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Individual Therapy - Adults

The first appointment involves an initial assessment to obtain a shared understanding of your current life situation, difficulties and the issues that have led you to seek assistance. It is also important for me to ask information about your background, family history, relationships and early experiences. All of this information allows me to develop a clear understanding of the issues and develop a treatment plan with you that is best suited to your needs. This session will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Bring your referral from your GP/ Psychiatrist, if you are on a Mental Health Care Plan. Refer to the Easy Referral section for more information.

If you are using a Private Health Fund, you will obtain a receipt to take to your Private Health Fund for claiming.

Payment can be made in cash, cheque or EFTPOS, with Medicare Refunds processed on site.

Together we will develop the goals you would like to achieve through therapy and the strategies we will use in the process.

Therapy typically involves 6-12 weekly or fortnightly sessions, usually lasting 1 hour each. It is important that you participate fully in the sessions, asking questions and providing feedback about what is useful and what is not working for you. There is an expectation that you complete tasks inbetween sessions, to build on the skills you are learning. My emphasis is on providing you with psychological tools, developing further your self-awareness and self-compassion, and supporting emotional healing by providing a 'safe space/relationship' to process those issues that bring you to counselling.

Crisis/Psychiatric Emergencies

Crisis intervention is not provided. If you are in severe distress, experiencing suicidal thoughts, or experiencing some other psychiatric crisis you should go to your nearest hospital emergency department or contact the 24 hour service Lifeline on 13 11 14, or your local hospital, or 000.

Confidentiality

The information you provide during the course of our sessions remains private and confidential unless you have given your consent for me to discuss this with a third party (such as your GP).

However there are limits to my confidentiality - as part of my duty of care to you. There are certain circumstances in which I am required to disclose information about you, even if I don't have your permission, or where I am legally obligated to take action to protect you or others from harm. These circumstances include:

1. If I am concerned that you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else;

2. If there are child protection concerns;

3. If it is demanded by law.

In such circumstances, these actions may include notifying the police, hospital crisis service, or family members who can assist. In most legal proceeding you have the right to prevent me from providing any information about your treatment. In some proceedings involving child custody and those in which your emotional condition is an important issue, a judge may order my testimony if he/she determines that the issues demand it. These circumstances are extremely rare in practice. If such a situation occurs, I will make every reasonable effort to fully discuss it with you before taking action.