How much do you charge?
I charge $80 for a full one-hour session, $40 for a one-off introductory thirty-minute session, and I also offer a free fifteen-minute ‘icebreaker’ session where you can see if we could work well together. Very often, clients move from the free icebreaker straight to the next full session.
What if I don’t have a credit/debit card?
Bookings are handled either online, which requires a credit card for payment, or via email or Facebook Messenger. If you don’t have a credit card I can supply you with my bank details so you can direct deposit the funds.
How quickly can I get in to see you?
Normally there would be a one-week wait for an appointment, but the coronavirus has hijacked my regular bookings and so in some instances I may be able to fit you in earlier than that.
How long do the sessions go for?
Normal sessions run for fifty-to-sixty minutes, however, there is an option for a thirty-minute introductory session at the beginning of your treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
That I can’t tell, it depends on a lot of factors. However, the therapeutic approach I use, Solution Focused Therapy, on average requires less counselling than more traditional approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I also use proven Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tools when deemed appropriate.
What result will I get from counselling?
You will find the strength to tackle your demons, and you will find the peace and comfort from finding yourself back on top of things again. No more needless suffering. Less stress. Less anxiety. Less anger. Less sadness. Less heartache. Whatever is bothering you, you can achieve peace of mind.
When will I start to feel better?
Most clients start to feel better by about the third session. The first two sessions lay the foundation for subsequent progress towards peace of mind.
Can I bring my partner/spouse/children to the counselling session?
No. I don’t work with couples or families. Whilst I do work with teenagers, the sessions are strictly confidential and just between me and them. You are, of course, fully supported to discuss your sessions with your partner or spouse if you so wish.
What happens in a typical session?
We would discuss the area of your life that is causing you distress, and together we would explore opportunities and solutions. That can be exhausting work at first, and may take two or three sessions to master. We would swap ideas, suggestions and test out possibilities for their ‘workability’.
Counselling isn’t a magic bullet, solving all your problems for you. Rather, we work in partnership to discover new strategies to re-engineer your life.
There are no ‘instant’ solutions with counselling; it is a thoughtful process that leads from one ‘discovery’ to the next. This requires a commitment on your behalf to work in applying what you learn in the counselling session to the challenging areas of your life. I can’t ‘solve’ your problems for you.
Counselling is not an advice-giving service. It is a supportive place that allows you to gain understanding of yourself, explore new strategies, and find new ways forward. You are always considered the expert in your life, I as a counsellor walk with you to help you find an improved life, but the journey, and your footsteps, are your own. Why not take a quick read on what Solution Focused Brief Therapy is all about?
Do you offer face-to-face counselling?
In this time of COVID-19 I prefer not to. However, if you are really feeling the pressure of isolation and feel like you really need to be in the presence of someone, for an additional fee I can see you in your own home if you are local to me (Adelaide and Adelaide Hills). The benefits of online counselling are many, and include the freedom to dress in whatever you feel comfortable in (you don’t need to ‘do your hair’, for example) and the ability to access counselling support when there are no counsellors based near you.
Where are you based?
I am based in Athelstone, a north-eastern foothills suburb of Adelaide.
Are you a crisis counsellor?
No, I am not a crisis counsellor. If you feel you are in a crisis, please contact one of the organisations on my crisis page.
What is the difference between a counsellor, a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a specially-trained medical doctor and they can prescribe medications. A psychologist is a ‘head doctor’ and can, like a psychiatrist, diagnose clinical conditions, but they cannot prescribe drugs. Psychologists in Adelaide usually treat their patients with either Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tools or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practices.
Both psychiatrists and psychologists are able to be seen through Medicare-funded schemes, but there are considerable gaps to pay over and above what Medicare covers. Also, you are unlikely to be seen by either a psychologist or a psychiatrist quickly — often there is a multi-month wait for an appointment. A qualified counsellor is trained and experienced in dealing with the holistic whole of a person, and may use a number of recognised, proven clinical approaches to help a client to achieve mental wellness.
In addition, you are likely to be able to see a counsellor quicker than either a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Are you qualified to counsel?
Yes. I have a Masters degree in Counselling Practice and have focused my work in the area of loss and grief. I am committed to providing the best counselling service possible and continue to take part in professional development courses to ensure I am up-to-date with the latest and most effective counselling practices. I am supported by a peak body for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia, PACFA.