Pre-Surgical Counselling Brisbane

Optimize your healing and recovery with pre-surgical Counselling


Let us help you manage your stress and anxiety, Cope better with pain and maximise your chances of getting the best possible outcomes from your surgery

Call us on Brisbane (07) 3352 3577 or fill out our online booking & enquiry form and we’ll contact you.

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You may be eligible for a Medicare or Private Health Insurance Rebate, which can be processed at the time of your appointment.
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Are you considering surgery or preparing for it?

If the prospect of surgery makes you stressed and anxious, you’re not alone.

“I’m worried about pain and discomfort, wound healing, long recovery period and adjusting to new habits”

“My biggest fear is not being able to work or provide for my family”

It’s natural to be concerned about:

  • Whether the surgery will be successful and the chance of disfigurement, limited function, complications, and even death
  • Having to deal with the pain
  • Going through a long and difficult recovery period
  • Your quality of life after surgery and what that might mean for your family
It’s important to realise that you play an important role in how you experience your surgical journey and its success

Of course, the success of surgical procedures depends on the skill of the surgeon and the use of state-of-the-art technology.

But another important factor is YOU and the extent of your psychological preparedness.

Your emotional and psychological state, health-related behaviours, expectations, and compliance with diet, exercise and other treatment guidelines can all strongly influence how you experience the surgical journey and its ultimate success.

Pre-Surgical Counselling will help you prepare emotionally so that you can optimize your healing and recovery. In particular it can assist you to

      • Take an active role in the healing and recovery process
      • Manage your stress and anxiety
      • Cope better with pain
      • Communicate your symptoms and concerns and get the information you need
      • Make necessary behavioural, psychological and lifestyle changes
      • Shorten your recovery period

Ultimately, you are in control of your thoughts which in turn affect the emotions that you will experience and how your body responds.

Let us help you maximise your chances of getting the best possible outcomes from your surgery.

Call us on Brisbane (07) 3352 3577 or fill out our online booking & enquiry form and we’ll contact you.

What does Pre-surgical Counselling Involve?

We’re all unique, so pre-surgical counselling is tailored to your specific needs and concerns. It often comprises:

  • A review to better understand the factors that may impact your coping and adjustment through surgery and afterwards. This includes things like: emotional and psychosocial concerns; motivation;
  • readiness; coping style, health-related behaviours; and outcome expectations.
  • Strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety
  • Education about pain control so that you can be prepared for the type of pain you may experience and how to best manage it
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Motivation to comply with recovery regimens and behavioural and lifestyle changes (like doing particular exercises and diet restrictions), so you give yourself the best chance of success.

Pre-surgical Counselling and stress management

For many being told that ‘You need surgery’, is extremely stressful. The prospect can raise fears about pain, health, disfigurement, limited function, complications (and what these would mean for your life-style and that of your family) or even death

A negative physical response to the stress can have harmful effects on your body including

  • Rapid and shallow breathing
  • Increased muscle tension
  • Release of stress hormones, like cortisol
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Lowered immune system function

Your physical stress reactions (the classic fight or flight response) feed into other processes further aggravating the stress and impacting healing. There are many strategies to help you cope better in these situations, including:

  • Relaxation training
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Guided imagery and visualization
  • Pain control techniques
  • Journaling
  • Exercise
  • Distraction
  • Thought-Stopping
  • Meditation

Pre-surgical Counselling and Comunication Skills

An important skill to help you cope with surgery and recovery is confidence in your communication. Being skilled in this area is empowering and will help you:

  • Let your medical team know about your symptoms and concerns and get the information you need.
  • Assert yourself in relationships so that issues, needs, boundaries and limits can be discussed.

Having a complete understanding of the procedure, why it is indicated, and how it is performed can relieve a great deal of worry.

Pre-surgical Counselling and Post-Operative Recovery

Being psychologically prepared means you can take an active role in your healing and can improve post-operative recovery.

Managing your stress, coping better with pain and being assertive (which improves patient interaction with health care staff following surgery), following recovery regimes and better self-care behaviours (e.g, diet, exercise, and relaxation,) all aid in healing and recovery.

The Benefits of Pre-Surgical Counselling

Pre-surgical counselling has been shown to assist patients in dealing more effectively with their operation and recovery.

Rather than being limited to a passive role, psychological preparation before surgery can help empower patients and has been associated with fewer complications, greater patient satisfaction, shorter time in hospital, and more positive psychological well-being.

It has also been shown to be effective in reducing pain, discomfort and anxiety, as well as helping patients follow self-care guidelines after the procedure.

There is assistance available to guide you along your journey. Take the next step today. Maximise your chances of getting the best possible outcomes from your surgery

Call us on Brisbane (07) 3352 3577 or fill out our online booking & enquiry form and we’ll contact you.



Allen, F. (2010). Health Psychology and Behaviour in Australia. NSW: McGraw Hill.

Mirö, J., & Raich, R.M. (2009). Preoperative preparation for surgery: an analysis of the effects of relaxation and information provision. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 6(3), 202-209.

Shelley, M., Pakenham, K. I., & Frazer, I. (2009). Cortisol changes interact with the effects of a cognitive behavioural psychological preparation for surgery on 12-month outcomes for surgical heart patients. Psychology and Health, 24(10), 1139-52.

Common names, abbreviations and related terms for Pre-Surgical Counselling include preoperative counselling; postoperative counselling, psychological preparation for surgery, Pre-surgical Psychological Screening