Questions and Answers
What happens in counselling?
A session lasts for 60 minutes and is held in a private face-to-face setting. The first session is usually spent talking about why you have come for counselling, what’s been happening in your life, your present situation and what you would like to achieve through the counselling.
A counsellor will not give specific advice but is there to listen, give support and help you explore your options. We can assist in your goal setting, moving forward, relationship issues, adjusting to parenthood, abortion, adjusting in settling in Australia (migrant issues), care for carers, personal development or career coaching. This is normally can achieve in one or three sessions. Longer sessions might be extended to those who are suffering from Depression, Grief and Loss, Sexuality, Anxiety and Weight Loss.
We do not judge or push any particular viewpoint. We will support you in whatever you decide.
Is counselling confidential?
Counselling at Sound Mind is confidential. The counsellor will write notes after each session to assure a thorough understanding and comprehension of the issues but these notes are kept in a locked cabinet.
Counsellors are bound to ethical principles that mean only breaking confidentiality if there is evidence that clients may harm themselves or other people. This would be done with the client’s knowledge and consent if possible.
How many sessions will I need?
Sessions are usually once a week for a period of time that is suited to your needs. Usually more than one to six session is needed as it takes a bit of time and discussion to explore feelings and thoughts around problems in order to make an informed decision. Your counsellor will continue to support you with ongoing counselling for as long as you like no matter what your decision.
What are the costs?
Sound Mind Counselling are normally 1 hour per session and charge a competitive fee for our services and encourage you to discuss any concerns with your Counsellor if you are experiencing financial hardships.
Do I get Medicare Rebate?
Unfortunately Counsellors and Psychotherapist have not been listed in the Medicare Rebate Scheme. Our aim as a Counsellor is for you to self manage your issues and develop tools to assist you in reaching your goal.
Actions have been taken by some organisations requesting for our profession to be included in Medicare Rebate. Updates on this progress will be announce once our request have been granted. The benefit of seeing a Private Therapist is that it will not show on your medical record. However, if you have recurring mental health issue and requiring to see Psychologist or Psychiatrist on an on-going long term bases, please see your GP for management and referral.
Can I bring my partner or someone with me to counselling?
Yes. You are encouraged to bring your partner, friend and/or parents if that is what you would like. This could be very helpful and beneficial to your counselling. It is also important that your counsellor spends time just with you, and your counsellor will encourage this.