Psychology Services for Children, Teens and Families in Sydney

Counselling for children (ages 6 – 11)

I provide compassionate and creative counselling for children, drawing on the latest developments in psychology and use creative techniques that engage children’s imagination.

I work with children experiencing a range of challenges, including low confidence, difficulties controlling emotions, difficulties relating to peers and behavioural problems at home.

Visit my child counselling page to find out more.

Counselling for teens (ages 12 – 18)

I work with teenagers experiencing a variety of challenges that come with navigating their way through teenage life. I use a down to earth and friendly approach to engage teenagers to make a difference in their lives.

Some of the concerns I help teenagers address include, difficulties fitting in to family life, problems relating to peers, stress and anxiety, feeling sad and hopeless, behavioural issues, disordered eating practices, and coming to terms with their sexuality and/or gender.

To find out more, visit my teen counselling page.

Counselling for young adults

I work with young adults to help them face the challenges and seize the opportunities that come with moving on from school and entering the adult world.

Relationship dramas, stress and anxiety, sadness and hopelessness, and feeling lost and directionless are just some of the challenges I help young adults work through.

Visit my young adult counselling page to find out more.

Family therapy

I work with families experiencing difficulties living the kind of life they want to live. I help families to work through a range of problems, such as arguments that never get resolved, difficulties getting children and teenagers to engage in family life, conflict over boundaries and discipline and dealing with mental illness in the family.

Visit my Family Therapy page to find out more.

Adult counselling

I work with people from all walks of life who are looking to make a positive change in their life. I support people to work through a range of problems, including stress and anxiety, feeling down and depressed, drug and alcohol misuse, disordered eating practices and recovery from trauma.

To find out more, visit my Adult Counselling page.

Some of the benefits of counselling may include:

•    Discover new ways of dealing with problems
•    Develop better relationships with partners, friends and family
•    Build confidence and self acceptance
•    Support healing from trauma or stress

Length of sessions

All sessions are 60 minutes in length. We meet together to decide a schedule that fits with your needs and allows us to address the specific issues and concerns you or your child are experiencing.

Initial sessions

In the initial session I work with you, your child or your family to understand your concerns, and to find out about your goals, hopes and intentions for counselling.

The first session is an opportunity for us to explore how we can work together to relieve the burden on yourself, your child or your family’s life.

I understand the apprehension that can come with engaging in counselling, and work together with you or your child to address any concerns or hesitations you may have.

Subsequent sessions

The number of sessions you, your child or your family engages in depends on individual needs and goals. Every person and family is different. However I have found the best opportunity for change and growth comes when a young person or family commits to at least 6 sessions.

For young people with a history of trauma or complex mental health needs, medium to long-term therapy is likely to be most beneficial, which may last longer than a year. Medium to long term therapy is also beneficial for those young people or families wishing to engage in therapy as ongoing self care practice.

I have a range of skills and experience that position me to work with young people and families on a short term, medium term and long term basis.

The frequency of therapy depends on the needs of you or child are experiencing. I generally suggest that young people or families come for therapy on a weekly or fortnightly basis for the first six session. After the first six sessions, some clients chose to maintain therapy on a monthly basis to ensure they achieve lasting change.

Do you offer Medicare rebates?

Yes. Under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative you are entitled to a Medicare rebate of $84.80 for up to 10 sessions per calendar year, with a progress review required by your GP after 6 sessions. To access this initiative you will need to obtain a ‘Mental Health Care Plan’ from your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. You will need to bring a referral letter and a Mental Health Care Plan to your first session.

You do not need to access the Medicare rebate to attend counselling. If you choose not to access the rebate, you do not need a referral letter to make an appointment.

Do you offer Health Fund rebates?

Depending on your level of cover, many private health funds offer rebates for psychology services. Please contact your health fun directly to find out what level of rebate you are entitled to.

Please note, you cannot claim both the Medicare rebate and a private health fund rebate, only one or the other.

Office location

I hold counselling sessions in a tranquil and welcoming space in Bondi Junction. See the contact page for more details.

Office hours

My practice hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Fees

I will let you know my current fees when we speak over the phone.

Payment

Payment is possible by cash, Eftpos or Credit Card. Payment must be made at the time of the session.

If you’re ready to get find out more, here’s what to do:

Call me on 0420 320 322 for a free 15 minutes chat to find out how I can help or fill out the form below for an immediate call back.

Contact Emily