Do I Need A Referral?
No, you do not need a referral to see a psychologist. However, you will need a referral from your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician to be eligible to claim Medicare rebates. It is also a good idea to keep you GP informed about your psychological needs so they are can provide comprehensive care.
How Do I Make An Appointment?
How Long Is A Session?
What Can I Expect During My First Visit?
During the initial consultation we gain a detailed understanding of your concerns and difficulties, how they came about and your goals and expectations of treatment. We then develop a flexible treatment plan to meet your specific needs, preferences and circumstances, and discuss the number and frequency of sessions you may need.
What Does Treatment Involve?
We utilise a range of evidence-based treatment approaches, which means that our therapeutic tools are supported by current clinical research and have been extensively shown to have a significant impact on improving people's lives. Common therapy interventions include: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). We also utilise Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Attachment-based Psychotherapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
This depends on many different factors unique to you and your situation. The initial consultation is dedicated entirely to assessment so we can understand the problem and how it came about. Most people find it useful to attend eight to fifteen sessions. Complex problems may require more sessions and less complex issues may only require a few sessions after the initial assessment. After the initial assessment, we will provide some guidance around time frames. Typically, we see people once per week unless they are in crisis. Once you start to feel as though your concerns and difficulties are starting to settle, the frequency often changes to fortnightly, then once every three weeks and then monthly if need be. This gradual tapering of sessions allows you to practice the skills learnt while still in therapy. Ultimately, the number and frequency of sessions will be up to you.
How Will I Know If Therapy Is Working?
Many people notice a reduction in their symptoms within three to four weeks of therapy if they have been attending regular sessions and practicing the techniques discussed in session on a daily basis, between each session. It is important for you prepare for each session by evaluating the techniques you are learning and applying in daily life.
What About Privacy And Confidentiality?
All personal information gathered by your psychologist during the provision of your treatment (including case notes, records, psychological test results and reports) will remain confidential and secure and only disclosed to additional parties (for example, your GP, Psychiatrist) with your prior written consent. The only time a psychologist is required to disclose personal information is when it is subpoenaed by a court or if there is evidence to suggest a person is at-risk of serious and imminent harm to themselves or somebody else.