During your first session at Amity, your counsellor will conduct an assessment to explore your individual needs and situation and to better understand the factors around your reason for presenting. You will be asked questions around your problematic behaviour as well as other information such as your personal, family and social history. Following this assessment, you and your counsellor can negotiate goals, strategies and the future direction of your counselling.
The first session is usually 1.5 hours long and ongoing sessions are for approximately 1 hour.
Confidentiality is taken very seriously at Amity Community Services. None of the information you discuss during counselling is released to anyone else (except for issues around the mandatory reporting of child abuse or family violence and our Duty of Care requirements). Other than these areas, we require your written permission before being able to discuss anything about you with anyone else.
Your rights for confidentiality and privacy will be discussed with you during your first session.
Counselling at Amity is donation based. This means that if you can afford to make a donation it will be greatly appreciated however if you cannot afford it, then you are still most welcome to attend.
If you require any formal reports to be written then a cost will be involved. Please feel free to contact Amity to request this fee.