SOUTH PERTH COUNSELLING SERVICES are committed to delivering significant improvements to the human condition. Their techniques provide a specialist service whereby each client ‘owns’ their therapy & develops self awareness via psychotherapeutic strategies. Individual, family or group interventions are available at our offices in Applecross. Home visits, onsite workplace critical incidents or remote video linkup sessions are also available for crisis intervention or those who are unable to attend our offices physically.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHOLOGIST & A PSYCHIATRIST?
A psychologist undergoes a minimum of 4 years training in psychology which studies the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
A psychiatrist receives 7 years of training within the medical field which incorporates mental health education. Psychiatrists often prescribe medication whereas psychologists do not.
Q. ARE SOUTH PERTH THERAPISTS QUALIFIED?
Yes. The team at SOUTH PERTH COUNSELLING SERVICES have qualifications in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. They are members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) &/or the Psychologists & Counsellors Association of W.A (PACAWA). Our therapists dedicate their working lives to undertaking research in order to collaborate our collective knowledge and practice. All professional staff at SOUTH PERTH COUNSELLING SERVICES believe it is important to remain up to date with these new developments and as such undertake further personal and professional development on an ongoing basis.
Q. HOW LONG WILL THERAPY TAKE?
An initial assessment relating to the nature of the problem will take place during your first session. The length of time each client spends with a therapist on an ongoing basis depends entirely on each individual’s personal need & choice. Some recommendations may be offered where requested by the client.
Q. HOW WILL I GO ABOUT CHOOSING A THERAPIST TO SUIT MY INDIVIDUAL NEEDS?
SOUTH PERTH COUNSELLING has a range of therapists to suit each individual client & personal need. Male & Female counsellors are available, each with a wide range of multi-disciplinary therapuetic approaches. Recommendations will be made on first contact depending on the specified challenges each client is facing at the time.
Apart from ensuring that your therapist has the appropriate qualifications, we recommend that you find a counsellor you feel comfortable with. An essential part of ‘successful therapy’ is a strong alliance between client and therapist. As such it is important you feel a connection with your counsellor. This can be discussed further via telephone or during your first session.
Q. ARE THE SESSIONS CONFIDENTIAL?
Each therapist at SOUTH PERTH COUNSELLING SERVICES are ethically bound to provide confidentiality & privacy during counselling sessions. It is also a vital part of enhancing the therapeutic relationship. Should ‘you’ feel there is a need to provide information gathered during a session to an external party then this will require your written request and authorised permission. As a duty of care there are limits to confidentiality which each therapist is ethically bound to.
Q. WHAT ARE THE LIMITS TO CONFIDENTIALITY?
In rare cases a client may reveal that they wish to harm themselves or someone else. Each therapist establishes whether the client has ‘intent’ or whether they are just expressing an emotional reaction to a stressful situation. Should intent be established the therapist is bound ethically to discuss this with a colleague, supervisor or relevant authority. Permission is required by each client however this is not always possible. This will be discussed at the initial session with your counsellor.
Q. WILL ANY FAMILY MEMBERS OR PARTNERS BE ABLE TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT MY VISITS?
No. On rare occasions family members or partners have contacted our Therapists seeking information. Should this situation occur no identifying information will be offered. Family members, partners or spouses will only be contacted where clients request this directly from their therapist. & provide written permission for this to occur. There are extremely rare ocassions where client information is legally subpeaoned by the courts. Each therapist is under oath to provide this information should it be sought by legal authorities however clients will be always be advised should this information be required.
Q. DOES PSYCHOTHERAPY WORK?
Yes it does. Although each problem is unique and requires a specific approach, the level of effectiveness will be dependant on your input and amount of growth you wish to undertake at any given time. There are some issues where psychotherapy is not appropriate and you will be informed if this is the case. If your therapist is unable to deal with your particular issue, then resources will be given or a referral will be made to an alternate service agency.
Q. WHY CONSIDER A VISIT?
If you feel overwhelmed or have the need to address an issue, then a therapist from SOUTH PERTH COUNSELLING SERICES can assist you in finding options to effectively deal with your concerns. We suggest contacting us to discuss these issues in brief prior to making an appointment.
Q. IS TELEPHONE OR INTERNET COUNSELLING AVAILABLE?
Yes. Often clients reside in remote locations, are not physically or mentally capable of attending in person. As such our Psychologist and Counsellors are available for sessions via Telephone or Internet using SKYPE, Facetime or Whats App Video Link up. Medicare rebates are now available for up to 7 sessions annually if you provide a MHCP GP Referral. Fees are charged at the same rate as personal sessions. This process can be discussed over the phone with one of our receptionists. EFT transactional deposits will be required immediately prior to this service being utilised.
Q. WHY CONSIDER GROUP THERAPY?
Our Self Awareness Group is ideal for those wanting to FAST TRACK therapy or are managing a team of staff. These personal development groups incorporate self awareness training & intensive psychotherapeutic techniques over a course of 4 terms. These include regular weekly sessions & weekend retreats at the beginning of the course and at the end of each term.