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What's the difference between a psychologist and a counsellor?

Psychologists and counsellors are both mental health professionals, and there is some  overlap in the types of therapy used, however there are some differences.

 

Counsellors: The main role of a counsellor is not to diagnose or treat mental illness, but to provide a safe space to talk through concerns in a confidential environment, to help you deal with specific challenges. The counsellor will hold space and listen using a model referred to as “person-centred therapy”. This is a more collaborative approach where the client is considered the expert in their life. The counsellor may gently guide you through self-exploration and self-awareness, using evidence-based methods and modalities to help you achieve your goals. 

 

There is less of a medical model and more of a holistic approach where a counsellor walks alongside the client, and provides them with the space and encouragement to connect back in with themselves and to find the answers within.

To be a Registered Practicing Counsellor with PACFA or ACA you need to meet certain requirements including relevant studies (usually Bachelor or Graduate Diploma level), regular professional development and a minimum number of clinical supervision hours.

Psychologists: Psychologists on the other hand undertake longer studies -  usually six years of tertiary study, and are trained in the assessment, diagnosis, management and/or prevention of mental health conditions.  A psychologist may go  deeper into your past, previous traumas and experiences, which could be affecting your thoughts, feelings or behaviours today. and play more of an active role in implementing strategies. A key difference here may be that they are the expert guiding you along your desired outcome. 

How do I get started?

You do not need a referral to visit.  Simply book online or email me at nlktherapies@gmail.com

Do you do after hours or weekends?

I do accomodate those who are seeking after hours counselling and am open between 5pm and 7pm Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays and open Saturday mornings. 

Do you Bulk Bill or Offer Medicare Rebates?

I do not bulk bill. Counsellors are not currently Medicare rebateable.

 

We do however offer competitive rates and provide reduced fees for students and pensioners or for those experienced financial stress.

How long do sessions go for?

Counselling sessions go for 50-60 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

That depends on where you are at and your goals for counselling. Many people feel much better after 3 sessions however others want that ongoing support to achieve their desired goals. It is very unique to the individual. Therapy usually finishes when you feel better able to cope with life's challenges. 

What is your Cancellation Policy?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please try to give at least 24 hours notice by email to nlktherapies@gmail.com.

We send an email reminder 3 days before, and a text reminder at 9:00 am the day before so that adequate time is given for you to let us know of any changes.

If you cancel less than 12 hours before your appointment, a late cancellation fee may be charged.

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