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Counselling and therapy advice
If you believe you need help you might decide on your own or a friend or doctor may suggest you try counselling or psychotherapy.
To get started in this treatment process, it's worthwhile taking a look at counsellors and psychotherapists in your area. Read their profiles and check their qualifications. Notice who you feel drawn to and then check out their professional background and education.
Many counsellors and psychotherapists have various different job titles and most will have a Masters degree as well as counselling qualifications, experience and training in various approaches.
Check that they are a member of a statutory body of professionals with a code of ethics. This suggests they're going to treat you safely and that their practice is required to be updated regularly with the latest training and knowledge.
Medicare provides financial support for five therapy sessions with Archer Counselling, provided you have a mental health concern. In accepting this assistance, your details are entered onto a national database and ongoing communication is required between Janet and your G.P about your progress. It means your confidentiality cannot be guaranteed once details leave Archer Counselling.
Many people don't wish to be diagnosed or have their mental health reviewed, which is a requirement of the Medicare assistance. People suffering addictive habits often prefer to maintain their privacy and keep their professional reputation intact with the guarantee that information will not go outside the therapy room, unless the person is at risk of harming themselves or others.
The counselling process
Before your first appointment you can prepare by thinking about what issues or concerns you'd like to talk about.
These issues often change and crystalise as you discover more about yourself and the development of early childhood patterns.
As these patterns unfold they may no longer be serving you as an adult and the work then focuses on how you might develop or enhance coping styles that are more in line with your values and hopes for a preferred life.
The first counselling appointment is usually time for you and Janet to get to know each other.
You'll be asked lots of questions about your past health and your hopes for the future. All this information helps Janet gain a more meaningful understanding of your situation.
It can take a few appointments for you and Janet to understand the situation and your agreed course of action that fits with your unique circumstances, beliefs and values.
Also during the first appointment, it's a good opportunity to see if Janet's personality and style are right for you. Feel free at any time to ask Janet about any concerns you have.
At the end of the first appointment you should have a good idea about the goals of therapy, the approach, the length and cost of each session and the number of sessions you might require.
Initially in therapy you may sit facing each other or side on. It's your choice where you sit in the room.
Janet will encourage you to talk about your concerns, feelings, thoughts and/or whatever is troubling you. It's very normal to feel uncomfortable about talking this way with someone who is giving you their full attention. Janet can assist you to feel more comfortable and confident in talking this way.
At times it's normal to experience strong emotions and you may find yourself crying or feeling very angry or afraid. These emotions are important and it's Janet's job to help you manage them in a safe and worthwhile manner.
After the appointment you may feel physically and mentally drained. It can be worthwhile devoting some time to yourself after the appointment before you return to other people or busy situations.
After you've been engaged in therapy for some time you'll notice an increased awareness about yourself and how you're living your life. Sometimes this can be difficult to tolerate and it's important to let Janet know about it.
Over time you'll notice you're discussing your concerns more comfortably as the counselling relationship develops, and this can improve your mood, change the way you experience yourself and improve the ways you're coping with life's problems.