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About Anne Thistleton Counselling

Anne Thistleton Counselling is an infant, child, adult, parenting, family and relationships counselling service, which offers the following modalities, for adults, teenagers, children and babies:

  • Clinical Birth Trauma Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sandplay Therapy and Symbolwork
  • Bonding Therapy
  • Breastfeeding Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Somatic Touch
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Brainspotting
  • Clinical Aromatherapy
  • Nutritional Medcine - Mental Health
  • Parenting Support and Education (HUG Your Baby, Circle of Security, Bringing Baby Home)
  • Somatic Sleep Support - for infants, toddlers, children, teenagers and adults

Anne Thistleton Counselling focuses on supporting clients who present with the follow concerns:

Infants, Children and Adolescents Aged birth to 17 years:

Birth trauma, sleep distrubances and / or challenges, fears, nightmares,  anxiety, crying a lot, unexplained clingy behaviour, PTSD, depression, self-esteem issues, aggression / acting out, ADD/ADHD, grief and loss issues, relationship issues - family, peers, school, school issues - bullying, social, behavioural, learning difficulties.

Adults Aged 18+:

Depression - including pre and post-natal depression, Birth Trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression, Self-esteem issues, relationship issues, communication issues, grief and loss issues, parenting concerns, workplace bullying and harassment.

Anne Thistleton Counselling also provides birth debriefing for birthing professionals, new mothers / parents, along with on-going post-natal counselling and support.

My Location & Contact Details:

Anne Thistleton Counselling rooms are located in Brisbane's western suburbs (Mt Ommaney). 

Anne Thistleton Counselling also offers counselling sessions and parenting support via Skype.

In-home counselling sessions are available within the general Brisbane area (within 40 kms of my rooms.  A travelling fee applies).

You can contact Anne Thistleton Counselling by phoning: 0420 942 256

My Rooms:

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My counselling rooms are decorated in restful, earth tones to provide a gentle, welcoming space where clients can feel calm, safe and grounded.


The Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre is located nearby on Dandenong Rd, and hosts most major retailers, and several coffee shops. Rocks River Park, at Seventeen Mile Rocks, is about 6 minutes drive from my rooms.  Homemaker City – located in Goggs Rd (just off the Centenary Highway) is a 5 minute drive from my rooms.
 
 
 
Considerations for your child's counselling session:
Prior to working with children, parents are required to participate in an intitial interview to discuss their concerns with me. The purpose of this interview is for me to gain a more detailed history of your child, as well as some background information regarding the presenting concerns.  It is also recommended that parents  participate in their own therapeutic process, personal sessions, personal development or receive ongoing parenting support while their child is receiving therapeutic support.  Anne Thistleton Counselling offers a range of individual, couple and parenting counselling and support services. 
 
Anne Thistleton Counselling also offers the following parenting courses:
  • Somatic Sleep Support
  • The HUG Your Baby Program
  • Gottman Bring Baby Home Program
  • Gottman Emotion Coaching Program
  • The Circle of Security Program
  • Infant Massage Lessons
Post Session Considerations: 
 
Try to schedule some time immediately afterwards (either at home or in an alternate space) to allow for relaxation and the integration of session material for your child and/or for yourself.

From time to time, clients may experience a continued emergence of feelings immediately or some time after the session or in the days following. If there are any significant changes that are worrying to you, please make contact with me via text or email to discuss your concerns.

Be aware of changes in your child(ren), and respond with closeness, understanding, support, emotional safety and security. Please make contact with me via text or email if you have any questions or concerns.

Confidentiality:

As an adult, the content of your appointment is confidential, except in circumstances required by law.

Children are afforded the same right to confidentiality as adults.

The boundaries of confidentiality will be explained to you or your child during your / their first session.

Appointment Availability:

Wednesday   2.00 pm 3.30 pm  5.00 pm   6.30 pm  8.00 pm  9.30 pm (Skype or Zoom only)

Thursday   8.00 am  9.30 am  11.00 am  12.30 pm  2.00 pm  3.30 pm

Friday   8.00 am  9.30 am  11.00 am  12.30 pm  2.00pm  3.30 pm

Saturday   8.00 am  9.30 am  11.00 am   12.30 pm  2.00 pm

Please note ... I will attempt to schedule your sessions as closely as I can to your preferred day and time.  However, some of these times may already be prebooked (in advance) by regular clients.  It is highly recommended that clients prebook at least six sessions in advance, to maintain their preferred session time. 

