What is Counselling? Individuals, couples, or families participate in counselling individually or together for many different reasons. It seems the most common reasons people reach out for this assistance is when they are emotionally troubled around relationships or with developmental life changes. Many people also experience emotional crises when they feel 'stuck' negotiating a life change, such as transitions in career, death, separation or divorce, ageing or parenting. It is important to understand that counselling with ThoughtMatters encourages you to increase your awareness, develop tools to support your growth and, ultimately, to become empowered to use these skills throughout your life.
Why would someone seek Counselling? We all encounter difficult or challenging situations and experiences in our lives. At certain times, in order to get relief from our distress, we may need more skill and understanding than our usual support networks can provide. At other times we may simply want an opportunity to review how to live a more balanced and meaningful life. Counselling provides help to people who have issues with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addictions, abuse and trauma, couple and family relationships, parenting, child and teenage development or their career.
What are the differences between Psychotherapy and Counselling?There is no consensus about this. Some say Psychotherapy is more in depth or longer term, others say there is no difference. In reality, it makes no difference to you as a client - so we use the terms interchangeably.
Who can benefit from Counselling? Anyone who is suffering from distress or major disruptions in their lives can benefit from counselling. People do not have to have a psychological disorder to benefit from seeing a counsellor. We can help if you want to improve your well being and develop life skills that may assist you to attain personal goals or communicate better with those important people in your life.
Can therapy help our marriage? The counsellors at ThoughtMatters on the northern beaches, work with individuals and couples, many of whom find it extremely helpful to work through their problem areas with a professional counsellor helping you find mutual goals and put in place the strategies to achieve them. An investment in your relationship can be extremely rewarding and long lasting. Couples Counselling is very effective to achieve harmony and happiness within the relationship, while identifying and supporting the needs and challenges of the individuals. Where there is one partner who is resisting couples therapy, individual therapy can still provide strategies and clarity that profoundly impact the relationship. We can help you discover a way to repair and embrace your relationship with respect and love. Read more...
How effective is Counselling? Extensive research has shown consistently that if you seek counselling when faced with a difficult emotional or life problem, you will be better off than 80% of people who don't seek help - and that the benefits last. Research has also shown that, in general, the different approaches to therapy work equally well, regardless of the life problems involved, it is the client-counsellor relationship that can be the most important factor.
Are there any Rebates? At this time, there are no rebates for counselling services. However, if you are referred by a doctor on a Mental Health Treatment Plan to see a psychologist, generally the out-of-pocket cost, after Medicare rebate, is comparable to seeing a counsellor. Whether you utilise a Mental Health Treatment Plan or rebates through a health fund, there are a limited number of sessions available to you per calendar year, however, there are no restrictionson the number of visits you can have with a ThoughtMatters counsellor. Please check with Medicare or your health fund to confirm.