Damien Gafforini
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Doreen, VIC 3754
I have 20 years of experience, in particular supporting those whom have experienced some form of traumatic event (especially sexual abuse). This includes current serving members of the Australian Defence Forces, Veterans and their families (PTSD). I work with children and young people who have behavioural and emotional difficulties and developmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD. I also provide Neurofeedback therapy and EMDR. Essentially if you are ready to engage in therapy, open to exploring current behaviours and how change may occur - Then lets get started!
I have 20 years of experience, in particular supporting those whom have experienced some form of traumatic event (especially sexual abuse). This includes current serving members of the Australian Defence Forces, Veterans and their families (PTSD). I work with children and young people who have behavioural and emotional difficulties and developmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD. I also provide Neurofeedback therapy and EMDR. Essentially if you are ready to engage in therapy, open to exploring current behaviours and how change may occur - Then lets get started!
(03) 9068 6002 View (03) 9068 6002
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Sit with Self
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Mernda, VIC 3754
Hi there, I’m Madeline. I am an accredited mental health social worker at Sit with Self Counselling, living in Melbourne with my partner and baby. What the heck does Sit with Self mean? I’m so glad you asked. Connecting with your authentic, compassionate and curious Self is at the centre of my therapeutic practice, and is where the name Sit with Self comes from. I hold the firm belief that all people have access to this Self (yes, even you!) when given the space, time and support to venture inward.
Hi there, I’m Madeline. I am an accredited mental health social worker at Sit with Self Counselling, living in Melbourne with my partner and baby. What the heck does Sit with Self mean? I’m so glad you asked. Connecting with your authentic, compassionate and curious Self is at the centre of my therapeutic practice, and is where the name Sit with Self comes from. I hold the firm belief that all people have access to this Self (yes, even you!) when given the space, time and support to venture inward.
(03) 8104 9927 x614 View (03) 8104 9927 x614
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Vanessa Tranter
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Mernda, VIC 3754
Seeing people conquer anxiety truly warms my heart. If I could choose a superpower, it'd be to shake up their thinking in this very realm. Creating a haven where someone can kickstart their healing journey is what fuels my passion. More than anything, I strive to be the kind of counsellor I yearned for during my own healing expedition. Diving deep into the intricacies of the brain and neuroplasticity for years has given me a keen understanding of our wiring. This means, regardless of the challenge you're facing, I genuinely believe that you can walk away with a fresh perspective and newfound hope.
Seeing people conquer anxiety truly warms my heart. If I could choose a superpower, it'd be to shake up their thinking in this very realm. Creating a haven where someone can kickstart their healing journey is what fuels my passion. More than anything, I strive to be the kind of counsellor I yearned for during my own healing expedition. Diving deep into the intricacies of the brain and neuroplasticity for years has given me a keen understanding of our wiring. This means, regardless of the challenge you're facing, I genuinely believe that you can walk away with a fresh perspective and newfound hope.
(08) 9126 9219 View (08) 9126 9219
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Wonderful Mind Therapy and Counselling Services
Psychotherapist, MA, AThR
Verified Verified
Doreen, VIC 3754
Nikoo Chamani, Founder and Clinical Art Therapist. She is specialized in autism (assessment and support) and trauma. She is passionate about what she does and tailors interventions to best support her clients and their needs. in her words: "I have lived both in ease and chaos; and have learnt to explore my thoughts in different environments. In music, ceramic, in painting or in writing, I explore my own layers of self and reform my outer with every self-encounter. I believe we human are simple in our best, but to communicate we are far more complex.
Nikoo Chamani, Founder and Clinical Art Therapist. She is specialized in autism (assessment and support) and trauma. She is passionate about what she does and tailors interventions to best support her clients and their needs. in her words: "I have lived both in ease and chaos; and have learnt to explore my thoughts in different environments. In music, ceramic, in painting or in writing, I explore my own layers of self and reform my outer with every self-encounter. I believe we human are simple in our best, but to communicate we are far more complex.
(03) 8104 9051 View (03) 8104 9051
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Amanda Barber
Psychotherapist, AACBT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mernda, VIC 3754
Feeling better is great, but I love to empower people with skills, strategies, and mechanisms to DO better. Strategic Psychotherapy is about effecting measurable change and progress. Talking about things and debriefing is great and comforting, however progress is what really counts.
Feeling better is great, but I love to empower people with skills, strategies, and mechanisms to DO better. Strategic Psychotherapy is about effecting measurable change and progress. Talking about things and debriefing is great and comforting, however progress is what really counts.
(03) 8104 9751 View (03) 8104 9751
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Lea O'Meara
Psychotherapist, AACBT
Verified Verified
Mernda, VIC 3754
