Costs vary depending on whether you are attending counselling on your own or as a couple or family. The cost to you may be reduced if you have a Mental Health Plan from your GP. A full list of fees is available in the Fees section of this website.
The number of sessions you need depends on a number of factors including your goals for therapy, how well you and your counsellor work together and what happens for you between counselling sessions. During your first session you and your counsellor will discuss a plan for how many sessions you believe may be required. Together you and your counsellor will regularly monitor progress made to decide how long the counselling relationship should continue.
For the vast majority of clients everything said within the counselling session is confidential. The exceptions to this would be if your counsellor believes a child is at risk of harm or that you may harm yourself or someone else. In these circumstances the counsellor has a duty of care to inform appropriate services in order to protect your safety and that of people close to you. Should such circumstances arise, your counsellor will make every possible effort to inform you about this process and include you in any discussion which needs to take place.
It is important to note that our counsellors receive regular supervision that enables them to reflect upon their practice and to develop skills to ensure they are maintaining and delivering the best service they can. During supervision they may discuss the clients they are working with but will not use names or identifying information. The content of any supervision is also confidential.
It is very important that you find a counsellor you feel comfortable with and who you believe can help you to achieve your goals for counselling. The first counselling session is your opportunity to meet your counsellor face to face, to ask any questions you have about how the counseling process will work and to determine if you can work together. If you are happy to continue, you and your counsellor will make a plan for how counselling will proceed.
An Accredited Mental Health Social Worker is someone who has complied with rigorous professional standards set and administered by the Australian Association of Social Workers. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers are eligible to apply for Medicare provider numbers and, therefore, can offer Medicare rebates to eligible clients. This accreditation is only granted to social workers who have successfully completed post graduate training in addition to having wide ranging experience of working in the mental health field.
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