Frequently Asked Questions
What approach does Becoming Connected Counselling take?
I have a variety of therapeutic approaches to draw on to support you to discover your inherent resources and enable you
to deal with whatever life brings.
These modalities include:
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Mindfulness Based Interventions
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Non Violent Communication (NVC)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
My practice is Client Focused and Trauma Informed. It is underpinned by both Attachment and Family Systems Theories.
If you are struggling with relationship issues the cause may be the attachment style you developed with your primary caregiver. According to Bowlby & Ainsworth the quality of bonding you experienced during this first relationship determines how well you relate to other people and respond to intimacy later in life.
Family Systems defines the family unit as a complex social system in which members interact to influence each others behaviour. Family members interconnect as a system, rather than an individual element.
What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling is generally short-term and focuses on a current crisis or issue. Counselling brings into focus what really matters to you, helps to identify new ways to resolve the issues that arise in everyday life. It helps create a more resilient and meaningful approach to your life.
Psychotherapy takes the time to explore underlying beliefs, feelings and patterns of behaviour that can be traced back to
your early life experiences. At the time, these patterns helped you to cope, but as adults they can affect how you feel about yourself and your ability to manage relationships. Psychotherapy aims to bring about lasting, authentic changes to the way you engage with your life.
How can Counselling and Psychotherapy help?
Reducing stress, finding coping strategies, managing your emotions and improving communication in your relationships
with family and friends are just some of the many ways counselling and therapy can help you.
Is a rebate available?
Some health insurance companies offer a rebate for counselling. You will need to check with your Health Fund. My fee is less than some health practitioners charge.
Please visit the Fees page for more information.
What’s your cancellation policy?
Becoming Connected Counselling sends SMS reminders in the week prior to the booked appointment and it is preferable
that any rescheduling or cancellations are negotiated at that time.
Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will incur a fee. I am usually unable to fill missed appointments with less than
24 hours notice.
If you need to reschedule or are unable to keep an appointment please SMS or phone
At my discretion the fee may be waived due to illness or emergency. Thank you for your consideration regarding this policy.
Are online or telephone consultations available?
Since Covid 19 restrictions consultations are being conducted online via Skype. Bank transfer payment is preferred prior to consultation.
Visit the Contact page for details.