Fees as of 1st September 2016.
If you find my fees are not within your budget, may I suggest that you come and see me at the Relaxation Centre. Check the Workshops page, above, for information on my next sessions here.
Initial consultation - a 75 minute session is $ 99
For new clients on your first visit only, this longer session allows me to hear more of your story and includes your hard copy Needs and Nurturing workbook.
For new clients on your first visit, I will take a $25 non-refundable deposit to hold this appointment time open for you.
Please see the bottom of this page for my Late Policy, Cancellation Policy, Payment Policy and Non-refundable Deposit Policy.
There are 7 themed workbooks that I have created that form the background framework for the Life After Diets program. Included in your initial session, you will receive the first of these, the Needs and Nurturing workbook printed in colour and bound with a front and back cover. For the remainder of the workbooks, I can email them to you and you can print them out for yourself. If you require me to print and bind it for you, I will charge an additional $10 each to cover the costs for these.
Counselling - a standard 60 minute session is $88 for second and subsequent sessions
One on one private counselling in the safety and comfort of my office at the Grange, located in inner-city Northside Brisbane.
If you wish to come and see me, no referral is necessary and no rebates are available from Medicare or any private health fund either, which is why I endeavour to make my fees affordable.
If you are shopping around, please be aware that a standard consultation with a registered psychologist in Brisbane will last for 50 minutes and you will pay anywhere between $150 and $250. If you qualify through your GP for the Medicare Mental Health Care Plan, you will be eligible to claim $80 back for a limited number of your visits, leaving you paying approximately $100 for each consultation.
Counselling - a 90 minute session is $ 128
The longest sessions I offer are 90 minutes in length.
Completing the program is totally optional - you may simply wish to have a few individual counselling sessions. My services are flexible and adjusted to your needs where ever you currently are. If working through the program, you will do this in your own pace. There is no set time limit.
At all times, you are in control of if and when you wish to book in for another session. I believe in personal responsibility and truly empowering the individual. This can only happen when you are making all your own decisions and taking full responsibility for them, including for appointments. I do not put pressure on my clients to re-book.
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This is the inside of my office, I hope you will feel comfortable and relaxed
Couples Counselling - 90 minutes $ 128
I offer couples counselling for you and your partner. Underneath the highly visible and destructive behaviours of the 'eating issue' there are many communication problems that become masked between couples. Each person needs to be heard and validated individually, in the presence of your partner before we can begin to work on building a bridge and resolving the underlying issues. Ninety minutes seems to be about the right length of time for these private sessions. I need to be working with the person with the eating issue in regular one-on-one sessions before I can do a couples counselling session in order for your couples session to be as effective as possible.
Telephone Counselling - a 60 minute session is $ 88
Telephone counselling is ideal if you are unable to physically get in to see me in Brisbane. If you live anywhere in Australia, I will phone you for your session. Sessions are one hour in length. All you will need is a contact phone number and an email address. I will email you a workbook prior to your session which you will need to print out so that you are able to write in it during your session.
Small group workshops and seminars are run regularly at the Relaxation Centre, Alderley
Please see the Workshops page for more information on these.
7 Steps to Freedom - the Life After Diets program
Step 1 Needs and Nurturing: What are you really hungry for? Identify your missing emotional needs and what it is you are truly hungry for physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Identify your inner strengths and your core values. Most of us are starving emotionally and we keep reaching for food to fill this big empty space because we are so out of touch with genuine self-nurturing. We simply don't know how to meet our needs without using food. Learn more about becoming your own best caretaker and growing your capacity to receive.
Find out which love language you speak and how you can begin to get your needs met in your love language. What are the barriers to you meeting your needs and self-nurturing?
Step 2 Feelings Learn a completely new language - the Non-Violent Communication language of feelings - to build a quality relationship with yourself first so that you can understand yourself better, then communicate with others with more honesty and integrity. Identify how to meet your needs directly, based on how you're feeling. We will shine a spotlight on particular feelings unique to those of us who struggle with eating issues, especially your experiences of anger, guilt and shame. Acknowledging your feelings honestly, the moment you are having them, is like learning a foreign language and it's often a case of "getting comfortable with being uncomfortable".
