Frequently Asked Questions
what is a psychotherapist?
Psychotherapy is a kind of talk therapy that helps people understand their inner world. It aims to help us understand and come to know ourselves through the prism of a therapeutic relationship. This understanding allows us to make good choices, have better relationships, adapt to life’s ups and downs and lead a more fulfilling life.
A psychotherapist is someone who practices psychotherapy. They might be trained in social work, psychology, psychiatry, mental health nursing or in counselling, but psychotherapy is what they do in their practice.
In choosing a psychotherapist it is wise to ask about their qualifications and membership of professional associations as this will help ensure you are protected and that they are well-trained and up-to-date when you consult with them.
Do you see adults?
Yes! I see people 15 -25, so that includes adults, but outside this range I will see someone if we decide together that I am the right person to help them.
How much does it cost?
I charge $120 per session, with a Medicare rebate of 74.80 available to eligible clients. The Mental Health Care Plan includes 10 sessions per calendar year. Most trauma therapy will require more sessions than this. Therefore, it is wise to factor the costs of ongoing sessions into your thinking. In general, I advise people with a history of trauma (especially where a diagnosis of BPD is present) to allow for ongoing weekly sessions for a period of 1-2 years. Unfortunately, at present, Medicare will not cover this number of sessions.
Given that therapy needs to work in the context of a therapeutic relationship, it is better to remain with a single practitioner to allow the therapy to work properly, and this is particularly true for people with BPD. Should you wish to undertake ongoing trauma therapy for BPD, then we can make a financial arrangement to suit this extended commitment.
I realise that 1-2 years of weekly sessions seems like a lot - and a big investment (in terms of both money and time) however I believe that making this investment in your health and wellbeing will reward you with a richer, more fulfilling and more joyful life.
If you are registered with the NDIS, you can arrange to have therapy included in your plan.
I also offer recovery coaching packages via Zoom for people outside Melbourne. These start at $480 for a 6 session start-up package.
How long do I need to keep coming?
That depends on the nature and complexity of the problems you bring to therapy. The kind of psychotherapy I do normally incorporates deeper work to help release trauma - this can take ongoing sessions over a longer period. In general, the more serious the trauma, the longer the work needed to safely address and resolve it.
For people with BPD, it can require 1-2 years of ongoing work to recover. (See above.)
I would like my parents or partner to come along to therapy, can you also see them?
As a general rule, I don’t do family or couples therapy, but if therapy with a young person requires consultations with parents, then I will usually see the parents either individually or with the young person (with the client’s consent).
Do you do dbt?
Whilst I believe that DBT is a very useful treatment for BPD, I presently do not have capacity to provide DBT treatment. However, I do use strategies and modalities from DBT and am happy to see people who are undertaking group treatment as part of a DBT program.
What is recovery coaching?
Recovery coaching is a special kind of coaching designed to support and enhance your recovery journey. It involves an initial assessment of where you are in your journey, and an analysis of the steps that need to be taken for you to progress. In my coaching, I will work with you on your recovery goals to implement achievable and concrete changes in your life.
Recovery coaching helps with
social and emotional functioning
direction and purpose
vocational and educational pathways
self-soothing and self-talk