What is Counselling?
Counselling is a process of conversation and practicing skills with a view to creating or improving a sense of vitality in your life. Through counselling you can gain insight into the subconscious factors that drive your behaviour. Subconscious factors such as avoidance of emotion or memories can have an undue influence on your behaviour affecting your ability to choose behaviours that are personally meaningful.
Skills learned in counselling can assist you in changing your relationship with unpleasant thoughts, memories, people and places, so your behaviour is no longer dictated by a compulsion to avoid what you don’t want, but rather is motivated by a healthy desire to pursue the things you do want and love.
Is Counselling for Me?
Sessions with your counsellor are confidential. There are some exceptions to this rule such as when a client is at risk of hurting themselves or someone else, or when a crime of a very serious nature is about to be committed. In some situations, courts are also permitted to apply for access to case notes. If this is a concern for you, please consult with a solicitor.
Is Counselling Confidential?
Sessions with your counsellor are confidential. There are some exceptions to this rule which is when a client is at risk of hurting themselves or someone else, or when a crime of a very serious nature is about to be committed. Family court lawyers are able to apply for access to case notes in some situations, so if this is a concern for you, please consult with a solicitor.
What can I expect from my first counselling session?
The first session is an opportunity get to know the therapist and discuss your needs and concerns. Positive outcomes in therapy are strongly associated with the client therapist relationship. For this reason the first session will focus on getting a broad overview of how you are travelling, and agreeing upon a plan for the future. Seeing a counsellor for the first time can be nerve-racking, however at Strength & Strategies Counselling Services we don’t pressure you to talk about things if you’re not ready.
How many counselling sessions will I need?
This depends on a number of factors. Such as; whether you are seeking some quick strategies to improve coping, or more in depth therapy to learn more about yourself. A good idea is to identify some goals early on in session and review progress regularly. So rather than setting a time period, you can set some prioritised goals to achieve.
What are the opening hours of Strength & Strategies Counselling Services?
Counselling consultations are available seven days a week by appointment. Please contact us to discuss an available time that is best suited to you.
How much will it cost?
Our sessions fees are competitively priced, and discounts are applicable for concession and pension card holders.
Standard rates are set at $65 per hour. Concessional rates may be available on application.