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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
  • Synergetic Play Therapy
  • Filial Therapy
  • Sandplay Therapy and Symbolwork
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Bonding Therapy
  • Breastfeeding Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Somatic Touch Work
  • Transforming Touch
  • Transforming Intentional Touch
  • NeuroAffective Touch
  • Craniosacral Therapy for babies, children and adults
  • Brainspotting
  • Brainspotting for Children
  • Interactive Drawing Therapy
  • Movingness
  • Clinical Aromatherapy
  • Nutritional Medcine - Mental Health
  • Parenting Support and Education (including HUG Your Baby, Circle of Security, Bringing Baby Home)
  • Somatic Sleep Support - for infants, toddlers, children, teenagers and adults
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

 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 Zoom.

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.
 
 

Clinic and Zoom Appointment Availability August 2021 to December 2021:

Tuesday -  8.00 am  9.30 am  11.00 am  12.30 pm  2.00 pm  3.30 pm  After hours -  5.00 pm  7.00 pm  8.30 pm

Wednesday -   8.00 am  9.30 am  11.00 am  12.30 pm  2.00 pm  3.30 pm  After hours -  5.00 pm  7.00 pm  8.30 pm

Saturday -   8.00 am  9.30 am  11.00 am  1.00 pm  2.30 pm

Initial sessions, double sessions, half day and full day sessions are available by arrangment, and depending on availability, may need to be scheduled at other times.

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.

Children - Birth to 17 years:

Introductory Consultation: 

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

Prior to working with children, I require parents to participate in an intitial intake appointment and session, to discuss and process their concerns with me. The purpose of this intake appointment and session is for me to gain a more detailed history of your child, as well as some background information regarding the presenting concerns, including how they may be impacting your parenting and your own well-being. 

I do also recommend that parents  participate in their own onging therapeutic process, personal sessions, personal development or receive ongoing parenting support while their child is receiving therapeutic support - however this is a recommendation, and is not a requirement for me to work therapeutically with your child.  For those who do decide to invest in their own personal therapy, couples or parenting support sessions, I offer a reduced fee to assist in making it more financially viable.

Initial Intake Appointment and Parent Session (Clinic or Zoom): 

Weekdays:    $225.00

Saturday:       $245.00

After Hours:    $245.00

The initial intake appointment and parent session (attended by parents only) includes undertaking a detailed intake process, and an initial meeting / session with parents.  Please allow approximately 2.5 hours for this initial session.

Child Initial and Ongoing Sessions (Clinic):

Single sessions are not initailly available for children.  It is not of therapeutic benefit to children, to introduce them to and open them up to a therapeutic process that may not continue after their first session.  The five session minimum for children, is implemented as a safety and protective factor for all child clients.

Initial series of five weekday sessions $625 (full, non-refundable prepayment required) and to be completed within six weeks.

Initial series of five Saturday or after hours sessions $725.00 (full, non-refundable prepayment required) and to be completed within six weeks.

I will give you my best estimate regarding the number of sessions your child may need, at your intake appointment, and again, after every fifth session.  A typical guide for children's sessions is that children often require between 20 to 30 weekly sessions, to resolve general issues.  For complex issues, 30 to 50 weekly sessions may be required.

After an initial five sessions, weekly, fortnightly or casual sessions may be discussed as an ongoing option.

Weekdays:    $125.00  per 45 minute session

Saturday:       $145.00 per 45 minute session

After Hours:   $145.00 per 45 minute session

Child Initial and Ongoing Sessions (Zoom):

Single sessions are not initailly available for children.  It is not of therapeutic benefit to children, to introduce them to and open them up to a therapeutic process that may not continue after their first session.  The five session minimum for children, is implemented as a safety and protective factor for all child clients.

Initial series of five weekday sessions $475.00 (full, non-refundable prepayment required) and to be completed within six weeks.

Initial series of five Saturday or after hours sessions $625.00 (full, non-refundable prepayment required) and to be completed within six weeks.

I will give you my best estimate regarding the number of sessions your child may need, at your intake appointment, and again, after every fifth session.  A typical guide for children's sessions is that children often require between 20 to 30 weekly sessions, to resolve general issues.  For complex issues, 30 to 50 weekly sessions may be required.

After an initial five sessions, weekly, fortnightly or casual sessions may be discussed as an ongoing option.

Weekdays:   $95.00 per 45 minute session

Saturday:     $125.00 per 45 minute session

After Hours:  $125.00 per 45 minute session

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Fees for additional people attending a child's therapy session -

  • If a child requests that a parent attend their session, or a session is pre-booked for one parent and a child to attend, the session is based on the adult session timeframe and fee structure
  • If both parents wish to attend a session with their child, the relationships session timeframe and fee structure is recommended.

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 reduced fee for parents who choose this option. 

For every five sessions their child attends, parents may also attend their own five individual or five couples / parenting sessions, at the reduced rate.

Individual parent, couples or parenting sessions must be completed within the same timeframe as the child's sessions ie if a child has four sessions in a one month period, the individual parent's, couple's or parenting sessions must be completed in that same one month period.

