What to expect

Individualised Practical Therapy

All people and all problems are unique. As such, Cheree does not use a ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. Cheree will take the time to get to know you and tailor your therapy appropriately. She will select the most appropriate evidence-based methods, adapt them to your needs and assess how they are working for you over the course of therapy, thereby maximising your therapeutic gain.

 

Cheree will do more than just listen to your story. Together you will better understand your difficulties, what has caused them, and what is maintaining them. She will work with you on providing practical strategies and skills so you can overcome what is troubling you. Cheree will often recommend exercises or provide reading material for you between sessions that will maximise your progress.

What to expect when you call or email

Cheree’s friendly receptionists will be able to answer most questions. If you wish to proceed you will be offered an appointment date and time that suits you.

 

If you agree to an appointment time, the receptionist will take your details (name, date of birth, email address and phone number).

 

If you do not get through to someone when you call, please leave a message and your return number. All calls are returned as soon as possible.

What to expect in the first session

It is normal to feel uncomfortable about talking to a new person about difficult personal matters.

 

Cheree has a warm and non-judgmental approach to put people at ease.

 

In the first session, Cheree will conduct a thorough assessment of your current situation, your difficulties and any related factors and history. This is important to enable her to help you in the most effective and efficient way.

 

You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Length of therapy

Sessions go for approximately 50-60 mins. Some people can feel the benefits of treatment after a couple of sessions. However, the total number of sessions required depends on several factors. Psychological research indicates that clients typically require between 5 and 15 sessions to achieve a resolution and relapse prevention of common psychological difficulties. However, longer-term therapy can be provided if appropriate.

 

After the initial assessment session, Cheree will be able to advise you as to the number and frequency of sessions recommend. The treatment plan is designed around your goals of therapy and is flexible to fit in with your schedule and/or financial situation.

 

To help you get the most out of your appointments, Cheree will periodically review the progress of your therapy with reference to your goals. In general, sessions begin on a once weekly basis and the frequency of sessions decreases over the course of treatment, with a three-month follow-up ideal.

Things AfterHours Psychology doesn’t do

Please note, AfterHours Psychology does not do any of the following:

  1. Providing reports for court, NDIS or for insurance purposes.
  2. Emergency or crisis management.
  3. Children under 12 years old
  4. Marriage/relationship or family counselling
  5. Learning/Disability/Capacity/Cognitive or neuropsychological assessments