"It's not too difficult to get the skeletons out of the closet with people, but to get the gold out is a different matter. That is therapy. Psychology is the art of finding the gold of the spirit." ~ Robert Johnson
I see adults and older adults for individual therapy. Therapy is available for a range of conditions. Suitable treatment approaches are based on your reason for seeking therapy, your needs and in accordance with your belief system.
Areas I DO NOT work in include Couples, Addiction and Eating Disorders.
When is it time to get professional support?
Thinking about seeking psychological intervention or support can be a scary and daunting experience for some people, especially if you have grown up with the “harden up” attitude.
Attending therapy is a sign of courage not a sign of weakness nor does it mean that you have failed. You should be congratulated that you are willing to face your difficulties and you are open to finding alternative solutions to your current difficulties.
Many people only consider therapy when they are in a panic or crisis, but you don’t have to be at rock bottom to get a lot out of therapy. It may be time to consider therapy if you are starting to feel:
- Unsure of your next move or what to do, or even confused and overwhelmed
- Depressed or anxious with mood and stress concerns
- Unable to cope with relationship issues, family issues, couple’s issues
- You need help to cope with a major life transition
- You are isolated and are avoiding people, places, or situations
- Your eating or sleep patterns are disrupted
- You are regularly agitated for unexplained reasons
- You have variations in mood either a low mood or a hyper mood
- You are overwhelmed by trauma
How to choose the right therapist
Because therapy is a personal relationship it is important that you work with a psychologist you feel comfortable and safe with. You want them to be warm, approachable, encouraging and invested in your success and possess many of the qualities you look for in a friend, coach, or mentor. Additionally check what range of therapies they offer and how that fits with your needs and if they have the right qualifications.
If you are unsure if you want to come for counselling/therapy, please call Bhavna so we can discuss if I am the right therapist for you and what you could expect from the therapy consultation.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THERAPY?
Bhavna offers Clinical Psychology Services and Counselling for adults 18+ for a broad range of mental wellness conditions and finds the most suitable treatment approach based on your reason for seeking therapy, your needs and in accordance with your belief system.
If you decide to engage in therapy, an initial session is scheduled towork out a therapy plan specific to you. At the first and last session, you will be asked to complete paperwork. Our goal is to empower you to live life fully.
Consultations and appointments
Consultations are between 40 - 55 minutes per session, generally once a week or fortnightly. The number of sessions required for successful outcomes varies between 2-10 sessions, depending on your reason for seeking therapy and your willingness to participate.
Each session costs $210.00+GST and is payable prior to the session or on the day.
Invocied sessions are charged at $210+GST and payment is on the 20th of the next month.
Funded sessions - You may be eligible for funded sessions by an agency, for example, ACC, or a workplace referral.
"Bhavna is a delight to work with. We have explored many difficult topics with care. I love her sense of playfulness which really helped me put things in perspective." - Nikki
"So Amazing. I have come so far. I feel so much more comfortable being me. Thank you." - Charlotte
Therapeutic Approaches Used
My unique Self-Love Approach is a way of life that emerged from my own mindfulness experiences which I transformed into a therapeutic approach. In essence Self-Love is about changing your abusive relationship to yourself to a more loving way of being.
The map and tools I developed contain ways to stop the verbal, psychological and physical abuse so many of us unconsciously do, as well as teaching how to build a healthy relationship to yourself. These skills are easily integrated into daily life practices and complement other therapeutic approaches.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
This therapy approach has been well researched and shown to have good outcomes. As the name suggests, it is an approach that addresses both your thinking and behaviours.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
This approach focuses on developing the client's strengths to attain the goal set for therapy and has been shown to have good outcomes.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Research over the past ten years has indicated that Mindfulness-Based approaches not only result in the reduction of anxiety or depressive symptoms, they also result in clients reporting an overall sense of well-being and ability to cope with challenges in life. Read more about Mindfulness
This approach is popularised by Allan Wade. The approach focuses on people's resistance to violence and other indignities.