Duncan is an accredited Mental Health Social Work Practitioner and is accredited with Medicare. You can obtain a Mental Health Care plan from your doctor and the cost of counselling with Duncan is heavily subsidised by Medicare.
Duncan continues to meet the requirements for Mental Health accreditation and Medicare registration through continuing Professional Development as stipulated by the AASW and Medicare. Colleen is unable to provide the Medicare rebate.
Presently only Medibank Private members with relevant policies will be eligible for counselling rebates. Rebates can be claimed as part of the “bonus package”. Only members with this type of policy can make a claim for counselling. Members on the Medibank Private’s PremierPlus, AdvantagePlus, Smartplus and HealthyPlus (and VIP corporate equivalents) products have access to a feature called Package Bonus which they can use on a variety of recognised Goods and Services. Counselling is included in those recognised services.
Yes, we do. For meaningful results, counselling requires a strong commitment from both client and therapist. To allow us to honour my commitment to remaining present and engaged, you will need to pay the full fee for any sessions that are missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
In fact, your reserved time is your time, whether you choose to keep it or not. Paying for missed sessions can increase the motivation people have with respect to their participation in therapy, which in turn improves outcomes. Accordingly, we require 24 hours notice of any cancellation, our standard session fees are expected for the reservation of our time. Rescheduling an appointment is also regarded as a cancellation.
As our cancellation policy indicates, we charge for the reservation of our time. We do not extend time if people are late. This enables us to be on time for our clients.
Watersedge Counselling offers Employee Assistance to a number of local businesses in the Greater Geelong area. This includes one-on-one as well as Critical Incident Debriefing following events in the workplace. Please speak to your employer regarding your eligibility.
We receive referrals from a number of non-government organisations. These include The Salvation Army alcohol and other drugs programs, Open Place (for Forgotten Australians), the Family Mediation and Reconciliation program and the Court Diversion Program. For eligibility please speak to the respective organisation.
An individual session is 55 minutes in length. 90 minute individual sessions can be provided upon request.
A first couple session is 90 minutes in duration to give you both the attention you require and for the purpose of assessment and establishing your goals for couple counselling. The following sessions will be negotiated to meet your specific needs.
Family sessions are 90 minutes duration so that every member of the family has opportunity to participate. Ongoing sessions may be 60 or 90 minute sessions depending on the specific needs of the your family.
In the initial session your counsellor will work with you to gain a full understanding of your needs and provide a thorough and comprehensive assessment. In the initial session you will experience how your counsellor operates and have a strong sense of how we can work together. You may feel hopeful and a sense of relief because you have taken the first step towards change. Clients often report that they experience new awareness and insights from this initial session.
We recommend that couples that are in a crisis commit to six sessions before they decide to end the therapy or the relationship. We have found this approach extremely valuable for couples that are close to ending their relationship, as it gives you the time explore what changes are possible to improve the quality of your relationship.
Length of therapy is determined by your own unique needs and at what stage of readiness for change you are at. Many clients have between 6 and 10 sessions and find that this is enough to move to the next level of personal development.
Sometimes clients prefer a longer term of engagement, anywhere between 10 and 20 sessions, in order to consolidate change. This is your personal preference and can be discussed with us at any time during our engagement.
Counselling is most effective when those involved are committed and highly motivated to do what often can be very challenging personal work to change a situation. If you come to counselling with the attitude that you are making a positive investment into your personal growth and well being and/or the growth and well being of your most significant relationship/s, you will most certainly have a positive outcome.
Generally clients report small positive changes after the initial session. Clients frequently discover that taking the initial action to come to counselling and engaging with their counsellor for the first time brings a sense of relief and new hope that change can happen.
We see clients Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm. However, if it's not convenient for you to see us during normal business hours, other times, including weekends, can be arranged.
Please see our online scheduler for appointment times available. We are flexible in scheduling to meet your needs. If we are unavailable at the time you require please contact us on 0434 337 245 or by email to arrange a time that is convenient to you.
It's usually possible to see us within a week, sometimes sooner. If you urgently need to see us for counselling, we'll do our best to arrange the shortest possible waiting time.
You’ll find Watersedge Counselling at 117-119 Aphrasia Street, Newtown, Geelong 3220. We are in the corner building labelled ‘The Gatehouse’.
Free off street and on street parking is available on Aphrasia St.
60 minute session – $150.00
(6 session package at a 10% discount – $810.00)
90 minute session – $225.00
(6 session package at a 10% discount – $1,218.00)
60 minute session – $130.00
(6 session package at a 10% discount – $690.00)
Concession (Health Care Card, Pension Card, Student Card)
60 minute session – $100.00
Please note we have a 24 hour full-fee cancellation policy and this includes requests to reschedule appointments with less than 24-hours notice given.
You can pay by credit card or cash at the time of your appointment, or go online to pay by PayPal at the time of your booking. Electronic funds bank transfer is also available if arranged in advance, however we do request that you complete the EFT bank transfer 2 working days before the session so that we can confirm your payment before our session.