Frequently asked questions

How do I know if I need therapy?

People often seek therapy because they feel unhappy within themselves, and/or struggle with specific areas of their lives, such as family, relationships, work etc. You may wish to consider therapy if stress, or other difficult emotions or worries, get in the way of you achieving your goals, affect your relationships, and your overall happiness. Therapy can also help you understand your difficulties, and complex personal issues, and support you to change unhelpful habits and patterns.

What issues can therapy help with?

Therapy can help you with a broad range of difficulties, such as low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, phobias, mood difficulties, trauma, difficulties in relationships, and loss, amongst other things. You and your therapist will have a chance to talk about your difficulties at the initial consultations, and agree on a focus for therapy, that is likely to be most helpful to you.

How can I book an initial consultation?

You can email me at contact with your query. I will  respond to your query as soon as possible’ 

What should I ask when I contact a therapist for the first time?

In your initial sessions, you may want to ask about the treatment options, such as time, place, cost, session frequency and duration, and the therapist’s policy regarding cancellations and holidays. You can also ask about the therapist’s professional qualifications, experience, and approach, or any specific questions with regards to your difficulties and the type of help you would like. This can give you an idea of what is involved in therapy and help you decide if I am a person you feel you can work with.

What happens during and between therapy sessions?

Psychological therapy is talking treatment. I strive to provide a safe therapeutic space in which to explore your struggles, and work towards facing and overcoming your difficulties, and help you to develop more as an individual. During the initial sessions (known as ‘assessment’) you and your therapist will be working together to explore and develop a shared understanding of your difficulties and what you would like to be different. This will help you decide on where to focus the work in a way that is helpful. At the end of the initial assessment I will aim to share my recommendations on treatment options. If, after initial assessment, you decide to embark on therapy, you will be working with your therapist towards your agreed therapy goals – this will involve thinking and talking about daily events, your thoughts, feelings, memories, aspirations, regrets etc., and engaging in various exercises and practices to designed to help you with your difficulties. To support you with your difficulties and help you develop, your therapist may often ask you to experiment with new strategies, or practise the skills that you are learning in therapy outside session times.

How often will I have to attend therapy?

Regularity and consistency in attending sessions is important to help you make progress with your difficulties. I typically offer weekly or fortnightly sessions which is tailored to your needs. Frequency of sessions will be regularly reviewed depending on your progress.

What happens if I need to cancel my appointment?

If you need to cancel or rearrange an appointment, please let me know as soon as possible. I operate a 24-hour cancellation policy, and will not charge you if you cancel in advance of this time. If you cancel with less than 24-hour notice, or do not attend your scheduled appointment, you will be charged at full fee.

I aim to be flexible and, where possible, will try to rearrange your appointment. My intention is to help you maximise your time in therapy.

How long will I need therapy for?

The length of therapy will depend on the nature of your difficulties, what you are prepared to commit to (in terms of time, finances, and emotional availability), and how well you respond to therapy. Initial consultation will enable you to see if therapy would be helpful to you. Length of time in therapy will depend on your progress and this will be regularly reviewed.

Will my sessions be confidential?

Yes, what you discuss with your therapist will be confidential. The only time confidentiality will be breached is if you disclose any information that makes your therapist concerned that you or somebody else is at serious risk, if I am subpoenaed, or if you give written permission to disclose information to a named person such as your GP. I will always aim to share any concerns with you prior notifying relevant parties (e.g. your GP). I am bound by the ethical obligations of my professional practice.

What if I am unhappy with my therapist, or have a complaint?

My aim is to ensure the provision of a high quality psychological service in accordance with ethical and professional guidelines. If you have any concerns about the service I provide, I would like to hear about them, so please speak to me, or email me at ccpsych@bigpond.net.au. I will endeavour to address your concerns in the best possible way I can. If you are still dissatisfied that your concerns have not been addressed, you may wish to take this up with our professional bodies (see personal profiles).

I have tried therapy before and it didn’t work. Why should I try again?

It is not uncommon for people to try a few courses of therapy until they find a type of therapy that is helpful, and a therapist who they can trust and feel comfortable with. Finding the ‘right’ approach can be hard and it is ok to ‘sample’ different therapies until you find the most suitable and helpful one for you. I would like to talk with you about your previous experience of therapy and what you would like to be different this time, such that this experience is more helpful for you. If you, or I, feel that I cannot help you with your difficulties, I will aim to advise you on alternative options for help, where possible.

What does it cost?

Please visit our pricing page for more details.