Telephone Counselling & Coaching

If you are too far away to be able to make the trip to my office for a face-to-face consultation or if you are unable to take the necessary time off work or family commitments during office hours or you simply prefer the convenience and privacy of using the phone, then do consider working with me via this medium. To find out more about how this works, why not give me a call on 0419 331 457 or contact me via email at [email protected]

Whether you are feeling sad, anxious, depressed, confused, frustrated or somehow "stuck" in some aspect of your life, it's never too late (or too early) to get some help...


Belinda offers face to face appointments in Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria and also telephone and online counselling and coaching consultations.

For a confidential obligation-free chat with Belinda, please call 0419 331 457 or send her an email at [email protected] with your telephone contact details and a good time for her to call you. You can also click on the "Contact" button which will take you to a simple form to complete so that she can then contact you.

Fees

The first 20 minutes of your first consultation are free of charge to provide me with some time to complete an initial assessment of how I may be able to help you and to provide you with an obligation-free opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to decide that you feel comfortable working with me.

Type of Consultation
 First 20 Minutes Free
 Fees
 Duration
First Consultation for most issues
 Yes
 $150
 90-100 minutes
 First Consultation to Quit Smoking*
 Yes
 $150
 90-100 minutes
 Subsequent Standard Consultation
 Not applicable
 $120
 50-60 minutes
 Subsequent Long Consultation
 Not applicable
 $150
 80-90 minutes

Concessions are available for students and healthcare card holders.


Belinda is often asked if she is able to see clients under a Mental Health Plan from their GP so that they can get the help they need using Medicare in the belief that this will be "free". 


The Australian Psychological Society (APS), which is the professional association for registered psychologists, recommends that the rate for a 50 minute session with a psychologist is $180 – $222. Of this, a Medicare rebate will currently refund $84.80, for up to a maximum of ten sessions per year. So an average session with most psychologists, after the Medicare rebate, is $137.20. 


Although Medicare rebates are not currently available for counsellors and psychotherapists, it is often the case that the help they are able to provide is more cost-effective. 


Belinda is a registered provider of Hypnotherapy treatment with the following Health Funds:


Medibank Private

Australian Unity

Grand United Health

CBHS

Phoenix

RT Insurance

Westfund Ltd

Health Care Insurance Ltd

Navy Health


Your eligibility for a rebate will depend upon the level of cover you have as well as any limits set by your private health insurer - please check the details with your health fund.


Compare the indicative prices of some other professional services:

Type
 Duration
 Cost
 Cost per Hour
Psychotherapist
 1.5 hours
 $150
 $100
 Dentist
 10 minutes
 $65
 $390
 Lawyer
 1 hour
 $250-600
 $250-600

*Hypnotherapy to quit smoking

 

This usually requires 2 to 3 consultations as follows:

 

The first Consultation of 90-100 minutes is an intensive preparation session followed 3 to 8 days later by the "quit session" of 50-60 minutes.

 

Approximately 2-4 weeks later, there is the opportunity to follow up with a reinforcement session (50-60 minutes) to ensure that you "stay quit".

 

Most people find that this three-session approach works well for them and some people have in fact quit after the preparation session and have used their planned quit session as the reinforcement session.

 

Some people have other issues they wish to address as well as wanting to quit smoking - depending on the individual and the issue(s) concerned, it may be the case that the "other issue(s)" need to be addressed first and this will be discussed during your first consultation.

 

How many sessions will I need for other issues?

 

This depends upon the individual and the nature of the issue(s) but as a general guide, most people can be helped effectively within 4 to 8 sessions usually 3 to 8 days apart. In some cases, even a single session can be enough to help you to create a shift in your perception and thought patterns to enable you to become "unstuck" and move towards making the changes you want to make.

 

How do I pay?

 

For face-to-face consultations, payment can be made by cheque or cash at the time of consultation and for telephone consultations, payment is made on a monthly basis in advance.

 

What if I have to cancel an appointment?

 

Please note that I take your welfare seriously and make a commitment to your booking. If you need to cancel an appointment for whatever reason with less than 48 hours notice, a 50% cancellation fee will be applicable and every effort will be made to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible thereafter. Should you fail to attend an appointment without notice, full payment for the session is required.

 

Where do consultations take place?


For a face-to-face consultation, you would need to come to Williamstown (just outside Melbourne city centre) BUT because I also work via telephone and email, we can work together wherever you are! If you don't live in the Melbourne area and are interested in working by telephone, we can use Skype to keep the cost down. For more information about this FREE internet telephone software, visit the Skype website below.

 

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