LIFE Counselling is a personalised, evidence-based and outcome-focussed treatment service used to help individuals address a range of issues in their lives, including but not limited to:
- Pain management
- Low self esteem
- Anger management
- Grief & bereavement
- Weight management
- Lifestyle change
- Relaxation Training
How does LIFE Counselling work?
Beginning with a thorough assessment of your situation, we formulate a clear understanding of you and your unique challenges in order to establish specific goals for treatment.
Counselling sessions take place in a private setting so that you can feel free to share your concerns in confidence. The therapist will suggest a plan, including the number of times you might need to meet to achieve your objectives. Each session is usually 50 minutes in duration, normally at the same time each week or fortnightly. Depending on how things work out, you may wish to take short breaks in the process to work on issues that have emerged for you, returning later when you are ready to do more work.
You will usually know after 1-2 therapy sessions if LIFE Counselling is going to work for you.
What are the benefits of LIFE Counselling?
LIFE Counselling can offer a number of benefits for the client as it is usually helpful to have somebody who really does understand you. Therapy may give the client a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and direct the client towards a solution. Most clients will say that the benefits of LIFE Counselling include:
- Being able to understand yourself, your personal goals and values better.
- Developing skills for improving relationships.
- It helps overcome certain health problems, such as an eating disorder, depression, or anxiety.
- Obtaining a solution to the problems or concerns that made the client seek therapy.
Psychological treatments vary in the length of time they take to work. The benefits of psychological treatments often happen at a different rate for different individuals.
What psychological treatments are used at LIFE?
There are many types of psychological treatment at LIFE which are proven to be effective. These may be provided individually, as part of a group, as a couple or even as a whole family – depending on the nature of the problem:
- Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
CBT helps people discover how their feelings, thoughts and behaviour can get stuck in unhelpful patterns. They are encouraged to try new, more positive ways of thinking and acting. Therapy usually includes tasks to try between sessions. CBT is a well-established treatment for depression and most anxiety disorders. It can also be an effective part of treatment for other conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
- Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
IPT looks at the way someone has related to significant people in their life, and how this may have affected other relationships and how they feel, think and act generally. It then looks at finding more positive ways of interacting with others. IPT can been especially effective in treating depression and anxiety disorders.
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
DBT is a form of treatment specifically for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT is based on an understanding that a key problem for people with BPD is extreme difficulty in handling emotions, and the distress associated with this. DBT helps people learn to handle their emotions better and re-learn the way they typically respond to situations and other people. DBT generally combines individual and group therapy
- Family interventions
These treatments aim to support families and other carers by fostering calm and constructive family relationships where a member of the family has a psychotic illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Family intervention sessions typically focus on education about mental illness, solving of problems encountered as a result of the illness, and improving communication and relationships where these are strained or stressful. Family interventions can reduce relapse rates for people with psychotic illness while also supporting everyone involved.
Other treatment strategies used at LIFE include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy (ST), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Fees for counselling sessions vary according to the therapist you are seeing. Discounted rates apply to full time students, unemployed, pensioners and Health Care Card Holders. Our Psychologists are registered providers with Medicare and various Health Funds to allow patients to access rebates when available. Click here to view more details about our current fees schedule.