Counselling service

I am an experienced Psychologist and have worked for ten years assisting clients to adapt their thinking style to reach their full potential. I work in Fitzroy North and Collingwood. Areas that I am particularly interest in:

-Cyber addiction
-Life transitions including transition to work and motherhood
-Post natal depression
-Motivation and procrastination 
-Difficulty with making decisions

Treatment approaches
I use a flexible treatment approach, which generally involves using either Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or a Psycho-dynamic approach. However, as each client is unique, a treatment approach is negotiated with each client and tailored to their needs.

The counselling fee is $140 per hour. Clients with a GP referral and mental health care plan can claim a medicare rebate of $85 per session for a maximum of 10 sessions within a calendar year. Private healthcare rebates also apply but cannot be claimed for medicare rebate sessions. 

Duration of therapy
Therapy generally lasts between 6-10 sessions. More complex issues sometimes benefit from more sessions.

Why go to therapy?

The decision to come to therapy can be confronting. It's hard to imagine talking to a stranger about very personal problems and harder still to imagine exactly how it will help. I encourage potential clients to call me on the phone and briefly describe their problem. I can then let them know if I think I can help. A phone call is useful for the potential client to see if I sound like someone who would be a good fit for them and if my approach suits them.

What happens in therapy? What does it involve?
The initial therapy sessions involve understanding the problem and what maintains the problem, these are called the perpetuating factors, and are key to resolving the difficulty. Once we work out what underlies the problem treatment begins in earnest. At this stage, a range of options are presented to the client and I suggest the one I think may work best. However, I respect a client's choices. Once treatment begins clients are asked to practice new skills where possible outside the session. The last part of therapy involves consolidating the learning and also creating a relapse prevention plan.

What if my problem can't be solved?
There are some problems such as being fired or having your heart broken that cannot be readily solved. However, we can all learn new skills to better manage the difficult thoughts and feelings that arise in the face of a challenging situation. I feel my work as a Psychologist is to support clients through difficult times, provide insights into underlying causes that contribute to difficulties and importantly to teach clients the skills to better manage their painful thoughts and feelings.