The cost of a 50 minutes consultation is $160 for individuals and $200 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. I am guided in my work by therapies supported by evidence based research such as:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
CBT is a very well researched and validated form of treatment that has been shown to be very effective with issues such as depression and anxiety. CBT focuses on identifying negative or unhelpful thoughts and their subsequent impact on feelings and behaviours. With CBT we learn to become aware of these negative or unhelpful thinking habits and to explore and balance them, which in turn alleviates unpleasant feelings. Throught CBT we also can learn more helpful behaviours, such as learning a more action-focused style, learning to problem solve, relaxation training, communication skills and exposure therapy.
Acceptance and Comittment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a well validated therapy model which has the underlying premise that 'fighting' and resisting unpleasant feelings or situations leads to furthering suffering, rather than to a lessening of those difficulties. ACT focuses on tolerating, and accepting what is and relaxing into the present, be it unpleasant, whilst commiting to taking steps to improve one's circumstances and live according to one own's values.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a well researched and validated approach which focuses on learning skills necessary to regulate strong emotions and tolerate distress. It is particularly useful with individual suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT has four components: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.