How I Work As a Therapist
My Therapy Approach and Style
We meet in my office. I offer a supportive and respectful consultation service. I will assist you in exploring the nature and meaning of your present challenges or difficulties. I will then work with you to re-shape old limiting patterns and reactions that no longer serve you.
We will work towards your developing new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving with regards to identifying your values and setting appropriate goals.
My goal is to help you go beyond solving your problems and reach your full potential.
My approach entails helping you open up to new possibilities and coaching you in strategies to maintain your gains by equipping you to better address problems that will inevitably arise in the future.
I will treat you as a unique individual, tailoring my approach to best suit your goals and needs.
Your First Counselling and Psychotherapy Session
If you feel apprehensive about seeing a psychologist for the first time, this is perfectly understandable. Below I describe what will occur in our first psychotherapy session in the hopes of alleviating any concerns you might have.
In our first session, we will discuss your challenges, difficulties, and the goals you want to work on. I will also ask you about other aspects of your life so that I get a complete picture of you as a person and your situation.
You may also ask me any questions or raise concerns that you have.
Usually by the end of this first or second session, I will be able to recommend a course of treatment or other ways I can assist you in reaching your goals. Some problems can be addressed in a few sessions, others benefit from a longer intervention. Sometimes, through the course of therapy, we may identify further issues to be addressed which we will discuss together.
If for whatever reason, after our first session, you or I feel we cannot work together: I will offer to help connect you with another psychologist or a different service provider who may be better able to work well with your issues.
For whatever reasons, if you are still apprehensive about seeing a psychologist, please feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns.
Treatment approaches are tailored to your needs and circumstances. Some of the psychological methods I use include positive psychology interventions, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based therapy, and schema-focused therapy.
You do not need to understand any of these approaches to therapy. You only need to know that they are all backed by research that shows they are effective at helping many people overcome and cope with their problems. Many therapists, all over the world, use these approaches when helping their clients.
Psychotherapy Sessions, Fees, and Rebates
The frequency of our sessions will vary depending on a number of factors, but typically it is on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
Length of Sessions:
Sessions are typically 50-minutes in duration unless otherwise negotiated.
Duration of Therapy:
The duration of psychotherapy can range from brief focused treatment for acute symptoms or problems, to longer-term therapy for more complex issues. At the end of 6 sessions, we will evaluate how the process is going and together we will make a plan to continue or conclude our sessions.
Termination and Follow-Up
For some clients, a single session is sufficient for me to help them find out how to address their problems. However, for more complicated problems, it can be useful to have longer term therapy. Questions of how much therapy would be beneficial for you and when to stop our work together are best made through a mutual decision. In some cases before stopping therapy, a few booster sessions/scheduled “check-in” sessions may work best before phasing out of therapy and we can discuss this. I do not book blocks of therapy and clients are encouraged to advise me when they feel that their goals have been met or that they feel that they no longer need to attend.
I have limited availability for sessions. Most consultations are conducted on weekday evenings and Saturdays.
Fees: My fees are in accordance with the Australian Psychological Society’s recommended rate. Please contact me to enquire about fees.
Your fee is payable at the time of the each session.
Medicare rebates are available if you have a written referral by a general practitioner or by a private psychiatrist. Your referring doctor needs to prepare a Mental Health Care Plan under the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative.
For medical rebates, you will be entitled to an initial 6 sessions. If you require further sessions, you will need to obtain a re‑referral from your doctor for up to a total of 10 sessions per calendar year.
Currently, the amount you will be reimbursed for a Medicare rebate is $124.50 per session.
Private Health Insurance Rebates
If you have private health insurance, you do not need a referral from a doctor to see me. Most private health insurance funds have ancillary coverage for clinical psychology services. Please contact your health fund for the latest rebate rates.
Worker’s Compensation/Motor Accident Claim Coverage
If a company is paying your fees due to a worker’s compensation or motor accident claim, please obtain prior authorisation from the company. You can contact me to discuss session fees and for any information.
For further information on fees and rebates, please contact me directly, and we will be happy to answer your questions.
Appointments & Cancellations
I hold your scheduled appointment time specifically for you, and you alone. I only see a limited number of clients at any given time so that I can give you the attention and focus you deserve.
It is extremely difficult for me to fill your last minute cancelled session on short notice. Please try to give me at least 48 hours notice if your circumstances change.