FAQ

Counselling is a confidential and professional service that assists a person to become more aware of their feelings, thoughts and behaviour. It assists people to work through the process so they can maintain their emotional, psychological and physical health leading individuals to a more positive and fulfilled life - “Think well, live well”

Our Psychologists will provide therapy that is based on evidence based psychology research, which ensures that we work with each individual uniquely to achieve the best possible outcomes. A highly important element in therapy is to provide individuals with appropriate psychological knowledge that facilitates personal growth, healing and recovery. An additional significant part of therapy is forming a collaborative, warm, safe and respectful relationship with your Psychologist which enables you to look at the challenges you are facing from a different perspective.
Psychologists are university trained professionals who study the science of human behaviour and mental processes by conducting research and applying research findings. They use this research to help people in a number of different ways including reducing distress, changing negative thinking patterns and behaviours and facilitating self-awareness.
Successful counselling is achieved when there is a collaborative working relationship between the client and the therapist. It is a dynamic process and at times may need to be evaluated between the client and the Psychologist. The length of time that you devote to therapy depends on you and your unique circumstances. If you would like to address a single discrete problem with relatively straight forward cause, then short-term therapy such as 6-12 sessions is likely to be a reasonable length of time for you. If you would like to change lifelong or entrenched patterns with more complex causes, it may be helpful to attend therapy for a longer period of time.

Many people attend therapy to facilitate their personal growth and well-being and/ or to reflect on their life and steer it in valued directions.
In the first session your psychologist will ask “what brings you to therapy; how can I assist you?” They will ask general questions about you and your presenting issues in order to form a clear picture of the situation and how best they can assist you with your situation. If you have a referral from your General Practitioner, bring it to the first session in order to assist the Psychologist with their assessment process. Your Psychologist will give you guidance on what you can expect from your counselling experience and discuss the first steps and strategies you can take to start making a positive emotional change in your life.
Drummoyne Counselling Centre abides by strict confidentiality guidelines prepared by the NSW government. In some cases, such as an immediate threat to some ones safety, or when there is knowledge of current knowledge of child abuse, the law requires such matters to be reported.

In general counselling sessions are private and confidential. The information shared during counselling sessions is for the purpose of assessment, diagnosis and treatment in order for us to provide you with the best possible support. However, in particular circumstances there are limits to this confidentiality; for example, confidentiality does not apply if there is an immediate or specified risk of harm to an identifiable person’s safety, or if a client’s file is subpoenaed by a court of law.
It is normal to feel reluctant to take part in counselling and there are many reasons people feel this way, such as: loss of control; fear of being judged; uncertainty about the unknown; lack of awareness of issues that are a concern to others; fear of taking ownership about the issues.

Your fears and doubts can be explored in the first counselling session and issues can be clarified.

 

Mental Health Emergencies

Please note that Drummoyne Counselling Centre is NOT an acute emergency service. If you or a person you know is experienceing a mental health crisis call Emergency services on 000, or your local Mental Health Crisis Team (call 1800 011 511 within NSW) or go to your local hospital emergency department.