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Alice Paton
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Howlong, NSW 2643  (Online Only)
Taking a holistic approach to care, Alice aim's to guide clients to explore themselves with curiosity and an open mind. It is her goal to guide clients to uncover root causes, rather than just symptom management. To feel safe and comfortable to express themselves, expand their mind, and speak into their true wants, needs, and desires. Increase your self-awareness and understanding of your unconscious beliefs, perceptions, and patterns. Alice aim's to assist you in setting personal goals that lead to you feeling empowered, open to change, and to bring more joy into your life. Alice is currently working with adults only.
Taking a holistic approach to care, Alice aim's to guide clients to explore themselves with curiosity and an open mind. It is her goal to guide clients to uncover root causes, rather than just symptom management. To feel safe and comfortable to express themselves, expand their mind, and speak into their true wants, needs, and desires. Increase your self-awareness and understanding of your unconscious beliefs, perceptions, and patterns. Alice aim's to assist you in setting personal goals that lead to you feeling empowered, open to change, and to bring more joy into your life. Alice is currently working with adults only.
(02) 5023 7460 View (02) 5023 7460
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Heather Lynn Sarau
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Howlong, NSW 2643
I have several years of experience in working in secondary schools as a teacher, Assistant principal and Principal. I understand the needs of young people and connect and build trust quickly with them. I have experience in working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, sleep issues and work-related stress. I work on improving quality of life through self-care and mindfulness and had success in building self-esteem and confidence. I work with a large range of ages from 8-90 and offer video link consultations if face to face is not possible. My fees are very reasonable at $110, with no rebate offered.
I have several years of experience in working in secondary schools as a teacher, Assistant principal and Principal. I understand the needs of young people and connect and build trust quickly with them. I have experience in working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, sleep issues and work-related stress. I work on improving quality of life through self-care and mindfulness and had success in building self-esteem and confidence. I work with a large range of ages from 8-90 and offer video link consultations if face to face is not possible. My fees are very reasonable at $110, with no rebate offered.
(08) 6017 4034 View (08) 6017 4034

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Number of Counsellors in 2643

< 10

Counsellors in 2643 who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Anxiety
100% Parenting
100% Suicidal Ideation
100% Peer Relationships
100% Self Esteem
100% Stress

Average years in practice

4 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Counsellors in 2643 see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in 2643?

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Psychologists must be registered in the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Most Social Workers listed in the directory are members of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors in Australia, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in Australia.

Psychologists have earned a 4 year undergraduate degree in psychology and have completed a postgraduate internship or postgraduate degree. Psychotherapists generally have an undergraduate degree in a health related field in addition to 3-4 years of specialist training in psychotherapy and a period of personal psychotherapy. In order to belong to a professional organisation such as the ACA or PACFA, counsellors and psychotherapists are required to have completed a certain level of AQF qualifications and/ or an approved training course as well as clinical and supervision hours. Social Workers registered with the AASW are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited institution.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, the cost of a therapy session in Australia could be between $100 and $250. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The Better Access Scheme is a government program offering Medicare rebates for mental health care. To access the program you will need to be assessed and diagnosed by your GP and get a Mental Health Plan. This will allow you to receive up to 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions a year with practitioners who accept bulk billing, with no out of pocket costs for you.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the ACA, PACFA, or the APS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there is the potential or known harm to the client or others or when a minor is in danger, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.