Questions About Counselling

Why see a counsellor?

Life can get overwhelming at times, and it's normal to not have it all together sometimes. Being able to talk to someone outside of your situation can help you to feel less burdened and more able to enjoy life. Counsellors have the skills and experience to listen to you without judgement and help you to sort out your troubling thoughts or feelings. You are offered a safe space where you are able to discover yourself more clearly and work toward any positive goal you wish to attain.

Is what I tell you private?

Yes, your privacy is important to me. Whatever we discuss is confidential within the service. The rare exception to this is if I believe that you or someone else is being harmed or at risk of being harmed. I will always try to discuss this with you before talking to anyone else.

I'm a busy person..what if I can’t make my counselling appointment or if I need to cancel?

Re-scheduling or cancelling an appointment is fine and I understand things come up. However, 24 hours notice is required to reschedule or cancel an appointment. Unless in the case of exceptional circumstances, a full fee will be charged for missed sessions without a 24 hour notification.

What are your qualifications and training?

I am a fully qualified counsellor. I have an educational background in psychology and counselling. I have been trained in using a trauma informed approach in therapy, mindfulness and person-centred therapy. For more information about my qualifications and training please visit the about me page.

I need urgent help and I am worried about the safety of myself or my child. Can you help?

I can provide support and help to you and your child to address problems in life like relationship breakdowns, stress, anxiety, low mood and esteem issues, risk taking behaviours etc. However, Empower Youth is not a crisis service. If you do not feel safe, or if you are worried about your child’s safety, please call emergency services, Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or Lifeline (13 11 14).

What happens on my first session?

The first session is a chance for us to explore how we might work together to support you to make the changes you want to make.

It is an important time for me to hear your story and for us to build the first blocks of our honest and safe relationship together. The first session could involve you just chatting to me about what's going on in your life or it could be a time for us to establish goals and hopes for the coming sessions. It really depends on what you're comfortable with.

First Session Forms

At your first session you will be asked to fill out two forms.

  • New Client Information form

  • Informed Consent form

The New Client Information form gives us some general background information about you. 

The Informed Consent form goes over the rights and responsibilities of the counsellor and you, the client.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions a young person will need depends on their individual circumstance. For some people, short term therapy works well, however others benefit from medium to long term therapy.  I believe it is best to commit to 6 sessions in order to gain the benefits of therapy, and to develop and implement positive lasting changes in your life. 

What is the cost of therapy?

Our costs are reasonable and affordable. For face to face sessions and Skype sessions there is a charge of $120 AUD.

What session times are available?

During your free 15 minute consultation we can work out which time and day suits us both to meet either in person or via skype. You can book your free consultation by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

I'm young, do my parents or caregivers need to know I’m seeing a counsellor?

This will be discussed with you at your first session. We usually encourage you to let a parent know you are getting help, but we leave this decision up to you whenever we can.