- Childhood trauma
- Disturbing dreams
Individual therapy is suitable for a range of mental health related issues in adults and young adults (14+), as well as general goals for personal growth and development. You do not need to be in a crisis to start therapy. In fact, many people find that the most rewarding work occurs after the initial crisis, when there is time and space for deeper currents of work.
Keep reading below for some common questions and answers.
Before deciding to start, you might also want to read some general information about what is psychotherapy︎︎︎, and more information about my approach︎︎︎
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
$110 per session (50 minutes). Note: Medicare rebates are not currently available for psychotherapy and counselling.
How often do I need to come?
Generally speaking either weekly or fortnightly. Depending on your situation.
Is therapy confronting?
Sometimes. But it is also caring and considered, and with practice and support, you can learn to manage the symptoms of distress, grow and mature in the direction of your desires, discover deeper currents of meaning in your life, and experience profound changes in the way you think and feel.
Is a psychotherapist like a psychologist?
Psychotherapists and psychologists are both mental health professionals who have completed training and accreditation in their respective fields. They differ in scope when it comes to assessment and diagnosis. For example, only psychologists are able to provide a formal diagnosis of mental health related disorders. When it comes to approach, psychotherapists, and psychologists trained in psychotherapy, tend to use more psychoanalytic based approaches. Psychologists not trained in psychotherapy tend to use manualised approaches such as CBT and ACT.
Can a psychotherapist diagnose PTSD?
A psychotherapist may use research and knowledge about PTSD and other trauma-related disorders to inform their approach, but they do not provide any formal diagnosis.
Can therapy help with overthinking?
Many people who come to therapy want to spend less time spiralling through anxious or confusing thoughts. Therapy helps by externalising those thoughts and unpacking their underlying emotions and associations. This can be very helpful for overthinking.
How do I choose a therapist?
Psychotherapy is a working relationship, so when choosing a therapist you should choose someone with whom you feel comfortable and respected. You should feel free to ask questions about their methods and how they view your issue. If their perspective resonates with you, that is a good sign you will be able to make changes in a direction that feels like growth and recovery. Remember that all therapists belong to cultures of practice, and diversity among therapists reflects the diversity of human survival and flourishing. There is no single answer to the question of how to deal with problems in life, but a good therapist can help you find meangful, affirming, and effective solutions that support your own growth and maturity.
How long do people stay in psychotherapy or counselling?
Like any relationship, therapy goes through phases and stages, each with its own focus and potential. Sometimes it lasts only as long as it takes to solve a pressing issue, other times the relationship extends into unforseen areas of need, and becomes a long term working relationship. Studies suggest that the benefits of therapy are cumulative, but the length of each therapy depends on many factors, and a therapy does not need to become long term to be worthwhile or effective.
To enquire about the availability of appointments, please contact me︎︎︎ using the form provided.