FAQ

Here are some of the most common questions (FAQ) people ask me.  Let me know if there’s something else that you want to know. 

 

HOW MANY TIMES WILL I NEED TO COME AND SEE YOU?

Somewhere between one and many – depending on what’s going on for you in your life, what support you have, and what you’ve been through in your life so far.   

Some people stop too early.   We get through the crisis, they feel amazing, so they stop.  But then later in life another crisis rears it’s head and they go down that slope again.

So there’s another road you could take: personal development. Psychotherapy is often a long-term process.  It helps you really understand why you’ve been acting in certain ways; how you stay the victim; and how you can reclaim your power and start living the life you really want to live. 

Here’s a nerdy graph that explains what I’ve just been talking about. (Click on the image for a bigger version).

 

Therapy journey

COUNSELLING

 

What happens during a counselling session?

Psychoanalysis, or talk therapy as it’s also known, is about exploring the patterns behind your thoughts and behaviours. 

We look at what triggers your behavior.  We look at your past and see how you might be compulsively recreating situations in an attempt to fix them.  We look at your limiting beliefs and see where they come from faulty logic. 

By bringing all this to your consciousness, we enable you to starting making decisions differently and have different outcomes in your life.

Individual sessions are 60 minutes.  In your initial session I will take a detailed history.  My role is to walk side by side with you through your life so I need to understand what it’s like to be you. 

In subsequent sessions we will work with whatever you want to bring to the session. Each session is unique as you will have been experiencing different circumstances and emotions each time I see you. 

 

BODY PSYCHOTHERAPY

 

What is body psychotherapy?  What happens during a body psychotherapy session?

Body psychotherapy is psychoanalysis combined with breathing exercises, grounding techniques, vocal expression, movements to release tension, and postures to let go. 

Combining psychoanalysis with body therapy takes you deeper and you get better results.  You can lie to yourself with words but if the words you say are not congruent with how you truly feel, your body language and the sensations you feel will give this away.  You can’t lie to your own body.

The breathing exercises bring life back into your body.

The grounding exercises help you find strength in your SELF so you can move forward in your life with ease and confidence,

The physical movements and vocal expression help you release tension from your body.  Helping you let go of exhausting or limiting thoughts and feelings.

Sessions are 60 minutes.  In your initial session I will take a detailed history.  My role is to walk side by side with you through your life so I need to understand what it’s like to be you. 

In subsequent sessions we will work with whatever you want to bring to the session.  Each session is unique as you will have been experiencing different circumstances and emotions each time I see you.  

 

Do I have to do the movement or breathing?

No.  We can just talk if you want.  You are an adult and have free will to say no to me.  In fact, that’s a really important point. I will always give you the option to NOT do something.  It’s very important that you know you have the ability to say no to me and you have control over what you do.

 

 

Do  you use massage? Will you touch me in a body psychotherapy?

Body psychotherapy differs from other psychotherapy modalities in that the therapist will sometimes use touch, for example applying pressure or massaging a muscle group to bring your awareness to an area, to encourage the movement of energy through a blocked area, or to offer you support.  This touch is non-sexual in nature and is used only when the client has consented beforehand.  I will always ask your permission first.  You can refuse at any time. I will only offer therapeutic touch when I am sure that you are able to say no to me.  I will always honour and respect your boundaries.  The use of touch can bring up emotions so I ask that you tell me about these when they arise so that we can work with them.   

 

What should I wear?

Something comfortable you can move in without feeling restricted.  In some postures you will be lying on the ground with your legs up in the air, so for that reason skinny jeans and short skirts are not ideal.  There is private space for you to change if necessary.

 

How often should I come to see you?

The majority of clients come to see me once a fortnight.  If we leave it any longer than that it’s more difficult for me to support you through difficult times, and I find we spend most of the session catching up on your life rather than delving into the important feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

Some clients come to see me every week at the beginning.  This may be because they’ve got a lot of stuff going on and they need help processing it.

 

How long will I be in therapy?

I get this question asked a lot.  It really depends on what’s going on in your life, how you’re dealing with it, what your upbringing was like, what you want to achieve from your therapy and how long you want to stay in therapy.  Lots of factors. So somewhere between one and many!

 

What happens when I want to end therapy with you?

