What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a form of psychological treatment in which great emphasis is placed on providing a safe, non-judgmental space and relationship in which to explore issues pertaining to mental health and problems of living.
The Psychotherapeutic relationship provides specific theories and techniques embedded into conditions of empathy, acceptance and mindfulness designed to facilitate the appropriate inner psychological conditions so that people can grow and develop in ways which may not have been possible earlier in their lives. Psychotherapy is a research-evaluated method of bringing lasting change to our experience of life.
Gestalt therapy is an interactive and holistic form of psychotherapy that focuses on the total person, recognizing the unity of the mind, body and emotions. Intellectual methods are based on expanded psychoanalysis to include a more holistic form of free association that covers all sense modalities, including emotions and body-awareness.
DO I NEED A DOCTOR'S REFERRAL?
No, you do not. However, I believe in an integrated model of healing and network with other practitioners and doctors with expertise in their particular field of work. Sometimes people need initial or ongoing support from medication before starting therapy and in this case, we can refer clients to skilled and empathetic specialised psychiatrists, who are highly trained medical doctors authorised to prescribe appropriate medication for unwanted symptoms causing distress from both a medical and psychological perspective.
What is the fee and policy structure?
Information regarding psychotherapy and treatment contracts, (e.g. policy regarding fees, cancellations and missed sessions as well as planning for breaks in treatment such as holiday periods) will be discussed with you in your initial assessment session.
Initial assessment - $250.00
Follow on sessions - $210.00
Is psychotherapy covered by medicare?
No, psychotherapy is not covered by medicare.
Can I get a rebate from a private health provider?
You may be eligible for a rebate, this will depend on your level of cover. Please consult with your provider to see if you are eligible for a rebate for psychotherapy, counselling, naturopathy or remedial massage therapy.
What Happens in my first Session?
Your first appointment is an assessment appointment. We will meet and talk about what brings you to therapy and what you would like to achieve for yourself. You will gain insight into whether psychotherapy is the right fit for you and I will answer any questions that you may have before we start. Psychotherapy is deeply personal, so you will need to feel safe and supported in order for you to make the most out of our time together.
Sometimes people come to the initial appointment unsure of what specifically they are seeking, but have a sense that they would like to do some general self-discovery work. In this meeting, we will also discuss with you the types of therapeutic approaches and techniques that may be used, and the practicalities, such as scheduling appointments and fee structure.
The aims of an assessment are to:
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
There is usually:
It is difficult to estimate, but psychotherapy that focuses on one or two key issues may take between 12-25 sessions. Long term treatment can continue for a number of years. It is important to be realistic about what can change, and one’s responsibilities in life and in treatment.
Short-term psychotherapy is useful for learning particular skills and for helping with life transitions such as coping with losses or grief. A specified number of sessions ranging from 12 to 50 sessions is decided upon at the outset and therapy is generally conducted on a weekly basis.
There are designated goals in short term therapy, such as dealing with the ending of a relationship or loss of a job. Sometimes, during short-term therapy, previous developmental disruptions may be uncovered, which have contributed to the difficulties for which the short-term therapy has been undertaken. In this case, long-term therapy may be decided upon collaboratively.
Long-term psychotherapy takes a deeper look at the patterns that may lead to repeated life difficulties. It supports a person to develop resilience in the face of life challenges and fosters improved coping strategies in order to regulate emotion. Once a person has come to develop a deeper sense of their own self, they may then feel able to process previous developmental disruptions.
National Helplines and Websites
If you require immediate help please contact.... Emergency 000, mental health crisis team - 1800 011 511 (NSW), or go to your local hospital emergency department. Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800. Both of these services can help you or, if necessary, refer you on to appropriate mental health support networks.
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Lifeline provides free 24-hour telephone crisis support with acess to suicide prevention services, mental health support and emotional assistance.
Domestic Violence Line - 1800 65 6463
The domestic violence line provides telephone counselling, information and referrals 24/7 for women and same sex partners who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.
Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
Beyond Blue provides information and support for depression, anxiety and mental disorders.
Parenting line - 1300 13 0052
Parent line is a telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents of children age 0-18. The service provides information and support about child development, disabilities and developmental delays.
Carers Australia - 1800 242 636
Short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support.
Mensline Australia - 1300 78 99 78
A telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.
Relationships Australia - 1300 364 277
A provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.
Australian Pain Management Association - 1300 340 357
Australian Pain Management Association provides help for patients, their carers and treatment options.
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