‘Counselling is a supportive environment, not to pander but to inspire in the client their own internal wisdom’
~ Annette Baker
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a space for someone to come and be truly listened to. Often people attend counselling sessions looking for guidance and a sense of clarity in their lives, only to find that once given the space to express, they knew the answer all along.
At Foundational Care we see counselling as a space for you to get to know who you truly are, underneath all of the issues that have prevented you from connecting that place inside of you. We use a range of evidence based techniques in combination with holding a warm and loving space for you to feel safe and vulnerable in.
What is the Difference Between Counselling and Psychology?
Psychologists have completed a university degree and undertaken extensive provisional requirements before gaining registration as a psychologist. They are then governed by APRAH to ensure that only evidence based techniques are provided for complex problems. With psychologists, you are able to claim the Medicare rebate and complete psychological assessments to form a medical diagnosis.
Counsellors have completed a diploma or degree in counselling to gain registration with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) or PACFA. Registered counsellors must meet extensive ongoing supervision and professional development requirements to maintain their certification. Not all counsellors are registered so it is important to discern which counsellor it right for you. All counsellors at Foundational Care are registered with ACA to ensure the highest quality of services. You are not able to claim the Medicare rebate or be given a diagnosis with counsellors.
WHAT CAN I SEE A COUNSELLOR ABOUT?
STRESS & BURNOUT
Stress is the constant pressure on the body when we feel we are unable to meet life's demands.
Burnout is caused by an accumulation of stress and it starts wearing the body down.
GRIEF AND LOSS
Grief and loss is more than just death. It can be a loss of a loved one, pet, relationship, job etc.
But grief can also occur with a medical diagnosis or life transition in which you can grieve your old life.
Depression is a symptom of the situation that people find themselves in - it is not who they are. Often people feel like they have lost who they are.
Accepting support is essential to re-connecting to the part of them that they feel they have lost.
Anxiety occurs when there is a discrepancy between what you think you can do and what is required of you.
Counselling can support with building skills to feel more equipped to deal with life.
Do you accept the Medicare Rebate?No. Unfortunately the government does not offer a Medicare rebate at this stage for counselling
How long does a session go for?A counselling session typically runs between 50-55 minutes long
How much does it cost to see a counsellor?At Foundational Care it is $110 to see a counsellor for individual therapy. You can find more about our fees under the client information tab in the menu.
What can I do in a crisis?Foundational Care is not a crisis counselling service, if you are in need of urgent care you can contact a 24hr helpline such as Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or alternatively call 000 in an emergency.
Do you have a waitlist?Currently we do not have a wait list and you can get in to see one of our counsellors within two weeks.