What is therapy like at Little Window?

 

 

What services do you provide at Little Window?

Little Window is a holistic psychology practice in Brisbane (Greenslopes) that provides counselling to adults, couples, adolescents, children and families. We have highly skilled and compassionate therapists who have experience working across a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, women's issues, adolescent counselling, parenting, children and trauma. We also offer clinical supervision and self-care support to other therapy and wellness professionals.

The therapists at Little Window work from a humanistic, Person-Centred, and relational approach to therapy, meaning that a genuine, empathic and accepting relationship between you and your therapist  is formed, with the belief that you have the capacity to fulfil your own potential.

We create a therapeutic environment in which you take the lead in the sessions. This approach moves away from what used to be the hierarchical and patriarchal relationship between the therapist and the client, where the therapist was seen as the expert, towards a more personable and authentic relationship, where your experience as the client is seen as the most crucial aspect of the counselling process.

Our therapy team consists of Psychologists, a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Art Therapist/Mental Health Social Worker, Music Therapist, and Therapy Dog. We also have a team of Client Support workers, all with a psychology background and trained specifically in guiding you comfortably through the ins and outs of the counselling process.

Little Window can provide support via telephone and Skype, and can visit you at your home if you are unable to attend our practice. Click here to learn more about our service and the type of therapy approaches we use.

What training and experience do Little Window's therapists have?

Our dedicated therapists have extensive counselling and psychology experience, working with adults, couples, adolescents, children and families. We are all fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA). The services we provide are in line with current research in wellness and neuroscience, through ongoing peer and clinical supervision and attending regular workshops and conferences. We believe that our own self-care and wellbeing is paramount to ensuring high quality care to our clients; this means that we practice what we preach and engage regularly in self-reflection, mindfulness and other wellness practices. Click here to read more about each of our therapist's background and experience.

How can counselling help?

It can be helpful to talk to someone who is not a family member or friend. A Psychologist/Counsellor can provide neutral and non-judgmental support, guiding you through gentle evidence-based strategies and tools to assist you with your concerns. Research has shown that seeking professional counselling facilitates positive changes in the brain - this process alters unhelpful patterns of behaviour towards more helpful patterns of thinking, feeling and being. Counselling can also help to provide you with clarity, and a sense of feeling heard, supported, and understood.

People come to Little Window to access counselling support for issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Sexual health
  • Addictions
  • Pregnancy
  • Parenting and attachment
  • Emotional, social & behavioural concerns in children
  • Family separation
  • Childhood issues
  • Bullying and cyber bullying

People can also access counselling if they simply want to enhance their sense of wellness.

How many sessions will I need?

The amount of sessions you need will depend entirely on your individual circumstances. Counselling is most effective when it is regular and consistent. Typically, sessions occur weekly or fortnightly to begin with; however, this is flexible. You and your therapist will assess your needs and situation, and decide together on what will work best for you.

What does counselling involve?

Counselling is a personal and safe process that can involve talking, working together to unpack and explore your concerns, and discovering your own unique ways of working towards mental and emotional wellness. Counselling can also involve non-verbal ways of communicating, such as expressive therapies (for example, art, symbol work, play, and movement), mindfulness and meditation, and learning about your brain and body, and how you can take charge of your own well being. You and your therapist will decide together which approach would feel most comfortable and work best for you.

What does your therapy space look like?

People often tell us that when they walk into our practice, they feel immediately soothed, or like they are being hugged by our space! We are lucky to be housed in a heritage listed building, with high-ceilings, tall windows, and natural wooden floors. There are lots of cosy resting spaces, filled with greenery, nature-based decor, and comfortable couches and blankets, as well as a creative kids corner.

Our waiting room is a peaceful sanctuary, and many of our clients enjoy relaxing in this space before or after sessions with a cup of tea. Little Window has seven specialised counselling rooms, each designed with textural and sensory elements to help both therapists and clients to feel safe and comfortable in their environment. Goodbye fluorescent lights and cold, sterile chairs! Hello warm candle-light and cosy couches... Want to know more? You can read and see more of our unique therapeutic space here.

What should I expect in my first session?

