Family therapy ultimately seeks to facilitate couples and families in the healing of relational pain and injury through repair and reconciliation. It has a focus on systems theory which views the value of the individual in the context of all social relationships. What does that mean? It’s a bit like a child’s mobile that hangs from the ceiling; if one part of that mobile is moved, all of the other parts of the mobile start bobbing up and down until the mobile is re-balanced. The function and health of the family system is similar – all of the members are connected to and act in relation to one another.

The family therapist seeks to nurture and promote change and development within the family system that will benefit the family members and unit as a whole. Therapy is structured to catalyse relational healing, strength, wisdom and support.

At Bethesda, you can take advantage of both counselling & psychotherapy services – But what exactly is the difference?

Counselling and Psychotherapy do overlap but there are distinguishing features that set them apart. Generally, the focus in counselling is on specific problems, life adjustments, skills acquisition and problem solving. Counselling seeks to foster a sense of emotional empowerment in clients and is less intensive than psychotherapy. Alternatively, psychotherapy is more concerned with the restructuring of the personality or self, healing from the past and promoting the development of insight and self- awareness and understanding.

Your counsellor will work collaboratively with you to determine whether you will benefit more from a counselling or psychotherapy approach in your sessions.

As a private service provider, Bethesda offers a standard exchange and a concession exchange for those with a current health care card, pension card,  full time student card (and not living at home) or who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. Medicare rebates are not available through Bethesda Counselling  due to government restrictions and exclusion of Counsellors/Pyschotherapists from the Better Access to Mental Health Policy.

The exchanges below are per session and to be paid in CASH or EFT only.

Standard, EAP & Self Managed NDIS Exchange 
– $150 for 60 minutes
– $185 for 75 minutes

3 & 6 session packages are available for purchase at $135 and less per hour

Concession Exchange (Health Care Card, F/T Independent Students ie not living at home, Pensioners & those affected by Covid-19)
– $120 for 60 minutes
– $150 for 75 minutes

Certified Grief Recovery Programs – Please contact Narelle direct for the exchanges applicable for the group and/or individual grief recovery support programs. Payment plans are available

*100% of your normal fee is usually payable if you give less than 24 hours notice of cancellation.

That is difficult to say without an initial assessment of your concerns, issues and goals. Counselling can range from solution focused brief therapy through to more intense, longer termed psychotherapy. Your counsellor will be able to give you a recommendation after your initial consult.

At the first session, you will be asked to fill out a confidential information form requesting some background history on yourself and why you are seeking counselling. Your counsellor will then invite you to share your concerns and issues and ask you what you are hoping to achieve through counselling/therapy. With this information, your counsellor will then be able to develop a plan to meet your personal needs and give you an estimate of how many sessions you may require.

For individual sessions, please allow 60 minutes. The first session for couples & families is always 75 minutes, after which you can choose the length of future sessions (ie 60/75/90 minutes). Extended sessions are available upon request and often highly valued by those seeking couples or family therapy or who are travelling distances to attend counselling.