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Frequently Asked Questions about Counselling at Power Of Change, Redlands, Brisbane, Queensland

How will talking get anything done?

By |2017-04-18T09:51:25+10:00April 18th, 2017|FAQ|

It isn’t so much about talking as listening. We are all guilty, to a greater or lesser extent, of not listening to our true needs. We may suppress them out of fear, out of a sense of duty, or in an attempt to gain the acceptance of others – especially if our self-esteem is weak (or we do not value ourselves). My aim is to help you ‘get in touch’ with these needs and talking is one of the principal ways in which we will do this. It is not, however, the only form of therapy I use.

Can I claim on Medicare ?

By |2017-04-18T10:03:53+10:00April 18th, 2017|FAQ|

I am a counsellor so you cannot claim Medicare rebates. Treatments by registered psychologists and the service they provide is assistance to people living with mental health problems. A detailed mental health assessment and a Mental Health Care Plan are required by your GP before they refer you to a psychologist.

I have a problem; will you advise me what to do?

By |2017-04-18T10:04:21+10:00April 18th, 2017|FAQ|

No. I’m not an adviser and I certainly don’t pretend to be an expert in all the areas where the problem could exist. However, it is true to say that the process of counselling does help in problem solving or decision making. Counselling will help you to put things into perspective so that you can discover the solution which is right for you. It can also support you to look at things from new or fresh perspectives. This can be enormously helpful because, to use a metaphor, where you stand affects what you see and how you see those things and value them. Counselling is about empowerment. … Read More

I am depressed, can you help?

By |2017-04-18T10:05:03+10:00April 18th, 2017|FAQ|

Many people visit a counsellor for help with the kind of depression which may affect us following a bereavement, loss or sudden change in circumstances such as redundancy, or family crisis. In such cases, it is natural to feel a sense of anxiety, despair or worthlessness (amongst many other feelings) which can lead to mild depression. Shorter-term counselling may be extremely valuable here in helping you come to terms with change and set plans and ambitions based on the new situation. For other people, the depression may be significant or may have lasted many months. It may even be something that has been a part of their … Read More

I want to change my life, will you help me?

By |2017-04-18T10:05:20+10:00April 18th, 2017|FAQ|

Yes, in the sense that our sessions can be viewed as a place where it is OK to ‘be you’ and where you can begin to realize just how you want to change. I’ll also ‘stick with you’ during what may be traumatic times and can help you work out a program for change.

What kind of problems do you treat?

By |2017-04-18T10:05:47+10:00April 18th, 2017|FAQ|

First of all, I don’t see ‘problems’ I see people and I don’t offer ‘treatment’ or ‘cures’. Counselling requires a considerable commitment from you as well as from me. It is often hard work and, as with many things in life, the best outcomes result from the biggest efforts. It is not an ‘instant quick fix!’ The ranges of problems which people come to talk about are as varied as the people themselves. Some people don’t know what the problem is – they may simply be unhappy – whilst others want to talk about a specific difficult situation. Clients sometimes come to talk about a particular problem, … Read More

Will anyone find out what I’ve said to you?

By |2017-04-18T10:06:13+10:00April 18th, 2017|FAQ|

I will keep everything we discuss absolutely confidential to the extent that I am permitted within the boundaries of the ACA, Australian Counselling Association. This can be discussed further in the first session. As part of my commitment to safe, effective and ethical practice I may also discuss aspects of my client work with my clinical supervisor. When I discuss aspects of my work with my supervisor I always do so in a way that protects the identity, anonymity and confidentiality of my clients.

I don’t know whether it’s me, my partner, or both of us who needs help!

By |2017-04-18T09:42:14+10:00April 18th, 2017|FAQ|

Couples counselling is useful where there is tension between two people, usually — but not always — partners in a relationship. The best chances of success occur when both individuals enter into the counselling openly and in an honest and committed way. Each partner has to be prepared to look both inwards to themselves, as well as to the other, if they are to get what they want out of this kind of work. This can be hard for many people and I will help and support this process. I will not ‘take sides’ with anyone but will listen without prejudice and encourage each of you to … Read More