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What to Expect

 

Booking

All bookings are made over the phone, and a booking fee of $30 is required to secure your appointment (this is deducted from the cost of your session). If you have a referral from your GP and it has been sent directly, Chiara will contact you as soon as possible to discuss an appointment. The booking fee is fully refundable or transferable up to 4 hours prior to your appointment.

 


 

Your First Appointment

The first session will take a little longer (60-90 mins). A number of forms will need to be read and completed before starting. These forms are available on the resources section of this website. You are welcome to print these and complete before your session to save time (or you can complete them during your appointment).

 


 

After Your First Appointment

You will have developed a plan with the psychologist about how to start working on your mental health issue. This plan will include an estimate of how many more sessions will be required. All following sessions will take about 55mins.

 

What to Bring - & What leave at Home

Bring:

  • A pen and paper.
  • Relevant cards e.g. bank card, Medicare, health care card or private health fund details.
  • Contact details for an emergency contact or next of kin.
  • Your referral (if you have one and if it was provided to you).
  • Water is provided, however you are welcome to bring your own.
  • You are welcome to bring a support person.
  • You are welcome to bring a translator if English is not your first language.
  • Your goals for therapy! What would you like to get out of therapy? What do you want to target?

What Not to Bring:

  • Any food or hot drinks
  • Anything or anyone that will distract you (this is your time to focus on your therapy and distractions during this time are best minimised!)

 


 

Drug & Alcohol Use

Before someone starts seeing a therapist, they have usually tried a few things already to help the way they feel such as: avoiding people or situations, hurting themselves or behaving dangerously. Sometimes people try ‘self-medicating’ by drinking excessive alcohol or using illicit substances like cannabis or amphetamines. While these things seem to help in the short term or are a ‘quick fix’, they end up compounding problems for a number of reasons which makes things worse!

 

It is valuable to note that continued use of illicit substance will hinder any therapy you undertake and it is not reasonable to expect great progress towards reducing your symptoms while using any illicit substance or misusing any medications.