Want to know more about the counselling process?
What services do you provide at Little Window?
Little Window is a holistic psychology practice in Mount Gravatt that provides counselling to adults, couples, adolescents, children and families. We have highly skilled and experienced therapists who have experience working across a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, adolescent counselling, parenting, children and trauma. Click here to learn more about our service and the type of therapy approaches we use.
What training and experience do Little Window's Psychologists have?
Our dedicated therapists have extensive counselling and psychology experience, working with adults, couples, adolescents, children and families. We are fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA) and are regulated by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). 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:
- Grief and loss
- Life transitions
- Sexual health
- 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 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.
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 should I expect in my first session?
The first session is usually about getting to know each other and for your therapist to hear your story. It is also an opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with your therapist and the counselling process, and decide whether they will be a good fit for you. During this 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.
What does counselling involve?
Counselling is a personal and safe process that can involve talking, working together to unpack and explore your concerns, and providing strategies and tools to work 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 how it impacts on your well being. You and your therapist will decide together which approach would feel most comfortable and work best 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.
Do you run any workshops or classes?
Click here to read about Little Window's upcoming workshops.
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
- Domestic Violence Hotline (QLD) 1800 811 811
- Mensline - 1300 78 99 78
- Parentline (QLD) - 1300 30 1300
Is my information private and confidential?
Our reception team and psychologists have been trained to safeguard the confidentiality of your information obtained during your access of our service. Considering their legal and organisational requirements, our psychologists: (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.
We would love to hear from you and would be honoured to support you in your journey to wellness.