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About Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy



There are dozens of options for counselling services throughout Australia, and finding the right therapist for your needs is often the key to success. Indeed, research suggests that the fit between the counsellor and client is the most significant predictor of Therapy’s success more important even than the therapists’ training, experience, or approach to treatment. You might be surprised, though, to learn that counselling isn’t just for people struggling with mental illness or major life transitions. Indeed, a therapist can help you navigate a host of issues, bringing clarity and progress to challenges.

That's where Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy can help. Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy has experience with understanding your needs and finding ways to minimize or assist in changing what is happening for you.  Bayside Counselling's goal is: to help children, adolescents, adults, and families feel strong, healthy, and peaceful from the inside-out. 

Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy's Unique Approach:

Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy combines traditional therapeutic services with comprehensive mind/body therapies. Grounded in the most current research and evidenced-based-practices, Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy has created programs to address the specific needs of those who are looking for support and understanding.  

Our Services:

Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy prides itself in being a one-stop-shop for your entire family’s wellness needs. Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy is here to help you strengthen your mind and body. 

Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy is recognised and registered with:
NDIS, Medicare, Department Veteran Affairs.
I also provide services for clients who wish to engage without the referral process.

IN THIS CURRENT SETTING, WHERE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS PREFERRED, ONLINE TELEHEALTH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE.  
Please Contact Paula for more information on telehealth platforms.

Ready to take the next step?

Contact Paula on 0401 300 266 to set up your phone consultation today! 



About Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy

Services


List of Services

Services for the Whole Family

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Speciality Areas

Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy assists in working with individuals in the following areas:

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Executive Functioning Support

Could Your Child Benefit from Executive Functioning Support?

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Walk & Talk Therapy

What is Walk + Talk Therapy?

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Play Therapy

"Play is a child's language and toys are their words" - Garry Landreth

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present in this moment, non-judgementally.

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Clinical Supervision

Clinical supervision provides opportunity for people working within the education and health setting to access a structured, confidential and supportive service that aims to extend and explore individual and or group professional development and evidence-based practice.

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Telehealth Services

Welcome to the new age of Telehealth Services

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Are you eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan?


Are you eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan?
 

As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, I am registered with Medicare. This allows you to have the option to talk with your GP about considering if it is appropriate to prepare a Mental Health Care Plan and make a referral to Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy.

 

If you are eligible, your GP will need to conduct a Mental Health Assessment with you. This is a brief report on your medical history and the main issues for which you are seeking Focused Psychological Services . 

Under a Mental Health Care Plan, you will receive up to 10 counselling sessions a year (initially 6 sessions with the opportunity to access 4 more after a review) for which you can claim a Medicare rebate.

 

Your GP will initially authorise 6 counselling / therapy sessions and will review your case once these are completed. They will then decide whether to authorise a further 4 sessions. You will then receive a rebate from Medicare for each session.

 

For your first counselling session you will need to bring your Mental Health Care Plan.


For more information on Medicare please follow this link:  https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/medicare-services

NDIS - Are you a registered client or are you unsure where to begin?


Introduction: 

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) welcomes the advent of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) as a rights-based approach that supports the independence and the social and economic participation of people with a permanent impairment or condition. The values of ‘choice and control’ that underpin the Scheme are consistent with the values and principles of self-determination and empowerment that have guided the social work profession for many decades.

The role of social work in the NDIS:
 
Professional social work skills and supports have historically been integral to disability services in both government and non-government organisations. Social workers have had a strong role in assessment, planning and case management across all types of disability and service provision. This is particularly because of our expertise in addressing both personal and systemic dimensions of support and intervention.
Social Workers focus on maintaining and enhancing quality of life in a range of settings to facilitate empowerment and assist people with disability, their families and communities. Our work includes all levels of management and program design, individual planning, counselling, coordination and case management, as well as policy development, research and advocacy.
The values, qualifications and skills of social workers constitute a precise match with the person-centred approach of the NDIS. Social work practice is across the life span, and this includes working with children, adults, families, carers, groups and communities. Most importantly, social workers work alongside people with disability to facilitate their empowerment (and that of their families) and achieve their needs, goals and aspirations.

