FAQ

Counselling


What are your qualifications?

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Welfare)
  • Cert IV Personal Trainer
  • AdvDip Business Management
  • Certified Clinical Neuropsychotherapist
  • Current student at UON, B Psych (Honours) program

Additional studies have been undertaken in

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • PTSD
  • Dealing with Trauma
  • Clinical Neuropsychotherapy

Facilitator/Instructor training

  • Certified Toolbox Parenting Facilitator
  • Metafit Trainer


Do I need a referral?

No referral is necessary, simply call or email to make a booking.

Do we have to walk?

Walking is an option that can add to your counselling session. You can choose what suits you on the day.

Do you prescribe medication?

No. Professionals, like your GP or Psychiatrist, are able to prescribe medication.


Can I talk to you about my situation before I make an appointment?

Yes. Finding the right therapist for you is most important for successful treatment. So before you book, call Kaz and briefly discuss your situation, and then decide if you would like to make an appointment.

Can I bring young children?

You could have young children present, however having children present may affect what can be discussed or be a distraction, possibly effecting the outcome of session. This can be discussed when you make your appointment.

Do you see couples or families as well?

Although Kaz is not a trained couples or family therapist, some clients still choose to work with her.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist and counsellor?

There are many areas where these practitioners overlap, however below is a summary of the services provided and some of the primary differences.

A psychiatrist is a medically trained doctor who has generally completed another 5 years of additional study to specialise in mental health disorders. As they are a medical doctor, they can prescribe medication and admit clients to hospital if required. Psychiatrists are generally required when a client is suffering from illnesses such as schizophrenia, bi-polar and a wide range of other mental health disorders, often at the more severe end of the scale. Psychiatrists may often work in conjunction with psychologists to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. Psychiatrists require a referral and are generally considered the most expensive option.

Psychologists have completed at least 3 years of university in either a Bachelor of Psychology with Honors or a Bachelor of Psychological Science. They specialise during their study in areas such as sports psychology, clinical and counselling psychology, forensic psychology and so on. Psychologists use scientific evidenced based practices to develop treatment plans and strategies to influence peoples thinking and behaviour. Many psychologists treat people with anxiety or depression or who want to change behaviours such as to quit smoking or to handle stress. Psychologists use several scientific techniques to do this including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and psychotherapy. Clients do not require a referral to see a psychologist unless it is part of a mental health plan, completed with your GP.

Counsellors come from a variety of backgrounds and qualifications. A trained counsellor is expected to have completed at least 3 years tertiary study in a relevant course such as a counselling,  psychotherapy,  social science (like me) or social work. Counsellors assist people in developing an understanding about themselves and how to make positive changes in their lives.  Counsellors often help clients deal with depression and anxiety, grief and relationship issues as well assisting people with alcohol and other addiction issues. It is important to check a counsellor’s credentials and experience as there is currently no legal requirement for minimum training.  Counsellors may be a member of the Australian Counsellors Association (ACA) or PACFA Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA) to ensure minimum guidelines and standards are set to comply to.

Whilst there are different treatments offered by different professionals, there is also much overlap. Ultimately, the evidence suggest that treatment is more successful when you can relate to your professional, if you feel safe, trust them and feel comfortable to talk freely, without judgement.

It is a philosophy of Kaz Amos Counselling, that if we can’t provide the best solution for you, then we will discuss this with you and advise you on more suitable services for your needs.


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Booking & Payments
What are your operating hours?

Business and after hours appointments are available by appointment only on 0439645922.  Sunrise, sunset and early morning walks are a favourite of many clients (and Kaz too).
What if I have to cancel?

If you cannot attend your scheduled appointment, please text or call as soon as possible so we can reschedule.  If there is no prior arrangement, a less than 24 hour cancellation may attract a 50% cancellation fee.
What type of payments do you accept?

Kaz Amos Counselling accepts Visa & MasterCard, cash and direct deposit 

Are sessions claimable by private health insurance?

Kaz Amos Counselling is not covered by private health insurance.

Are sessions claimable by Medicare?

The counselling services offered are not covered by Medicare.
Are sessions NDIS approved?

The counselling services are not part of the NDIS.
What is the cost?

Your initial session with Kaz Amos Counselling is $130. Allow 90 minutes for the first session as it takes time to share your story, and begin to create a treatment plan. Follow up sessions are $110 and allow 75 mins for therapy session.

Do I pay if I cancel?

If you cannot attend your scheduled appointment, please text or call as soon as possible so we can reschedule.  If there is no prior arrangement, a less than 24 hour cancellation may attract a 50% cancellation fee.

Visa or Mastercard
Pay with your credit card
Calm counsellor
Relaxed Counselling
Privacy


Do you take notes?

Yes. Notes are taken down for each session and stored in a secure location.

Where are the notes stored?

All notes are stored in a locked filing cabinet in our secure premises, where only your counsellor has access. Your notes will never be released except with your written consent or upon subpoena.

Is the session confidential?

Yes. All sessions are confidential as required by the Australian Counselling Association ‘Code of Ethics and Practice’ unless it is believed there is a risk of harm to yourself or others, child endangerment or it is required by a court order. If these situations occur, it will be discussed it with you.

Can I access my notes?

Yes, you can get access to your clinical notes by written request to myself.