ETERNITY COUNSELLING

HELPING THE PEOPLE OF FORSTER-TUNCURRY
here to help.

Eternity Counselling is a compassionate, professional counselling service based in Forster-Tuncurry, and servicing the Great Lakes area.  Eternity Counselling is run by Pete Flower, a qualified counsellor.  Pete is committed to providing you with a safe space to share your story, a space where you can feel heard and work towards healing and change.

about us

Pete Flower

Pete Flower

Owner and Counsellor

Hi, I’m Pete!  I am really excited by the opportunity to provide quality counselling to the people in our local area.  I look forward to meeting you – please feel free to get in touch via text or email anytime, and we can chat about how I might be able to help you.

I grew up in Sydney and moved to Forster (what a beautiful part of the world!) at the beginning of 2001.  One of my greatest joys is hanging out with my family and friends, closely followed by good coffee.  I love watching soccer (especially when it involves my kids).  When time permits, I enjoy a spot of fishing, and I’m hoping to get back into woodworking in the very near future.

your questions answered

frequently asked questions.

If you don’t find the answer to your question below, feel free to send our office an email and we will do our best to answer your questions.

WHAT IS COUNSELLING?

A counsellor is not a guru.  Seeing a counsellor is about having someone to walk with you through issues and challenges, and perhaps offering you a different perspective.

Counsellors believe that each person has the ability to work through their problems.  In counselling, the counsellor works with you to equip you to help make the changes you need to make.

In a counselling session, your counsellor will listen to your story and create a safe space.  A space for you to explore and develop a deeper understanding of yourself and the struggles you may be experiencing.

For some, this may sound a bit scary.  Maybe you have never experienced a safe space to explore your deepest concerns and needs.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST SESSION?
During the first session, you will be asked to complete a simple questionnaire.  This will be used to help us understand and assess where you are at, and how we can best help you improve your wellbeing. This first session is also a good opportunity to assess whether you think you would feel comfortable sharing in this environment.
HOW MUCH DOES COUNSELLING COST?

The standard cost of a session:

 

Individuals – $120

Couples – $140 (currently full)

Professional Supervision (Group) – $100

Professional Supervision (Individual) – $175

 

Please note that Medicare rebates are not available for counselling at this stage.

Some Private Health Funds cover counselling. You will need to contact them to see if they do.

Also, if appointments are missed or cancelled without due notice (24hrs), payment will still be required.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please chat to our staff and we will do what we can to assist you. 

 

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

You can email our office at office@eternitycounselling.com.au or alternatively access the Online Client Portal found on our “Book a Session” page.

HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION?
Each session generally goes for approximately 50 minutes.

However, couple sessions will often go slightly longer than this.

 

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED TO ATTEND, AND HOW OFTEN?
There is no minimum or fixed number of sessions that you need to attend. After you have attended your initial session, you can choose how often you would like to attend. Most clients attend weekly (recommended to begin with) or fortnightly, and then drop down to monthly sessions when they feel they are ready.

On average, couples attend between 8-12 sessions, sometimes coming back to touch base on a regular basis.

Individuals should expect to attend a minimum of 6-8 sessions.

Generally speaking, people continue counselling whilst they feel they are gaining benefit from it.

 

 

DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY GP?
A doctor may recommend or refer you to this counselling service, however it is not a requirement.
WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?
All personal information gathered and discussed during the counseling process will remain confidential and secure, except in the following situations:

  1. It is subpoenaed by a court
  2. When information is disclosed revealing that yourself or another person, and in particular a minor, is considered at risk
  3. Your prior approval has been obtained to:
  • Provide a written report to another professional or agency OR
  • Discuss the material with another person e.g. a parent or employer.


HOW CAN I PAY INVOICES?

Invoices can be paid online through the Client Portal, by cash at the appointment or through direct deposit using the following details: 

Account Name: Eternity Counselling 

BSB: 670-864

Account Number: 1721 7976

For any payment issues or questions please email finance@eternitycounselling.com.au

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contact us

contact info.

If you would like to book a session, have any questions or would like more information about anything to do with counselling, please get in touch with our office or one of our counsellors and they would love to have a chat with you.

office@eternitycounselling.com.au

*Please leave a message with your informations if we are unable to answer your call and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Eternity Counselling

15 12-16 Wallis St, Forster