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Individual Counselling

Posted on June 28, 2013 in Other - 3

Individual Counselling & Therapy

If you are looking for a therapist in Brisbane that can help with the emotional and psychological challenges that life brings, Psychology Consultants offers a large and diverse team of female and male Clinical Psychologists to choose from. Our therapists use evidenced based therapies to help clients achieve personal goals and implement strategies outside of the therapy room. Our Brisbane based therapists draw from a number of therapeutic strategies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Psychologists are trained and experienced in using evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to achieve the best outcomes for people of all ages, as well as couples, families, and larger groups and organisations.

Generally speaking, Psychologists focus on thoughts and beliefs, behaviours and actions, and the emotions or feelings related to a person’s specific problem. This begins with an assessment phase, where the psychologist builds an understanding of a person’s problems. Following this is a treatment phase, where specific exercises, techniques and strategies are developed and practiced.

The amount of time spent in treatment varies. For some, it is useful to meet for several sessions to allow a thorough assessment and effective treatment approach. For others, ongoing therapy might not be necessary, with just a few sessions assisting greatly in helping you work through a specific change or problem that you are experiencing.

Individuals, couples, and families commonly work with a psychologist to help:

  • Manage depression;
  • Cope with anxiety or stress;
  • Improve sleep;
  • Manage anger;
  • Assist with goals and direction in life;
  • Manage addictions;
  • Manage acute and chronic pain;
  • Adjust to personal loss or trauma;
  • Manage eating disorders;
  • Deal with child behavioural and emotional concerns such as anxiety and fear, sadness, and ADHD;
  • Improve parenting skills;
  • Cope with life transitions;
  • Make career decisions;
  • Enhance relationships;
  • Manage health concerns; and
  • Manage dealing with disabilities.

An individual counselling appointment with a psychologist generally lasts for 45 – 60 minutes.

During the first appointment, you will have an opportunity to explain your current concerns. Your psychologist will work to understand your concerns by exploring thoughts, emotions and behaviour, asking about the background of the problem, and asking you to fill out questionnaires where appropriate.

In subsequent appointments, you and the psychologist will work together on strategies to improve problem areas.

A referral is not necessary to see a psychologist.  Private health insurance rebates are available for those individuals with eligible health funds and can usually be processed on the spot.

Medicare does rebate for psychology, however, clients must be referred by their GP in the context of a GP Mental Health Care Plan, or by their psychiatrist or paediatrician. We require clients to pay our full fee upfront and then claim a rebate from Medicare which can be processed at the practice. See our FAQs for further information regarding the Medicare scheme.

For appointments to be covered by a third party such as WorkCover, insurance claims, or rehabilitation programs, referral details must be provided when booking the appointment.

To find out more about each psychologist’s specific skills, background and qualifications, view our team profiles.

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