Counselling & Psychotherapy
I believe passionately in equal rights and a world without discrimination. I advocate daily on behalf of people living with mental health issues and or disabilities to ensure that they are included and supported within their workplaces and all other areas within our community. Dr Alyse
Who Are Clinical Psychotherapists?
Clinical Psychotherapists are mental health practitioners who come into advanced clinical work through training in the field of psychology, counselling, social work, mental health nursing and general practice medicine. Clinical Psychotherapists are also known as counsellors.
Clinical-level Psychotherapists must be registered with PACFA, hold a current senior first aid certification, and undergo ongoing, strict levels of training and professional development to maintain membership. In order to register with PACFA as a Clinical member, you must meet all of their standards for clinical membership. Clinical membership is the highest level of membership you can attain from PACFA in this field.
Clinical Psychotherapists do not give advice but aim to create within the client a condition of self-reflection and personal insight that allows the client to discover their own personal insights while being supported safely in the presence of the therapist. The counsellor's chosen modality then follows what they determine will work best for the client.
Dr Alyse Price-Tobler is known as an Integrative/Clinical Psychotherapist and will choose the model that best suits the client; however, the psychodynamic model is her specialty modality, which pays attention to developmental history, childhood trauma, childhood attachments, play and memory.
Our Counselling Rooms
We have three quiet and comfortable purpose-built therapeutic spaces. They are two x one on one counselling rooms and one large group/couples counselling space. Our large group/couples space can accommodate small intimate groups to work through specialist issues. This space also has a new kitchen and adjoining comfortable lounge area to cook light snacks in while watching the birdlife outside.
The psychotherapy and counselling area features Indigenous Aboriginal artworks and furnishings from both well-known and emerging local artists. A grounding theme of established tropical fish tanks, soft indigenous music, candles and comfortable furniture is designed specially so that clients feel calm and soothed from the moment they arrive.
Mindfulness Garden Counselling Space
Clients also have full access to the property's gardens, both front and back, and are more than welcome to come in before their counselling session times, grab a cuppa and enjoy the flora and fauna that reside around the many water features throughout the garden. Counselling sessions can also be conducted outdoors in any of the four private garden spaces. We even have double hammocks to relax in under the 50-year-old oak tree.
Soothing Drinks, Homemade cakes, Biscuits and Chocolates for clients
Clients can access free tea and coffee from the reception area or from the kitchen in the large group space to enjoy a cup of tea (including assorted herbal and chai), instant coffee, pod coffee, water, chocolates and homemade biscuits.
What is Psychotherapy?
The immediate goal of a Psychotherapist is to settle and alleviate the emotional pain experienced by the client. This consists of a series of conversations filled with unconditional positive regard for the client before any treatment can begin. This allows the client to feel understood and heard, enabling the therapist to see through the eyes of the client and allowing for a deeper understanding before any therapeutic intervention can be made.
These conversations are entered into with a spirit of sensitivity, understanding and warmth. Clients are invited to speak about anything that is troubling them. This can include negative thoughts about yourself or others, pain, depression, feelings of shame, guilt, despair, obsessive habits and trauma. You may also wish to speak about your future hopes, dreams and desires.
Rates and Rebates
Rates for 50-minute counselling sessions
Generalised Counselling for one person- $140 (plus GST) per 50-minute session.
Specialised Counselling and support for clients involved with Court matters- (not legal advice) $250 (plus GST) per 50-minute session
Counselling for couples-$190 (plus GST) per 50-minute session
Counselling for Students - $140 (plus GST) per 50-minute session.
Specialised parental alienation counselling is $190 (plus GST) per 50-minute session.
NDIS clients- charged at the current NDIS rate on behalf of a client
Crisis counselling face-to-face in Mittagong is $250 (plus GST) per 50-minute session.
Crisis counselling where travelling to the client is required is $250 (plus GST and kilometres) per 50 minutes. This rate is charged when travelling to the site commences and includes time to return to the office. Petrol is not included in this rate and is added on and dependent on the kilometres travelled.
We have been a registered provider for the NDIS for the past five years, which gives plan-managed clients access to fully subsidised NDIS counselling under 'therapeutic services' with Dr Alyse Price-Tobler. Dr Price-Tobler is committed to providing highly professional care and support to people with disabilities and their families. Dr Price-Tobler has worked in the disability and mental health sector for 35 years and welcomes clients with complex needs, including severe and persistent mental illness, day-to-day sexual challenges, behaviour modification, bullying, intimate partner violence, domestic violence and advocacy work.
General Client Rebates
Many professional clients access Psychotherapists and pay privately so that it is not recorded on their mental health record, as is the case when you choose to access a mental health care plan through your GP to receive rebates. General client sessions who come to the Bowral Road Counselling and Psychotherapy Center are not covered by the medicare mental health care plan.