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What is Counselling?
Counselling will mean various things to different individuals, however generally it is a method people look for when they wish to alter one thing in their lives or just explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.
It should be done in a secure and confidential setting with a professional counsellor who has expertise in dealing with whatever issue or feeling that you are experiencing.
A counsellor is not there to dictate on what you should try and do, but rather to encourage you to share what you are experiencing so as to uncover any root causes that could lead to any unhelpful or unhealthy ways of thinking.
Counselling does not have the same format for everyone and each session is generally tailored to the individual.
What’s the Difference Between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
‘Psychotherapy’ and ‘counselling’ can be similar, however not the same. Each having their own process in helping someone come to terms and discover solutions to their problems.
However, both have different methods in approach, underpinning model and thinking.
- Counselling has more of a helping approach that focuses on the emotional and intellectual experience of an individual: how a client is feeling and their thoughts about the problem they need help with.
- Psychotherapy, however, has a psychodynamic approach—it encourages the client to go back to their past experiences and find out how these experiences contribute to their current ‘problem’.
A psychotherapist helps a client to become more aware and conscious of experiences and its effects which they were not aware of before. On the other hand, Counsellors are not too concerned with the client’s past experiences but are generally trained in humanistic approach that uses techniques of client-centred therapy.
Types of Therapy
In counselling, there are different approaches or therapies that can be applied. The kind of therapy used will depend on the counsellor’s preferences, the type of person the client is and the issues or problems you are facing. Most counsellors won’t decide on a therapy type until they have found out more about you, the problems you face and the way you think.
Common types of therapy include:
Art therapy is an alternative approach to counselling which encourages clients to use artistic methods in communicating their thoughts and issues. It can be in a form of painting, a simple drawing or even a sculpture. The goal of art therapy is to study the resulting pieces of art and interpret their meaning.
The main idea behind behavioural therapy is that our behaviour is learnt and can essentially be unlearnt. This causes behavioural therapy to focus more on the present and not looking back to the past. This type of therapy is best used with clients who wants to change their behaviour, for example, clients who have a phobia.
The way we think usually tend to changes in our behaviour, and cognitive therapy looks to work out issues where they begin – in our thoughts. The therapy looks to identify any undesirable ways of thinking that may be occurring and eventually aims to replace them with healthier, more positive thought patterns.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT is combining both cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy in order to confront the thought process and the resulting behaviour. Focusing on the present, CBT is a practical therapy that has a goal of breaking down problems into smaller, more manageable issues. This therapy is particularly effective for individuals with more specific problems as it tackles each emotion separately.
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is usually used to treat problems or issues caused by trauma, but its use is becoming more popular for issues such as depression and anxiety. The therapy is about recalling the troubling event/feeling while following the therapist’s finger as it moves from side to side. The goal is to reduce the intensity of these memories over time.
The humanistic therapy holistic in style, dealing with variables such as free will, creativity and human potential. This approach promotes self-exploration, with many variations focusing on the present. Therapies that are under this category include Human Givens therapy, person-centred therapy and Gestalt therapy.
This therapy is one of the oldest that is used in psychology; it was Freud who founded this psychoanalytic technique. This takes a different approach from behavioural and cognitive therapies as it perceives our thoughts to be out of our conscious control. Instead, psychoanalysis believes any psychological issues originates from childhood experiencces which needs to engaged in order to be resolved.
What Can Counselling Help With?
Have you ever said these phrases before?
“I am not in need of counselling.”
“It’s nothing serious. I can take care of it myself.”
“I’m fine! My partner is the one who needs a therapy.”
Regardless of what we tend to say aloud, maybe you have also secretly wondered to yourself “Am I in need of counselling?” Everyday, there are many signs that indicate that it could be helpful for you to talk to someone.
Almost 45% of the Australian population will be experiencing a mental health issue at some point in their life. Looking at the past 12 months alone, 1 in 5 individuals have had difficulty with issues that are affecting their psychological wellbeing.
All of us will most likely need some help in dealing with life’s challenges, yet most people are trying to overcome these issues and problems by themselves. This can still be helpful, but only up to a point.
If you feel slightly overwhelmed by things, or not satisfied with where your life and relationships are at right now, specialist counselling can help you get things back on track. You don’t have to go at it alone – and even research has shown that up to 90% of people have felt or experienced an improvement in their mood after just one session of counselling.
Counselling is indeed an excellent source of support for individuals that are experiencing depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. But counselling can also be the most effective way to deal with all the challenges that everyday life may present.
Having a conversation with a professional counsellor can help you reduce stress, improve your relationships and even reach your personal goals.
What’s It Like To See a Counsellor?
Feeling nervous about meeting with a counsellor for the first time is normal and most people feel this too. It might take more than one session before you feel comfortable enough to open up about everything that’s going on with you, or you might feel better even after your first visit. It’s different for everyone. If you feel a bit unsettled after your first session, it doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea. Talk to your counsellor about it, and plan a way to deal with these feelings. It might take a few sessions before you start to see the benefits, so try to stick with it.
It’s also entirely possible that you don’t like the first counsellor you meet, or you don’t feel a connection with them. This is quite common. Finding a counsellor that is right for you is a bit like making a new friend, it won’t be with just anyone, but someone you trust and like. If you feel like you’re not connecting with the first counsellor you meet, keep trying news ones until you find one you like. You’ll know when it happens.
What Can I Expect From Counselling?
During your appointment, you’ll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a professional counsellor, who’ll listen and support you without judging or criticising you in any way.
The counsellor can help you achieve a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and also help you find your own solutions to problems. But they won’t usually give you advice or instruct you what to do.
The Counselling Process
Counselling can take place:
- face to face
- in a group session
- over the phone
- through email
- online through live chat services
You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months, or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.
It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your therapist.
How Much Does Counselling Cost?
Costs can be different and range from $70 to $210 per session, there are also some counsellors who charge outside this range. Some of them may also negotiate a fee based on the client’s capacity to pay.
What you pay for counselling as a client will depend on personal choice, your comfortability with the counsellor you are seeing and your financial circumstances. If you are having any doubt, seek more information or look for another counsellor if necessary.
Is Counselling Covered by Medicare?
You can have your session covered under Medicare or pay a small gap fee for some counsellors that are covered under a Medicare rebate. To be entitled to a Medicare rebate you must get a mental health care plan from your doctor. This means your doctor will make an assessment of you through a questionnaire and knowledge of you, whether you would benefit from a mental health support or not.
A mental health care plan provides you with up to 10 sessions of counselling per year with a Medicare rebate.
Medicare does not provide rebates for all counsellors. You need to ask the individual counsellor. You may be eligible for a partial rebate on your private health insurance, depending on your policy.
Why In Mind Therapy North Lakes?
In Mind Therapy North Lakes counsellors are professional and they care. Our team of experts will assess your issue and interview you in-depth to arrive at the ultimate solution. We match our prospects not only based on gender or locality but also their needs.
Here are some other reasons you should seek for our services:
Our Counsellors are Professionals
In Mind Therapy North Lakes focuses on employing well-trained, qualified, and personable counsellors. You can rest assured your needs will be solved with experienced professionals who provide practical solutions for you.
We are Available 24/7
We offer counselling services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anytime you need our services – during the day or night – you can connect with us by calling 1300 841 924, or through our Contact page, and your needs will be attended to quickly and safely.
Our Services are Affordable
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How Do I Make An Appointment?
If you want to learn more about counselling or just want to get in touch with counsellors in North Lakes, don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 841 924 for a free over-the-phone consultation.
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