subsidised rates or partial refunds for Mental Health Care plans.   Often the out of pocket expenses from Mental Health Care Plans are quite similar to our counselling fees.

    Can I get a Counselling rebate?

    Yes. There are a small number of private health funds offering rebates on Counselling Services.  If you have extras cover or have nominated Counselling, Hypnotherapy or Coaching on your ancillary benefits.  The amount and number of rebates you receive will depend on your cover.  Please refer to the information below.   

    Do I have to like my Therapist?

    Yes, it really helps the counselling process to share a level of rapport with your counsellor.  Stats show that the level of rapport you share with your therapist will impact your outcome.  

Lifeforce Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy is an approach to mental wellness that helps people resolve past conflicts and become more present. When you move from beyond the past, you can find peace in the present and enrich your interactions in the world around you.

Gestalt Therapy centres around the present.  You can learn to tune into your inner self, release the past, and engage with the present. Instead of worrying about the past or the future.

According to Gestalt Therapy, emotions can only be resolved if they are discussed in the present. The release of emotions, both internally and externally, is the primary way that clients heal with this type of therapy.  Instead of focusing on achievement and meeting expectations, clients learn to understand themselves and their desires. This can build confidence and alleviate stress, which ultimately leads to good mental health.

Gestalt Therapy is sometimes referred to as ' empty chair therapy' or 'exaggeration technique' therapy.

Gestalt therapy is a humanistic, holistic, person-centred form of psychotherapy that is focused on an individual's present life and challenges rather than delving into past experiences.  If Gestalt Therapy sounds like the type of Therapy you may require, please book an appointment below by clicking the button. 

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Lifeforce Solution Focused Counselling

Solution Focused Therapy is goal focused collaborative therapy. 

It is based on direct observation of a clients response to very precisely constructed questions. 

When undertaking Solution Focused Therapy the focus will be on the present and future, only drawing from the past to elaborate on previous successes.

Solution Focused Therapy will assist you in visualising your ideal or preferred forward life path and offer tools and resources to assist with the fruition of new goals.

Questions and Compliments are the primary tools for Solution Focused Therapy.  Solution Focused Therapy capitalises on the client's own skill set, raising self-awareness to elicit forward planning during the session.

Solution Focused Therapy is a Postmodern Counselling Approach.  Postmodern counselling means that the counsellor will attempt to minimise 'authority' while forming a professional, communal relationship with the client.  If this sounds like the type of therapy you would enjoy, please book your appointment by clicking the button below. 

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Lifeforce Person Centered Counselling

Person Centered Therapy is commonly known as talk therapy.  It focuses on the client and counsellor exploring a space where a sense of self becomes evident in the client. 

You will be encouraged to explore how your attitudes, beliefs, thoughts and actions can impact on your persona in a negative way, hence forming maladaptive or undesired behaviours.  

Person Centered Therapy allows you to talk openly and honestly about ‘issues’ or ‘problems’ which you may be experiencing, through open and transparent dialogue with your counsellor. 

The Person Centered Approach to counselling is based on the premise that all humans have an innate tendency to develop to their full potential; however, this is sometimes not possible due to our life experiences and in particular, those where others tell us we are only loved or valued if we behave in certain ways or have certain feelings.

Person Centered Counselling may:

  • Provide you with an environment in which you are not threatened or judged.
  • Help you to recognise and or reconnect with your own value and self-worth.
  • Understand it is okay to have needs and wants. 
  • Allow you to reframe some of your thoughts differently and positively.
  • Celebrate your successes and use the skills and strengths you already possess.

Person Centered Therapy is a Humanistic Counselling Approach.  Person Centered counselling means that the counsellor will attempt to find out how you as an individual perceive yourself and help you to recognise your latent potential and life goal responsibilities.  If Person Centered Therapy sounds like a Therapy you may enjoy, please book your appointment by clicking on the button below.

 

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CBT

CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a therapy that is aimed at changing maladaptive thinking or behaviour.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is often described as ‘psycho therapeutic’ therapy.  It helps clients to understand how their thoughts and feelings affect their behaviours. 

CBT is generally administered as a short term therapy to assist clients with very specific issues.  Clients using CBT will learn how to identify and manage destructive or debilitating thought patterns, hence altering how they ‘feel’ and ‘think’ about the ‘issue’, which can lead to a change in ‘core’ behaviours.

The ultimate goal of CBT is to teach clients that they can in fact ‘rule their own world’ by controlling their thought processes.  CBT does call for some introspection and works well if the client is prepared to spend some time analysing their thought processes, and how these processes relate to behaviour.

Counsellors can also assist clients with taking on a more open, mindful and aware approach to their thoughts to diminish their negative impact.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a Behavioural Therapy Approach. CBT means that the Counsellor will assist the client to focus on the here and now while seeking to determine why the client may have developed and retained certain patterns and thinking.   CBT may assist clients in understanding how and why they react to certain habits, behaviours and events.  If CBT sounds like the right therapy for you, please book your appointment by clicking the button below.

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Medical Fund Rebates

As registered Level 2 Counsellors with the ACA - Australian Counselling Association we are able to offer rebates from the following Medical Funds. 

Our receipts are issued electronically at or after your appointment.  All provider numbers are recorded on our receipts. 

*Please check your amount and level of cover.  The majority of our services require you to have extras cover or have specific ancillary cover nominated on your policy. 

Provider number is #3749.

Our Memberships for Professional Counselling.

Australian Counselling Association.

 This clinic abides by the Australian Counselling Associations Code of Ethics and Practice.

Click here to see a copy of the ACA's Code of Practice for Professional Counsellors.

 

 

Mental Health Professionals Network

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