The cost of a 50 minutes consultation is $120-140 for individuals and $160 for couples, payable by eftpos, cash or credit card at the end of the session.
When referred by a GP, a psychiatrist or paediatrician under a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), clients can receive a rebate of $84.80 per session for up to 10 sessions in a calendar year. Please make sure to bring the referral letter with you to be able to claim the rebate. Health fund rebates are only available when not claiming under Medicare. Please check with your private heaalth fund for the specific details regarding the cover of psychological consultations fees.
Most people feel nervous when seeing a counsellor for the first time. The session will however very simply revolve around talking about yourself and what brings you to counselling. I may ask some questions to better understand you and the issues. We will also talk about what changes you would like to see from counselling or talk about how best to support you through a difficult time. Please feel free to ask any questions about the counselling process before or during the sessions.
I endeavour to send out a reminder for appointments before your scheduled appointment. The cancelation policy is standard for the profession, where 100% of the session fee is charged for non-attendance, reschedule or cancellation with less than 24 hours notice and 50% of the fee is charged when less than 48 hours notice of the cancelation is provided.
I am located within 5 minutes walk of Bondi Junction Train Station and Bus Terminal. If you are driving, the most convenient parking station is Eastgate Shopping Centre (Ebley St). The cost for parking there is $1 for the first hour and $2 for 2 hours. Other parking options include: time-limited parking the street surroundings (Newland Street, Dennison Street), Waverley Library (Ebley St-approx $3.50), Office Works (Ebley St- free for 1.5 hours), and Westfield (10 min walk- free first 2 hours).
My approach is warm and understanding and will be tailored to your need. Together we will mindfully and carefully explore the issues that bring you to me, and explore the emotions, thoughts or behaviours that are problematic for you. We will look at the patterns (of feeling, thinking or behaving) that have become troublesome and explore manners in which they can be mindfully changed.
I am intersest in the latest research in psychology which incorporates interpersonal neurobiology, mindfullness and all my approaches are researched based and supported by empirical evidence.
My therapeutic methods in relationship counselling are based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), developed by Dr Susan Johnston in Canada. EFT is widely accepted and supported by empirical research in the USA and Canada.