Social workers are present throughout the entirety of the NDIS (see Figure 1) in varied roles, including planners, Local Area Coordinators, managers, supervisors and as registered providers.
Figure 1: Social work roles in the NDIS



Under the NDIS eligibility criteria, social workers can provide several specific supports, including:

• Therapeutic and counselling supports (individual and group)
• Early intervention supports for early childhood
• Behaviour support (assessment and development of support plans)
• Assistance in coordinating or managing life stages, transitions and supports
• Assistance to access and maintain employment or higher education
• Assistance with obtaining or retaining accommodation and tenancy
Participant booklets:

Three participant booklets are available to support people with disability and participants throughout their NDIS journey.
The first booklet in the series includes information about accessing the NDIS, including a useful eligibility checklist.
Booklet 1 – Understanding the NDIS
Booklet 1 covers:
  • Learning about the NDIS
  • Deciding whether to apply for the NDIS
  • Accessing the NDIS
  
Planning In Booklet 2: 

Understanding your current supports and preparing for your planning meeting 
  • To get ready for your meeting, think about your current supports and who provides them, and what supports and services you may need to achieve your goals. • Complete this booklet on your own or with someone’s help and bring it with you to your planning meeting. Consider any relevant reports or assessments you will need to bring with you as well. 
  • Attending a planning meeting to create your plan 
  • Learn about what will happen in your planning meeting, who you will meet with, and who you can bring along with you. 
Receiving your approved NDIS plan:
 
  • Learn how you will receive your NDIS plan, and what to do next. 
 
This booklet covers:
  1. Understanding your current supports 
  2. Creating an NDIS plan to achieve your goals 
  3. Receiving an approved NDIS plan
Booklet 2 - Planning 
BOOKLET 3: Using your NDIS plan:

Understanding what’s in your plan 
  1. Learn what the different parts of your NDIS plan mean, who can help you start using your plan and how your plan is managed. 
Learning how to use your plan 
  1. Learn how to start using your plan to achieve your goals. 
  2. Understand what you can spend your funding on, and how to find service providers. It will also tell you how you can access community and other government services outside the NDIS. 
Choosing and managing supports and services 
  1. Use this booklet to start choosing providers to deliver your supports and services. 
  2. Find out what to do if things aren’t working out or you want to try another provider. 
Reviewing your plan and progress 
  1. Use this booklet to help keep track of your goals. 
  2. Make notes about what is working in your NDIS plan and what might need to change when your plan is reviewed. 
  3. Towards the end of every plan you will need to get ready for your plan review. Start thinking about your goals, and how your plan is helping you to achieve them. You may need to think about the future goals you would like to achieve or community and other government services you may need if you no longer require support from the NDIS. 
BOOKLET 3 - Using your NDIS plan

You will receive the booklets you need during your NDIS journey, or you can access them on the NDIS website at www.ndis.gov.au

Confidentiality


Confidentiality
CONFIDENTIALITY

All personal information gathered by Paula during the provision of the counselling service will remain confidential and secure except when:

  • It is subpoenaed by a court;
  • Failure to disclose certain information would place the client or another person’s life in imminent danger; Your prior approval has been obtained to provide reports for a third party;
  • Confidentiality is controlled according to strict guidelines set down by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). This is also provided in accordance with State Legislation.
For further information regarding confidentiality, ethical guidelines for Accredited Mental Health Social Workers and the procedures for making a complaint, please contact Paula at Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy on:

Mobile: 0401 300 266 or
Email: paulajohnstone1@outlook.com.au 

Contact


  • Novar Gardens South Australia, Australia
  • Depending on the service provided, home visits, hospital appointments or school support can be offered. Please contact Paula to determine if the service is right for you and your family.
  • 0401 300 266 - Paula Johnstone
  • paulajohnstone1@outlook.com.au
  • Currently Available: Monday 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm Tuesday 5.15 pm to 7:00 pm Wednesday 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday 9:30 am to 7:00 pm Friday 9:30 am to 7:00 pm Saturday 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Due to increasing demands. available times are now available Thursday's and Friday's from 9.30 am til 7.00 pm. Please contact Paula for more details.

Team


Paula Johnstone

Director/ Therapist

I am passionate about empowering individuals to fulfil their highest potential. I offer traditional individual talk therapy and mind/body therapies.

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FAQ's


If you've ever talked to family and friends about what counselling is, it's possible that each person will have their own interpretation and understanding of it. However, in general, Counselling aims to help you cope with personal situations, experiences, feelings and thoughts.
The counsellor will usually ask questions, listen to you, reflect on what you share and explore the range of options that may be available to you.

It's important to note that counselling is not about giving you the answer or providing you with a quick fix. 

