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Frequently Asked Questions

People typically ask the following questions. If your question is not listed here however, please make contact and I’ll be happy to answer.

What is Holistic Counselling?

I’m often asked what “Holistic Counselling” is and in fact, it’s probably the question that I’m asked both first and most often by people. A lot of the uncertainty around Holistic Counselling derives, I believe, from confusion around the word ‘holistic’ itself. So here’s a blog post, to answer the question What is Holistic Counselling? which I hope you find helpful.

Why do people seek counselling?

People seek counselling for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common reasons people choose counselling are to develop personal insight and self-knowledge, improve relationships, clarify and resolve specific problems, move through grief experiences, effect crisis or trauma recovery, resolve inner conflicts, increase self-esteem, reduce stress and manage anxiety or depression.

Who is counselling suitable for?

Counselling is suitable for adult men and women, couples, adolescents and children. At any age we might find ourselves challenged beyond our ability to cope and in need of support from other than our loved ones. Whether facing a difficult experience or coming to terms with a past event, struggling with a sense of meaninglessness or seeking a new life direction, counselling can make a difference.

What can I expect from counselling?

In every session, you can expect to be truly seen and heard in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space. It is an opportunity to explore that which is challenging you with the support of a trained professional by your side. No matter what you are facing or whatever changes you wish to make, counselling will offer you fresh perspectives as well as new tools to assist you moving forwards.

How will I benefit?

Each person is unique and brings their own unique set of circumstances to counselling. You will be treated as an individual. How you think and feel, how you function, your beliefs are all important considerations in the decisions about how to best assist you. The goal is always the same. You may expect to leave knowing that you have been heard, understood and skilfully helped to improve your situation.

Are there any risks associated with counselling?

As with all human undertakings, counselling does pose some risks. The nature of therapy requires a willingness to explore yourself and therefore may involve discussing unpleasant aspects of your life. Uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt and helplessness may arise for you or disconcerting truths may come to the surface. Research mostly suggests that the benefits of counselling outweigh the risks.

Do I have to commit to a minimum number of sessions?

No you don’t. Following the initial consultation it is likely that one or two sessions will be required and beyond this, therapy will continue as mutually agreed. Our work together might be brief or longer-term depending on the nature of your concerns and I believe it is important to allow at least one session for good closure. The time therapy takes will be agreed upon and reviewed regularly by both of us.

To discuss your specific needs in more detail or if you have any other questions, contact me. Phone: 0421 716 742     Email:

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