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What is counselling?

According to PACFA, counselling or therapy is the process of meeting with a counsellor or psychotherapist for the purpose of resolving problematic behaviours, beliefs, feelings and related physical symptoms. Therapy uses an interpersonal relationship to help develop the client’s self-understanding and to make changes in his or her life.

Do I have to attend for a set number of sessions?

There is no set amount number of sessions that you have to attend and no time limit on therapy. Some people have one or two sessions, others decide to come for a number of months. Many people come to counselling for a few years.

What should I expect from my first session?

Your first appointment will involve initially completing an intake form.  In this session you will also have the opportunity to talk about your circumstances and reasons for seeking counselling also discuss the possible direction of future counselling.

How long is a session?

A counselling session is 50 minutes

Will my appointment be confidential?

Yes, all information and sessions are confidential. At times communication with other health professionals is necessary, for instance, Psychologists, GP’s and School counsellors.  In this case, you will be asked to sign a “Release of Information Form” to allow this. 

There are ethical and legal guidelines that state disclosure is necessary for the following circumstances:

  1. If there is a potential for harm either to yourself or another person.

  2. If your case file is subpoenaed by a court of law

Please contact us directly if you would like to discuss this further.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, get in touch and we will find out for you.

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