I'm passionate about working with all people including Neurodivergent individuals. I absolutely love working with kids and young people to help them change forward, learn and develop emotional regulation techniques and to build bigger capacities, to manage and overcome the challenges they face in their lives. My approach is solution orientated, strategic and fun and engaging. I help clients understand who they are, what patterns they run that are getting them stuck and help guide them on a more effective path, based on them and the unique individual they are.
I'm passionate about working with all people including Neurodivergent individuals. I absolutely love working with kids and young people to help them change forward, learn and develop emotional regulation techniques and to build bigger capacities, to manage and overcome the challenges they face in their lives. My approach is solution orientated, strategic and fun and engaging. I help clients understand who they are, what patterns they run that are getting them stuck and help guide them on a more effective path, based on them and the unique individual they are.
(03) 8104 9405 View (03) 8104 9405
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Kristine Lutter
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Doreen, VIC 3754
I specialise in anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, trauma, self esteem/self worth, guilt, shame, family of origin issues, bullying and people struggling with infertility. My approach is holistic looking at the physical, social, spiritual and emotional aspects. I attempt to ensure clients feel safe and comfortable before they are able to share what has happened to them. With my experience in this industry, I have trained and supervise counsellors. This has helped me to deepen my understanding of what clients need.
I specialise in anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, trauma, self esteem/self worth, guilt, shame, family of origin issues, bullying and people struggling with infertility. My approach is holistic looking at the physical, social, spiritual and emotional aspects. I attempt to ensure clients feel safe and comfortable before they are able to share what has happened to them. With my experience in this industry, I have trained and supervise counsellors. This has helped me to deepen my understanding of what clients need.
(03) 8104 9918 View (03) 8104 9918
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Michelle Ottey
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Doreen, VIC 3754  (Online Only)
I use a collaborative approach to treat a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety-related disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, trauma-related disorders, and many more. I am also here to support you through life’s challenges such grief and loss, relationship and marital problems, parenting challenges and living with the impact of chronic health conditions. With expertise in childhood trauma, I bring a strong attachment focus to therapy. I am committed to helping you better understand yourself and how you relate to others, to uncover the patterns that get in the way of your well-being.
I use a collaborative approach to treat a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety-related disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, trauma-related disorders, and many more. I am also here to support you through life’s challenges such grief and loss, relationship and marital problems, parenting challenges and living with the impact of chronic health conditions. With expertise in childhood trauma, I bring a strong attachment focus to therapy. I am committed to helping you better understand yourself and how you relate to others, to uncover the patterns that get in the way of your well-being.
(03) 8104 9534 View (03) 8104 9534
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RK Counselling & Psychology
Counsellor, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Doreen, VIC 3754
Counselling is the collaborative approach addressing day to day challenges individuals face in their life time. At times, doing it by yourself seems overwhelming and hopeless. Counselling provides a safe and confidential space to talk about these issues and develop the necessary skills to manage your mental and emotional wellbeing as an individual or within a relationship. Rae is willing and able to work with clients to address challenges and help you achieve your goals supporting your overall well-being.
Counselling is the collaborative approach addressing day to day challenges individuals face in their life time. At times, doing it by yourself seems overwhelming and hopeless. Counselling provides a safe and confidential space to talk about these issues and develop the necessary skills to manage your mental and emotional wellbeing as an individual or within a relationship. Rae is willing and able to work with clients to address challenges and help you achieve your goals supporting your overall well-being.
(03) 8737 9417 View (03) 8737 9417
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Deborah Biderman
Psychotherapist, AACBT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mernda, VIC 3754
We all want to feel better but sometimes that is not enough, we need to be doing better in real terms in the real world. While talking about our problems can provide some relief people need more than that. I work only with approaches that get real results for people. If change is what you need and you are ready for that, then this approach is the first positive step.
We all want to feel better but sometimes that is not enough, we need to be doing better in real terms in the real world. While talking about our problems can provide some relief people need more than that. I work only with approaches that get real results for people. If change is what you need and you are ready for that, then this approach is the first positive step.
(03) 8104 9954 View (03) 8104 9954
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Erin Jones Art Therapy
