Counselling and Psychotherapy
Individual sessions: $150 for 50-60 minutes
- Children (4 years +)
- Dyads- mother and infant (newborn – 3 years)
A free 15 minute phone consultation is available to give clients the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Emma’s background and experience.
*Sessions are not eligible to be covered by Medicare under the Better Access Scheme which requires diagnosis of a mental illness and gap payments in some circumstances.
** Funding available through FV Flexible Support Package (FSP) and Victims of Crime. These can be applied for by a social worker/case manager***a cancellation policy applies
How does Counselling and Psychotherapy work?
Preliminary Phone Consultation
Whether you are ready to start therapy or still contemplating if now is the right time for you, Emma is happy to offer a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation to help you decide. Making the first phone call is an important step and as such, it provides an initial opportunity to ask questions, share your concerns, understand what may be involved during counselling, and gain a sense of Emma.
Contact Emma during normal business hours on Monday, Thursday, or Friday. Email [email protected] or Phone 0492 875 180 to arrange a mutual time to have a confidential chat.
To optimise the counselling process, committing to the process and feeling comfortable with your counsellor is vital. It is not uncommon for people to ‘shop around’ until they meet a counsellor they feel comfortable with. Taking the time to find a therapist who is a ‘good fit’ with you and has the experience and skills to you need is important to Emma who believes getting to know one another starts with a warm introduction, rather than a cold referral. The therapeutic relationship begins from the initial phone call.
The focus of the first session is to get an understanding of the issues which have brought you to therapy and to determine together, the aims for counselling or psychotherapy. Therapy is essentially an inquiry into life, relationships, problems, and anything or everything in-between. Through discussing the history and current impact of the issue(s) as well as your personal hopes and goals, we will decide where feels like the best starting point as a course of action.
The first session can often seem a bit overwhelming due to the amount of time spent asking questions and talking about the issues. This is normal especially if you’ve never had therapy before. However, following this first session it is common people also feel like a weight has been lifted accompanied by a sense of hopefulness.
The number of counselling sessions will vary depending on the issues, therapeutic modality, and the frequency of sessions. Thinking of the counselling process in terms of metaphor is useful. The landscape and terrain changes as the issues are explored in a more in-depth way and as different weather conditions are encountered along the way. Quite simply, counselling is not without its ups and downs depending on external (E.g. relationships, life circumstances) and internal (E.g. self-esteem, core beliefs) factors. However, with guidance and mutual support, positive growth and change is possible for everyone.
As a general rule of thumb, most people will seek counselling when the issues they are experiencing are acute or there is a crisis. Weekly sessions are typically recommended at the beginning to middle phases of counselling with the possibility to stretch out the sessions as the issues resolve. The therapeutic goals, approach, techniques and relationship will be reviewed periodically to make any necessary adjustments or changes.
Visit the PACFA website for the definition of Counselling
Psychotherapy is a longer, more intensive process of delving more deeply into problems to better understand their meaning and significance. It is often referred to as the ‘The talking Cure’ and involves a long-term commitment by both the therapist and client.
Psychotherapy can take many forms. Emma incorporates Arts Psychotherapy into her practice and is currently studying Child Psychotherapy with the Institute of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Visit the PACFA website for the definition of Psychotherapy.
Emma is proud to be an approved NDIS provider registered for ‘Therapeutic Support Services’ in the Bayside-Peninsula region of Victoria from April 2018.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme offers people living with a disability the opportunity to access a range of qualified professionals experienced in supporting individuals and their family/carers to reach their full potential. Participants are in control of who they want as part of their team of professional support and have the freedom to choose who is right for them.
Eligible participants develop a plan with a Coordinator including a budget that covers the costs of the professionals. Depending on the type of plan, participants may self-manage their budget paying providers directly from their allocated amount. You will not have any out-of-pocket expenses.
Disabilities must be ‘severe and persistent’ with letters from health professionals such as GP, psychiatrist, or counsellor evidencing details of the disability.
If you believe you might be eligible, please visit the NDIS-for-participants webpage or contact the Brotherhood of St Laurence who is the Local Area Coordinator for the South -East region of metropolitan Melbourne for more information.
What Therapeutic supports can I access?
The NDIS recognises a wider range of modalities (compared with the Mental Health Care Plan) each with a strong evidence base in the treatment of mental illness – counselling, Arts Therapy, Music Therapy and psychology (E.g. CBT). ‘Talk therapy’ is not right for everyone, so having other options which are also effective in mental health are crucial.
Emma is registered to provide provide counselling and will registered to offer Arts Therapy in the near future.
The NDIS will not be replacing the Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) provided under Medicare. If you are not eligible for NDIS, you could still access a MHCP as per the usual pathway.
How can you make me your provider?
Let your support coordinator know you are considering Emma as your provider. Emma’s information is available in the ‘My Place’ portal for participants and providers and can be contacted this way.
It is important to select professionals who will support you to achieve your mental health recovery goals. Your Support coordinator will help you develop a plan that supports and empowers you to choose the professionals on your team.