Frequently Asked Questions
What if I am uncomfortable talking to strangers ?
I often hear this, particularly from the fellas. Some people are not big talkers or are uncomfortable with the idea of having to sit opposite a stranger and open up about some very private matters
My approach to things means that I never expect anyone to talk about anything that makes them distinctly uncomfortable. When people feel safe and comfortable they then find it a lot easier to talk. It is my job to listen to what you want and help you find a way to talk about what is bothering you.
What benefits can I expect from working with a psychologist ?
One of the biggest benefits in having counselling with a psychologist is that you are able to talk openly without being judged or made to feel stupid. You will not be told what to do or how to live your life. As a Counselling Psychologist, I am trained to provide a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches and strategies that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each person. I have undergone extensive training which enables me to work in short term brief intervention or longer term at a deeper therapeutic level.
Working with me will enhance personal development, improve your relationship with yourself, family and friends, and assist you to meet the challenges of daily life.
Are my sessions confidential ?
The content of your sessions will remain strictly confidential. Psychologists are bound by the legal requirements of the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 and follow strict guidelines for professional conduct. Any information disclosed to your psychologist remains confidential. At your first session you will be given a detailed confidentiality form to read and sign. You are welcome to discuss this further at any time.
The only time I would release information is if my notes are subpoenaed by a court or if my failure to disclose specific information places you or another person at serious risk of harm. However, in the first instance, I would always discuss a potential breach of confidentiality with you. There might be an occasion where you ask me to provide feedback to a medical professional (eg family doctor) or third party person; in such a situation, I would require you sign an authority to release information to that person.
Should my partner join us in counselling ?
Even if your partner does want to attend, I suggest that you come along on your own first. Sometimes, providing a person time and space to discuss problems with an unbiased professional – and find some new strategies – can really help that individual. After you’ve attended an initial appointment , you can then decide if you want to continue on your own or try a new approach which may or may not include your partner.
My partner is so dominating, will I get a chance to speak ?
I have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of relationship dynamics and have the skills to support both persons during the session so that they can be heard equally.
I’m coming because my partner asked me; might my partner and the psychologist then gang up on me ?
I am unbiased, independent, and hold both parties in equal regard. One partner will not be favoured over the other. If, for any reason, you feel ‘ganged up on’, I invite you to let me know in the course of a session so that we can discuss it openly