Covered by medicare
Individual therapy is partially covered by Medicare if you have a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) or it may be covered by your private health insurer. See our page on Mental Health Care Plans for more info.
We don't believe that having a busy schedule should mean you are unable to access the support you deserve. We do our best to offer after-hours appointments and a service that is tailored to your needs.
What to expect
If you are a bit nervous about the therapy process and what to expect, let us put your mind at ease: our sessions have nothing to do with what you see in movies and TV series, where the client lies down on the coach, talks for 50-minutes while the therapist nods and rarely responds. Your therapist will be fully engaged and interactive and will make sure that you’ll feel comfortable and safe to express your fears and other emotions.
It’s normal to feel a bit anxious before you see a therapist for the first time, especially if you have never gone to counselling before. A mental health practitioner is trained to make the therapy experience as comfortable as possible, and we are proud of our friendly and empathetic staff. At RISE, we all do our best to make our clients feel safe and at ease, and ensure that all processes will run smoothly from your first contact with the reception staff to your therapy sessions with a psychologist.
The First Individual Session
The first individual session begins with exploring your expectations, what you think you need help with, any concerns or questions you have, and getting comfortable with the individual therapy. The therapist will guide a lot of the conversation assessing the situation, along with a conversation about goals of treatment, and the specific struggles in your life that are stirring up issues.
Each person has his or her own story, issues, and goals. Your therapist will make sure to get to know you as a person and will work with you to address the issues you want to overcome. Some general goals for individual therapy are: move past things like low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, self-doubt, past trauma, sadness, depression, relationship issues, and loneliness.
Ultimately, we want you to leave your sessions having learned how to better cope with a problem, communicate to others what you need, and manage emotions in healthy ways. You won’t just come and unload your problems and then leave - you’ll be asked to engage with some homework and apply things you talk about with your therapist to “real life.”
Our mission is to help clients to feel like they are moving forward, learning new techniques for a healthy life and how to reach their full potential.