Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Common Psychotherapy Questions

I hear you, there are so many types of therapies with acronyms. It can be overwhelming. The framework I use is based on psychoanalysis. Called psychodynamic therapy. This approach explores the unconscious and addresses the roots of problems. Not only patients symptoms. Read more about this approach in my blog post here.

I offer therapy to adults. As I currently only offer therapy via telehealth, some presentations (e.g., crisis/acute presentations) may not be suitable. Please contact me to talk about your situation.

I work with adults who are interested in an insight approach to therapy.

Some populations I work with, not limited to:

  • Sex workers & clients
  • Older adults
  • LGBTQIA+ folks
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Those living in rural/remote areas

I understand that something may come up and you need to rebook. At least 48 hours notice is required to reschedule or cancel an appointment. A late cancellation fee may apply.

It is common to feel anxious in the lead-up to a session – please bring this up with me as it is a golden opportunity to learn more about yourself and explore any concerns about the therapeutic relationship.

The investment for a 50-minute therapy session is $220.

Note: the Australian Psychological Society currently recommends $280 for a 50-60minute session.

You may be eligible for a rebate with Medicare or private health insurance.

You do not need a referral from your GP to engage in therapy. You can attend as a private self-referring patient.

If you see your GP, you can talk to them about a mental health treatment plan, so you can get some money back from Medicare. The rebate with a general psychologist is $92.90, for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. You will be out of pocket $127.10 per session.

As for private health, you may be eligible for a rebate with your private healthcare provider.

Other Q’s you may be thinking
(but may not ask!)

Other Q’s you may be thinking (but may not ask!)

I didn’t like doing homework at school either… I won’t MAKE you do anything, and homework is not part of my approach. Although, like a lot of things in life, I firmly believe you get out what you put in when it comes to therapy.

A valid concern! If this occurs, I know it will feel uncomfy, but bring it up. There may be unconscious forces at play, which is perfect ‘grist for the therapy mill’. I also seek feedback most sessions on how the therapeutic relationship is going. I may ask “how is the space between us feeling today?

Are you wondering if it will be worth your time? Time is money, right? This is a very psychologist answer, but it depends. It will not happen over night. Full disclosure, you may actually feel worse at the beginning. This means that you are building insight into the problem, and is a natural part of the process. In my experience, therapy is a worth wile and rewarding journey. Another fun fact, studies on psychodynamic therapy show people continue to improve after they finish treatment! How cool is that!

Something I ask myself often! YES! I am in the process of finding a dog at the moment.