Parent Ongoing Sessions - for Parents of Children Currently Undertaking Sessions (Clinic):  Counselling or Parenting Support

Weekdays:  $125.00 per session (up to 75 minutes ... usually $145) for individual sessions

Saturday:     $145.00 per session (up to 75 minutes ... usually $165.00) for individual sessions

After hours:  $145.00 per session (up to 75 minutes ... usually $165.00) for individual sessions

Weekdays:   $250.00 per session (up to 2.5 hours ... usually $295.00) for couple's / parenting  sessions

Saturday:     $295.00 per session (up to 2.5 hours ... usually $330.00) for couple's / parenting sessions

After hours:  $295.00 per session (up to 2.5 hours ... usually $330.00) for couple's / parenting sessions

Parent Ongoing Sessions - for Parents of Children Currently Undertaking Sessions (Zoom):  Counselling or Parenting Support

Weekdays:  $95.00 per session (up to 75 minutes ... usually $125) for individual sessions

Saturday:     $125.00 per session (up to 75 minutes ... usually $145.00) for individual sessions

After hours:  $125.00 per session (up to 75 minutes ... usually $145.00) for individual sessions

Weekdays:   $195.00 per session (up to 2.5 hours ... usually $245.00) for couple's / parenting  sessions

Saturday:     $250.00 per session (up to 2.5 hours ... usually $295.00) for couple's / parenting sessions

After hours:  $250.00 per session (up to 2.5 hours ... usually $295.00) for couple's / parenting sessions

 
Complimentary Parenting Support:  
 
Complimentary parenting support is offered to parents between sessions, via texting or email, on a fair and reasonable use basis.
 
 Complimentary parenting support is not a replacement for sessions, and plays a supportive role only.
 
Complimentary parenting support is available during the seven day period following your child's session, or your individual, couple's or parenting session.

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 therapeutic process.

 

Adults 18+:

Introductory Consultation:       

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

Initial Intake Appointment and Session (Clinic or Zoom): 

Weekdays:    $225.00

Saturday:       $245.00

After Hours:    $245.00

Please allow approximately 2.5 hours for your initial intake appointment and session

Adult Ongoing Sessions (Clinic):

Weekdays:    $145.00 per 75 minute session

Saturday:       $165.00 per 75 minute session

After Hours:    $165.00 per 75 minute session

Pachages:     Adults can also choose to book and prepay for a series of six face to face sessions for a discounted (non-refundable) fee of $775 for weekdays, or $845.00 for Saturday or after hours (to be completed within an eight week period).

Adult Ongoing Sessions (Zoom):

Weekdays:    $125.00 per 75 minute session

Saturday:       $145.00 per 75 minute session

After Hours:    $145.00 per 75 minute session

Packages:     Adults can also choose to book and prepay for a series of six face to face sessions for a discounted (non-refundable) fee of $695 for weekdays, or $775 for Saturday or after hours (to be completed within an eight week period). 

 

Couples / Relationships ie parent and child, siblings, friends / families:

Introductory Consultation:   

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

Initial Intake Appointment and Session (Clinic or Zoom):

Weekdays:      $265.00

Saturday:        $295.00

After Hours:   $295.00

Please allow approximately 3.5 hours for your initial intake appointment and session.

Ongoing Sessions (Clinic):

Weekdays:     $295.00 approximately 2.5 hours

Saturday:        $330.00 approximately 2.5 hours

After Hours:    $330.00 approximately 2.5 hours

Ongoing Sessions (Zoom):

Weekdays:      $265.00 approximately 2.5 hours

Saturday:        $295.00 approximately 2.5 hours

After Hours:    $295.00 approximately 2.5 hours

*** Before proceeding with further couple's / relationship or family therapy sessions, a recommendation for individual therapy sessions may be offered. 

 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.

Payment, Cancellation & Late Arrival Policy:

  • A non-refundable, pre-payment (in full) is required to confirm all initial sessions (via credit card or direct deposit).  Credit card payments (via Paypal) or direct deposit payments must be received by close of business, on the same day the appointment for the initial session was made

  • PayPal Fees: An additional fee of:

$5 up to $200 ... $10 from $201 up to $400 ... $15 from $401 up to $600 ... $20 from $601 up to $800 ... $25 from $801 up to $1000 ... $30 from $1001 up to $1200 and $35 from $1201 up to $1400 is charged for all credit card payments.  Fees above $1401 can be quoted prior to payment.

  • Session Confirmation:  If your confirmation payment is not received by close of business on the same day that the appointment was made, the reserved appointment will be automatically cancelled, and another appointment time will need to be booked.  I do not send out reminders for initial session confirmation payments. 
  • If, due to an emergency situation or unexpected illness, an initial session needs to be rescheduled, I offer one rescheduling without any forfeiting of the non-refundable prepayment.  A rescheduled session must be re-booked and attended within 30 days of the original session date. Sessions can be rescheduled to occur via face to face, or via zoom.  From time to time, there may be extenuating circumstances where I may allow a longer period for rescheduling, and that decision will be at my discretion.  However, no refund will be provided.

  • Fees for all future sessions are processed at the completion of the session.  This includes cash, direct deposit and credit card payments. 
  • Pre-payment (in full, non-refundable) and pre-booked sessions are required for all 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.  However, if a pattern of repeated cancellations were to occur, a full, non-refundable, pre-payment will then be requested to confirm all future sessions. 
  • All clients receive a session reminder (via text message, email or facebook messaging, depending on your unique communication forum) within 24 - 48 hours of their alloted session time.  Failure to reply to your reminder message, and confirm your attendance, may result in your session being reassigned to a waitlisted client.  It is essential that you reply to your session reminder message. 
  • If an emergency or unexpected illness should 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, which inevitably results in increased fees ... and ... also prevents waitlisted clients from being notified of or accessing newly available session times.  Please be considerate of others when giving notice of your inability to attend your session.  
  • 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 will be 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.  If I arrive late to your session (via zoom or home visiting) or if I am running late in my rooms ... you will receive the full session time that you have booked.