Counselling FAQ’S

What happens in a counselling session?

Session’s are a chance for you to talk through issues or experiences in a safe, trusted environment with an independent person (someone who is not in your life). In the session questions are asked and conversations had while the counsellor listens to your concerns.

How many sessions should I have?

As every person attending counselling does so for their own different reasons there is no ‘set number’ of sessions. The number of sessions are completely up to you and is often determined by the topics you wish to discuss and your individual needs. You may wish to have only one or a few sessions or to continue for a longer period of time depending on your concerns.

How often do I need to come?

This is an individual decision and is worked out with your counsellor.

Can I just have one or two sessions?

Yes. Some people find it beneficial to attend one or two sessions to talk over their concerns, others prefer longer depending on the issue.

How long is each session?

Traditionally counselling takes place once a week for 50 min, however this is not necessary the case for everybody. As everyone is unique in their situation, needs and life experience this may vary.

Can I stop at anytime?

Yes

How will I know if counselling has been successful?

By the end of our time together you will be left with a sense of calmness and greater insight and awareness. You will be better able to manage your personal circumstances, apply constructive action and left empowered to take responsibility and control of your life.

I don’t know if my concerns are suitable for a counselling session?

If you feel you need to talk then counselling is suitable for you. Counselling is for anyone that needs to talk about their concerns or experiences or wants to address certain issues in their life. These may range from everyday concerns to unique circumstances or situations, counselling addresses concerns across many lifestyle and life stage events and circumstances.

Will what I say and do in the session remain private and confidential?

Without confidentiality trust cannot be formed and trust is the very foundation of us being able to work together. It is fundamental to the counselling process. All sessions and note-taking are confidential and you may request no notes be taken. (apart from a new patient form).

There are however some confidentiality provisions, These are however limited where there is a need to:

  • Protect a child or children.
  • Prevent or lessen a serious or imminent threat to life, health or property.
  • Prevent the commission or likely commission of a crime.
  • Prevent violence or a threat of violence to a person or property.

These will be discussed before the first session. If you have any concerns about confidentiality you can call me, anonymously if you wish, to discuss. Jodie 0409 988 472

Are notes taken?

Yes normally notes are taken in the session to assist in the process, to track your progress over time, track different types of technique’s, and for reference in future sessions.  Notes are confidential. Should you wish not to have notes taken we can discuss this option.

Is advice given?

No, advice is not given. My role is to helps you find new ways to think about things, expand your awareness and to give you insight. To look at things from a different perspective and to find new frameworks by which to consider things.

Will I be diagnoses

No I do not make any diagnoses.

Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral.

Will a code of conduct and ethical standards be followed?

I am registered with the ACA (Australian Counselling Association) and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Practice. This code specifically prohibits close personal relationships with clients outside of counselling.

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