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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions about my service. If you can not find the answer to your question below, please contact me and I will be happy to answer your questions.

Can I bring my child/ baby to therapy?

Yes, you can. However this is a dedicated time to focus on you and what is going on for you. Having a baby or child with you during this time might be distracting for you. Think about what will feel most supportive for you and I will welcome you with the same openness regardless if you decide to come with or without your child.

Can my partner come along to the first session?

Yes, your partner is welcome to attend the first session with you. I understand that it can feel daunting to start therapy and ask for help. If it feels supportive to you to bring your partner along, then please do so and I would appreciate it if you could let me know that they are coming, too.

Do I need a referral?

No, you can refer yourself. However, after the initial chat we will have to decide together if we are a good fit, or if someone else might be better suited to support you with your needs.

Can I get a rebate?

No, counselling is not covered by Medicare. However, this also means a lot more flexibility for you as you can decide how many sessions you would like and when. Your decision to access support will also not show up on your medical history.

When are you available?

Please get in touch to enquire about my next free appointment. I usually offer sessions Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays 9.30 am until 2 pm.

How much does a session cost?

60 minutes - $ 110 AUD

90 minutes - $ 160 AUD

Do we meet online or face-to-face?

We can meet face-to-face in a counselling room in Belmont, or we can go for a walk together if you live in the Geelong and Bellarine region. However, if you are further away or you simply prefer it this way, we can use zoom to meet online for a counselling session.

How often do I have to see you?

This highly depends on you and your needs. Some people only need and want a once off session and others prefer regular sessions. We would decide together what is best for you once we have outlined what you want to focus on.

Why walking?

Some people prefer to be in a natural environment instead of a more "clinical" setting. Some prefer to bring their dog as a support animal and some like to not have direct eye contact for the majority of the session time, as this can be overwhelming for some. 

You can try out if a walk is something you prefer to a session in a room. We can also start out with a walk and then change to a room setting or online when our work requires it. 

What are your qualifications?

  • BA of Arts (LCMS & Social Science)

  • Diploma of Counselling (AIPC)

  • Certificate in Crisis Support (Lifeline)

  • Applied Skills in Perinatal Mental Health Assessment and Care (COPE)

  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate

  • ACA Registration

I am also drawing from a range of knowledge accumulated through workshops, group and individual work and books, my work as crisis support worker at Lifeline, as well as continuous professional development and lived experience.

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