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.
We can help you make sense of your situation.
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 registered 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. Initial sessions run for 60-90 minutes with follow up sessions running 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.
Research shows that the level of rapport you share with your therapist will impact your outcome.
Please take a read about some of the therapies we use here at Lifeforce Hypnotherapy and Counselling below.