Why see a psychologist?

Some of the things we hear our clients say are:

  • I want to talk about my problems

  • I want to sleep better

  • I want to communicate more effectively at work

  • I want to express my feelings to my partner

  • I want to feel happier

  • I want to stop having nightmares

  • I want to escape from family violence

  • I want to think more positively

  • I want to be less anxious

  • I want to be less depressed

  • I want to stop being angry

  • I want to drink less

People see a psychologist for many reasons. Here are some examples of what a person may come to a psychologist to talk about:

  • Feeling depressed- crying too much, feeling low, sad, worthless or guilty

  • Workplace bullying or harassment

  • Trauma relating to violence, motor vehicle accidents, death of a loved one

  • Feeling overwhelmed or not coping

  • Difficulty with sleeping patterns – too much sleep or not enough

  • Long term mental illness

  • Health issues

  • Coping with job loss

  • Addictions and drug and alcohol problems

  • For advice and support on parenting

  • Feeling unable to experience pleasure, joy or happiness

  • Domestic Violence

  • Feeling anxious or worrying all the time

  • Feeling stressed

  • Sexuality issues

  • Pain

  • Having been the victim of a crime (assault, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence)

  • Dealing with grief

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Memory loss

What happens at an appointment?

At an appointment with one of our psychologists, they will use their expertise to complete an assessment and develop strategies and treatments and offer guidance and support.

On arrival at your first appointment, you will be asked to complete a consent form (providing your details such as address, phone number, email address, etc.) and a DASS (Depression Anxiety Stress Scale).  It’s a good idea to arrive about 10 minutes before your session starts, so you have time to complete this paperwork.

During your first session the psychologist will collect information from you about your current circumstances and current symptoms (ie. Sleep patterns, mood, relationships, …)

Most first sessions are 50 minutes (some 90 minutes depending on the program under which you have been referred – check with the practice manager when you make your first appointment).

The psychologist will start to formulate a treatment plan and suggest how many sessions you might need.

What details do I need to take with me to the first session?

Please bring your Medicare card, and any referral details or documents that have been given to you by your GP, your EAP provider or Victims Services. If you will be claiming a rebate through your private health insurance, please bring your private health card with you. The practice manager will also let you know what you need when you ring to make your first booking.

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What happens to my personal information?

psychAbility collects personal information about individuals to assist with identifying their needs and to develop psychological treatment plans. psychAbility stores personal information electronically. psychAbility is committed to ensuring the privacy of your personal information; psychAbility adheres to the relevant legislation about privacy and confidentiality for storage of personal information.

Psychologists and psychiatrists: what’s the difference?

Both psychologists and psychiatrists understand how the brain works, our emotions, feelings and thoughts. Both can treat mental illness with psychological treatments (talking therapies). Psychologists and psychiatrists often work in tandem to treat individual’s symptoms.

Psychologists have at least 6 years of training (university training plus supervised experience).

Psychologists focus extensively on psychotherapy (talking therapy) and treating emotional and mental conditions?? with cognitive and behavioural interventions.

Psychiatrists attend medical school and first become medical doctors before doing specialist training in mental health (with at least 11 years training in total). Because they are doctors they can also prescribe medications.