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FAQ’s – Counselling & Sessions

How long does a counselling session last for?

Face-to-face individual and couples counselling and coaching sessions usually run for 55 mins. The initial couples intake session runs for 75 minutes.

What can I expect in the first counselling session?

It can be challenging for a lot of people to open up to a complete stranger and talk about really personal issues. In the first counselling session, you will find that it is not as scary as you might have believed.
For starters, you are in the driver’s seat. You determine what is said and what is not. We make every effort to help you feel safe and comfortable in talking about what brings you to counselling.

How many counselling sessions will I need?

This is really dependent on the difficulty and duration of the issues you are struggling with. Some relatively surface difficulties can be resolved in two or three sessions, whilst other patterns or issues that have been there a lifetime can take longer to work through.

The goal of effective therapy is to get you to a place where you are comfortable, confident, and competent in moving forward in your life. Lasting results come from equipping you with tools and techniques to manage life situations better, as well as providing you with insight into previous behaviours. The average length of the counselling process to achieve this is around 7-8 sessions, however, this can differ for everyone.

How many sessions will it take to solve our relationship problems?

Obviously, each couple is unique and there is no “average” number of sessions required. Therapy begins with a 3-step assessment process where the couple, guided by Paul, provides a brief history of their relationship, family histories and current issues.

The following 2 sessions are one-on-one, where each partner gets to tell their side of the story. This is a common practice, and something highly recommended by the John Gottman Institute. These assessments provide the foundation or roadmap for your therapeutic journey and provide you with a clear purpose and goals. The frequency and duration of your sessions are then agreed co-jointly with Paul. Paul utilises the research based Gottman method because of its validity and reliability and aims to help you become competent and confident in making the necessary lasting positive changes to your relationship.

The role of the counsellor in this process is to provide you with the right tools and to help facilitate changes that you embark on making in your daily lives.

Will talking to a counsellor help me? Is it worth the effort?

Counselling and coaching do work! But they do require work. Whether it is support and understanding through a crisis or bringing about deep fundamental change, talking about it with a professional can make a positive difference. Men in particular benefit enormously from having a one-on-one with a male counsellor. Our society is becoming increasingly familiar and accepting of psychological therapy as more and more people experience the benefits.

Is there something wrong with me that I can’t work it out for myself?

The short answer is NO. Seeking professional help is often hard, particularly for men. To men, it may sometimes represent a weakness or a failure but there are just some issues in life that no amount of ‘self-help’ will fix. Seeking out a qualified counsellor and allowing them to see our vulnerabilities is an act of courage and strength and in itself will help move you towards your greatest potential.

What if my partner doesn’t want to come to couples counselling?

If your partner doesn’t want to attend relationship counselling, you may like to start on your own. By attending, you are demonstrating how you value the relationship and will gain perspectives on how you can bring new skills and insights into your relationship. Your partner is welcome to join the process at any stage.

What if one of us has a lot of personal issues to work on?

Sometimes individual therapy is indicated for one or both parties involved in couple’s coaching. In fact, it is a prerequisite with the Gottman method. Individual sessions can help uncover habits and ways of doing things that can be adjusted or even eliminated. However, a lot of personal insight can be gained in exploring the ‘why’s’ and ‘how’s’ of why you do certain things by discussing them in a safe counselling environment together.

FAQ’s – Booking & Fee’s

Why see Paul Baker the relationship coach?

Paul is a fully qualified and experienced practitioner who knows how to improve relationships. His specialty lies in understanding men and their issues, their way of being in this world and their interactions with intimate others. Knowing and understanding the dynamics that exist within relationships means Paul can help you more effectively and more efficiently. Paul is passionate about helping people find strength and joy in themselves, their work, their relationships, their families, and their lives.

How do I make an appointment?

You are welcome to call for a 15 minute obligation free chat to discuss any questions you may have. A selection of daytime and evening appointments from Monday to Saturday are available. If you are unable to reach Paul the first time please leave a message or send him an email and we will respond as soon as we can, usually the same day.

Do you have Counselling Fees & Rebates

To keep our services accessible to as many people as possible, our fees are substantially lower than the individual and couple rates recommended by the Australian Psychological Society. While at this point in time, fees cannot be claimed on Medicare, the fees are structured to reflect that.
Counselling services are not normally claimable through health insurance. Some claims may be made with certain health funds in “extra cover” when claimed as part of the “lifestyle” category. To find out more contact your insurance directly.

Some industries, companies and government departments are willing to contribute to your counselling. To find out how, just ask your HR department or read the company policy.
For full details of services and fees click here.

Consultation Times

A variety of consultation times are available including some Saturday and after-hours appointments.

Making A Payment

Payments can be made either prior to, or at the time of consultation. Payments can be made electronically by Credit card and direct debit or by cash. A receipt will be issued at the time of payment.

Do you offer rebates?

Counselling services are not normally claimable through health insurance. Some claims may be made with certain health funds in “extra cover” when claimed as part of the “lifestyle” category. Some industries, companies and government departments are willing to contribute to your counselling. To find out more, just ask your HR department or read the company policy.

Missed Appointment & Cancellation Fee

This practice has a Missed Appointment Fee Policy. Clients can cancel or reschedule an appointment anytime, as long as they provide 24 hours’ notice. If you cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice or fail to attend your appointment (excluding emergencies), you will be charged a missed appointment fee of $60.

This policy is representative of the industry standards within the Counselling profession.
This policy also enables us to keep costs to a minimum and make times available to other clients.
Your understanding is appreciated.

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Based on Brisbane’s northside, PBR Counselling and Relationship Coaching has helped countless individuals and couples through turbulent periods and on to foster techniques that encourage lasting relationship health.

Together through therapy, we can help you develop the right tools to reduce conflict, open up to each other, and get back to being happy again.

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