It is normal to feel nervous, worried, emotional, hopeful, or even excited about your first appointment. When you arrive, our friendly client support team will sit with you in our waiting room to go through any paperwork that needs completing, and offer you a soothing cup of organic tea.

Your therapist will invite you into your therapy room, and engage with you in a relaxed, conversational way, to explore what has brought you to therapy, and ask about your concerns. Contrary to stigmatised and media-portrayed ideas of counselling, you will not be pathologised, judged, given advice, or hypnotised in your first session! This appointment is for you to have an opportunity to tell your story, and to have someone be present with you to hear and hold space for your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Your therapist is trained in meeting you at your pace, so you will not feel forced or hurried into talking about anything you are not comfortable to in your first session, or any of your sessions.

The first appointment is about getting to know each other and for your therapist to learn about your world. It is also an opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with the environment, your therapist and the counselling process, and decide whether they will be a good fit for you. It is important that you feel our approach to therapy is suited to your individual needs; therapy is most effective if you feel there is an alignment in values and if you feel a sense of safety in the therapy space and with the person you are working with.

Little Window is unique because our client support team are trained and guided by intuition to match you to the right therapist; we have 12 therapists on our team, all with diverse personalities and approaches. If at any stage during your counselling process, you do not feel your therapist is a good match for you, we welcome your feedback and are able to discuss shifting you to a different therapist on the team, to ensure that your experience is a safe and effective one.

During your first session, you may wish to ask questions relating to what to expect, and how your therapist can best support you.

If you are a parent and are bringing your child to counselling, the first session will typically involve meeting with just you, or you and your partner (without your child present) to discuss your concerns. This first session is needed to gather important background information about your child and discuss how we as a team can best support them.

A standard psychology session is 50 minutes.

How do I know which Psychologist/Counsellor is right for me?

Click here for tips and information about how to choose a therapist that feels right for you.

Do you see children, and what is the youngest age that you work with?

Little Window’s therapists have extensive experience providing counselling support to infants, children and adolescents. If your child is under 5 years of age, we will work mostly with you as the caregiver. We use play and expressive therapies to engage children in non-verbal mediums to assist safe and accessible expression of thoughts and feelings. Click here to read more about how expressive therapies can help with children. Little Window also provides support and information to parents on how to respond to and manage their child’s symptoms and behaviours. You can read more about how we work with parents and children here.

What if I cannot afford to pay the full fee?

Little Window's therapy team are able to provide a significant Medicare rebate or Private Health Cover rebate. Please talk to us about this to see if you are eligible or if you would like more information.

Do you offer Skype or telephone counselling?

Little Window offers Skype or telephone counselling. Click here to read more about this service.

Does Little Window do home visits?

We are able to offer home visit sessions for individuals who find it difficult for emotional or practical reasons to travel to our practice. These types of appointments are eligible for Medicare rebates. You can contact us if you would like to know more about this service.

Can I contact my therapist after hours?

We are unavailable after opening hours. Little Window is not an emergency service - if you require immediate support, please contact emergency services or after hours counselling services such as:

  • Police, Fire or Ambulance - 000
  • Lifeline  - 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800 (for young people up to the age of 26)
  • Domestic Violence Hotline (QLD) 1800 811 811
  • Mensline  - 1300 78 99 78
  • Parentline (QLD) - 1300 30 1300

Is my information private and confidential?

Everything you share within your therapy sessions, from the moment you make first contact, is confidential. No one outside of our practice is able to confirm whether you are even attending Little Window, unless you provide written consent to us that we are able to share this information with another specific person.

The exception to this is if your therapist becomes concerned about your safety or someone else's safety, requiring them to take steps to ensure that Duty of Care is covered. As we work from a Person-Centred approach, wherever possible and appropriate, these steps will always be discussed in collaboration with you prior to taking action.

Our client support and therapy teams have been trained to safeguard the confidentiality of your information obtained during your access of our service. Considering their legal and organisational requirements, our team: (a) make provisions for maintaining confidentiality in the collection, recording, accessing, storage, dissemination, and disposal of information; and (b) take reasonable steps to protect the confidentiality of your information if they were to leave Little Window, or cease to provide you with therapy.

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