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What happens in a counselling session?
The client and therapist talk, ask questions, share information and problem solve.
How many sessions will I need?
Therapy is not a quick fix for your problem, rather it is a process. It will take as long as it needs for you to feel you’ve achieved your desired outcome.
Is everything I tell you in confidence?
Yes, up to a point. There are limitations to confidentiality which will be explained in our first session.
What if I don’t feel it’s a good fit between me and the therapist?
That’s perfectly fine and it does happen. You are under no obligation to make another appointment.
What’s the difference between a Psychologist and a Counsellor?
There are many similarities between counselling psychology and general counselling and there are also distinct differences. Both use similar activities in the counseling or therapeutic process within the process of general talk therapy.

However, there are clear distinctions in the types of clients seen by each professional. A Psychologist is able to work with clients with a mental disorder, including those diagnosed as psychotic, in in-patient and outpatient medical settings.

A counsellor will work with less disturbed clients; clients with ‘normal problems’ in non-medical settings.

Counselling is typically concerned with immediate and practical issues such as processing grief or anger, helping the client identify options when making important personal or professional decisions, or building better interpersonal or communication skills.

A counsellor might work with a client to learn how to better manage conflicts in relationships or to clarify his or her values on a particular topic. The focus in counselling is to the client’s concerns and difficulties as well as understanding how patterns of behaviour, thoughts and feelings can cause problems in daily life.

Do I get a rebate through Medicare or my private health insurance?
A. At present, the Australian Government do not offer rebates for counselling services (however it is being considered). Counselling fees are much lower than that of a Psychologist’s so this generally offsets any price differences.
What’s the difference between talking to a professional counsellor and talking to a close friend or family member?
A counsellor is trained to help you uncover what’s bothering you, possible root causes, and identify your specific ways of thinking. It is NOT like getting advice from a friend.