Professional Psychologists and Counsellors to Individuals, Couples and Families
What is Counselling?
- fear of being judged
- fear that family and friends will find out about the problem
- expectations that some things should never be discussed
- embarrassment about the problem
- concern that seeing a practitioner will draw unwanted attention to the problem or make it worse
- feeling inferior or that they are a failure because they cannot handle the situation themselves
- fear of being punished because they spoke out about the problem
- expectations that they should accept what is happening (or has happened) and just get on with life
- lack of understanding about the role of practitioners and what counselling can do for them
- the nature of your situation or problem
- your personal expectations of counselling
- language and cultural barriers
- a disability that prevents you from physically accessing a psychologist or communicating to others
- bad experiences of counselling in the past
- other hindrances such as family commitments and geographical locations
How long does a counselling session go for?
A standard counselling session usually goes for 50 minutes.
How much does it cost per session?
We charge different rates depending on your circumstances and conditions. Please call us on (03)9781 0155 for further information.
What information will I be asked to disclose?
Do I have to tell the practitioner everything?
While there is no law saying that you must disclose everything to the practitioner, remember that counselling is more effective if you are honest and forthcoming with information. Practitioners are not mind readers.
The help they give you is based on what you tell them. If you omit important information, particularly about an issue that is affecting you, you may walk away feeling dissatisfied and angry that you wasted your time. So, be as open and as honest with your practitioner as you can. You will not be judged on the basis of your personal problems.