Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in an initial counselling session?

The first session is about sharing your main concerns with the counsellor. Information is gathered to enable a good understanding of current issues as well as relevant history. You will be gently encouraged to share your story so that an assessment can be made with a view to developing a counselling plan with interventions that are right for you. This is a time for you and your counsellor to get to know each other and decide the best way to proceed – with your best interests at heart.

How often do I need to come to counselling?

There is no set number of sessions for counselling. It is very much up to each individual’s situation. Appointment days and times can be flexible or structured, whichever you prefer.

How many counselling sessions should I have?

There is no obligation for you to attend a set amount of counselling sessions, however an amount of sessions may be recommended by your counsellor, depending on your needs.

How will I know if counselling has been successful?

When you feel you have the skills and techniques to adapt more easily in the face of adversity and have a better sense of creating balance and wellbeing in your life.

Is my problem relevant for counselling?

No matter how large or small your challenges seem, it is well worth making an appointment with a counsellor to discuss the potential for change.

Will counselling be confidential?

All counsellors at Creative Seeds are professionally trained and registered and therefore abide by a professional Code of Ethics for Counsellors (Australian Counselling Association). All information shared is kept confidential except when there is concern of harm to you or other adults or children.

Does the counsellor take notes from the session?

Some notes are taken by the Counsellor during the counselling session, just as you are also welcome, and even encouraged, to write your own. All notes are locked away on the premises for safekeeping.

Do I have prepare for a counselling session?

You might like to write down your main concerns beforehand so you don’t forget anything you wish to discuss. However this is not necessary.

What are the counselling approaches used at Creative Seeds?

An integrative, person centred counselling approach is highly regarded at Creative Seeds where different therapeutic interventions can be applied, depending on each person’s needs at the time. These approaches include, but are not limited to, ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), Somatic Experiencing (SE), CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy), Existential Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and Creative Therapies (Art, Symbols, Colour, Sand).

What type of counselling is offered at Creative Seeds?

Counselling for individuals, couples, families and groups.

How do I register my interest in a group program?

Refer to the Workshops and Groups page.

Do I need a GP referral to have counselling?

No, it's not necessary at all but a small rebate is offered for GP referrals, students and pensioners.

Is counselling covered by Medicare or a private health fund?

Not Medicare, but some private health funds provide rebates including Medibank Private and Dr Health Fund. However, please check with your own Health Fund as changes are happening all the time.

Do I have to be diagnosed with a mental illness to see a counsellor?

No, counselling is available for anyone who is experiencing challenges or would like to create balance and wellbeing in their life. No mental health diagnosis is necessary and a counsellor will not diagnose. However, it’s important to let your counsellor know if you have been diagnosed with a mental illness.