FAQ

What is the cost of a therapy session?

I will let you know my current fees when I speak to you on the phone or when you book online you can view my fees.

Do I need a referral?

No referral is needed unless you wish to claim from Medicare.

Can I claim a rebate?

Rebates may be available from most Private Health Funds. Please check your provider for your level of cover.

If you receive a referral and a  GP Mental Health Plan (item 80110) from your GP you will be entitled to a rebate of $84.80 per session for a maximum of 10 sessions per calendar year.

Please click here for more information about the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative.
For each session, rebates can be claimed for either Medicare or your Private Health Fund. Not both.

Are my counselling sessions confidential?

Yes. Your confidentiality is of paramount importance to me. I  adhere to the code of ethics of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

How is my personal information kept private?

Any notes of our counselling sessions are kept either in a locked cabinet or encrypted on a password-protected computer and destroyed after a period of seven years.

How long is a relationship therapy session?

Individual sessions are for 60 minutes. Couple sessions are usually initially 90 minutes, and then we decide together depending on your circumstances the duration of future sessions.

What if I can’t make my counselling appointment or if I need to cancel?

Counselling appointments are booked and held specifically for the time you request. When you book a counselling appointment, I am unable to offer that time to anyone else. For this reason, I have a 24-hour full-fee cancellation policy. This includes requests to change appointments where less than 24-hours notice is given.

How often should I attend relationship therapy sessions?

The best outcomes for therapy are possible when relationship counselling appointments are scheduled and attended regularly. Every person is different, however, current research suggests that it can take at least 3-4 months of psychotherapy to establish long lasting changes. Research also says that you will experience changes sooner rather than later if I am to be effective with you.

Together we determine how often you will attend, based on your needs and schedule, which may be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. In my experience, the clients that have the most positive outcomes from therapy attend weekly, or at least schedule and attend sessions on a regular basis.

I think that the problem is my partner, but they don’t want to come in for couples therapy. What should I do?

It is possible that by attending relationship counselling on your own that you can make significant changes within yourself. These changes typically are beneficial to your relationship. Even if your partner won’t come in for couples counselling, you can work on the part you play in the patterns and dynamics of your relationship and this will generally have a positive impact on how you function as a couple. You may even find that your partner’s behaviour changes as a result of the changes you have made.

My relationship is ending. Can you save it?

Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that I can save your relationship. What I can do is assist you and your partner in identifying the negative patterns that have become entrenched between you and facilitate honest and open communication about your hopes, dreams and aspirations for the relationship.

We can see what is possible from there. Some couples come into relationship counselling at a point where there has been significant hurt and pain carried over a long period of time and sometimes it is not possible for the relationship to recover from this. Other couples are able to work through the pain and hurt and create a stronger and more resilient relationship.

If you really want to save your relationship, couples or marriage therapy may be your only hope for saving it. And if saving your relationship is not possible, we can work together to ease the pain and challenges involved in separating.

What are your counsellor qualifications and training?

I am a psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). I have extensive Post Graduate qualifications in both Relationship Counselling and Individual Psychotherapy including an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt therapy. I have also completed a 2 year professional training course with AABCAP, Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists, integrating Buddhism and psychotherapy. My orientation is in Buddhist Psychology and Gestalt therapy, working with the client as a whole person. (see about Felicity)
When working with couples I work within a PACT framework. This a psychobiological approach to couples therapy that integrates Neuroscience, Attachment theory and Arousal reglulation. I have over a decade of experience working in the relationship field.

Do you accept credit card?

Yes, payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, or eftpos. Hicaps on the spot claiming for health fund rebates as well as Medicare easy claim is also available.

I’m ready to find out how to create a great relationship what’s the next step?

Click on the Book Now button below to schedule a session with my online appointment book. To book a 90 minute session call me directly or book a 60 minute session and I will call you to confirm your appointment and discuss your needs within 24 hours.

If you are not ready to book an appointment, call me on 0438 184 727  to see how I can assist you