Using a strength-based approach, I combine clinical counselling with practical coping strategies to help mums (like you) with the struggles of motherhood - no matter what stage of the journey you're at.
What should I expect on my first visit?
You will be asked lots of questions about your reason for coming to see someone and exploration of what may be contributing to your current situation. You are not required to answer questions you’re not comfortable with. The focus is gathering background information and not working on treatment goals. However reflecting on current stressors, reviewing support network, past experiences, medical and risk history relating to thoughts to harm self or baby can be helpful in itself.
How long is each session?
Each session will run for 60 minutes, though if necessary I can schedule in a longer session for you.
Is this service right for me?
We can have a brief chat on the phone beforehand to answer any questions and first session will provide you with a sense of whether you feel a connection to be able to continue with further sessions. Mental health is a sensitive topic and attending for therapy does involve answering personal questions and being prepared to work on you.
How many sessions will I need?
The average person will be seen for 4-6 sessions. My approach is solution focused and instilling hope and personal capacity to make changes to improve wellbeing and positive maternal identity.
Am i eligible for a medicare rebate?
A rebate is available through a mental health plan arranged by visiting a psychiatrist or GP. If you are eligible you can receive 10 individual and 10 group sessions per year.
Do I need a referral?
You can self refer or visit a health professional (GP, psychiatrist, maternal nurse etc) to complete a written referral.
Do you do home visits?
Service can be offered as a home visit or office based 60-minute session. Home visits will incur an additional $20 fee.
How much does it cost?
Sessions are charged at $150 per hour. However, a partial medicare rebate may be available to you if you receive a referral from your GP or psychiatrist. Contact me for more information.
How is your service different to psychology or counselling?
An occupational therapist has specialist training in analysing occupational performance which means we provide a very functional approach to treating mental health issues together with using psychological therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy that is often used by a psychologist. All health professionals are trained in using basic counselling skills.
Is my information treated confidentially?
As a registered health practitioner I work under code of ethics that protects your right to privacy unless release is required by law.
How do I make an appointment?
You can call me on 0432 427 599 or leave your details on my contact page.
Do you see patients outside regular business hours?
Individual needs will be considered for evening and weekend sessions as applicable.
How will I know if the sessions are working?
You will know if the sessions are working as life will get easier! But to make sure we stay on track, we'll set individual goals and measure you satisfaction levels at the end of each session.