When does a person know that they need Counselling?
When life circumstances become difficult to cope with and everyday events such as going to work or school or being with family and friends is seemingly more complex and no longer enjoyable.
Who is inclined to seek Counselling?
Anyone, as unexpected events can happen.  Life changes can take place at any time, in the short term or long.  Issues may also surface from our past.  It does not matter what your life circumstances are, how old you are, whether you are male or female, anyone can, and may, seek counselling at some point in their lives.
What will I get out of Counselling?
Counselling requires commitment, which will bring about change. Change in behaviour, improved coping skills, a better understanding of how and why you are presenting the way you are. With your commitment to counselling, you will gradually notice a healthier self-esteem, adopting a better understanding of stress, anger, grief and emotional issues, and a more positive outlook on life. You will take out of a counselling relationship what you put into it. Depending on whether you come to counselling for a long or short term issue, you will gain the skills and interventions to live a more productive life.
How many Counselling sessions will I need?
Again, it will vary from client to client depending on the complexity of your situation and how well you are coping with it.  Sometimes you may bring more immediate issues to therapy as life changes may affect the way you are coping and other times you may wish to use the time with me to discuss your progress, future goals or continue on from where you left off.  Usually you will have an idea based on how well you are feeling, as to whether you need further counselling sessions or not and this discussion will take place between the two of us.
Can I claim the expense on Medicare or my private health fund?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are not currently covered under Medicare although there are many benefits of working with a Counsellor who is not registered with Medicare (read the benefits here). There may be some private health funds that offer a rebate for counselling consultations. I am a Medibank, Bupa, and ahm recognised provider.  Members with private health cover may be entitled to a benefit. It would be wise to enquire with your health fund to see if you are eligible for a rebate.

Is Counselling available through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
Yes, if you are eligible for a plan through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), therapeutic supports are available to you and I am a Registered NDIS Provider.  Please contact the National Disability Insurance Association (NDIA) by calling 1800 800 110 or visit www.ndis.gov.au for further information.​​
How will I know that whatever I discuss with you will remain private and confidential?
A qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychologist have a ‘duty of care’ to up hold to themselves, their clientele and the association they are a professional member of.  It is generally part of the service provided to you that any one of these practitioners will need to collect personal information from you.  The only time confidentiality may be broken is if your details are subpoenaed by a court of law, or if I feel that you, myself or someone close to you is in danger of harm’s way.  If this is the case, depending on the situation, a family member or a person in authority may need to be contacted.  This will be explained to you at your first consultation.

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East Maitland NSW 2323

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