IS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME?

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What to expect...

There's no formula for how counselling works because everyone's situation is different.  


It makes sense for us to get to know each other a bit first, and look at what is happening in your life generally. 


Our first phone consultation will  involve talking about why you've decided to reach out for counselling  assistance. I might ask a few brief questions to help figure out how we  might work together.  


As a counsellor, I can listen  to your story and ask questions aimed at coaching you to become more  mindful of how your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour maintain  the patterns in your life. The real work of making your life the way you  want it to be is largely up to you.   


It's quite common to feel strong emotions  or worry about what will happen once you make the decision to open up  your life for examination. 


Sometimes it's hard to start talking. I don't  like to rush people, but I also know that inaction rarely leads to  life-long change. So I might offer you a gentle challenge to think  creatively about new ways to improve your situation.  


You  might be back on track after one or two sessions, or you might need  more time to deal with the big stuff. Many people just want to change  one or two problem behaviours, and this can sometimes be achieved in as  little as 6 sessions. 


You might prefer to take your time unpacking  everything. How long you do counselling for is up to you.  


My sessions are usually one hour long but often the first meeting goes a bit longer, at no extra cost.


I look forward to hearing from you!

PSYCHOLOGIST, PSYCHIATRIST, PSYCHOTHERAPIST OR COUNSELLOR..

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Counselling is like short- to medium- term psychotherapy

Psychology, psychiatry and counselling are different professions. 


Psychologists are experts in well-known patterns of behaviours, thoughts and emotions, and they can diagnose mental illnesses. 


Psychiatrists, on the other hand, specialise in the medical treatment of mental illnesses, and they can prescribe medications in Australia.  


Counsellors  like me will generally use 'talk therapy' to help you figure out how  you can improve your life. This can be helpful, whether you are in good  mental health or not.   Counselling provides some of  the time, space and support to talk through what's going on in your  life. It is often seen as a more 'human' way of supporting you to change what you want to be different. Working together with you, a counsellor can help to formulate strategies for coping and improving your quality of life.   


Psychotherapy is like counselling, but longer-term. This moves beyond problem-solving and begins to help you explore the bigger picture of who you are and what life is all about... I have several long-term clients with whom I feel honoured to do this work.

Are you needing urgent assistance?

 If you are having a mental health crisis right now, it might be best to access 24 hour support by calling:  


  • Mental Health Hotline on 1800 011 511, or  
  • Suicide Callback Service on 1300  659 467