Fees (per appointment):

Children birth to 17 years

Introductory Consultation:        FREE of charge.  Available for 45 minutes, via telephone only.

Initial Intake Appointment:        $265.00

 The initial session includes undertaking a detailed intake process, and an initial meeting / session with parents.

Child Sessions:                     Initial series of ten sessions $1450

Single sessions are not available for children.  It is not of therapeutic benefit to children, to open up a therapeutic process that may not   continue.

I only offer therapy sessions to children in a ten session  formats.  I will give you my best estimate regarding the number of sessions your child may need, at your intake appointment, and again, after their sixth session.  Children often require 20 to 30 sessions.  For complex issues, 30 to 50 sessions may be required.

Parent Sessions:        $82.50 per session

Parents are encouraged to engage in their own  therapeutic process, while their child is also attending therapy.

To help support this process financially, I offer a 50% reduction in fees (usually $165 per session) for parents who choose this option.

 
Parenting Support:   Parenting support is offered to parents and is available between sessions via text or email.

The Parenting Support option is available betweens sessions.  This option provides parents with an opportunity to share and work towards resolving their parenting concerns, and receive gentle, supportive, nurturing, therapeutically sound strategies, based on safe, emotion-focused frameworks, with which to support their child's ongoing process, and help to strengthen the parent-child connection.

* Skype counselling fees as listed above.
* In-home counselling fees ... add $100 travel fee.

Adults 18+

Introductory Consultation:        FREE of charge.  Available for 45 minutes, via telephone only.

Initial Intake Process:    $265.00   please allow up to 2.5 hours for your first appointment, which inlcudes a detailed intake process, and first session.

Ongoing Session Fees:    $165.00 per session (up to 90 minutes) 

Packages:                    Adults can also choose to book and prepay for a series of six sessions for a discounted (non-refundable) fee of $865. 

* Skype counselling fees as listed above.

* In-home counselling fees ... add $100 travel fee.

Couples / Relationships

Introductory Consultation:        FREE of charge.  Available for 45 minutes, via telephone only.

Initial Intake Process:    $265.00   please allow up to 2.5 hours for your first appointment, which inlcudes a detailed intake process, and initial session.

Session Fees:            $330.00  (please allow up to three hours per session).

Couples can also choose to book and prepay for a series of 6 three hour sessions for a discounted  (non-refundable) fee of $1650.     

* Skype counselling fees as listed above.

* In-home counselling fees ... add $100 travel fee.

*** Before proceeding with further couples therapy sessions, a recommendation for individual therapy may be presented. 

Payment, Cancellation & Late Arrival Policy:

  • Pre-payment (in full) is required to confirm all initial sessions (via credit card or direct deposit).  Credit card payments are required at the time of booking.  Confirmation of direct deposit payments must be received by close of business, on the day the appointment for the initial session was made.  If confirmation is not received, the appointment will be cancelled.

  • Fees for all future sessions are processed at the completion of the session.  This includes cash and credit card payments.  Payments via direct deposit must be confirmed 24 hours prior to the session.
  • Pre-payment (in full, non-refundable) is required for discounted sessions, or special offers. 

  • Anne Thistleton Counselling asks that clients respect the time and costs involved in specifically setting aside an appointment for them, and where possible, to provide advanced notice of an inabiltiy to attend.

  • Generally speaking, I do not charge for one-off cancellations, provided they are offered within a reasonable time frame. I understand that sudden illness and emergency situations can arise unexpectedly.   All clients receive a session reminder (via text message) within 24 hours of their alloted session time.  If circumstances arise, that will prevent you from attending your scheduled session, it is essential that you let me know as soon as possible.  Last minute cancellations add additional costs to my practice, and prevent other clients from accessing available session times.  Repeated cancellations, particularly at short notice, will incur the full session fee, and prepayment for all future session will be required. 
  • If, on the rare occasion, Anne Thistleton is unavailable to facilitate an appointment, due to illness or circumstances beyond her control, clients will be notified as quickly as possible, and re-scheduling offered at the earliest availability.

  • Unfortunately, appointment times cannot be extended to accommodate late arrivals, as this impinges upon the appointment times of subsequent clients.  Regardless of the amount of limited time utilised during a delayed session, the full fee will still be charged for the allotted time that was set aside.