Here are some common questions people ask about therapy. However, I believe the best way to get an answers to any question is to contact me.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
As a wise person put it
“Therapists are like a coach standing on the side lines observing your life, while your friends are actual players in the game. Both are important, but the roles and perspectives are different.”
Therapists have no win in the outcome. They are trained and objective professionals able to provide a safe, supportive, empathic place where the focus can be on you alone.
Is my therapy confidential?
As an Accredited counsellor I am bound by the Code of Ethics and NSW Government rules of confidentiality.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral to see a counsellor, you can just contact us to book your initial consult. However, sometimes a local health practitioner or school may refer you. In this case please bring along any paperwork to your initial appointment.
What can I expect from my first appointment?
Initial appointments are 60-70 minutes. The initial consult is an opportunity to hear about your issues and concerns, and to develop a therapy plan for moving forward.
For children 16 years and under, at least one parent have to attend the initial consult.
How long is a counselling session?
Sessions last 50 minutes. Initial sessions are for 110 minutes. Longer sessions may be made by prior arrangement. Please contact me.
How many appointments will I need?
The number of therapy sessions varies according to the issues involved and their complexity. Sometimes only one or two sessions are required. Occasionally deeper issues require extended therapy. We work together and review regularly any treatment plan. Occasionally a medical practitioner’s involvement might be requested to eliminate any physiological cause of a concerning problem. The initial appointment focuses on gaining a detailed understanding of you and your needs.
A thorough initial consultation is important to ensure that subsequent sessions are relevant and helpful to you. I request that the initial session is for 110 minutes.
Is there a better deal?
When 5 sessions are purchased, the 6th session will be free. The 6th session may be with the parent only.
Can I get a rebate through Medicare or Private Health insurance?
It is not possible to claim through Medicare or/and Private Health Fund at Watershed Counselling.
What if my child/spouse/colleague can't come to the therapy?
Ultimately we all do our own therapy. If your peer does not wish to attend therapy you can gain insight into your behaviours and the dynamics of your relationship by coming to individual counselling.
If your child does initially attend and one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I can work with only one of you. Potential trust issues can arise moving from teenager into family’s work with the same therapist. If the family is struggling, counselling can help minimise the pain.
Making positive changes in your life can frequently benefit the family/work team as a whole. Hopefully, by working through your issues you will enhance your family/social life.
What if I can't make it at the booked appointment?
You must give 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling and appointment. Full fees will be charged if you are late.