Going to see a psychologist can seem like a daunting process, knowing what happens can take some of the fear out of starting the process.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is the process of going to talk to a therapist about the challenges that you face. A therapist will listen to some of the difficulties that you are facing and together you will begin to explore ways of managing them. Counselling is not about being given advice (although practical suggestions and strategies may be given) and it is not about ‘fixing anything.’ There is no magic wand here! However, it is about providing you with a safe space to talk about what is happening for you and to identify what is needed to move through this. This will look different for everyone. Some people attend for just a few sessions and some will attend for much longer. Some will come and go as needed. You do not need a diagnosis of a mental health problem in order to receive counselling, in fact, seeing a therapist early on may help prevent early symptoms of a mental health condition becoming more serious.
The first session – what to expect in the first session
The first session focuses on establishing an understanding of your situation. A therapist will ask questions to help you to explain what is happening, they may ask questions about how you are feeling, what you are experiencing and your history. They may also simply listen as you tell your story. As the session comes to an end we will talk about some of the hoped-for outcomes of coming to counselling, frequency of sessions and goals. We do this in collaboration.
What are your fees?
Fees for a 50 minute telehealth consultation: $180 per session.
Using a Mental Health Care Plan
With a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP you can access a set number of rebates for sessions per year. At this stage, you can access a rebate for up to 20 psychology sessions per year. A Mental Health Care Plan can be obtained from your GP. The current rebate is $87.45 per 50 minute session.
I also provide services through the NDIS (self managed plans), Workers Compensation and and those with Private Health Cover. However, it is best to check with your private health provider prior to booking to see whether psychology services are covered.
How does Telehealth work?
Telehealth is counselling online. This has recently become a more viable and necessary option due to Covid-19.
Telehealth can be perfect for those who would struggle to have the time to attend a counselling session in person be that due to a busy work life, illness or a parent juggling children.
Preparing for a Telehealth session is simple. All that is required is a good internet connection. Prior to your session, you will be sent a link to the appointment. You click on the link at the time of your session and will be taken into an online meeting room.
How Do I Get Started?
For further questions about the counselling process or to get started you can:
Fill out an enquiry form on the Contact page.
Call me on 0492 895 444.
Services are only provided via Telehealth (online counselling) at this point.
You can cancel your session at no cost up to 48 hours prior to the session. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will incur a fee which is 50% of the session fee. It is not possible to claim a rebate for a cancelled session.