COUNSELOR SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
Work with a professional, qualified Counselor in Southern Highlands
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 of our community.
My other passion is to support adult children and targeted parents of parental alienation, particularly in the category of severe P.A. I am currently researching a PhD on treatment protocols for adult survivors of severe P.A.
I welcome new clients to contact my practice. Alyse
Who Are Psychotherapists?
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. Psychotherapists are also known as counsellors.
Psychotherapists do not give advice but aim to create within the client, a condition of self-reflection and personal insight that allow the client to discover their own personal insights while being supported safely in the presence of the therapist. This is then followed by the counsellor's chosen modality that they determine will work best for the client.
I am known as an Integrative/Clinical Therapist and will choose the model that best suits the client, however, the psycho-dynamic model is often used, 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 meals in while watching the bird life outside. The themes in our counselling area are stone, rainforest, ocean, wood and water, designed especially so that clients feel calm and soothed from all elements of nature.
Mindfulness Garden Counselling Space
Counselling sessions can be conducted outdoors in any of the four private garden spaces. Please see the photos. 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.
We also have a dedicated mindfulness garden filled with hand-painted plaques with gentle words of wisdom and ideas for grounding yourself with nature, that takes you on a journey of self-reflection and mindfulness as you meander along the undulating pathways, past water fountains, chimes and hundreds of fairy lights.
We also have a shaded bbq area, seating for up to 16 people on a hand-built red cedar table, hammocks to relax in under the 50 year old oak tree, yoga mats, and a hand-forged fire drum for lazing by the fire.
If you want to just rest quietly with a cup of tea or a glass of local cool climate wine and a homemade cake or biscuit, we have an assortment of old rocking chairs, some antique, to play "Goldilocks' on along the shaded verandah while you watch our wildlife feed and play in the overhanging tree tops.
Soothing Drinks, Homemade cakes, Biscuits and Chocolates for clients
(Cancelled temporarily due to covid)
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- $150 (plus GST) per 50-minute session.
Specialised Counselling and support for clients involved with Court matters-
$250 (plus GST) per 50-minute session
Specialised Counselling and support for clients involved in parental alienation Court matters- $400 (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.
Mentoring professional counsellors $150 (plus GST) per 50-minute session
Specialised parental alienation counselling is $250 (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.
Cancellation policy: please note that any general client cancellations within a 48-hour time frame of your consultation will be charged in full. NDIS clients must give seven days' notice or be charged in full as per NDIS guidelines.
GREAT NEWS! We are a registered provider of the NDIS, which gives clients access to fully subsidised NDIS counselling under 'therapeutic services' with Alyse Price-Tobler from Bowral Road Counselling and Psychotherapy. The number of sessions depends on the number of NDIS sessions allocated to each recipient. To be discussed at commencement.
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 BCPC (Bowral Road Counselling and Psychotherapy Center) are not covered by the medicare mental health care plan.