THERAPY QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Feeling a little nervous or unsure? Take a look at the info below to prepare you for your visit.
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy is a process between a therapist and client for the healing, growth or transformation.
Psychotherapy differs from other forms of therapy in that it emphasises getting to the core of problems, rather than simply alleviating symptoms.
Psychotherapists are interested in people's concerns and how they are influenced by their current context and past experiences. They also look at how people interact with others in ways that reinforce unhelpful patterns and look to create new experiences and ways of seeing oneself.
Usually a psychotherapist will have a minimum of 3-4 years of specilised and in-depth training. Additionally, most psychotherapists undergo a period of personal psychotherapy to ensure they have suitable levels of empathy, self-awareness and ability to relate to the client.
WHAT CAN PSYCHOTHERAPY HELP WITH?
Psychotherapy can be effective for a range of common issues, including depression and anxiety symptoms, stress and low self-esteem, mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, loss and grief, work or relationship difficulties, life transitions, addiction and substance abuse, eating disorders and body image concerns, to name a few.
If you're unsure if its right for you, feel free to ask. If I'm not the right person to help with your issue, I'll refer you to someone that specialises in the area you're looking for.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The duration of the therapy will usually depend on the kinds of issues you're dealing with, how long they've been occurring and the level of support you have in your life outside of therapy. We will discuss a program that best suits you for optimum results and review it periodically. Generally, people start with 4-6 weekly sessions and then assess the next steps, depending on what is right for them.
While there is no 'one-size-fits-all' approach, often people decrease the frequency of sessions over time as things stabalise, while others dealing with complex issues prefer to have an on-going relationship with someone they have an established, trusting relationship with, or that they can call on during periodically during times of increased stress.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND CAN I GET A REBATE?
Currently, Medicare rebates are only issued to psychologists and some social workers. This means psychotherapists and counsellors are not eligible to offer Medicare rebates. In making a decision about what you can afford, consider how much support you think you'll need and remember that once you use the allocated number of rebated sessions per year (10), you'll have to pay the full rate of the psychologist, which is often significantly higher without a rebate.
Also remember that you don't need a referral from a GP to see a psychotherapist, which is another cost you may need to consider, as well as if privacy of your health records is important to you.
I am a registered provider with Medibank Private and can provide rebates to eligible clients under this scheme.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
If you'd like to make an appointment, its usually helpful to speak by phone first and we'll then make a time for an initial consultation. If you call, text, email or message me with your inquiry, I'll contact you to arrange a time to speak.
My hours are generally Monday to Friday between 9am and 5.30pm.