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How Teleconference Counselling can help in the Coronavirus situation

Teleconference sessions are a convenient, effective alternative to face-to-face therapy and are suitable for individuals, couples and families. They are also a good option in the current Coronavirus climate where our ability to move around in the community is reduced. But what actually happens when you book a Telehealth session with Sydney Couple and Family Specialists? 

How it works:

  • A Telehealth session allows you to participate in sessions without coming into the practice. All you need is access to the internet and a device. We can also conduct sessions by phone. 
  • Just like our face-to-face appointments, teleconference sessions run for one hour and are charged at our standard rate.
  • For teleconference sessions, we use the Telehealth platform. This is a secure platform that meets our high ethical guidelines. It allows you to see and hear your Therapist, and your partner/family members.
  • At your appointment time, we send you a link to the “virtual counselling room” and you simply click on that link.
  • We pay for the Telehealth platform, there is no additional cost to you.
  • For families with people is different locations, teleconferencing allows us to see and hear multiple people at one time. Your partner may be at work, you may be at home and another person might be interstate. 
  • If the connection drops out during a session, we will send you a new link. Or we will call you on your mobile and continue the session by phone.
  • Payments are made by direct debit. New clients are emailed registration forms prior to the first session, to be completed and sent back.
  • You are still able to have a 15-minute free phone consultation before signing up to online counselling. We understand you may wish to check out the Therapist first and make sure they are the right fit for you and your situation.

Is it for me?

  • At Sydney Couple and Family Specialists we already do a lot of counselling sessions via phone or teleconference, and clients find them easy and productive. 
  • If you are worried about the technology, don’t. Our Therapists are skilled at using the online platforms and will guide you through.
  • Teleconference counselling is just as effective as face-to-face counselling especially when it comes to couples counselling and family counselling. The “virtual counselling room” is a private space for you to work on your relationships. 
  • In fact, some find it easier to talk about difficult subjects without the intensity of being in the room with the Therapist. While others just like the comfort of being in their own space for counselling.
  • The structure of the sessions is exactly the same as face-to-face sessions and the interventions are the same.
  • Sessions are strictly confidential and our Therapists are very experienced at handling real-world relationship issues.
  • Our online counselling style is direct, fast paced and designed to get results.

If you need help in your relationships, don’t sit at home waiting for the situation with the Coronavirus to change. Get help today with Sydney Couple and Family Specialists and call us on 02 8968 9397 to book your free 15-minute phone consultation.

About Cherie

Cherie specialises in family and couples counselling in the areas of relationship conflict, grief, life transitions, separation and divorce, childhood trauma, and complex adolescent issues.

Cherie is a reflective and insightful therapist.  She is fair and supportive, and works hard to help her clients find solutions. Clients say Cherie is gentle but firm when she needs to be and they feel comfortable with her.

Cherie brings years of couple and family experience to her clinical practice. She has a particular professional interest in blended families, foster/adopted families, rainbow families, and those with teenagers presenting with worrying behaviours such as self-harm, suicide ideation, gaming/social media addictions, and mental health diagnoses.

She has extensive experience with separated families around child access and Family Court matters.

“People are often anxious about attending therapy and that’s completely understandable. Please know that it’s my job to provide the necessary structure to give everyone a chance to be fully heard and understood.  I will encourage you to think about what you want your relationships to look like in the future, and together we will work towards these goals. With the right support, you can move through what might feel ‘stuck’ right now.”

Families and couples who come to see Cherie can expect to leave sessions with a deeper understanding of relationship dynamics, tools to improve communication and the confidence to move forward.

Qualifications and Professional Membership
Cherie holds a Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling (WSU), a Diploma in Counselling (WSU) and a Bachelor degree in Communications (CSU).  She also holds a certificate in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

She is an accredited group facilitator for the Melbourne University’s Tuning into Teens parenting program, and the Jacaranda Project for adult survivors of child abuse. In previous roles, Cherie was a committee member of the Children and Adolescent Sexual Assault Counsellors’ network and was a former editor of Breaking Free – the monthly newsletter of the Blue Knot Foundation, the peak body supporting survivors with complex trauma.

Cherie is a Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and a member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).

“When we re-married and tried to bring our families together it got horribly messy and our son started acting out.  Cherie helped us to see what was going on.  She listened and validated us, and offered practical advice on how to be step-parents.  We feel like we’re back on track.” David (47) father of two children and step-dad to 13-year-old son Josh, and Josh’s mum Lucy (44) who saw Cherie Marriott for blended family work.

“Our arguments could get pretty heated but this didn’t seem to faze Cherie.  She stayed calm and stepped in to cool things down.  In the end, something just changed and we stopped spinning our wheels.  I think it was Cherie’s belief in our strengths that made all the difference.”
Samantha (35) and Leon (34) who saw Cherie Marriott for couples counselling.

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