Counselling first session:
Who and what should I bring?
If you have been referred via the Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan, please bring a copy of this referral along to the initial session.
For child appointments: If you have made an appointment for your child, Stephanie meets with adults only (parents/caregivers) for the first appointment. This is to ensure that you can speak openly and honestly about your concerns and your goals for your child.
For adults: Just yourself. If you are comfortable, feel free to write down what brings you to therapy and/or your goals for therapy.
For families: Parents only for the initial session would be best; again, so an open and frank discussion concerns and therapy goals can be had. We progress from there.
What should I bring?
Stephanie prides herself on being thorough and comprehensive when assessing for developmental difficulties and autism. Assessments may take between 4-6 sessions.
Stephanie conducts autism specific assessments with parents and structured clinical assessments with children/adults.
If you have made a booking for your child, it may be helpful to write down some of your concerns about your child's development. The 'green book' is also helpful to bring along to assist with reporting developmental milestones, along with other documentation
(e.g. reports from previous clinicians & assessments, school reports, hearing tests).
My child has been diagnosed with Autism.
After you have received a diagnosis for your child, contact the Autism Information Advisor team on 1300 424 499.
When your funding is approved, you may contact Stephanie to make an appointment to access psychological therapy and support for your child.
Stephanie also provides parenting support and in-home visits should your child need support in a range of environments.
Please bring a copy of your letter: 'Introduction to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Package' to the first appointment.
For more information, please see http://www.amaze.org.au/discover/how-we-can-help-you/hcwa/how-do-i-apply-for-the-helping-children-with-autism-funding/
I'm not sure whether psychology would be helpful.
Should I go ahead with this?
Therapy and intervention is client-centred and solution focussed.
Stephanie works within the realm of her competence works ethically with patients.
Psychological therapy and intervention presents with best results when the clinician and attendee can be open and honest, so please share any concerns with Stephanie that you may have about engaging in psychological support. Commitment and engagement to therapy is critical to success and reaching client goals.
Stephanie is open to discussing the benefits and her approach to therapy if you would like further information.
I can't make it:
If you are unable to attend, please contact the Western Children’s Health Centre or Stephanie directly with as much time as possible so that appointments may be allocated to others waiting. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required. Less than 24 hours notice will incur a 50% cancellation fee.