You are free to end your work with me at any time.  However, if you are considering terminating your treatment with me, I request that you bring this up with me in a timely manner – at least 2 sessions before you plan to stop – so that we can explore the reasons behind this.  Sometimes clients consider ending treatment when uncomfortable or painful emotions start coming to consciousness. My role is to help you navigate and integrate these emotions, rather than abandon your process at what may be a critical point in your treatment.

If either of us decide to end the therapeutic relationship, I will always offer you a session for closure.  This is so that we can both end the relationship in a way that feels good to both of us.  It’s a model for how you can end other relationships in your life in a pleasant way.

 

Do you ever talk about me to anyone else?

Everything you discuss with me is held in strict confidentiality.  The only person I may discuss your case with will be my supervisor, and your identity will not be revealed. The reason I discuss cases with my supervisor is to check that my work is free from bias and that I am giving you the best possible treatment.  

There are circumstances where I am required under Law to break this confidentiality:

  • If you are a danger to yourself;
  • If you are a danger to another person;
  • If there is a reason to suspect that child or elder abuse is present;
  • Under subpoena from a Court.

 

Will I have to dance in a session?

No.  I teach Nia dance classes but this is completely separate to 1:1 sessions.  However, if you feel like busting a move in your session I’ll happily join you!

 

BOOKING A SESSION

 

How do I book in to see you?

The easiest way is to book in using my online calendar.  You can use this calendar to create, postpone or cancel your bookings as you please.  Look for the “Book Online” button at the top right hand side of my website. 

It will ask you to create a new login if you’re a first-timer using your name, email address and mobile number.  Next time you’ll just login like you would with your mail account. 

Then you select:

  • The location you want to see me (Shorncliffe or Kelvin Grove)
  • The service you want (Counselling, body psychotherapy, Skype session or Free 20 min discovery session).
  • The day and time you want to come and see me, it’s that easy…

 

What if I need to reschedule/cancel my appointment?

Please try to give me 48 hours notice of your cancellation.  The calendar system will send you an SMS reminder about your appointment 3 days beforehand.  Please reply Yes to the SMS to confirm your appointment.  You have the option to log in at any time of day or night to change or cancel your appointment.  

Cancellations within a 48 hour period will incur a $50 fee (except under the circumstances listed in the emergency cancellation section below).

 

What if I’m sick/there’s an emergency/there’s a storm?

If you need to cancel at short notice due to illness, family emergency or extreme weather event you will not be charged the $50 cancellation fee.  In these circumstances please CALL me on 0450 22 00 59 so that I know as early as possible.  In these circumstances I request that you reschedule your appointment when possible so that we can continue your process.

Please note that it is left to personal judgement whether it is safe to travel during extreme weather events. 

 

I’m running late should I call you?

Please be on time. I will be expecting you. If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late, please call me on 0450 22 00 59. 

 

Can I go to the pub before my session?

No. Not even on Melbourne Cup Day.  Please do not attend a session under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 

Can I go to the pub after my session?

Body psychotherapy is dynamic and experiential.  It often evokes powerful feelings and emotions.  Please give yourself time after a session to allow feelings to come to the surface and integrate.  It is probably best NOT to go to social events/gatherings right after a session if possible. Instead you may want to take a walk or spend time writing in a journal after your session.

 

 

FEES

Can I get a health fund rebate? Do you have a health fund provider number? 

Sadly no, health insurance companies don’t cover counselling or psychotherapy at the moment.  However, my hourly rate is pretty much the same ‘gap’ that you would still have to pay if you were to see a psychologist under your health fund.

 

Are you available through Medicare?

Sadly no, counselling or psychotherapy is not available through Medicare.   Only Psychologists are available through the Mental Health Treatment Plan (which you access through your GP).

 

Do you offer discounts for students/pensioners/unemployed?

I aim to support people at all times.  So let’s discuss how much you can afford, how often you need to see me and mutually agree on a fee for a specific amount of time.

 

I’ve just lost my job/been made redundant.  I don’t think I can afford to pay your full fee – can I get a reduced fee?

Give me a call so we can discuss your situation and how I can support you at this critical time.  It’s often when we need support the most that we can’t afford it.  So let’s discuss how much you can afford, how often you need to see me and agree on a fee for a specific amount of time.