They use scientific methods to study the factors that influence the way that people think, feel and learn, and evidence-based strategies and interventions to help people to overcome challenges and improve their performance.
Many psychologists work directly with those experiencing difficulties, such as mental health disorders including anxiety and depression.
Common settings in which psychologists work to assess, diagnose, treat or prevent problems include schools, hospitals, courts, community health services, prisons, the defence forces and private practice.
Psychologists can work at an individual, group or organisational level and their ability to positively influence human behaviour is called on by businesses, market research companies, and consulting firms.
You might find psychologists helping to formulate a campaign to influence Australians to give up smoking or they might be designing or implementing a test conducted by your future employer.
The complex and interconnected work that psychologists do to help people lead happier and more meaningful lives is always underpinned by research. Many thousands of Australian psychologists work in academic or research settings, adding to this evolving understanding of human behavior, and how it might be improved for the better.
What happens in a session?
In your first session your psychologist will begin by asking questions to enable them to gather information to understand your pain or distress. With this understanding they will propose a plan. This plan may be set to several sessions to explore the issues raised.
Psychologists can help in many areas, including:
Fears, phobias, anxiety and panic attacks
Loss and grief
Workplace bullying / injuries
All psychologists are legally required to register with the Psychology Board of Australia, in the same way medical practitioners must be registered. Psychologists who are members of the Australian Psychological Society are recognised by the post-nominal: MAPS or Assoc MAPS.
Psychologists do not have a medical degree like a Psychiatrist. Psychologists study human behaviour in their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees before undertaking supervised experience and gaining registration.
Are my sessions confidential?
Yes, absolutely! We understand that clients are often concerned about their privacy and our practice standard is strongly built around confidentiality. However, there are times when we must disclose information due to legal requirements; if we have child protection concerns, concerns arising out of our therapy session or if we have any reason to believe that you or anybody else may be at risk of harm.
Should I see my Doctor first?
It's your choice if you wish to see your Doctor before seeing a Psychologist. Your Doctor can provide you with valuable information regarding your mental health. Your Doctor can also provide you with a GP Mental Health Care Plan, they can assess and refer a patient for treatment of a mental disorder. This may include disorders such as:
Getting the support you need when dealing with these disorders is very important.
Under a GP Mental Health Care Plan eligible patients can receive;
Up to 10 individual services in a calendar year. After 6 visits the referring doctor will assess progress and need for further treatment.
Up to 10 group therapy services in a calendar year (you must request this from your Doctor at the time of creating your plan).
For information on the Medicare rebates for this plan, please see our Rates & Services page. For more information on a Mental Health Care Plan, click here.
What does it cost?
For our full fee schedule, please phone us on 0401 496 960. We endeavour to provide mental health services to everyone regardless of their financial situation. Please speak to our staff about your situation as we are able to offer discounts on our services. We can also offer advice on the different types of rebates available.
Who should attend?
If the issues are marital then ideally both partners should attend. But therapy can still be beneficial to you even if your partner is not able or willing to attend. Families are also welcome for group sessions if there are family related issues that require attention. Please inform Fran or Miriam if you require marriage or family counselling and they will advise you of the best way to organise appointments.
What if I can't keep my appointment time?
If you are unable to keep your appointment time, we require at least 24 hours prior to your session; otherwise, you will be charged a non-refundable cancellation fee of $55. Please be aware that we have waiting lists, and missed appointments disadvantage other clients.
If you do not confirm your appointment via our automatic SMS system, we will contact you again via SMS and telephone. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you can't make it to your appointment and your appointment time will be given to a client on our waiting list.
Please be aware that clients who do not show up for their appointment time will not be made any future appointments until the cancellation fees are paid. Clients who repeatedly miss their appointments will not be made any future appointments.
What Is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychological treatment that has been used effectively for over 20 years in a variety of international settings and cultures with many different types of psychological distress.
What Kinds Of Problems Can EMDR Treat? Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Clinicians have also successfully used EMDR as a treatment component in the management of: • Depression • Anxiety • Panic attacks • Personality disorders • Complicated grief • Dissociative disorders • Pain disorders • Body dysmorphic disorders • Eating disorders • Sexual or Physical abuse • Performance anxiety • Stress reduction • Disturbing memories • Phobias • Addictions
How Was EMDR Developed? In 1987, psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certains conditions. Dr Shapiro studied this effect scientifically, and in 1989 reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma (Journal of Traumatic Stress).
For more information please click here to visit the official EMDRAA website.