What is a counsellor, and what is counselling?
A counsellor is a trained, objective professional with whom you can build a therapeutic and trusting relationship. They are trained to offer talk-based therapy.
Counselling is a process of talking about and working through your personal problems with a counsellor. The counsellor helps you to address your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness. For some people, just the process of telling their story, and being listened to, is helpful.
Counselling provides confidential support. This means that everything you discuss with the counsellor is confidential. The exception is when a counsellor has a duty of care to report something that threatens your wellbeing or the wellbeing of others. This legal requirement will be explained to you in your first session.
What is the difference between counselling and coaching?
Coaching is action orientated vs counselling is coping orientated.
Coaches want to help you recognise what you think vs counsellors also want to help you realise how you feel.
Coaching helps you set and achieve goals vs counselling helps you recognise and solve your problems in life.
A coach has the job to challenge you frequently vs a counsellor is there to support you with empathy and understanding.
A coach is focused on your potential vs a counsellor is focused on helping you be at peace with yourself and your life.
Coaches can recognise if it is old core beliefs stopping you in life vs counsellors can also recognise if it depression or another mental health disorder that is actually holding you back.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required will vary depending on the issue and your individual needs and circumstances. This will be discussed with you in your first session. Most clients require between 6 to 10 sessions. Some clients have deep rooted issues that have existed for many years and have deeper origins, and sessions may be needed over a longer period of time.
How often will I need sessions?
When you start seeing Denise it is most helpful to have sessions close together as you begin to address issues. For this reason Denise will schedule weekly sessions while you are actively working together. These sessions may be spread out to fortnightly meetings and become less frequent as positive changes have been experienced and the need for sessions is reduced. This allows time to consolidate changes on your own while also staying connected to Denise to review your progress and attend to any further issues that may have arisen.
How long are sessions?
Sessions for individual clients are usually 50 minutes long. The final 5-10 minutes of the hour are dedicated to arranging payment and booking the next appointment.
How much does it cost?
Individual counselling sessions are $80 per 50 minutes (an additional charge of $30 per 15 minutes is automatically billed once over the initial allocated time).
After hours (5.00pm onwards) counselling sessions are $110 per 50 minutes (an additional charge of $30 per 15 minutes is automatically billed once over the initial allocated time).
Coaching sessions are $160 per 50 minutes (an additional charge of $30 per 15 minutes is automatically billed once over the initial allocated time).
How do I make an appointment?
Mindful Counselling & Coaching is open on Tuesdays from 10.00am to 8.00pm. We also open every second Saturday from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
You can make an appointment by going into the ‘Book an appointment page’ or alternatively you can contact Denise on 0498 055 088.
Do I need a referral?
A referral is not required for rebates from Private Health Insurance.
Can I claim sessions on Private Health Insurance?
Partial or complete financial coverage may be available through extended health benefits. Your policy should state that “counsellors” or “counselling services” are included.
It may also say “psychological services are covered when provided by a counsellor”. Please check your extended benefits plan for details of applicable coverage. Clients are expected to pay for sessions themselves and then submit receipts for reimbursement to their insurance.