IN-PERSON COUNSELLING

Book In-Person Counselling

In-person counselling offers an intimate and immersive therapeutic experience. When a client steps into my counselling room, they are greeted by a warm and inviting environment, immediately establishing a foundation of trust and comfort. The physical presence of being with the counsellor, reinforces this trust, as clients know they are in a secure and confidential space where they can openly and honestly discuss their thoughts, emotions, and concerns. In these face-to-face sessions, clients have my undivided attention, allowing for a deep and meaningful exploration of their inner world.

One of the valuable aspects of in-person counselling is the opportunity for non-verbal communication, such as body language and facial expressions. These subtle cues provide additional layers of understanding, enabling me to offer more holistic support tailored to each client's specific needs. Additionally, the sensory elements of the in-person experience, such as the comfort of the chair and the soothing ambiance of the counselling room, contribute to a profound sense of relaxation and security, ultimately enhancing the effectiveness of our therapeutic relationship. In summary, in-person counselling provides a unique and deeply engaging method for clients to connect with me and make meaningful progress in their therapeutic journey. 

Iggy the Therapy Dog - If you would like Iggy to be present for your session please let me know. 

ImageA therapy dog with beautiful non-judgmental eyes hoping to calm you.

VIDEO CONFERENCE COUNSELLING

Book ZOOM individual counselling

Video Conference counselling refers to therapy sessions conducted remotely through video calls, such as Zoom. This form of counselling provides a convenient and accessible way to receive support from the comfort and privacy of your own space. During online sessions, you will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with me, Dave Segal, a dedicated counsellor and therapist, who is committed to helping you on your journey towards healing, resilience, and personal growth.

Through online counselling, you can expect the same level of professionalism, expertise, and therapeutic support as you would in face-to-face sessions. The virtual environment offers a secure and confidential space for us to work together on addressing your specific concerns, developing coping strategies, and achieving your therapeutic goals.

 

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING

Book In-Person Relationship Counselling

In my role as a couples counsellor, I have witnessed the transformative power of Emotionally-Focused Counselling in enhancing relationships. Couples who embark on this journey with me experience a unique and profoundly impactful therapeutic experience. As they enter my counselling office, they are enveloped by an environment deliberately designed to foster trust, empathy, and open communication.

All of us want to feel safe in relationships and connected to our partners. In addition to that we want to know that we matter, that we are desired, needed, sometimes we want to feel useful. These additional needs are not met when there is a lack of emotional safety. 

Ask yourself these questions about your partner:

- Are you there for me? Are you accessible? Are you responsive? Are you engaged? 

Ask your partner to consider the same questions. 

Consider your latest disagreement. Does one partner push, nag, criticise, demand? Whilst the other partner moves away, closes up, goes quiet. Sometimes it's a combination of both types. These behaviours are all part of seeking safety and connection but come about as a result of not feeling safe and connected. 

Has there been an exceptionally damaging event - an affair, a significant criticism, a wound which neither of you are unable to heal?

Emotionally-Focused Counselling is also helpful for couples who are not experiencing significant difficulty but are craving more closeness, better connection, and a greater sense of love. 

In the realm of couples counselling, emotion takes centre stage. It allows partners to explore their deepest emotions, addressing the core issues underlying relationship challenges. In these face-to-face sessions, both partners have my undivided attention, allowing for a deep exploration of their emotional dynamics and individual needs, all within a secure and confidential space. 

Couples counselling is not a one-off. A minimum of 8 sessions has evidence to show great success however there are caveats. 

1. Where there is significant emotional abuse (anger & control). Each couple's personal experience of this will determine whether EFT can start. 

2. Where there is physical abuse (anger & control). Each couple's personal experience of this will determine whether EFT can start. 

3. Where couples have already seperated. Usually the connection has been lost and individual counselling working through the loss of that relationship may be more helpful. 

Read this first in preparation for your first session. 

DAVE SEGAL Qualifications

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As an experienced professional, I hold a Master's degree in Counselling and am a member of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia). I engage in regular clinical supervision to ensure the quality and effectiveness of my counselling practice.

Supportive Environment

Experience a non-judgmental and empathetic atmosphere where you can safely explore and heal from trauma, anxiety, substance-related challenges, and among other things, relationship issues, self-esteem concerns, and life transitions.

Relationship Counselling

Receive expert support and evidence-based strategies tailored to help strengthen your relationship

Anxiety Management

Learn effective techniques and coping strategies to manage anxiety and regain control over your thoughts, emotions, and actions.

Substance-Related Support

Access a compassionate and understanding space to address substance use concerns, develop healthier habits, and work towards recovery.

Confidentiality and Privacy

Your personal information and discussions are handled with the highest level of confidentiality and privacy.

Goal-Oriented Approach

Set meaningful goals together, focused on overcoming trauma, managing anxiety, and creating positive changes in your relationship with substances.

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Questions and Answers

Q: What is counselling? A: Counselling is a process that involves talking to a trained professional, known as a counsellor or therapist, to address and work through personal, emotional, or psychological challenges.

Q: What therapeutic style do you use? A: Dave uses Acceptance & Commitment Therapy which has over 3000 published papers demonstrating the effectiveness of what is a transdiagnostic approach. For couples counselling it he uses an integrative approach incorporating Emotion Focused Counselling. 

