What is Counselling? Psychotherapy Counselling is a process which gives you the opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more successfully, with a greater sense of well-being. It may be concerned with addressing or resolving your specific problems, making decisions, coping with crises, working through conflict, or improving your relationships with others.
Psychotherapy helps to empower you in such a way that every major life stresses and traumatic life events can be dealt with effectively. The main aim of therapy is to give you a true sense of mastery, joy and vitality that will help you to live life fully.
It includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Relationship Counselling, Choice Therapy and Acceptance Therapy and specific therapies for Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Depression, and others. Therapy usually occurs over several sessions. All issues discussed are always dealt with utmost confidence.
What does Counselling involve? Counselling psychotherapy aims at changing your thought-pattern, thought-processing and decision making, when you feel things are not working out right. It helps you to clear your head and to see more clearly through the maze, to release the shadows of fear, panic, and pain, to deal with hurt, guilt, anger, and self-esteem. It also helps you to discover a whole new way of looking at yourself .... a new identification of your 'self ', to start thinking just a bit differently, to look at a wide range of alternatives available and to change your attitude.
Will it work for me? Your problems are respected, validated and then the opportunity is offered to think just a bit differently, and to look at alternatives to make a better change in your life. You make the choice and you make the decision for your life.
Why shouldn't I see just any Counsellor? To be a counsellor needs no registration in most states, and degrees are offered by many "counselling colleges" with minimal training. Hence anyone can put up a shingle as a counsellor. It is wise to keep away from unregistered counsellors.
How is your treatment different from that of a psychologist? Registered Medical Practitioners, on the other hand, who have post-graduate training and qualifications both in medicine and counselling, could manage both psychological problems caused by physical illness, and treat physical problems caused by psychological illness.
Psychologists could only deal with psychological problems caused by physical stress or mental strain. Psychologists could not deal with physical problems even though caused by psychological illness. Examples are stress related stomach ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, migraine and many other conditions that could be triggered by anxiety and depression.
Aren't all psychologists qualified to treat me? Not necessarily. Only Registered Clinical Psychologists are qualified to treat, apart from doctors, as they undergo special training for that, well after qualifying as a regular psychologist, but with honors. Other psychologists could well be working in schools, hospitals, universities, industries, area health services, government institutions, education departments, or even in medical centres but they are not suitably qualified as Clinical Psychologists are.
How many sessions will I need? Usually there is no one-visit solution! Multiple problems tend to confuse the issue in some situations. Hence sessions depend on the presenting concern, severity and duration of each condition treated. Brief supportive counselling is available for certain situations, directed towards identified goals, and then helping you apply your empowered skills to a new and challenging situation. If you feel you have other problems that need to be dealt with, additional sessions could then be arranged.
The format of therapy involves: 1. The first appointment is for Assessment and Evaluation. Future Treatment Sessions will be planned and scheduled during this appointment. If you have a valid Medicare card, you may be bulk billed. Otherwise a fee of $90 will be charged. During this appointment you may ask any questions you may have about the treatment. 2. If you qualify for the Mental Health Plan prepared and referred by your doctor, you will be entitled to have 10 fee-for-service weekly sessions.
The Mental Health Plan may not apply for certain conditions, in which case, another Mental Health Consultation may be provided. There is no limit to sessions, as you are treated by a Medical Doctor.
What is your success rate? It is prudent not to fall for 'claimed' success rates or statistics. A person is not a statistic. You are just you. Each person has a unique set of circumstances that defines their own specific likelihood of achieving their goal. So come with an open mind for your therapy, and you will be pleasantly surprised, as therapy works only as much as you want it to work!
Do I need a referral? Your doctor's referral is preferred, but not necessary. If you wish, your doctor could be kept informed of your progress. For certain conditions, referrals are necessary to claim your refund from Medicare.
How much does it cost? See the Fees section on our Contact Us/Maps page. Can my partner also attend with me? Yes. Relationship Counselling, Marriage Counselling, and Family Therapy involve more than one person. Fees are charged accordingly, and you get back higher Medicare refunds on site. Counselling for married couples and families can be Medicare claimable. However, for individual counselling, in view of confidentiality and privacy issues, no on-lookers are allowed, and no recording is permitted.
Therapies provided include Psychotherapy, Stress Management and Relaxation Therapy, NLP. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps to replace unpleasant thoughts with realistic positive thoughts. This therapy also helps to enhance physical and mental activity especially in the anxious or depressed. Cognition Based Mindfulness Therapy Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) helps to resolve interpersonal difficulties, conflicts and personality disorders by discussing and learning better ways of relating to others. Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, Psychodynamic and Psychoanalysis Therapies are insight therapies that help bring about attitudinal change from within. "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7 So what you think and feel is what you are. Your outer world is a reflection of your inner thoughts, feelings and emotions.
TeleHealth using your smartphone or computer is a preferred and personal form of therapy for privacy and safety. It has also been found to be more effective. Therapy can be provided at any place of your choice, from any location worldwide - home, car, park etc., You are in total control of your privacy and can receive therapy in a location you feel comfortable and safe. Additional savings are on travel time and other associated expenses. Another advantage is discretion, as you do not need to sit in a waiting room or engage with anyone other than the doctor. Most patients prefer TeleTherapy lately, and have switched to it due to the above benefits.