It is best to view counselling as a way of putting things into perspective and opening you up to options and resources that you may not have previously considered.
For some, the idea of counselling may seem daunting or embarrassing, this may be due to:
  • fear of being judged
  • fear of others close to you may wanting to know why are you deciding to talk with a counsellor
  • embarrassment about what has or is happening for you or your family
  • concern that seeing a counsellor will draw unwanted attention to the problem or make it worse
  • feeling you should be able to manage things on your own
  • feeling things are not to be shared outside of the family
These concerns and fears are not uncommon.  This is where, Paula from Bayside Counselling & Family Therapy can assist.  With a phone call, you can confidentially talk with her about your concerns before making your first appointment.  Paula takes a sensitive and caring approach to different issues and understands that your ability to talk openly may be hindered by:
  • the nature of your situation or issues
  • bad experiences of counselling in the past
  • difficulties accessing counselling
  • or difficulties such as family commitments
In special circumstances, Paula is willing to consult with you over the phone or if local, she can come to you.
A standard counselling session usually goes for 50 minutes.
There are different rates depending on your circumstance and prevision of treatment.  
Please call Paula on 0401 300 266 for further information.
Initially when you call and make an appointment you will only be asked for your full name, phone number and if you have: a referral through your GP, NDIS plan or other information that you may like to bring along with you.

When you attend your first appointment, we will discuss the referral pathway you have with you, such as through your GP, NDIS or privately. This information is used for administrative purposes only. Additionally, a copy of the personal information form will need to be completed, which can be downloaded from this site.

During our first meeting, Paula may ask such questions as, 'What has brought you here today?' or 'You spoke about ..... on the phone, how is that going?'

The depth of information provided by you is decided by you. Obviously, the more you can share, the greater the possibility of moving through the issues and forward. At no time will you be pushed to share more than you would like to. Many people who come to see me say, as they begin to feel more comfortable within the session, the more they are happy to share.  
As discussed earlier, making the decision to see a counsellor can seem daunting.  It is important for you to feel comfortable, so if brining someone with you helps, then by all means.
It is important to be sure you can trust this person with your personal information and not feel judged by doing so.

Schedule Booking


For first time bookings: Please contact Paula on: 0401 300 266 to discuss and briefly explore the issues you or a family member maybe facing. From this contact Paula will provide the options that are available to you and organise a time to suit. Fee structures will be discussed at your initial meeting with Paula. Returning clients: Please contact Paula to arrange your appointment or book on this site via email bookings. Please remember: If your are unable to attend your appointment please ensure you contact Paula 24 hours prior to your appointment to cancel.


  • Category: Online Appointments
  • Duration: 00:50 Hours
  • Address: Novar Gardens South Australia, Australia (Map)
  • More Info: Depending on services requested, pricing variations will apply. Please contact Paula for more information.

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Client Forms

For the first time bookings you can save time in the initial meeting by completing Confidential Client Intake Form.

Media

Calm Mind: Namaste Music Happiness Frequency - Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphin Release Music, Relaxing Meditation Music Greenred Productions - Relaxing Music

Social

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Amazing Things Happen - by Alexander Amelines.

Alexander’s film gives an uplifting introduction to autism for young non-autistic audiences, aiming to raise awareness, understanding and tolerance in future generations.

Store


Sensory Aids

Sensory Chew Aids

Includes Postage & Handling Charge

AU$12.50

Sensory Chew Brick Silicone Biting Pencil Topper

Pencil Toppers are an effective sensory seeking tool for children of all ages. Benefits of pencil chew toppers include: 1) Improved focus and concentration 2) Supports speech development 3) Assists in filtering incoming sensory distractions / information 4) Reduces anxiety and stress 5) Help decrease oral defensiveness for those with oral hypersensitivity 6) Provide Oral Sensory Input for Sensory Seekers 7) Reduce inappropriate mouthing of items that can damage teeth 8) Helps with weight loss if child eats when he should not be hungry 9) Reduce Nail Biting, Thumb Sucking 10) Help decrease oral defensiveness for those with oral hypersensitivity

AU$12.50

Teardrop Chew Necklace

Teardrop chew necklace

AU$14.20

Finger Traps

If you’re unfamiliar, Fingers Traps are woven bamboo tubes. You stick your index fingers into each end, and when you try to pull your fingers out, the tube contracts, trapping your fingers. When you push your fingers in, the tube expands and relaxes. Finger Traps have been adapted to use within therapy sessions, reducing anxiety, frustration, anger while increasing calmness, sense of fairness and relaxation.

AU$9.00

Resources

This page is currently under construction

I am excited to have the opportunity to share resources that you can use at home. I am currently building on the packages and will have them available for you soon.

This page is currently under construction

I am excited to have the opportunity to share resources that you can use at home. I am currently building on the packages and will have them available for you soon.