Q: Why should I see a counsellor? A: There are several reasons to see a counsellor, including dealing with mental health issues, managing stress, improving relationships, coping with grief or loss, overcoming trauma, and gaining personal insight and self-awareness.

Q: How do I find a counsellor? A: You can find a counsellor by asking for recommendations from your healthcare provider, seeking referrals from friends or family, contacting your insurance provider, or searching online directories or mental health professional databases such as pacfa.org.au

Q: What should I expect during the first counselling session? A: During the initial session, the counsellor will likely ask you questions about your reasons for seeking counselling, your personal history, and your goals for therapy. It's also an opportunity for you to ask questions and get to know your counsellor.

Q: How long does counselling typically last? A: The duration of counselling varies depending on the individual and their specific needs. It can range from a few sessions to several months or even longer-term therapy, depending on the complexity of the issues and the progress made.

Q: Is counselling confidential? A: Yes, counselling sessions are typically confidential. Counsellors are bound by professional ethics and legal requirements to keep your information private, unless there is a risk of harm to yourself or others. It's important to discuss confidentiality with your counsellor at the beginning of therapy to understand the limits and exceptions.

Q: How much does counselling cost? A: The cost of counselling varies depending on factors such as location, counsellor's experience, and whether you have insurance coverage.

 Q: How do I know if I need to see a counsellor?
   A: If you're experiencing persistent emotional distress, struggling with relationships, feeling overwhelmed, or finding it difficult to cope with daily life, it may be beneficial to see a counsellor. It's always a good idea to seek professional help if you're unsure or if your symptoms are impacting your well-being.
 
Q: What types of issues can a counsellor help with?
   A: Counsellors can assist with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, grief, trauma, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, life transitions, and many others. They provide support, guidance, and tools to help individuals navigate these challenges.
 
Q: How do I prepare for a counselling session?
    A: It can be helpful to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and goals before your session. Consider what you would like to discuss or work on during therapy. Being open and honest with your counsellor about your concerns and expectations can also contribute to a more effective counselling experience.
 
Q: What if I don't feel comfortable with my counsellor?
    A: Building a strong therapeutic relationship is important. If you don't feel comfortable or connected with your counsellor after a few sessions, it's okay to discuss this openly with them. They may be able to make adjustments or help you find another counsellor who is a better fit for your needs.
 
Q: Can I see a counsellor even if I don't have a diagnosed mental health condition?
    A: Absolutely! Counselling is not only for diagnosed mental health conditions. It can be beneficial for personal growth, self-exploration, and improving overall well-being. You don't need a specific diagnosis to seek support from a counsellor.
 
Q: Can I involve my family or partner in counselling sessions?
    A: Yes, if appropriate and with your consent, family or couples counselling can be a valuable option to address relationship issues or improve communication. Involving your loved ones can provide a deeper understanding of shared challenges and facilitate healthy changes within the dynamic.
 
Q: Will my counsellor give me advice or tell me what to do?
    A: Counsellors are not there to give direct advice or tell you what to do. Instead, they will listen, guide, and support you in exploring your thoughts, emotions, and options. They help you gain insight and develop your own coping strategies and solutions.
 
Q: Can I stop counselling whenever I want?
    A: Yes, you have the right to end counselling whenever you choose. It's important to communicate your decision with your counsellor, as they may provide closure or suggest a final session to summarize progress and address any remaining concerns.
Certainly! Here are a few more common questions and answers about seeing a counsellor:
 
Q: How often should I attend counselling sessions?
    A: The frequency of counselling sessions can vary depending on your needs and the recommendation of your counsellor. Initially, sessions may be scheduled weekly or bi-weekly to establish a therapeutic relationship. As progress is made, sessions may be spaced out more.
 
Q: Can I use my health insurance to cover counselling expenses?
    A: Many health insurance plans offer coverage for mental health services, including counselling. It's advisable to contact your insurance provider to understand the specific details of your coverage, including any limitations, co-pays, or referrals required.
 
Q: What's the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist?
    A: While there is some overlap, counsellors and psychologists have different training and approaches. Counsellors typically focus on providing talk therapy and emotional support for a range of issues. Psychologists often have more extensive training, including assessments and diagnosing mental health conditions.
 
Q: Is counselling only for adults, or can children and teenagers benefit from it too?
    A: Counselling can be beneficial for individuals of all ages, including children and teenagers. Child and adolescent counsellors specialize in working with younger populations and use age-appropriate techniques to address their unique needs and concerns.
 
Q: Will my counsellor prescribe medication if needed?
    A: Counsellors typically do not prescribe medication. If it's determined that medication may be beneficial for your mental health, your counsellor may refer you to a psychiatrist or your primary care physician, who can assess and prescribe medication if necessary.
 
Q: Can I switch counsellors if I'm not satisfied with my current one?
    A: Yes, it's possible to switch counsellors if you feel that your current one is not the right fit for you. Building a strong therapeutic relationship is crucial, and if you don't feel understood or supported, it's important to explore other options to find a counsellor with whom you connect better.
 
Q: Are virtual or online counselling sessions available?
    A: Yes, virtual or online counselling sessions are becoming increasingly common and accessible. They allow you to receive counselling remotely, either through video calls or secure messaging platforms. Online counselling can be a convenient option, especially for individuals with limited mobility or those in remote areas.
 
Remember that seeking counselling is a personal decision, and it's important to find a counsellor who aligns with your needs and makes you feel comfortable. Don't hesitate to ask any additional questions you may have during your counselling journey.