Your questions answered about my addiction counselling service
Is addiction counselling effective?
Researchers have determined two key elements in achieving a positive outcome for the client who wish to combat their addiction
• If the client is motivated. This means he/she is not coerced or attending to please a partner or family member, but because they are over their addiction and have concluded they have a problem and are determined to beat it.
2. Rapport and trusting relationship with the therapist
• If the therapist is non-judgemental, empathises with the client, is on the same page and demonstrates 100% positive regard with their client will foster a safe, calm and supportive environment allowing the client to feel comfortable with the therapist. The therapist must acknowledge that the client is the expert in their own addiction and behaviours.
Choosing your addiction counsellor
The therapist needs to understand the concept of addictions and have extensive university qualifications in addictions as well as clinical experience. Ideally the therapist will also be qualified in couples therapy to work with the fall out from the partner living with an addicted person. Life experience is important however there is a misconception if the therapist has not had an addiction, they are unable to treat it. This is a myth as an oncologist who has never had cancer is still able to treat it or a psychiatrist who has never had bipolar disorder is able to prescribe drugs and treat it.
Is the counselling confidential?
The counselling is private and confidential. Any information would never be disclosed unless specifically requested in writing by the client. Duty of care legislation applies if the client is at risk of hurting themselves or others, if a child is at risk or in the unlikely event that the court subpoena’s the file
What happens in the counselling room?
There is no such person as a text book client or case. For this reason, as to step into the shoes and see the world from the client’s perspective the therapist will take a thorough history as well as tapping onto the client’s motivation to change. Depending of the client’s unique circumstances and evidence-based treatment plan will be developed together with the client. The plan will include
• Understanding and managing cravings
• Understanding and managing triggers
• Understanding and managing the craving voice
• Putting in place strategies to beat the addiction
• Dealing with a lapse or relapse
How many sessions will I need?
There are many variables. Every person responds and reacts at their own pace. Every case is different, and length of attendance depends on the complexity of the case.
How often will I need to attend?
Optimally the session start on a weekly basis and taper off as the client becomes more confident and competent needing a lesser level of support.
Can my partner also attend?
Absolutely if you are comfortable to disclose information with them. If your partner attends there will be times you will be required to attend separately.
How much does it cost?
I have a scale of fees depending on your income. There is a concession rate for low income earners with a healthcare card which is comparable to the gap fee charged by some Medicare providers. At present counsellors and psychotherapists are ineligible to take mental health plans. Following a recent Medicare locals review, my peak body PACFA are putting in submissions to government to try to remedy this. If you have the appropriate BUPA extra’s cover, you may be able to claim some of my fee
Where am I located, contact number and what are my appointment hours?
Kew rooms Tuesday and Thursday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Patterson Lakes Wednesday 10 am-9pm.
How do I make an appointment or contact me ?
Mobile 0418 720176 or 03 98550283. As I receive lots of unwanted call centre canvassers, I do not respond to private numbers. Please leave a voice or SMS message if this is the case. Alternatively, you can fill out the enquiry form by visiting my web page
Am I a 24-hour support or crisis service
I provide extra SMS support for my clients who are already seeing me Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Saturday subject to my booking load 10 am to 5 pm. I try to respond in a timely manner. I am not a 24-hour support or crisis service. People needing this service are advised to call Life Line 13 11 14. They are open for calls 24/7.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
To gain the results counselling is a commitment. Whilst life can get in the way it is important to keep up the momentum as to minimise the risk of relapse. Unless for a genuine medical reason I need a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for weekend or evening appointments and 24 hours for weekday appointments otherwise a full fee is payable. With adequate notice it enables your slot to be filled