Anyone struggling with a personal concern or challenge can seek counselling. Professional psychological and counselling services are often sought after simultaneously. This is largely due to the different clinical approaches of the two disciplines. While psychologists often focus on the psychological presentations and subsequent treatment, counsellors take an undirected approach, emphasising a long-term interpersonal journey.
Professional counselling provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for collaboration between a client and counsellor, in order to increase self-awareness, develop understanding, optimise wellbeing, and resolve a range of concerns. Counselling can range from a few sessions, to short-term or long-term duration, depending on the client’s needs. Professional counsellors are trained in specialised interpersonal skills, which prepares them to see a wide range of presenting issues and use evidence-based interventions in their sessions with clients.
Anyone can refer themselves to see a Counsellor – for personal challenges, mental health problems or life guidance.
As counselling sessions are not funded by the government, you do not require a GP referral in order to access therapy services from a Counsellor.
At Yarra Valley Psychology we acknowledge that everyone has different circumstances, and thus offer a flexible fee structure to our clients.
The cost of a 50-minute consultation with a Counsellor ranges between $80 and $100. You could also use your private health insurance or NDIS funding to pay for sessions.
The number of sessions you can access with a counsellor is unlimited and is often considered a long-term personal journey. Counselling can run for just a few sessions or be longer-term in duration; it all depends on the individual needs of the client and their presenting issues.
As you fund the cost of sessions yourself, it is also up to you how often you come for sessions with your counsellor, and how many times you access their services in total.
Counsellors are mental health professionals with specialised training and experience in talk-therapies. They utilise interpersonal skills and work collaboratively with clients to improve their mental health and wellbeing. All of YVP's Counsellors have Masters level qualifications.
Psychologists are regulated health care professionals who are registered with AHPRA. They generally see clients who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem, or who are suffering from more severe and complex issues.