Q. What is the difference between a psychologist, a mental health social worker and a counsellor?

A. The term “counsellor” has become a very widely used role description. Anyone, even without adequate training, can call themselves a counsellor. Mental Health Social Workers and Psychologists, however, must have completed extensive university studies and training. A Mental Health Social Worker with current accreditation with their National Association must achieve a strict standard of practice and must demonstrate a commitment to ongoing training and development. Registered and Clinical Psychologists must meet and abide by the strict criteria and guidelines set by the relevant registration body in their state.  Both must meet strict requirements for current knowledge and expertise in mental health clinical practice. Both Psychologists and Mental Health Social Workers will also go by the title “counsellor” or “Therapist” or “psychotherapist”.

Q. Do I need a referral to see a Therapist?

A. Yes and No. If you intend to claim a medi-care rebate on your counselling sessions, you must provide a GP referral prior to or upon your first session. If you are a full fee paying private client you do not need a referral.

Q. How do I go about making an appointment?

A. You can make an appointment via email or phone. Simply contact Life Enrichment Centre on the contact number provided on this website, or write a quick email using the contact form below

Q. How long does a session last?

A. A usual session lasts around 50 minutes, unless otherwise arranged in advance. For relationship counselling, it is recommended that each partner is seen individually for at least a single session prior to a joint session. Booking a double session (2 hours) is recommended for your first joint session.

Q. What kind of treatment strategies does Life Enrichment Centre use?

A. LEC uses a wide range of evidence-based treatments which have been found to be highly effective in clinical research. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psycho-education, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Interpersonal Therapy.

Q. How often will I need to come?

A. Depending on the issues being addressed, generally appointments are made on a weekly or fortnightly basis to begin with, to facilitate best possible outcomes. This may vary depending on the issue and time frames.

Q. Is there a fee if I don’t attend an appointment? 

A. Life Enrichment Centre, like most other psychology and counselling centres applies a strict cancellation policy. This means we require at least 24 hours notice prior to the cancellation of an appointment in order to be able to offer the spot to someone on our waiting list. Failure to provide 24 hours notice will incur an automatic cancellation fee without notice being required under our terms and conditions. In some situations cancellation is unavoidable – in those legitimate situations please speak with your therapist.