Counselling FAQs

Do I need a referral to access Honni Hayton Counselling?

No, you do not need a referral, just a desire to live your best life!

I’ve never had counselling before, what is it like?

Participating in counselling might seem daunting, but it really isn’t. Counselling is talking about and working through your personal problems. It can help you address your problems in a positive way by helping to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness.

What sorts of issues do you help people with?

Life presents all sorts of challenges, and when it does, counselling can help you work through them. In counselling you can get an objective perspective on issues and strategies to manage situations.

Counselling can help with issues such as:

  • grief and loss.
  • communication and relationship problems.
  • work and career issues.
  • stress, anxiety and depression.
  • life transitions, such as the birth of a new baby, separation, divorce or the death of a family member or friend.
  • parenting struggles.

I’m worried counselling will open a can of worms, should I be?

Many people are concerned about this, but in counselling, you only explore issues as deeply as you would like. There is never any pressure to talk about things you don’t want to.

How many sessions do I need?

That’s difficult to answer because everyone has different goals for counselling. For some issues, goals can be reached in as little as 2 or 3 sessions. More complex goals will take more.

Is EMDR right for me?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapy that is assisting many people with past traumas in their life. Left unprocessed traumas of the past can affect your present day. EMDR does not erase the memory but changes the story you subconsciously tell yourself about the trauma, which may be affecting your present life.

Where appropriate, Honni will assess a client’s suitability for this therapy.

Is EMDR safe?

EMDR therapy is generally considered to be a safe and well-established therapeutic approach. It has been extensively researched and has a solid track record of effectiveness and safety when administered by trained and qualified therapists. However, as with any form of therapy or medical intervention, there are some important considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Qualified Therapists: To ensure safety and effectiveness, it’s crucial to work with a therapist who is trained and certified in EMDR. Look for a therapist who is licensed in mental health counselling or psychology and has received specialized training in EMDR.
  2. Client Assessment: Before beginning EMDR therapy, your therapist should conduct a thorough assessment of your mental health history and current condition. This helps determine whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment for you and ensures that any potential risks or contraindications are addressed.
  3. Possible Emotional Responses: EMDR may bring up intense emotions or distressing memories during the desensitization phase. Your therapist will provide guidance and support to help you process these emotions in a safe and controlled manner.
  4. Safety Protocols: EMDR therapists have protocols in place to ensure your emotional safety during sessions. If you become too overwhelmed, the therapist can help you regain emotional balance.
  5. Collaborative Approach: EMDR therapy is a collaborative process, and you have control over the pace and direction of the treatment. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe at any point, it’s important to communicate this to your therapist.
  6. Potential Side Effects: While uncommon, some individuals may experience temporary side effects like fatigue, vivid dreams, or heightened emotions after EMDR sessions. These typically subside within a short period.
  7. Individual Variability: Keep in mind that individual responses to therapy can vary. What works well for one person may not be the best fit for another. It’s essential to have an open and honest dialogue with your therapist throughout the process to ensure your comfort and safety.

In summary, EMDR therapy is generally considered safe when administered by a qualified and experienced therapist. It’s important to choose a therapist you trust and feel comfortable with, ask questions about the therapy process, and communicate any concerns or discomfort you may have during treatment. Your therapist will work with you to ensure that EMDR is a safe and effective option for your specific needs.

Do you only counsel women?

No.  While I have a special interest counselling women and understand their unique perspectives and needs, I also counsel men, and couples.

How do I get my partner to come to relationship counselling?

Participating in couple counselling can seem like a big deal and even unnecessary for some people. But it’s important to remember that relationships are hard work and all couples experience issues.  Having a counsellor help you unpack some of the issues and come up with strategies to move forward can be very helpful. If you are interested in couple counselling but your partner isn’t,  it’s best to gently and assertively mention the idea when you are both in a relaxed calm space. Do not bring it up in the heat of an argument. Try expressing your desire for your relationship to be improved without criticism.

Where is your Practice?

My practice is situated in Boonah, Queensland, in the beautiful Scenic Rim, just 40 mins from Ipswich and 60 minutes from Brisbane.  Please note I am also able to see clients online. Online counselling is simple to do, and clients find it just as effective as in person. 

Is online counselling as effective as in person?

Yes it is! In fact, some research says it is more effective because you, the client, are in your familiar environment.

What do I need for online counselling?

You will need reliable internet access, a microphone and head phones or ear buds. It is also important to have a quiet, private space where you can relax and engage in the session without interruption. 

What is the cost of the counselling sessions?

Fees are $150 for individuals sessions and $200 for couple sessions.

How do I pay for sessions?

Upon booking, an invoice is emailed to you and you can pay by bank transfer before the session.  For inperson sessions I am able to accept cash or card payments. 

Can I get Medicare rebate for sessions?

Unfortunately, not at this time.

Can I use my Private Healthcare to pay for sessions?

Yes, if you have extras cover with Medibank Private, BUPA, ahm or ARGH (encompassing St Lukes, Police and Emergency Services Health, CUA Health and Phoenix Health)

Please check your eligibility with your Insurance provider before commencing counselling.

How do I book a session?

There are three easy ways to book a session with Honni.

You can call her on 0419 641805

Email her at contact@honnihaytoncounselling.com.au

Or book a session directly with this Client Portal