Below you will find answers to some of the questions (FAQs) people often have about the therapeutic process. Please get in touch if you have other queries that are not covered in the FAQs.

Your first session will provide an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to get a feeling for what it might be like to be in therapy.  We will explore what’s led you to seek therapy, as well as give you space to discuss your expectations, hopes and concerns about therapy.

Towards the end of the session, we will discuss the dynamics, how you feel the session went, and if and how we might continue working together.

Importantly, it’s good for you to understand that you’re under no obligation to continue with me as your therapist.  All therapists work in a unique way, and it’s important that you find the right therapist for you.

Therapy isn’t a quick fix, as much as we’d like it to be.  It usually takes a number of sessions before you’ll begin to really see the difference therapy is making.  However, on rare occasions, a single session may be enough for you to gain sufficient insight and understanding about your concern, issue or conflict.

A Counsellor or Psychotherapist is a non-judgmental and supportive professional whose main focus is you.  I will encourage you to explore and find your own answers to your own unique situation.

My job is to make you feel safe, heard and understood.  In most circumstances, sessions will be weekly and run for 50 minutes. Some clients may choose fortnightly sessions and we can discuss this scenario at our first session.

For me being a therapist is innately connected to the desire to understand both myself and others better, and help people do the same. You can read more about my journey, philosophy and influences in my 10 Questions with Reed post.

Psychotherapy and Counselling are confidential processes.  What is said in the room stays in the room unless you agree otherwise.  That said, I do have a legal and ethical obligation to inform appropriate authorities where you are a danger to yourself or others.

My registration with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) means that my work as a therapist is governed by a code of ethics which includes respecting the privacy of clients by preserving the confidentiality of their information.

Yes I do.  Often couples will seek therapy due to a rupture in the relationship that can include a traumatic event, work-or-family-related issues, transition, infidelity or a breakdown of intimacy.

The therapeutic work undertaken will often involve looking at communication, both positive and negative; individual and relational strengths; boundaries and trust.

Importantly, the work can be very fortifying for the couple and very rewarding for me as the witness to their courage, commitment and bond.

Person-centred therapy was developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940s.  This type of therapy diverged from the traditional model of the therapist as an expert and moved instead toward a non-directive, empathic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process.

You can find detailed info about this approach and why I practice it here.

Counselling and psychotherapy don’t fall under Medicare or every private insurer, however, Medibank Private and BUPA do offer rebates.

I hold a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Western Sydney University. I am also currently completing my Master of Psychotherapy.

My training is predominately person-centred; however, I also draw from other therapeutic models and approaches such as Mindfulness-based Therapy, Existential Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Positive Psychology.

I also complete professional development and training annually as part of my PACFA registration (see below).

Yes, I hold clinical registration with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Yes, absolutely!  My work increasingly involves meeting and working with couples in same-sex relationships as well as the broader LGBTQI community.  As a proud member of this community, I am more than happy – some would say keen – to support others in building momentum, insight and understanding.

I love working with my community!  The Blue Mountains community is diverse, culturally progressive and accepting – which is why I live and work here.  My therapeutic practice brings me into contact with all types of folk.

Running a small private practice is a busy undertaking and sometimes I find myself at capacity. I do keep a waitlist and will contact new clients as consult times become available so please get in touch to inquire about session availability.

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