Psychotherapist, MA, AThR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Doreen, VIC 3754
I have a passion working with people to improve their wellbeing and achieve the goals that they set for themselves. I am experienced working with individuals with complex chronic and acute illness and understand the complexities of illness and the impacts this has on a persons mental and emotion state. I also have a large and invested interest in supporting women as they navigate the journey into motherhood (matrescence) and the emotional challenges this can bring along with the change in identity and self. As a mother of 2 young children I understand first hand the day to day challenges being a mother can be.
I have a passion working with people to improve their wellbeing and achieve the goals that they set for themselves. I am experienced working with individuals with complex chronic and acute illness and understand the complexities of illness and the impacts this has on a persons mental and emotion state. I also have a large and invested interest in supporting women as they navigate the journey into motherhood (matrescence) and the emotional challenges this can bring along with the change in identity and self. As a mother of 2 young children I understand first hand the day to day challenges being a mother can be.
(03) 8104 9750 View (03) 8104 9750
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Roula Abughazaleh - Petunia Counselling Services
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mernda, VIC 3754
If you're dealing with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, procrastination, or just feel stuck and need a boost, I'm here to help. We'll tackle the thoughts holding you back and work on becoming your best self. Let's start a journey of growth and empowerment to unlock your full potential.
If you're dealing with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, procrastination, or just feel stuck and need a boost, I'm here to help. We'll tackle the thoughts holding you back and work on becoming your best self. Let's start a journey of growth and empowerment to unlock your full potential.
(03) 8104 9237 View (03) 8104 9237
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Euphy Opara
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Doreen, VIC 3754
We are very passionate at what we do. With over fifteen years experience working in the Health Sector and directly supporting clients, We understand that life can be difficult sometimes, and at such times, a good shoulder to Cry and lean on is priority. You can count on us to work side by side with you while you regain Hope and rebuild your future. "Recovery is Real"
We are very passionate at what we do. With over fifteen years experience working in the Health Sector and directly supporting clients, We understand that life can be difficult sometimes, and at such times, a good shoulder to Cry and lean on is priority. You can count on us to work side by side with you while you regain Hope and rebuild your future. "Recovery is Real"
(03) 8400 0369 View (03) 8400 0369
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Living and Learning Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Mernda, VIC 3754
I am currently accepting new clients. I am a warm and non judgemental psychologist who helps clients create meaningful change and action in their lives. I have particular interests in helping clients navigate difficulties with anxiety, stress, self-esteem, depression, transitions, and individual learning needs. I work with school-aged children (aged 8+) and adults.
I am currently accepting new clients. I am a warm and non judgemental psychologist who helps clients create meaningful change and action in their lives. I have particular interests in helping clients navigate difficulties with anxiety, stress, self-esteem, depression, transitions, and individual learning needs. I work with school-aged children (aged 8+) and adults.
(03) 8400 0948 View (03) 8400 0948
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Lauren Pennacchia
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Doreen, VIC 3754
Lauren is a psychologist who works with children, adolescents and young adults. Lauren has extensive experience and has worked in hospital settings, a juvenile detention centre and private practice. She has a widespread of knowledge in diagnosis and treatment and aims to bring a warm, empathetic and collaborative approach to therapy. Lauren uses a range of therapeutic frameworks to tailor treatment to each individual. These frameworks include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Client Centred Play Therapy (CCPT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).
Lauren is a psychologist who works with children, adolescents and young adults. Lauren has extensive experience and has worked in hospital settings, a juvenile detention centre and private practice. She has a widespread of knowledge in diagnosis and treatment and aims to bring a warm, empathetic and collaborative approach to therapy. Lauren uses a range of therapeutic frameworks to tailor treatment to each individual. These frameworks include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Client Centred Play Therapy (CCPT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).
(03) 8400 0027 View (03) 8400 0027
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Mindful Wellbeing Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Mernda, VIC 3754
I have been a psychologist for over 15 years and have experience in working with a diverse range of clients. I have worked within disability services, child and adolescent mental health services and the education department. I have experience in working with children, adolescents, families and adults on a range of emotional, behavioural, psycho-social and developmental concerns.
