Therapy - Frequently Asked Questions
People seek therapy when they:
Would like to overcome negative feelings such as depression, anxiety, panic, stress or prolonged grief and loneliness.
Would like to reflect on their part in their current or past relationship difficulties and learn ways of developing happier, healthier relationships.
Are seeking to feel better about themselves, increase their self-esteem and increase their ability to experience intimacy and trust.
Have intrusive memories about disturbing or traumatic events and they are seeking to leave the associated bad feelings behind them and move on in life.
Reach a time in life, perhaps a “midlife crisis”, and they want to re-evaluate the purpose and meaning of their life in order to make choices for the future.
For what sorts of issues do couples seek therapy?
Couples seek therapy to improve the relationship when one or both partners are worried about issues such as:
The frequency or intensity of arguments;
Feelings of disconnection or lack of intimacy;
Dissatisfaction in their sexual relationship;
Unresolved conflict about children, money, in-laws, affairs or work.
How helpful is therapy in resolving couple problems?
If couples seek therapy when they first experience problems, therapy can be very helpful in improving communication, resolving conflict and providing emotional support. The longer the problems have continued, the harder it is to change entrenched patterns and both partners must be committed to therapy for it to be successful.
If one partner is not willing to attend therapy, a lot can still be gained by the motivated partner attending therapy to examine his or her own needs, expectations and behaviour. A change in one partner can effect a change in the relationship.
How long does therapy take?
It depends on the nature of the problem and the person's goals. We work in the shortest time frame possible and the average number of sessions is about 10. If your goal for therapy is to address a specific problem or situation, we may need only a few sessions. When situations are more complex, or when an individual is seeking deeper changes in personality, then more sessions are needed to create permanent change.
Can I claim a rebate?
There is no Medicare or private rebates for couple therapy. There is a Medicare rebate for individual therapy if you are referred by a psychiatrist or a GP as part of a mental health case management plan.
Do you write reports?
No, we do not write reports for any reason. If you need a report or need help with a matter involving the family court, it is best to seek a professional who specializes in this work.