Counselling

 

My approach to counselling

I use a relational, trauma-informed approach and draw from a range of traditions in my work with people. My main areas of experience are in trauma, and grief and loss. I see my role as creating a safe space for you to explore what is important for you in each appointment. I have found counselling beneficial in my own life journey and I appreciate being to offer the counselling experience to others.

I have been working in counselling roles since 2008; first in community organisations and now in private practice. I am a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker which allows me to provide a Medicare rebate if you receive a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

 

My areas of experience

– trauma
– grief and loss
– death and dying
– sexual violence: including childhood and young adulthood sexual abuse and assault, and sexual abuse and assault as an adult
– domestic violence
– chronic and acute health issues: including oncology and palliative care
– anxiety and panic attacks
– depression
– eating issues
– sexuality and gender
– migration / adjusting to life in Australia
– life crises
– existential issues

This list is not exhaustive and perhaps what you are experiencing is not noted here. You can certainly contact me and we can talk about what I can offer you and if this will match what you need at this time.

 

Who I work with

I work with people aged 16 years and over.

 

How I offer appointments

I offer appointments in-person, via phone, and through internet-based technology. Please talk with me about which of these three options you would prefer to utlise. As at 2020, with in-person appointments, I will talk with you about how we can interact in a way that reflects the considerations for reducing the spread of COVID-19.

 

Making an initial appointment and prices

You can call or email me to make an initial appointment. Our first appointment together is an opportunity for us to explore that my way of working can support what you need at this time. Generally there is a sound match which leads to the development of an effective therapeutic relationship. If I am not the right person for you at this time, then I will talk with you about other practitioner who may be more suitable.

Here are three main ways that you can cover the cost of each appointment. Please see the prices page for up to date appointment costs:

  1. you pay the full cost for each appointment payable by cash or eftpos; or
  2. you seek a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP. This Medicare program will give you a rebate of $77.10 (as at 2020) for up to 10 appointments per calendar year (as at 2020 there is currently up to 20 appointments per calendar year in response to COVID-19 however there are requirements around accessing these additional sessions.) Please call me for further information on this program if relevant; or
  3. I can invoice your organisation, business or another third party if they are paying for the appointment.


Please note
: I am not a registered provider with any private health funds and you will not be able to access a rebate from your policy for our appointments.

 

How to get a Mental Health Care Plan

Contact your GP to make an appointment. Let the Reception staff know you would like a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) as some medical centres will book you a double appointment for this process. Your GP may talk with you about why you want a MHCP and may ask you to complete a questionnaire as part of their assessment, for example a K10, or a DASS 21. Please ask your GP to make the MHCP referral to me as per the details on my contact page.

 

After hours support

I work between 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday. I am often in appointments and unable to provide immediate telephone or face-to-face support.

If you require urgent support outside of business hours, or during the week when I am not available, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14; they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

 

Other general information about counselling appointments

Each appointment is approximately 60 minutes in length including payment and admin time.

I generally try to see people within a week of our initial contact. After our first appointment there may be a wait of up to two weeks before we can begin ongoing appointments. People may come to appointments either weekly, fortnightly, three weekly, monthly or as they need to. Appointment frequency and duration of our counselling relationship will be dependent on your personal situation. Some people see me for only a few sessions, other people I have worked with either regularly or as needed over a number of years.

Please let me  know if you have any other questions about counselling that is not answered in the above information. You can call me on T: (07) 4041 2057 or email: contact@simonedewar.com.au