Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I need to come for counselling?

The number of counselling sessions you have will depend on you. We can usually determine how helpful the sessions are after 2-4 sessions and how much longer you may need to continue. The decision to continue will always be up to you. We will periodically discuss your progress and will decide together when it is time to stop. Some clients engage in therapy for a period of time and then decide to take a break. You can always return at any point in time for one or more sessions, as needed.

What if I have a problem in my relationship and my partner doesn’t want to come for couples / marriage  therapy?

If your partner is reluctant to come for counselling, you can still attend on your own. Sometimes it takes a few sessions on your own before your partner feels comfortable attending. Although it is preferable to have both of you in the couples therapy session together, even if your partner never attends, we can still work effectively on the issues that concern you about the relationship.

What is your approach as a therapist?

Change occurs when you feel safe. I practice counselling with great attention to confidentiality, respect, and acceptance of who you are and where you may be in your life. As your therapist, I work together with you to explore your issues in depth and to find new ways of handling them. You are the expert in your own life and I believe that change occurs best in an authentic client-therapist relationship. I work with respect for where you are at in your life’s journey, understanding that it takes courage to reveal the deeper aspects of yourself to someone else. My clients tell me that I am gentle yet honest. They often express surprise at what they are able to talk about with each other in the safe haven of the counselling room. They learn to have more meaningful conversations with each other and this helps them to deepen their connection to each other and continue to experiment with new ways of relating over time.

How do I qualify for a counselling rebate?

Because I am a registered social worker, you may be eligible to receive a partial rebate for our counselling sessions from Medicare under the Better Access Initiative. Your doctor will need to complete a mental health assessment plan with you in order to qualify. You will need to ask for an extended appointment with your doctor in order to complete the assessment. I am also a registered Medibank Private provider so you will be eligible to claim a rebate if you are insured with Medibank.

How do I get started with counselling?

It takes courage to pick up the phone and make an appointment for counselling. But this is the best way to get started on making a change in your life. You can email me on lauren@laurensokolski.com.au, or call me on 0423 932 200 to book an appointment or for a FREE 10-minute phone consultation in which I can answer some of your questions and you can decide if you would like to book an appointment with me.

Where are you located?

I have offices in Bentleigh, Caulfield North and South Yarra .  1799 Centre Road, Bentleigh 3204, 49 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North 3161 Suite 204, 9-11 Claremont St, South Yarra 3141 

Lauren Sokolski is a Melbourne therapist, couples counsellor and registered social worker who helps singles and couples with relationship problems and those struggling with issues of grief and loss, life transitions, depression and anxiety. She has offices in Bentleigh, South Yarra, and Caulfield North.

Lauren Sokolski

Lauren Sokolski

BA, BSW, MAASW, acc

Therapist/Counsellor

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