The Counselling Process

Bernadette offers a very warm and present counselling approach. During your first session a detailed history will be taken along with any other relevant information that will help her understand you and how to best treat the problem or work through the issues you are facing. A counselling plan will then be discussed with you. Sessions are usually between 50-55 minutes.

During your subsequent sessions Bernadette will work with you step by step to uncover any blockages or resistances you may have and give you skills and tools to help you understand yourself better and how the tackle the problem or delve deeper. The number of sessions you will need will depend upon the type of presenting problem or what you would like to work on, and this will be worked out between you and Bernadette.

Bernadette uses a variety of evidence based therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Mindfulness-based therapy.

The Enneagram, an incredibly useful and transformative personality tool, is also used in sessions to help you uncover the core beliefs that hold you back. To learn more about the Enneagram or if you’d like to begin to determine your personality type before your session, please go to The Enneagram Institute  or Enneagram Worldwide.

Confidentiality

It is a requirement that registered psychologists, licensed by the Health Practitioner Board of Australia, abide by the Boards and Australian Psychological Society ethical guidelines.

Information gathered during sessions with your Psychologist will remain confidential and secure and only known to my psychologist except where:

a)     Information is subpoenaed by a court, or

b)     Failure to disclose the information would place the client (you) or another person (e.g., your partner, children) at serious and imminent risk; or

c)     Your prior approval has been obtained to

       i.  provide a written report to another professional or agency e.g. a GP or a lawyer; or

     ii.  discuss the material with another person, e.g. a parent or employer;

d)     Or if disclosure is otherwise required by the law