For Individuals

You may be wondering if Counselling or Psychotherapy is appropriate for you. You may be struggling with emotional difficulties which may affect your ability to function or utilise your full potential. You may be seeking to resolve current life stresses or sometimes more longstanding issues.

You may be wanting to look in depth at specific issues such as childhood abuse, post-traumatic stress, sexual difficulties, bereavement, depression and anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders. You may be suffering from a deep sense of unhappiness or feel that life is meaningless.

Some problems respond well to short term counselling but where a problem persists then longer term psychotherapy may be needed. Talking to a trained Therapist will gradually bring things to the surface and help you to understand painful and confusing feelings and move forward.

Frequently Asked Questions about Counselling:

People are often anxious about starting counselling or psychotherapy as they don’t know what it will involve, what it might bring up or how long it might go on for. Here are some answers to some common questions and concerns:

How do I go about choosing a therapist?

Research suggests that the relationship formed between therapist and client is one of the primary factors in determining a positive outcome. It is therefore important that you find someone who you feel comfortable with and who you can build a trusting relationship with. Please feel free to speak to Jan or Stephanie on the telephone or face to face for a free 20 minute consultation.

What can I expect in my first session?

In the first session we will discuss what brings you to therapy and provide an honest assessment as to whether we can be of help to you. We will gather history from your childhood and other important background information to provide a context for your present difficulties. You will have the opportunity to ask us any questions and get an understanding of our approach and a sense of whether you can work with this particular therapist.

How long will it take?

This will depend on the issues you are bringing and the pace at which you are able to work. You will be able to discuss the length and depth of the work with your therapist at the initial meeting and as the therapy progresses.

How might I benefit for Counselling or Psychotherapy?

  • Develop a better understanding of yourself and your belief systems
  • Become more comfortable with a fuller range of human emotion
  • Getting ‘unstuck’ from unhealthy patterns by letting go of old behaviours and developing new ones
  • Improving your self-esteem and confidence
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Increasing your capacity for intimacy
  • Increasing your comfort in social, work and family settings

How much does it cost and how do I pay?

Individual sessions are $125 plus 5% GST. We are open to negotiating concessions for people on low income. Some individuals have funding through their extended healthcare benefits. We are also registered to provide counselling for victims of crime (CVAP). We accept payment for sessions by cheque, e-transfer or cash at the end of each session.