Find the most common questions answered on this page.
If you do have any further questions please call and ask.
Question: How much do you charge for your psychotherapy and counselling sessions?
The fees for my services are reasonable. Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions.
Question: What happens in the first meeting?
The first session is often the “get to know each other” session. I will spend time asking about your personal history and what brought you to therapy. I will aim to get clarity regarding what you require to ensure you receive the right support. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions during this sessions.
Question: Do I have to be referred by my GP to receive counselling?
Question: How long does each counselling session last?
Question: How many sessions do I need?
This is a little like asking “How long is a piece of string?”. You are ultimately the judge of that. Some people may find that four to six sessions are enough to achieve the changes they desire, others may need long term therapy, with weekly or fortnightly sessions. Everyone’s needs are different and I will work with you to ensure you get the necessary support.
Question: When do I pay?
Question: How can you (as a therapist) help me?
I create and provide a safe and confidential space where you can explore your most personal thoughts and feelings. It is my role is to listen without judgement and to assist you to find your own answers.
Question: Why would I go to a therapist instead of talking to family?
Family are there to provide love and support. At the same time, it can be very hard for them to listen without judgement. Instead, they tend to offer advice and opinions, which can be unhelpful. I offer a safe, empathetic and fully objective ear to which you can communicate your innermost feelings . The support I provide is there to help you look at alternative ways of thinking rather than opinions around what you “should” do.
Question: Does psychotherapy work?
Yes. Psychotherapy works and there is a lot of scientific and clinical evidence to support it. It is important to understand that psychotherapy is based on the relationship between a therapist and client; success is often expedited when there is a strong professional relationship between you and I and this is built over time.
Where am I?
I am located in the Sydney CBD area for in-person sessions or via Skype if that’s more convenient for you.