A Psychotherapy FAQ with answers to frequent questions. Click on each question to see the answer, or use the search box to find the information you are looking for.

If your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact us.


Psychotherapy – How does it work?

Psychotherapy is known as the ‘talking cure’- speaking to a trained listener who can help you make sense of your situation and throw light on how you might be hindering yourself based on old patterns and behaviours can be very helpful.

How long will it take?

Depends on the issues you’re bringing. We will agree a set number of sessions to begin with and then review progress to decide between us if you require more sessions or not. Ultimately it’s up to you how many sessions you have.

What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling is usually (but not always) of a shorter nature and addresses surface issues rather than underlying causes. Typically Psychotherapists train for 5 years, whereas counsellors often for 2.

How often will I have to come?

Once a week is recommended for the best results.

Will my health insurance cover costs?

Many of our practitioners are registered private health insurance providers.  Please check under your preferred practitioner prior to booking your appointment.

David Polak is a registered Phychotherapist provider with PruHealth, Cigna and Health Assured- check with them before you come to see David


How do I pay for my treatment?

Cash or cheque at each session either at the start or the end, directly to the therapist.