Our expert team of Clinical Psychologists use evidence-based treatments, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to help people treat people from varying age groups and demographics, including couples, families, children, adolescents and elderly and veterans.
While dealing with a patient’s specific condition, our psychologists investigate a clients thinking style and beliefs, actions and behavioural nature, and emotions or feelings. The process starts with an assessment wherein the psychologist gets a fair idea of a person’s problems. After this, a treatment phase begins where tailor-made exercises, methods and strategies are built up and practiced.
Time taken in a treatment may vary from case to case. Some cases may need several ongoing therapy sessions to assess and apply an effective treatment approach, while some may require only a few sessions to help you experience a positive change in yourself.
Individuals, married men and women, and families meet with a psychologist for counselling services in our Brisbane based practices located at Newmarket and Morningside to find help with:
- Depression management
- Anxiety and stress control
- Better sleep
- Anger management
- Goals and direction in life
- Addictions management
- Acute and chronic pain management
- Coping personal loss or trauma
- Eating disorders management
- Tackling child behavioural and emotional concerns such as anxiety and fear, sadness, and ADHD
- Enhancing parenting skills
- Coping with life transitions
- Career decision making
- Relationship enhancement
- Health concern management, and
- Dealing with disabilities
A counselling appointment of an individual with a psychologist usually takes 45 to 60 minutes.
In the first session, you explain your current concerns and situations to the psychologist based on which he will ask you several questions on your background and will also require you to fill out questionnaires where necessary. This will help psychologist to explore your thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
In the following appointments, you and the psychologist will work in collaboration on strategies to improve problem area.
There is no need for a referral to meet a psychologist. If you have necessary health funds, you can become eligible for private health insurance rebates available with us, usually to be processed on the spot.
Medicare rebates are available for psychology patients. But, patients have to be referred by their GP in the area of a GP Mental Health Care Plan, or by psychiatrist or paediatrician. Our payment needs to be made in full upfront and then Medicare rebate has to be claimed along the process.
If your appointments are covered by a third party such as WorkCover, insurance claims or rehabilitation schemes, submit referral details while booking the appointment.
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Finding the right fit- How to make the most out of therapy
Taking that first step in reaching out for professional help can be one of the hardest steps in the journey to psychological and emotional wellness. Like any relationship, finding the right fit is imperative to long term success and finding the right fit in a psychologist is no exception. Our large team of male and female clinical psychologists are trained across a broad range of areas and draw on evidenced based therapies to work with clients, adapting the therapeutic model to suit client’s individual needs. The combined knowledge and expertise of our team of clinical and general psychologists complement each other allowing us to service and help a wide range of clients with diverse needs.
It is important that you feel comfortable with your psychologist and develop a rapport where you can answer those difficult or confronting questions that can naturally feel a bit uneasy. You should feel like your psychologist is batting for you; working with you to achieve a common goal. Professional relationships are two-way to and in order to achieve your goals or resolve underlying issue or concerns, you must give back and commit to the plan that you have collectively composed.
Set some boundaries and expectations
Good communication is key, as is setting some boundaries around your professional relationship, like how often you will have sessions and how and when you can contact your psychologist between appointments. Your psychologist may discuss your individual therapy needs and the frequency of appointments at the start of therapy. Typically, in the beginning, regular and frequent appointments will be scheduled and gradually this will be tapered off as indicated by therapeutic progress. Attending scheduled appointments will assist in your treatment progress and prevent relapse.
Do your homework
Therapy is most effective when you utilise what you learn in the sessions by integrating it into your everyday life. Typically, most therapy sessions will end with a homework assignment and review the progress with this at the start of the following session. It is also recommended to take notes at the end of each session to help you remember things or to write questions down that you would like to discuss at the next session.
Drawing on the comparison of a romantic relationship, feeling comfortable, understood and respected are also the pillars of success for a good relationship with your psychologist. With the current state of the world, investing in your health and wellbeing has never been more important. If you feel you need psychological or emotional support at the present time, don’t hesitate to speak to your GP about a mental health plan. The next step is researching your psychologist to find the right fit for you.
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