Below you will find answers to some of the questions (FAQs) people often have about the therapeutic process.

Below are answers to some of the questions (FAQs) people often have about the therapeutic process.

Your first session will provide an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to get a feeling for what it might be like to be in therapy.  We will explore what’s led you to seek therapy, as well as give you space to discuss your expectations, hopes and concerns about therapy.

Towards the end of the session, we will discuss the dynamics, how you feel the session went, and if and how we might continue working together.  Importantly, it’s good for you to understand that you’re under no obligation to continue.  All therapists work in a unique way, and it’s important that you find the right therapist for you.

Psychotherapy and Counselling are confidential processes.  What is said in the room stays in the room unless you agree otherwise.  That said, we do have a legal and ethical obligation to inform appropriate authorities where you are a danger to yourself or others.  Our work is governed by a code of ethics which includes respecting the privacy of clients by preserving the confidentiality of their information.

Reed holds a Graduate Diploma (Grad.Dip) in Counselling with Distinction and is a current candidate for the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MA.PC) at Western Sydney University.  Reed’s training is predominately person-centred; however, he also draw from other therapeutic models and approaches such as Mindfulness-based Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), Gottman Therapy for Couples, and Positive Psychology.

Alex holds a Graduate Diploma (Grad.Dip) in Counselling from Western Sydney University and is currently completing a Post-Graduate Diploma (Grad.Dip) in Psychological Studies at Charles Sturt University. He employs techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral informed therapy and interpersonal counselling skills in his practice. He is also a current clinical lead at Headspace, Port Macquarie.

A Counsellor or Psychotherapist is a non-judgmental and supportive professional whose main focus is you.  Reed & Alex will encourage you to explore and find your own answers to your own unique situation.  Their job is to make you feel safe, heard and understood.

Counselling and psychotherapy do not fall under Medicare or every private insurer; however, Medibank Private, BUPA, Police Health and Emergency Services do offer rebates.

Running a small private practice is a busy undertaking and sometimes the Mannaz team find themselves at capacity. Mannaz Therapy does keep a wait-list (8-10 weeks) and will contact new clients as consult times become available so please get in touch to inquire about session availability.

Therapy isn’t a quick fix, as much as we’d like it to be.
It usually takes a number of sessions before you’ll begin to really see the difference therapy is making.  However, on rare occasions, a single session may be enough for you to gain sufficient insight and understanding about your concern, issue, or conflict.

Yes we do.  Often couples will seek therapy due to a rupture in the relationship which can include a traumatic event, work-or-family-related issues, transition, infidelity, or a breakdown of intimacy.  The therapeutic work undertaken will often involve looking at communication, both positive and negative; individual and relational strengths; boundaries; and trust.  Importantly, the work can be very fortifying for the couple and very rewarding for us as the witness to your courage, commitment, and bond.

Yes, Reed holds clinical registration with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and Alex holds registration with the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Person-centred therapy was developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940s.  This type of therapy diverged from the traditional model of the therapist as an expert and moved instead toward a non-directive, empathic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process.  You can find detailed info about this approach and why we practice it here.

Yes, absolutely!  Reed’s work increasingly involves meeting and working with couples in same-sex relationships as well as the broader LGBTQI community.  As a proud member of this community, he is more than happy – some would say keen – to support others in building momentum, insight and understanding.

We love working in community and our therapeutic work brings us into contact with all types of folk.  The Blue Mountains community is diverse, culturally progressive and accepting – which is why Reed lives and works here.

Alex predominately works with young people and their families at Headspace Port Macquarie. That said, he is a local Blue Mountains chap, so while he currently lives and works by the sea, his heart belongs on the mountain.