1. How much does a session cost?
A 50 minute session is $85.00. Payment methods: Eftpos, direct deposit, cash.
2. Why don't you offer a Medicare or Private Health rebate?
The government subsidises appointments with psychologists, (not counsellors) through a mental health treatment plan (via Medicare). Private Health funds also offer subsidies but not for counsellors. Keep in mind in many instances you will still have an out of pocket expense with psychologists. As their fees are normally over $220 per hour the out of pocket expense, even with a subsidy, can be between $79.45 and $155.20! My fee is lower than it could be because what I do is my passion.
I use a person-centred approach, made famous by Dr. Carl Rogers a psychologist who chose a different route and created humanistic therapy. Using this approach simply means I don't put you in a box, or diagnose you, and I work at your pace. I treat you as the individual that you are and work with you in a way that relates to you. When grieving, above all else, I believe people need to experience warmth, care, empathy and support. You need a person who will sit with you, empathise and hold space for you. You do not someone who is trying to "fix" you.
3. Will you think I'm silly for being upset about my pet?
The simple answer is "Absolutely not!"
However, I believe if you feel that way it's understandable because pet owners experience what is known as "disenfranchised grief," i.e. grief that is not understood or validated by society. This can make us feel as if the grief we feel for our pets is "silly" or "not as real" or "not as important" as if a person passed away. I can attest that many of my clients feel the loss as deeply as, and sometimes more than, when a loved one has passed away. Grief is grief.
4. What is your message for me?
There is nothing wrong with you for being upset about your pet being ill, or grieving his or her death. You are not crazy, you are not broken, you are grieving, and that is perfectly normal and understandable. We are human, we have feelings, and grief is one of the most powerful and confusing emotions you will ever experience. Please contact me if you need someone who really "gets you."
5. How many sessions will I need?
People often wonder about this. In your first session we will go through your Client Consent Form which covers aspects such as confidentiality, payment, and the number of recommended sessions. This is always collaborative. I am not the type of counsellor who tells you what to do :)
6. Where is your business?
For non-Townsville clients I provide Skype counselling. Zoom tends to cut in and out which is very frustrating! For local and surrounding areas I offer counselling from the privacy of my own home. I have a dedicated counselling room which clients find very calming and comfortable. I will make you a cuppa, or provide you with a glass of cold water. You can even put your feet up in the recliner if you want to relax. There is also plenty of street parking, or you can park in my driveway if you like.
7. Do I need a referral?
If you are contacting me for your own counselling you don't need a referral. If you are an Organisation, paying me via brokerage for your clients to attend, I do have a Referral Form which I will provide to you.
8. Who will I speak to if I phone to make an appointment; or who will read my email or text message?
Moi! I realise when you are feeling vulnerable and uncertain the smallest details are important; e.g. knowing who is on the other end of the phone when you ring. If I'm in session you will hear my message, advising that I will phone you back, which I will do the same day. Otherwise, I will answer your call and you will speak directly to me. Likewise with email or text messages; I am the only person who accesses my email account or text messages.
9. Do you do counselling for more than one person at a time?
In a word - No. I feel very comfortable doing one-on-one counselling.
10. Do you do child and adolescent counselling?
I don't provide child or adolescent counselling. If you Google in your area you are sure to find therapists who do. I specialise in counselling for adults over 18.
11. Do you do other types of counselling?
Prior to starting my own business I worked as a Trauma Therapist for victims of crime and I was also a counsellor for the Royal Commission into Institutional Childhood Sexual Abuse. When I started my own business I did pet loss counselling as well as general grief and loss counselling, anxiety, depression and self-esteem counselling. As time has gone on I have realised my true passion and calling is in the area of pet owners support when their pet is sick or has passed away. That is why from January 2022 I decided to provide a dedicated counselling service for pet owners.
12. How do I contact you?
See the little red circle with the white envelope at the bottom right of every page? Just click on that and message away! You can also text or phone me on: 0452 245663. You will hear a message, in my voice, or I will answer your call.
If you have other questions, feel free to ask.
Proud Owner of Bee Yourself Counselling: Madonna
BA (Behavioural Science)
Grad. Dip. Arts (Sociology)
Diploma of Counselling & Psychology
Pet Bereavement Counselling Certificate
Grief & Bereavement Counselling Certificate
Certificate IV New Small Business
ACCPH (Senior Member and Supervisor)
TASA (The Australian Sociological Association)
International Golden Key Honours Society (by invitation only for academic achievement)
My mantra when it comes to qualifications: "People don't care how much you know unless they know how much you care." (Theodore Roosevelt)
*Please Note: Bee Yourself Counselling is not a crisis service. If you are having suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of self-harm, please call 000 or contact Suicide Callback Service on 1300 659 467 to receive the assistance you need.