FAQ

Helping you to find your own solutions, in your own way, in your own time, in your own life.

Below are a few questions that people often ask but if you have any other questions please email me at emmacoopertherapy@gmail.com

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?


The terms counselling and psychotherapy can be used interchangeably however counselling is more often used when working with people dealing with present issues that are easily resolved on the conscious level. It is more concerned with practical and immediate issues and outcomes. Psychotherapy may be thought of as an evolutionary process that helps a person look at long-standing attitudes, thoughts and behaviours that have led to the current quality of life and relationships. It aims to empower the individual and family by exploring thought patterns, feelings and behaviours and may delve further back into your family of origin, attachments and previous relationships.




How long will therapy take?


A therapy session is 1 hour in length. The number of sessions is something you and I will look at together. Ultimately, it is your decision how many sessions you would like to attend and it might be as little as 3 or 4 but typically 10 to 12. Sometimes people might come for a series of sessions and then come back a year or two later.




How much are sessions?


Consultation fees are dependent on individual financial circumstances. You may be eligible for NDIS or claim through you Health Fund. Fee details will be discussed during your intial phone consultation (no charge).




Should I come to therapy?


Therapy helps people deal with a range of issues in their lives and relationships. Research shows that it is very effective in helping people manage relational and emotional issues including life changes, isolation, strained relationships and depression. Essentially, I feel therapy is having someone to walk with you through the toughest times in your life and helping you find ways to keep going; maybe by exploring different pathways; maybe by adapting where you want to be. The Journey of life can be extremely hard and challenging at times and help can come in the form of therapy.




Do I get a Medicare rebate?


Medicare rebates do not apply however, my fees are normally less than the out of pocket expenses you would expect to pay, if you saw a psychologist. Note that my fees also remain constant no matter how many sessions you attend. The Medicare rebate applies to a limited number of sessions.




Do I need a Mental Health Care Plan?


No you do not need a Mental Health Care Plan and you do not need a 'mental health disorder' diagnosis, as stipulated in the criteria for a Mental Health Care Plan.




Do I need a referral?


No, most clients refer themselves. Health professionals can refer you to counselling but it is your decision to make that commitment.




Is there a long waiting list?


I like to be able to offer an appointment within 2 to 3 weeks of you contacting me. Usually I will talk with you on the phone to find out a little more about your concerns and you can also ask me any questions you have. From there, we will work out an appointment time. After our first appointment, it is preferable to organise a block of several appointments so that there is regularity and predictability for you and your family.




What happens if I need to cancel a session?


If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible. When you make a decision to come to counselling, you make a commitment to yourself and not just your counsellor. It is important that you prioritise that time to attend to your family, couple and child relationships. Note: there is a cancellation policy, within 48 hours 50% cancellat ion fee.





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