JSA Counselling Sydney
has been providing counselling services in Sydney for more than three decades.
We all find ourselves at crossroads from time to time… with some difficult decisions to make.
Let us help with some of those.
We offer non-judgmental counselling for a wide range of issues, including relationship problems, family breakdowns and adolescent matters.
Talk to us about grieving, addictions, sexual concerns, stress, depression and work related problems… or anything you like.
When is it time to see a psychologist?
When problems start affecting your enjoyment of life. Sure, we’re all going to have ups and downs, but they shouldn’t linger on… they shouldn’t be invading our thoughts, distracting us at work or short-changing our relationships.
You may be having trouble coping with any number of things — stress, anxiety, worry, anger, concentration, assertiveness or an ongoing disorder or dysfunction.
Psychologists can also provide excellent strategies for career advancement, teach workplace skills and offer techniques for dealing with difficult people.
How can a psychologist help?
By offering possible strategies. It’s a bit like the stubborn driver who won’t ask for street directions. He’ll waste a lot of time driving around in circles when it would be much easier to just ask.
Ask an experienced psychologist and there’s a very good chance that they’ve studied, seen and dealt with a problem like yours many times in their career. No embarrassment – they’ve probably seen it before.
They can offer you a strategy or coping skills that will likely last a life time. A great result for a small outlay of time and effort.
How long does it take?
It depends on how serious the problem is and what the client wants to achieve. We usually start with a 50 minute session with follow up visits every week or every other week. Again, depending on the issue, some people like to check in every couple of months.
Treatment plans vary. For instance, some issues may take just a couple of sessions, relationship and workplace issues will take longer and very serious problems may require a plan for continuing support. The Medicare Rebate allows for 10 sessions per calendar year which is probably more than most people require.
Covid 19 has made us re-think our in-person counselling with most of our clients now asking for virtual appointments.
Online sessions are conducted via Zoom, Skype, Facetime and, where necessary, on the phone.
That’s saved our clients travel time and commuting costs and helps to keep everyone safe while we wait for a Covid cure.
7 stress-busting tips
With the Covid 19 pandemic dragging on we’re seeing an increasing number of people coming to us with stress and anxiety.
There are many ways we can help. A psychologist can offer insight into the way different personalities deal with stress. Cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, visualisation and other therapies as well as lifestyle changes may be recommended.
And there’s a lot we can do for ourselves to dial back the stress. Check out our video with 7 not-too-serious stress busting tips.
New: October 2020
The government has just changed the number of Medicare sessions that can be claimed.
If you have been referred to us by a GP, psychiatrist or a paediatrician you may now be entitled to a Medicare rebate for up to 20 sessions per calendar year.