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  • What is the difference between a Counsellor and a Psychologist?
    In Australia, the distinction between a psychologist and a counsellor lies primarily in their training, regulation, and approach to therapy. Psychologists undergo comprehensive training, typically specializing in modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), along with a strong emphasis on psychological theory and statistical analysis. Their education spans six years, starting with four years dedicated to foundational education in various modalities, psychological theories, and research methods. The latter part of their training focuses on supervised clinical practice. Psychologists are equipped to diagnose mental health conditions and administer psychometric tests. Importantly, they must be registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), enabling them to provide services under Medicare. Conversely, counselling in Australia is less regulated, allowing individuals with varying levels of training to practice. While some counselors may have completed comprehensive six-year training programs, others might have only completed short online courses. To ensure quality standards, professional associations like the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) set high accreditation standards for counselors. Counsellors often focus on developing therapeutic skills such as empathy, active listening, and effective questioning techniques. They prioritise creating a supportive environment where clients feel empowered to explore their mental health journey and discover solutions within themselves. Unlike psychologists who frequently work within a diagnostic framework, counsellors tend to adopt a holistic approach, viewing individuals within the broader context of their lives and experiences. It's essential to recognise that while this overview provides a generalisation of the differences between psychologists and counselors, there are practitioners within each profession who may diverge from these norms. Individuals seeking therapy should consider factors such as the practitioner's approach, experience, and fit with their personal preferences and needs. I chose to pursue counselling because of its emphasis on fostering a collaborative, client-centered approach that respects the unique narratives and strengths of each individual on their path toward well-being.
  • Can I use a Mental Health Plan (MHP) to see a Counsellor?
    At this moment Counsellors are not accredited under the Medicare Scheme. If you would like more information regarding the Medicare scheme and mental health plans please visit: Mental health care and Medicare - Medicare - Services Australia Please note that Mental Health Care Plans are not essential in your journey to seek mental health support. In Australia, individuals can directly access Counselling services (and Psychology and other allied health care for that matter) without the need for a mental health care plan or a doctor's referral. This direct access removes potential barriers and provides a more straightforward pathway for seeking support. Many Counsellors offer flexible appointment scheduling and may also offer rebates through private health insurance, making Counselling options accessible to a wider range of people. This approach empowers individuals to take proactive steps towards their mental well-being, allowing them to seek support on their own terms and at their own pace.
  • How much do you charge for Counselling?
    My current charges are: $140 for all Counselling sessions If you have health insurance from Bupa, Police Health, St Lukes, Phoenix, Doctors or Grand United you can claim a rebate if you have the right extras cover. Please contact your health provider for more information. Current NDIS Charges - as stipulated under the NDIS guide for Counselling Services Counselling Sessions run for 50 minutes
  • Can I claim on my private health cover?
    There are certain private health providers in which you can claim my services. Please note you will have to contact them to find out how much you are entitled to claim, as all covers are different: Bupa Provider Number: J001343 Ask for the required documentation from me in our session for the following funds: Police Health Fund St Lukes Health Fund Emergency Services Health Fund Phoenix Health Fund
  • I think my daughter needs help but she doesn't want to come to Counselling. What do I do?
    It's incredibly tough to see your child struggle, especially when you feel powerless to help. As a parent, it can feel like navigating uncharted waters. First and foremost, I want you to know that you're not alone. This is a common concern I encounter regularly. Many young people have reservations about counseling or psychology, often stemming from negative past experiences. They might recall feeling intimidated by sessions where they were bombarded with questions and observed as if under a microscope. It's completely understandable why they might feel uncomfortable in such situations. Others simply don't know what to say, feeling pressured to perform and communicate when they're uncertain of their thoughts and feelings. So, how can we shift this perspective for them? My recommendation is to introduce them to my website. It serves as an initial point of contact where they can familiarise themselves with who I am and what I stand for. It's helpful for them to understand that my approach isn't clinical or rigid. I won't barrage them with clinical jargon or pressure them into divulging information they're not ready to share. They don't have to talk if they're not comfortable doing so. Moreover, I'm open to accommodating their needs. Whether they want to have a casual chat before committing to a session or prefer having you present during the initial meeting, I'm flexible and understanding of what makes them feel at ease. I firmly believe that the cornerstone of our journey together is our relationship. Let's start by building trust and creating a safe environment where they feel free to express themselves without fear or judgment. Together, we'll navigate this journey with care and compassion.
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