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Counselling & psychotherapy
Hypnotherapy & NLP therapy
Online & face-to-face therapy
Why Bayside Psychotherapy?
Reception phone hours
8:30am – 5:30am
Monday – Friday
(closed on public holidays)
Choose your own date and time for an online session
- Monday 8:00am to 8:00pm
- Tuesday 8:30am to 8:00pm
- Wednesday 8:30am to 8:00pm
- Thursday 8:30am to 8:00pm
- Friday 8:30am to 8:00pm
- Saturday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Frequently Asked Questions
A psychotherapist is a professional who takes a depth approach to working with a persons suffering, rather than by means of medical intervention or working on surface symptoms. They work to collaborate with individuals in order to observe their attitudes, conflicts, and behaviours that form the current quality of that person’s life, relationships, and social status. Their work often goes much deeper to uncover the root causes of problems, which may result in a more dramatic change in perspective to the patient. Ultimately, psychotherapists aim to treat their patients by empowering them to break free of their unconscious triggers or impulses through increased self-awareness, though the process can be longer than counselling.
Yes, but at this stage, only our Social Worker & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Adam Szmerling works with adult clients who are either Self-Managed or Plan-Managed through their NDIS therapeutic services provider. You will need to book in for a discussion prior to your appointment to discuss your needs and to co-sign a service agreement prior to commencing with treatment.
What training, qualifications and experience should Australian counsellors and psychotherapists have?
A formal qualification is not currently required to work as a counsellor in Australia, but highly recommended for best practice. Australian counsellors and psychotherapists commonly hold a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a health-specific area, plus additional training in psychotherapy, which may typically take three to four years of education to obtain. Additionally, some counsellors and psychotherapists are required to undergo a period of personal psychotherapy to ensure they have suitable levels of self-awareness to be able to support and treat patients. As well as holding a university degree, Australian counsellors and psychotherapists will have extensive experience working across a multitude of conditions and may hold professional memberships with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
It depends on the therapist and their suggestions and methods of practice, however, we believe that lasting change and deep improvements in self-esteem stem from frequent, consistent visits.
On average, patients will see their counsellor or psychotherapist weekly, whilst some patients choose to attend fortnightly, others may choose to visit more or less frequently than that. For depth psychotherapy more than once a week over several months or years is common as people become more curious about how they tick and want to probe deeper. Once in session, your therapist will discuss your recommended visit frequency with you, and working together you will both choose a suggested frequency of visit that suits your unique circumstances. They will take into account your current situation, lifestyle, and availability. This will be collaborative.