Do I need to see a Psychologist?
People seek the services of a psychologist for many reasons. These include problems such as stress and worry, coping difficulties, low moods, and relationship issues, to name a few. Psychologists can also assist with personal growth, life purpose and direction. Psychologists are trained mental health professionals who can help you address and resolve a variety of presenting issues to help you reach your full potential.
Do I need a referral?
No you do not need a referral to see a psychologist. However you will need to see your GP for a Mental Health Treatment Plan if you want to claim Medicare rebates. See Fees & Rebates.
How long does each session last?
Sessions last 50-55 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required depends on an individual’s presenting issues. Some simple issues may be resolved in a few sessions whereas people presenting with more complex issues may require therapy over a longer period of time.
What can I expect at the first session?
In the first session, the psychologist will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your current life situation, difficulties, and any related factors that may be contributing to the problem. There will also be a discussion regarding your goals for treatment and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The assessment assists in the formulation of a flexible treatment plan that suits your needs.
Will our sessions be confidential?
Yes, the sessions will be private and confidential. Your information will not be shared without your prior written consent unless:
- it is subpoenaed by a Court; or
- failure to disclose the information would place you or another person at serious and imminent risk.
Your psychologist will be able to discuss and clarify the rules around confidentiality if needed.
It should be noted that under the Medicare arrangements, psychologists are required to write to your referring doctor to pass on information about your assessment, diagnosis, treatment plan, and progress during therapy. If you have any concerns about confidentiality, please feel free to discuss these with your psychologist.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
When you make an appointment with the psychologist, one hour is set aside for you. It is important that if you need to cancel your appointment, you give at least 48 hours’ notice so the psychologist can offer that appointment to someone else. If less than 48 hours’ notice is given, a fee will be incurred. See Fees & Rebates.
What type I therapy will be best for me?
The type of therapy used will depend upon your presenting issues and your own personal preference. See Treatment Approaches.