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What is Talking Therapy?

Talking therapy may also be referred to as:
  • counselling
  • psychological treatments or therapy
  • psychotherapy

The various terms used to describe talking therapies often mean different things to different people.

Counselling usually focuses on a specific problem or issue. Counselling deals with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, and confidence building.

Therapy can help you understand and manage your symptoms and problems and give you skills and strategies to change your behaviour and moods.

Talking Therapies gives you the opportunity to explore your thoughts, feelings, what is happening in your body, and the effect this has on your mood and behaviours. Understanding all this can help you make the changes by feeling, thinking and acting differently.

Talking Therapies offers treatment for mental illness and help manage your distress. Talk Therapies can help you learn the skills and strategies to feel more empowered in your Recovery. I stress the sense of hope and relationships to recovery. You are more than the illness, the distress or problems that you are experiencing

Talking Therapies can help you take greater control of your life and improve your confidence.

Is Talking Therapies right for me?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings can help you make sense of what is happening for you at difficult times. If you turn a worry round and round in your mind (ruminating or monkey mind), the worry can grow and increase your feeling of distress.

Talking about it can help you work out what is really upsetting and concerning you and explore what you could do about it.

Talking is an important part of our relationships. It can strengthen your connection with other people and this is essential for good mental health.

When you are listened to and you feel heard, it means that other people care about you and what you have to say.

Do I really need Counselling/Therapy? I can usually manage my problems on my own

We often find it helpful to talk to family and friends however sometimes they cannot help us or we need to talk to a professional.

Describing to me what’s going on in your head and heart and how that makes you feel can help you notice patterns that may be helpful to change. It can also help you work out where your troubling feelings and ideas come from and why they are there.

Talking Therapies involves talking to someone else who is qualified and trained to help people dealing with distress.

You do not need to be told by a doctor that you have a mental health problem to be offered or get the benefits from Talking Therapies.

How can Talk Therapy help?

“the problem is the problem you are not the problem”

Talking Therapies can help you work out how to deal with troubling thoughts and feeling and make the positive changes you want.

Talking therapies can help you work through the distress at difficult life events as well as people with a mental illness.

In talking therapy you will learn about and get information to understand what is happening for you. Many people find this education a very important part of recovery and sustaining good mental health.

You will learn skills and strategies to manage the feelings of distress, preventative strategies to help you maintain your mental health

Talking Therapy can make easier for you create change, balance, growth and hope making it effective over a long period.

What is counselling and therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals and needs.

Different talking therapies are called a confusing mix of names and some therapies have several names. Don’t let the jargon put you off! Behind every technical term is a way of working with people that is designed to help. Like other talking therapist I have my own personal style in the way I utilise evidenced- based talking therapy strategies.

Allied mental health professionals have an approved a range of evidence-based strategies for use.  Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) rebatable Medicare items are:

Psycho-education
Cognitive-behavioural Therapy
Relaxation Strategies

Skills training including:
  • Problem solving skills and training
  • Anger management
  • Social skills training
  • Communication training
  • Stress management
  • Parent management training
Interpersonal therapy

There is also flexibility to include narrative therapy for clients of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

The Process

Jacqueline Conroy Talking Therapies offers practical solutions to life’s most complex problems.

       “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” Maya Angelou

Regardless of your circumstance you will not be judged or ignored. You will be heard, understood and respected to ensure you receive effective guidance for your long-term emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

What you can achieve working with me?

  • A life free of anxiety and fear
  • Recovery from problematic mental health issues
  • A life with meaning, purpose and hope
  • Resolve your grief and loss
  • Freedom from anger
  • Solutions to your problems and challenges
  • Communication Skills
  • Balance in your life
  • A life free from addiction
  • A deep connection with yourself
  • An intimate connection to the ones you love and to the world
  • Happiness, peace and calmness becomes the rule rather than the exception
You will achieve a level of success and fulfilment in all aspects of your life   your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

"No one can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending" Maria Robinson

How I Work
I provide counselling and therapy in a face-to-face setting as well as telephone and online.


I will listen to your story and work with you to re-story to live the life you deserve.

I use a whole-of-person approach and recognise that problems and mental health issues occur in the context of your environment and specific needs.

My practice approach is one of partnership – non-judgemental, respectful, empathetic and compassionate. I acknowledge that you are the expert in your own life and know what are the best solutions for you.

Your First Session

We begin with an introduction to each other. I will take the time to understand your unique situation and focus on your needs and the outcomes you want.

This session will take a full hour. It is important that we work in partnership. I will work beside you and provide the skills and tools to find the unique solutions you want to lead the life you deserve.

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Tracking Your Progress

Each subsequent session begins with your feedback on your progress and the effectiveness of the techniques and strategies developed from the previous session.

An evidence-based method called Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) is used to document both your personal, interpersonal and social outcomes and how you feel about each session and the therapeutic relationship. The aim of this process is to ensure that you are achieving the outcomes you want and the therapy and counselling is working for you.

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

The law protects the relationship between a client and their therapist, and information cannot be disclosed without your written permission.

Medicare Rebates
Jacqueline Conroy Talking Therapies accreditations and qualifications means you are eligible for Medicare rebate.

However, to be eligible for this rebate, you do need to visit your GP first, explain your mental health concerns and obtain a referral called a Mental Health Care Plan.

It is recommended that you book a long consultation with your GP so that they can have adequate time to develop a care plan with you.

Your referral then entitles you to 10 treatment sessions per calendar year receive the Medicare rebate.

Bring this referral along with you on your first visit to Jacqueline Conroy Talking Therapies and we will make the rest easy for you.