Yes. Appointment are available regularly in Crows Nest and Terrigal on Saturdays from 10:30am until 4:00pm starting times. Sunday appointments are available also by arrangement. Appointment in Castle Hill are available on Saturday afternoon.
Yes. Appointments can be made up until 6:00pm starting time from Monday to Friday and 4:00pm Saturday.
Consultation fee for 60 minutes is $180.00 and for 90 minutes $240.00.
Fees listed are subject to adjustment if any of the following condition apply:
Relationship counselling is ineligible to be covered by Medicare. Medicare rebates apply only to mental health services provided by a registered psychologist with a doctor's referral under the Better Access Initiative/Mental Health Care Plan. Christine Bennett is registered as a provider with CBHS and Defense Health. Please check with your own private health fund regarding eligibility to receive rebates for counselling services.
If a psychologist offers you a Medicare rebate for marriage counselling, this is unethical. Medicare rebates are only available with a Mental Heath Care Plan. "Evidence suggests that people with a history of a mental health condition can experience difficulties obtaining insurance or denial of claims on the grounds of non-disclosure of a previous mental health condition." Read further at Beyond Blue.
Crows Nest: There is two hour free parking available in the Woolworths/Alexander St and Holtermann Street car parks, and metered street parking.
Terrigal: Free parking is available for Terrigal clients on the premises.
Castle Hill: Free parking is available behind the building and across the road at Castle Mall.
The number of sessions you need depends on the level of disconnection you are experiencing as a couple and the degree of progress you make at home between sessions.
Couples often experience the benefits of positive change within 3 to 6 sessions.
Ultimately it all depends on your commitment to making the changes identified to be beneficial to your happiness as a couple and being able to maintain these changes over time.
Long term habits are difficult to break and require conscious and continual commitment to change - until the desired changes become consolidated.
If your situation is critical then two appointments taken close together is recommended. Otherwise once per week is optimal until a desired level of change is achieved.
It is more difficult to achieve change if longer periods are taken between sessions. Consistency and constancy are important to forge new behaviours into preferred habits. The time it will take for you to notice a measurable shift in your level of connection varies for each couple. It will depend on your commitment to doing the work of change even if it might get tough at times. An attitude of hope and intention to move forward together as a team is important for success.
48 hours notice is required for cancellation of an appointment unless there is an emergency. If insufficient notice is given, then full payment is applicable.
Cancellation can be made by phone call (message left with answering service is acceptable), text message or email.
Individual appointments of one hour's duration are offered and longer appointments can be arranged for a family or larger group.
Please contact Christine to discuss your needs: 0418 226 961