FAQS

What can I expect from a session?

The first session is an opportunity for you to get to know my counselling style and see if you’re comfortable with me.

It’s a casual conversation. We also discuss what counselling approach will suit you. 

How many sessions do I need to go to before I start to heal?

Counselling isn't a quick fix. It’s an ongoing treatment. Healing is different for everyone and often takes time.

Some people feel relief after just one session, others take a few months. It really depends.

 

How regularly do I need to attend sessions?

Treatment is most effective when sessions are attended regularly, usually weekly to begin with but this is flexible.  

How long does a session go for?

Relationship and Family Counselling 90 minutes

All other counselling options 50-60 minutes

 

How much does counselling cost?

Online Counselling $80

Relationship and Family Counselling $ 120

All other counselling options $90

 

I’m a student or low-income earner. Do you offer discounts?

Yes. I offer discounts to students and low-income earners. Please contact me and we will work something out.

 

How do I know you’re the right counsellor for me?

Most people won’t know if their counsellor is right for them until they meet them. It’s usually a gut feeling.

I offer a 30-minute video call so you can get a sense of how I work before you book your session.

 

Where can you see me?

I work within the Perth metro area, usually in the Northern suburbs.

If you’re booking Walk & Talk Therapy or Therapy in the Park, we organise to meet in a park nearby.

If you book a Face-to-face Counselling Session, we meet in my counselling room in West Perth or Girrawheen.

 

Do you work after hours? 

Yes. I offer Online Counselling after hours. You can contact me to book a session that suits you.

 

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No, you don’t need a referral. You can contact me directly and organise a time to see me.

 

Is what I tell you confidential?

Yes. Counselling is completely confidential. Everything you tell me is private unless subpoenaed by law, or I suspect you are at risk to yourself or others. Counselling will not appear in your health records either.

Can I claim a medicare rebate?

While I cannot offer medicare rebates, my fees are not much different to the GAP you pay after the medicare rebate from a psychologist. Also, my prices don’t increase after ten sessions.


What if I have to cancel an appointment?

You can cancel an appointment. I just ask that you give me at least 48 hours, otherwise the session is fully chargeable.

 

What is Ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy is the name given to a wide range of outdoor activities, horticulture, pet therapy and others. In our case,

it is a talk-based therapy in nature. Being outside is very healing for our mental health. You can learn more here.

 

What do I need to do to prepare for my Walk & Talk therapy or Therapy in the Park?

Wear comfortable shoes, and bring sunglasses and a bottle of water.

Bring your mobile phone and have my number handy in case we can’t find each other.

 

What if it rains?

If the weather looks to be rainy or windy, I will suggest we talk in my room.

If you’re uncomfortable with meeting indoors, we can reschedule or talk online.

 

Can I change to Therapy in the Park after seeing you indoors or vice versa?

Of course. Clients often mix and match their sessions depending on their needs.

For example, if you feel like a session will be particularly painful and you would rather have some privacy to share your experiences, we can meet in my room instead of in the park.

 

What do I need to know about Online Counselling?

Counselling works best if you’re alone in a room with your thoughts. I also recommend opting for a strong internet connection so our conversation does not cut out midway through. Video calls are run by Zoom.

I will share via email the link to access the meeting shortly before the session.

 

Have another question? You can get in touch here.

 

Feel free to contact me if you want to know more.

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