The three big questions…

I’m Tim. I’m a fully qualified and registered counsellor and psychotherapist.

I work in a broadly person-centred way, drawing ideas and approaches from psychodynamic psychotherapy, schema therapy, compassion-focused therapy and others.

But what you’re probably really wondering is:

Am I someone you can trust?

Am I someone you can share your pain with?

Am I someone who can help?

These three questions form the basis of how I work.

We start by establishing a relationship of trust, where you know I’m listening and I care, where any topic you bring is up-for-discussion, unconditionally.

From there, we can start the work of sharing your pain, of attending to whatever it is that you’re struggling with and bringing it into the light in a way that feels manageable for you.

With time, our work can help you to develop new ways of thinking and feeling that are less destructive and more in line with your deepest values.

Getting there takes time and commitment. I know because I’ve been there.

For me, it was an investment in the rest of my life. Working with a highly skilled psychotherapist helped me to get to the root of crippling depression and anxiety. Having someone to share my pain with taught me that I was not as alone as I felt.

It helped me to foster the compassion I now have for myself and for the people I work with as a psychotherapist.

Some other questions you might have…

Do you work with a particular ‘type’ of client?

The short answer is ‘no’. I value working with people from different cultures, age groups, gender identities and sexual orientations, and with a wide range of problems including:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • low self-worth
  • perfectionism
  • shame and guilt, and
  • unhealthy anger.

There are some types of clients—for example, children, or people experiencing psychosis—who require specialised assistance that I’m not best-placed to offer.

Also, I’m not able to offer a crisis service, which means I’m not on-call in case of a mental health emergency. The number to call (in Australia) if you are experiencing a mental health crisis is Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Do you offer online counselling?

Yes. I use a telehealth platform called Coviu which offers the highest level of security and easy online payment.

Online counselling can be a great option because it offers convenience, but it is not suited to everyone. Also, there are things you don’t get in online counselling that you do get in person—all those things that make face-to-face communication more immediate and attuned. We’ll need to have a chat on the phone before commencing online to make sure it’s the best option for you.

How much does it cost?

The standard rate for a 50-minute individual consultation is $100.

I offer a sliding scale for people experiencing financial hardship. We can discuss what is realistic for you during the first session.

I am not currently able to offer services covered by private health insurance. Medicare and Better Access mental health plans do not currently cover counselling and psychotherapy.

Where is Time & Space Therapies?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, sessions will take place online. See above for more info on online therapy.

In non-pandemic times, I work from rooms in Murrumbeena and Wheelers Hill.

The Murrumbeena rooms are near Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne’s south-east, a five-minute walk from Hughesdale Station on the Pakenham-Cranbourne line. Plentiful street parking is available.

The Wheelers Hill rooms are near the Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne’s south-east, a short walk from bus stops on Routes 693, 753, 754 and 804. Free parking is available at the front of the rooms.

Important note

Although I’m also a massage therapist, I don’t offer massage therapy to clients who see me for psychotherapy. Among other things, this helps to:

  • maintain clear professional boundaries,
  • maximise the benefits of the work, and
  • maintain a more balanced power differential.