What will happen in my First Session?
In your first session, you will be asked some questions about what is going on for you at the time and about your past, in order to get to know you and understand what changes you are seeking to make. It is also a time when goals will be agreed to and a plan of action created that will provide the timeframe and structure for the remaining sessions.
How Many Sessions of Therapy Will I Need?
The number of required sessions is different for everyone. Some people feel that their concerns are addressed after just one or two sessions, whilst for others it may take a few weeks. Typically people see a psychologist for approximately 6-12 sessions.
Why would I need to see a Psychologist?
People seek Psychologists for many different reasons. Most of the people who see psychologists are generally managing the demands of life fairly well but are feeling a little stuck in some areas. Others may be struggling in many areas and having a lot of trouble getting by at work or in their relationships with others. Often people find that after talking about things for a few sessions and implementing a few simple strategies, they feel better and are able to feel more confident in their ability to manage things.
The best way to find out if it is right for you is to come along to a session and see how you find it. In your first session, your psychologist will discuss your goals and needs at the time and determine whether or not any further sessions are necessary. If you really don’t need to see someone at the time then your psychologist will be honest with you and make alternative suggestions.
Do I need a referral?
No, anyone can obtain psychological assistance without a referral. However, having a referral from your GP or Psychiatrist will allow you to access the relevant Medicare Rebate for up to 10 sessions within a calendar year.
What is the difference between a Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Psychiatrist?
Both psychologists and clinical psychologists have at least four years of university training in psychology and have undergone an additional 2 years of either a supervised internship or specialist university training, respectively. They are Registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Psychology Board of Australia.
Psychotherapists or Counsellors generally, though not always, will have three years of tertiary training in either psychology or counseling and can be accredited with the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association (CAPA).
Psychiatrists are trained in Medicine and have obtained additional specialist training in mental health. As medical practitioners, they are able to prescribe medications.
Only registered clinical psychologists, psychologists or psychiatrists are eligible to offer rebates under Medicare.
How much will sessions cost?
Please refer to our Fees and Rebates page for full details.
What happens if I need to cancel my appointment?
We understand that there are circumstances beyond our control at times, which will mean appointments cannot always be kept. We respectfully request that at least 48 hours notice be provided if an appointment needs to be changed. A fee will be payable for any cancellations with less than 24 hours notice from the scheduled time of appointment or if no notice is given. Please refer to our Fees and Rebates page for more details.