We hope that the information below is helpful
however, if your question is situation-specific or the answer doesn’t appear here, please feel free to call us for clarification.
What about my confidentiality?
Psychological information and counselling appointments are confidential except in certain circumstances. Your information may be disclosed if you grant consent for its disclosure or if there is a risk of harm to self or others or upon subpoena.
What can I expect from seeing a psychologist?
There are a range of different therapies that can be provided depending on what you are wanting help with.
Generally speaking, the main body of the therapy work is to:
Help you develop your awareness – why you do what you do, your ways of defending your experiences of emotions
Provide you with some alternative coping skills
Help you overcome the challenges you may be facing
Support you to believe in yourself and in your ability to make positive changes
Provide you with important skills e.g. to communicate your thoughts and feelings well to others; relate well to others
What can I expect from the initial psychological visits?
The first session is for you to meet your psychologist with a view to developing a good and comfortable therapeutic relationship together.
Usually you will be invited to provide some background history about yourself, your experience of stress and what you are seeking some support for. This will help your psychologist understand you and work with you to help you to understand yourself, the impact of different stressors in your life, and the reasons why the symptoms of stress you are experiencing developed.
While your psychologist is an expert in the field of treating psychological problems, the aim is to develop a collaborative approach with you, where the material that is worked through is self-paced and dependent upon you.
What if I don’t feel comfortable with my therapist?
This can happen from time to time. If you feel comfortable to speak with your therapist about this it may help to address any issues that may be present and help you to move forward in your therapy. Having a therapeutic relationship with your therapist is very important and honesty in session always helps.
If you do not feel comfortable to discuss this with your psychologist then please speak with our reception staff who can schedule you an appointment with another one of our therapists. It is perfectly okay to do this, we understand that we don’t always get the right match first time, and we will happily talk you about your needs and arrange an appointment with another psychologist at the practice.
How many sessions would I need to attend?
This depends on why you are attending for and what your goals for attending are.It is not uncommon for patients to want to attend a few sessions, while others may want to continue with ongoing treatment and support for more than 1-2 years.
How much will I have to pay?
Please go to Fees & Rebates for detailed information.