I have been a psychologist for over 15 years and have experience in working with a diverse range of clients. I have worked within disability services, child and adolescent mental health services and the education department. I have experience in working with children, adolescents, families and adults on a range of emotional, behavioural, psycho-social and developmental concerns.
(03) 7302 2207 View (03) 7302 2207
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Kim Maloney
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Doreen, VIC 3754
Sometimes in our lives we experience low self esteem, tricky situations, or feel that we are at a cross roads. We can experience difficulties in the relationships we value most. Counselling helps provide a space for you to explore those issues that are troubling you. We can consider ideas and strategies to give you greater clarity about what it is you want; and help you find the pathway forward. I work across age groups and look forward to supporting you achieve your goals.
Sometimes in our lives we experience low self esteem, tricky situations, or feel that we are at a cross roads. We can experience difficulties in the relationships we value most. Counselling helps provide a space for you to explore those issues that are troubling you. We can consider ideas and strategies to give you greater clarity about what it is you want; and help you find the pathway forward. I work across age groups and look forward to supporting you achieve your goals.
(03) 9070 3611 View (03) 9070 3611
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Zain Timimi
Psychotherapist, MPsych, PACFA
Verified Verified
Mernda, VIC 3754
This is Zain, BNurs , BParamedicS, MCouns&Psy. I’m a registered counsellor with PACFA, who works with both adults and adolescents. I employ a person-cantered approach to therapy whilst also implementing other therapeutic intervention techniques. During therapy I aim to understand each individual and the personal circumstances that surround their life. My main focus is to provide a safe space that allows clients to feel comfortable when expressing themselves, ultimately allowing me to understand their perspective and encouraging positive change in their life. Common therapy techniques I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
This is Zain, BNurs , BParamedicS, MCouns&Psy. I’m a registered counsellor with PACFA, who works with both adults and adolescents. I employ a person-cantered approach to therapy whilst also implementing other therapeutic intervention techniques. During therapy I aim to understand each individual and the personal circumstances that surround their life. My main focus is to provide a safe space that allows clients to feel comfortable when expressing themselves, ultimately allowing me to understand their perspective and encouraging positive change in their life. Common therapy techniques I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
(03) 7302 2957 View (03) 7302 2957
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Alana Stewart
Counsellor, AThR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mernda, VIC 3754
As an Art Therapist and Counsellor, I am committed to providing a person-centered, empathetic, and inclusive therapeutic environment. I work from the Yellow Gum Art Therapy Studio with therapy dog, Evie, who loves greeting new clients and comforting them during sessions. Experienced in helping clients navigate through the challenges of depression, anxiety, PTSD, disability, autism, and complex trauma. I bring a unique perspective informed by my own experiences with neurodivergence.
As an Art Therapist and Counsellor, I am committed to providing a person-centered, empathetic, and inclusive therapeutic environment. I work from the Yellow Gum Art Therapy Studio with therapy dog, Evie, who loves greeting new clients and comforting them during sessions. Experienced in helping clients navigate through the challenges of depression, anxiety, PTSD, disability, autism, and complex trauma. I bring a unique perspective informed by my own experiences with neurodivergence.
(03) 8400 0787 View (03) 8400 0787
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Tim Nolan Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Doreen, VIC 3754
Tim has over 10 years counselling & psychotherapy experience in treating clients with trauma, complex mental health and substance abuse presentations. He has worked across various settings including residential rehabilitation, hospitals, psychiatric, 'not for profit' and general counselling. Tim is trained in Schema Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy and Gottman Method Counselling (for couples), and practice CBT, emotional regulation and psychodynamic therapies. Tim is also a qualified Mental Health & AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) Clinician
Tim has over 10 years counselling & psychotherapy experience in treating clients with trauma, complex mental health and substance abuse presentations. He has worked across various settings including residential rehabilitation, hospitals, psychiatric, 'not for profit' and general counselling. Tim is trained in Schema Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy and Gottman Method Counselling (for couples), and practice CBT, emotional regulation and psychodynamic therapies. Tim is also a qualified Mental Health & AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) Clinician
(03) 8400 0062 View (03) 8400 0062

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in 3754

20+

Average cost per session

$145

Counsellors in 3754 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
86% Depression
86% Self Esteem
76% Relationship Issues
76% Coping Skills
76% Stress
67% Behavioural Issues

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

56% Medibank Private
44% Other
44% Bupa

How Counsellors in 3754 see their clients

96% In Person and Online
4% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in 3754?

Search for nearby psychologists or counsellors by inputting your city, suburb, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

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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.