Frequently Asked Questions

I’m scared of being judged or that people will think I’m crazy if I go to counselling…

Many people feel the same way about counselling, especially if you’ve never been before. I understand that counselling can be an anxiety provoking experience in itself, and I work with you at your pace, without judgement.  I provide a safe space where you can talk about your concerns and together we’ll find solutions that work for you.

How many sessions will I need?

Everyone is unique, with their own experiences which make it very hard to say how many sessions you will need. I use a solution-focused and goal-directed approach which means that I work with you to develop solutions that are relevant and realistic for you.

What happens in sessions?
  • Sessions are usually an hour long. At your first session I will go through a few house-keeping issues relating to confidentiality, and consent.
  • I will spend time asking you questions to give me some foundation understanding of the problem.
  • At the end of the first session, we’ll discuss how to proceed and by then will have a rough idea of how many sessions will work for you. 
Do I need a referral to come to counselling?

No. people can self-refer for counselling.

Does Transitions Therapy provide crisis support?

No, I don’t. If you need support outside of my office hours, please consider contacting one of the Mental Health resources listed below.

Will my private health fund or Medicare cover my sessions?
  • Several private health funds offer cover for counselling. The amount you receive back from them will depend on your level of cover. (see the funds listed below to see if yours is shown).
  • I am a Mental Health Nurse which means that unlike most counsellors, I can provide Medicare rebates (5 visits)  for those clients with a Chronic Disease Management plan from their GP.


If you have concerns about your mental illness, you can contact one of the  services such as:

Free Resources

Black Dog Institute

Access a range of free resources developed to help you understand and manage your mental health as well as find support for yourself or others.

Mental Health Online

Mental Health Online provides comprehensive and effective online services and programs free of charge. If you’re experiencing mental distress


Free online Mental Health Support  

Free effective internet delivered psychological assessment and treatment for stress, anxiety, worry, depression, low mood, OCD and trauma (PTSD).

Early intervention leads to better outcomes. 

Contact me, Deb Hediger to chat about how I can help
your patients.

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