Thursday, May 10, 2018

Welcome & Warm-Up

Hi, welcome to our counselling conversation. 

Hmmmm... I look a bit older and baggier than this now :-)

I counsel, supervise, coach and mediate at two venues:
   Monday afternoon & Wednesday:  Como - from 11:15am-5:15pm at 'Lifestreams Church'; 
   Tuesdays 9:30-5:30: Byford at 'Byford Baptist Church';
   Fridays 9-5 Armadale at Crosswords Church, 38 William St, Armadale.
I also run 'Live Counselling Training Groups' and other counselling or training groups at various venues, including Monday nights at 'South Perth Baptist Church' in the Mosaic Centre.

COMO:  Lifestreams Church on the corner of Murray St. & McNabb Loop, Como, at the south (downhill) end of Murray St.  There is no road from the south - ignore your GPS if it tries that, you must come downhill past Penhros School from the north, so set GPS to the corner Murray & Thelma St. and drive downhill on Murray St.)
BYFORD:  Byford Baptist Church is at 1 Stanley Rd on the corner of South West Highway, Byford, WA 6122, on the left just south of the Thomas Rd traffic lights, about a km north of the highway shopping strip.  I'm in the manse house - turn left at the church doors to see it 10 meters away.
SOUTH PERTH:  The Mosaic Centre is at 2 Lawler St. on the corner of Tate St. just near Wesley College.  You can't get into Lawler or Tate St. from the north (from Mill Point Rd).  You have to come in Leane St, which is the next street further away from the Douglas Ave traffic lights beside Tate St.  Or come in from the south via Angelo St. then Lawler St.

The church venues above don't formally endorse me in any legal or official way.  They sometimes send referrals, and I rent a room from them.  Please meet me in the office or the main foyer and be sure to call me if you can't find me.

My phone = 0413 69 65 68
My email address = AndrewOlsenMail (at) gmail [dot] com.

As both counsellor and receptionist, I need to close our conversation at 50 minutes so that I can deal with payment, welcome my next client, etc.. Please help me with this (= pls watch the clock!).

-  Please arrange to cover the fee at the beginning of our sessions, or, better still, online before you come.
-  Payments can be made by cash, cheque, or EFTPOS when we meet.  Cash is fastest & easiest.  Online payments before the event are even easier.
-  Online payments can be made before you come using your own online banking, 'Pay Anyone',
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-  If you ever want a receipt emailed to you, you must must email me a copy-paste or screenshot of your online banking payment screen/ record/ receipt.

I offer a sliding fee scale to recognise the differences in household income.
This is a nice idea, but making any system work is trickier than it sounds.  There is no simple perfect way to do this because there are too many variables.  But here it is:

'The Roof Rule Rate'.

          Your fee is the annual income under your house roof, less three zeros. 

   For example
~  If you earn $90,000 a year before tax, and nobody else at home earns, then your fee is $90.
~  If you earn $70,000 per year before tax, and your spouse earns $50,000pa, and your 22 year old earns $200 a week part time...
   that makes your total annual household income $70,000 + $50,000 + $10,400 equals $130,400 per annum, so remove the last three zeroes, your fee is $130.  
~  If your roof lives only on Centrelink income, you have a Health Care Card, or are a Full-Time Student, and are not dependant upon your parents, the fee is $40.
~  If you are self-employed or have a complex tax situation with businesses and trusts and so on, your calculations could end up wherever 'creative accounting' wants to take them!  In this case I trust you to estimate what your household would be earning if you were employed by a big company doing what you do, and use that figure.  If the figure seems very high, then you are greatly blessed, and you are welcome to see any other counsellor much cheaper.  If you see me, you are taking care of other clients who are less well off, and taking care of other ministries that I do.  P.S. divorce lawyers will cost you very very much more ;-)
~  I am very cheap.  Many of my peers charge lots more than I do and have a lot less training.  It's a balancing act.

I don't have a relationship with Medicare or Health Insurers, so rebates are not available.  Until Dec '18 I was registered as psychologist but I retired my membership over a dispute with the board.  This was the result of a complaint lodged in 2015 against my approach and methods.  I can't give details because the complaint is confidential, but I can say that my wife is proud of how I got to this situation.

How many sessions?
I'm very unusual in this department.  I never tell anyone whether they should rebook or not.  I don't suggest how many times we should meet, or even when I think we should meet again.  I'm told that this loses me a lot of work!  However, I am seriously committed to you being fully free and responsible for engaging with me on your own terms.  I'm not trying to keep you or get rid of you.  I trust that you will rebook if you think you will get more value, and that you won't if you're not feeling it.  This is good for you.  I'm happy to meet as often, as little, or as randomly as you would like.  I'm never trying to get rid of anyone, and would offer a next week booking if I wasn't standing on my brake ;-)

Qualifications -
I have a B.A. (Hons) Psychology (Double Major) from University of Melbourne, and M.A. Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University.  I've taught various uni courses (incl. post-grad) and professional development events at various universities/ colleges.  For the last two years I've taught and trained counsellors/ chaplains/ pastors/ etc.  I supervise various other counsellors (same $ rates as for any client, as above), but not for AHPRA registration hours.

You are welcome to ask me further questions on any of these things, and on my counselling model/ approach, etc., and anything else at any time. You can master most of my counselling theory from 'The Great Divorce' by C. S. Lewis, 'Inside Out' by Larry Crabb's, and 'Healing The Wounded Heart' by Dan Allender. You are also more than welcome - I even encourage it - to bring someone along with you in our sessions if you would like to. People who refer others to me are also welcome to come along with them if you agree together.

I'm pretty crazy about getting you to write about your life and our sessions.  These links tell how powerful it is:

I wish I had learned all this 30 years ago :-)
“Whenever you are fed up with life, start writing: ink is the great cure for all human ills, as I have found out long ago.”  -  C. S. Lewis

The best ways to get in touch with me are via email and text because I can't answer the phone during sessions (though you are welcome to try to call).  AndrewOlsenMail (at) and 0413 69 65 68.

I look forward to meeting with you.