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