Frequently Asked Questions
What is a psychologist?
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) state that, Psychologists are experts in human behaviour and use scientific methods to study the factors that influence the way that people think, feel and behave. They use evidence-based strategies and interventions to help people to overcome challenges and improve their quality of life. Many psychologists work directly with those experiencing difficulties, such as mental health disorders including depression and anxiety.
Australian Psychological Society (2015). Retrieved from www.psychology.org.au
What should I expect at my initial appointment?
Our practice provides a warm and inviting environment. Our aim is for our clients to feel as comfortable as possible. On arrival you will be provided with some paperwork to complete and then be invited into one of our consulting rooms. Your psychologist will listen to your concerns and together appropriate goals will be formulated and a treatment plan developed. You are encouraged to ask your psychologist any questions you may have.
How long is a session?
Consultations with your psychologist are approximately 50 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required will be different for each individual and will largely be determined by the nature of the presenting problem. Clients will generally attend between 6 and 12 sessions with a psychologist, however some people may require less treatment and others may require more long-term support.
Feel free to discuss estimated length of treatment with your psychologist following your initial consultation.
What should I bring to my appointment?
- Medicare Card
- Pensioner or Health Care Card, if applicable
- Referral and Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, if applicable
- Any other relevant documentation
- You are also welcome to bring a support person.