Step 3 Thinking The way we think influences the way we feel and the way we feel influences the way we eat. Our thinking creates our reality, so if you are unhappy with your present reality, this has all started in your thinking. Becoming aware of your thinking is the first step to changing it. Learn how to use simple CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) techniques to open the door to change and begin to set yourself free.
Step 4 Eating Explore your favourite foods, your forbidden foods, all the diet rules in your head, identify your individual triggers for losing control and overeating and come up with some strategies to put in place so that you're in a much better position to understand and work with your addiction to numbing your feelings with food. Begin to use gentle mind-full eating techniques instead of all the usual mind-less eating we do. We are attempting to put in place a way of eating for the rest of your life, not another short term food restriction for an upcoming event so it's essential to allow yourself enough time and space here. If we don't build a strong and solid foundation in trusting ourselves, we will return to the false security of our diet mentality. And because food is so symbolic, whatever we do with food then opens the door for us to experience the same kinds of freedom in the other areas of our lives.
Step 5 Eating and Identity Eating issues are complex and emotionally fraught, there is no point in rushing through learning the art of mind-full, conscious, connected, intuitive eating - which is worlds away from the Diet World we have been inhabiting ever since we went on our first diet. Reconnect with the foods you truly enjoy eating, with satisfaction, pleasure, nurturing and fulfillment. Adapt guidelines on how to start eating exactly what you want, when you want it, without guilt or fear. Living your life as an intuitive eater will give you a strong sense of internal control that no diet ever could. This process is the opposite to our number one fear that if left to our own devices (with no restrictions), we will never stop eating and continually gaining weight. Over time, you will prove to yourself that you can be trusted and that you are worth trusting. Give yourself permission to explore your Identity behind your eating issues. Who are you really without these labels? What important role has the eating issue been serving in your life?
Step 6 Communication Develop a natural style of communication that works with your personality and helps you express how you truly feel in a way that is safe and non-threatening for you. Construct a script so that you can speak up and get your words out, instead of eating them and suffering in silence about the difficult issues in your life. Explore what your body is communicating to the world for you. Our body speaks for us when we feel it is unsafe to say the words we know we need to. Work on developing clearer, stronger boundaries in your relationships with others. We teach others how to treat us by them watching our demonstration of how we treat ourselves. There must be a bottom line of respect or there is no quality in our relationships.
Step 7 Body Image Discover what 'Fat' and 'Thin' truly mean to you through sub-conscious insights gained from guided imagery exercises. You will find out why you have repeatedly sabotaged yourself in the past - there are always very good reasons why we do this. They are not logical reasons, they are highly charged emotional reasons. Look at doing a wardrobe detox. Learn about and embrace your body shape so that you can dress and feel like 'you'. Your beauty is a state of mind, not a state of body. Celebrate your individuality and live as an empowered natural intuitive eater where food remains one of life's greatest pleasures. No matter what your past conditioning has been, I believe this is possible for you and I would like to help you on your journey to achieving it.
If you are late for your appointment, please bear in mind that I will still need to finish your appointment on time for my next appointment.
Full payment is due at the end of each session. You can pay by cash, credit card or debit card.
I request that you please give me a minimum of 24 hours notice for all changes and cancellations to your appointment.
$25 Non-refundable Deposit Policy:
On booking your first appointment as a new client, I will take a $25 deposit to hold this time open for you.
The reason for this is that in the past I have had many new clients who either didn't show up or cancelled their appointment with minimal notice.
By taking this deposit, there is more of a commitment on your part to keeping the appointment.
When you come for your Initial appointment, the $25 is then deducted off the total fee of $99, leaving a balance of $74.
If you don't come for your appointment, you don't get the $25 refunded.