How much does counselling cost? -

Effective 1st July 2017 - June 30th 2018

  • Individual* - Initial session $160 (up to 90 mins)
  • Individual - Standard session $130 (up to 60 mins)
  • Couples - Initial session $180 (up to 75 mins)
  • Couples Standard session $160 (up to 60 mins)
  • Family Therapy - Initial session $180 (up to 75 mins)
  • Family Therapy - Standard session $160 (up to 60 mins)

* price remains the same regardless of age of individual

What is your cancellation policy? - If you cancel in under 24 hours, a 50% cancellation fee may apply.

What if I am running late for my appointment?  - Please text your therapist and let them know.  Wherever possible we will try to accommodate you.  However, if there are other clients booked immediately after you, we will need to respect their needs and your appointment will complete at the scheduled time.

Do you offer rebates? - For many clients, we find they do not wish to have record of a mental health plan attached to themselves or to their children.   As counsellors we are not in a position to participate in the mental health plan scheme and as such rebates do not apply.  

How do I choose a counsellor? - Choosing a counsellor when we are in distress can be a difficult task.  Take some time to speak to a number of counsellors prior to making a decision to commit.  We recommend using our 20 min FREE ONLINE Consult to get a sense of whether the counsellor feels the right fit for you.  Remember this is a very personal decision and finding the right counselling fit is critical to the effectiveness of the work.

How many sessions will I need? - Counselling is a very personal journey, unique to each individual.  For some people one or two sessions is sufficient to address a time of distress for others it may take many more. Together with your counsellor, you will develop an agreed plan of treatment, which together you will also frequently review.  

How does counselling or therapy help?  - When we are in distress, the experience can be incredibly isolating and times frightening.  At the centre of the counselling experience is the counselling relationship with your therapist.  Counselling can assist by helping us tougher with another, safely process and make sense of our experiences and in doing so support us in finding greater ease in our lives.    

Is Online Counselling available to everyone? - Online Counselling is a great alternative for those that can not make it to our practice.  However, please note that it is not applicable if your are under 16 years of age, if you have been diagnosed with a mental mental illness, or if you or others are concerned that may of risk to yourself or others.  At this stage we do not offer Online Counselling to couples or groups.

How can I get the most out of my counselling or therapy sessions?  - As you are able to, we invite our clients to arrive a little ahead of time prior to their appointment.  This allows you time settle, help yourself to a cool drink or a cup of tea before commencing the session.  Rather than rushing to the next appointment, give yourself time to sit with your experience afterwards.  In between sessions, engage in some form of structured processing and integration of the counselling experience, such as journalling .  If homework is set, do it. To truly experience the momentum of change that can occur when undertaking this type of therapeutic work, for a period of time, commit to regular counselling sessions, ideally no more than a week apart.  

How can I best support my child, who is undertaking counselling / therapy? - Commend your child for their courage and love them to bits.  Know that they may not want to talk about their therapy experiences and and respect this.  Trust that your child will talk with you when and if they need to.  And also know that your child's therapist will always make contact with you, if they are at all concerned about your child's welfare or wellbeing.

Somebody else is paying for me to attend counselling, will they have access to my files? - All that you share in your counselling session remains confidential.  Except in the case that the counsellor is subpoenaed by law or is deeply concerned for your or another's wellbeing, your counsellor is bound by a code of conduct that demands client confidentiality across all client material.  Whether it is your parents, your employer or your partner paying for you to attend counselling or therapy, no one, apart from you is permitted to have access to your files, and aside from your therapist's professional supervisor, none of the information you reveal in session will be shared with a third party.

What does client confidentiality mean and when does it not apply? - All that you share in your counselling session remains confidential.  Except in the case that the counsellor is subpoenaed by law or is deeply concerned for your or another's wellbeing, your counsellor is bound by a code of conduct that demands client confidentiality across all client material.  No one, apart from you is permitted to have access to your files, and aside from your therapist's professional supervisor, none of the information you reveal in session will be shared with a third party.

What is Play Therapy? Play Therapy is to children what counselling is to adults. Play therapy utilizes play, children's natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words. Play is the natural way that children understand their world, express thoughts and feelings, develop social skills and learn self mastery.  Child Centered Play Therapy is a medium for children to express difficult feelings, explore relationships and process their experiences.  Children often have difficulty trying to say in words what they feel or how experiences have affected them.  Through the toys and art materials, children can identify their inner feelings through what they choose and how they play.  To learn more go to Play Therapy.

What is Art Therapy? - Art Therapy gives teenagers and adults the opportunity to express powerful feelings and emotions, in a non-verbal way. The process and outcomes of making art can then facilitate discussion about some of the issues you or your child may be facing. Sometimes more can be said in pictures than in words. In art making, a thought or feeling can be represented by an image, making it tangible and therefore a record of the experience. Through discussion and processes we can then re-experience, resolve and integrate this experience.  To learn more go to Art Therapy

What is Whole-Body Focussing oriented therapy? -  Whole-Body Focusing Oriented Therapy invites both the client and the therapist alike, to bring greater present moment awareness to their physical experience in the therapeutic space.  Based upon the belief that our body holds much personal  wisdom, whole body focussing invites a very gentle unfolding and experiencing of personal insight and knowledge.   For some clients, this approach to therapy can be very revealing and deeply empowering.  To learn more go to  Whole-Body Focusing Oriented Therapy.

Why does my therapist need supervision? - Working as a therapist is incredibly rewarding, but at times can be also very demanding.  As a part of our culture of self care, it is a requirement of our industry, that as therapists we seek regular supervision from registered counselling supervisors.  Counselling supervisors is a place where practitioners - are held accountable, are actively encouraged to reflect on their work, and are pushed to extend their learning.   As such supervision, can contribute to a practitioners growth, both professionally and personally.  Just as therapists are bound by client confidentiality codes of conduct, so are all supervisors. 

How much does professional supervision cost?  - Depending on the experience of the supervisor, supervision can cost up to $150 / hour.  For those that individual supervision is cost prohibitive, group supervision can be an economical way to receive professional supervision.

How long is a professional supervision session?  - Standard session up to 60 mins / Paired Supervision up to 75 mins / Group supervision up to 120 mins

Is there space for me to rent at The Grove? - We rent space to a small group of carefully selected therapists at The Grove.  If you are an Allied Health Practitioner and you are interested in applying to join us, please contact us at  info@thegrovecounselling.com or 03-9532-4567

 

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