FAQs

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Commonly Asked Questions

 

We are more than glad to be of assistance when it comes to helping you find ways to solve your concerns. However, we do understand that acknowledging you need help can be frightening and dreadful, as of course there’s no way to tell for certain how long therapy would take for you to make your concerns more manageable. This situation can put you in an uncomfortable position especially if you know you’d have to approach a psychological service before actually getting help – and if this is your first time, we understand that you may have questions about what we do and the services we’re offering. This page would hopefully give you the answers you need.

How many sessions will I need?

Unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all, and lasting change is unlikely to be achieved in a few sessions. The number of sessions required in order to reach therapeutic outcomes depends upon the type, and complexity of the difficulties experienced, as well as the treatment goals. Our services are tailored to you as an individual providing you the best opportunity to reach your goals.  Number of sessions required is a component of treatment planning and is discussed during the first session. But remember, those who engage in treatment tend to feel better sooner.

How long does a consultation last?

A typical treatment session last approximately 50+ minutes. The remainder of the hour is used by your psychologist to complete your clinical record, plan treatment or consult with other involved health providers.

What will happen during my first session?

The first session involves gaining your informed consent in regards to ethical considerations of treatment such as privacy and confidentiality. Ethical considerations can vary between individuals and their unique circumstances. Client age, who is paying for the service, reason for attending (treatment vs assessment and report) are factors that have a bearing on the ethical aspects of treatment. Secondly, background information is gathered which may include obtaining a history and nature of the problem, personal history, administering screening questionnaires, assessing severity, clarifying desired outcomes and developing a treatment plan.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

You do not need a referral to make or attend an appointment with a psychologist. However, without a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan referral, you will not be eligible for a Medicare rebate. In some instances, a third party such as TAC, NDIS or Workcover may agree to pay for the consultation. Please discuss third party payments when booking your consultation.

What about confidentiality?

We understand that clients are often concerned about their privacy and confidentiality.  Any information disclosed to us (including case notes, records, and psychological test results) is confidential and cannot be disclosed without the client’s consent.  If there is any need to disclose information from files with another professional (for example a medical doctor, lawyer, or third-party billing source), the client will be consulted first and asked to sign a release of information document. However, there are some legal limitations to confidentiality, which your psychologist will discuss with you during your first session.

How do I find the best psychologist near me?

Navigating Your Path to Finding the Right Psychologist

Searching for a psychologist who can genuinely understand and help you with your mental health concerns is a deeply personal journey. While typing “the best psychologist near me” into a search engine might seem like a straightforward solution, the process of finding the right mental health professional often requires more nuance and consideration.

At This Life Psychology, we understand that your mental well-being is of utmost importance, and we’re here to guide you through the process of finding a psychologist who aligns with your unique needs, preferences, and goals. This page is dedicated to shedding light on the complexities of the search for the right psychologist, offering you valuable insights that will empower you to make an informed decision.

Let’s explore why it’s not just about finding “the best psychologist near me” but about discovering the psychologist who is the best fit for you.

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. Psychologists are trained to provide a wide range of services to help individuals, groups, teams, communitites cope with various emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues. They can assist with:

  1. Mental Health Conditions: Psychologists can diagnose and treat various mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more.
  2. Stress Management: Psychologists can help individuals manage stress-related problems, including work-related stress, family issues, or major life changes.
  3. Relationship Issues: Couples or family therapy is offered by psychologists to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and enhance relationships.
  4. Trauma and PTSD: Psychologists can provide therapy to individuals who have experienced traumatic events, helping them process and overcome trauma-related symptoms.
  5. Addictions: Psychologists work with individuals struggling with substance abuse, gambling addiction, or other addictive behaviors through counseling and therapy.
  6. Eating Disorders: Psychologists can assist individuals dealing with eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder. Some of our psychologists are specialised in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders.
  7. Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence: Psychologists can help boost self-esteem and self-confidence, addressing issues related to self-worth and self-perception.
  8. Grief and Loss: Coping with the loss of a loved one can be challenging, and psychologists can provide support and guidance during the grieving process.
  9. Anger Management: Psychologists help individuals manage and control their anger, reducing the negative impact it can have on their lives and relationships.
  10. Phobias and Anxiety Disorders: Psychologists can assist those dealing with specific phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, and panic disorders.
  11. Coping with Life Changes: Whether it’s adjusting to a new job, moving to a different city, or dealing with major life transitions, psychologists can offer strategies for adaptation.
  12. Child and Adolescent Issues: Psychologists provide counseling and therapy for children and teenagers dealing with behavioral problems, academic challenges, or emotional issues.
  13. Career and Work-related Challenges: Psychologists can assist individuals with work-related stress, career transitions, burnout, and performance issues.
  14. Parenting and Family Dynamics: Psychologists offer guidance on parenting skills, co-parenting after separation or divorce, and addressing family conflicts.
  15. Sexuality and Gender Identity: Psychologists work with individuals exploring issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and sexual health.
  16. Coping with Chronic Illness: People dealing with chronic illnesses may seek psychological support to manage the emotional and psychological impact of their conditions.
  17. Developmental Disorders: Psychologists can assess and provide interventions for developmental conditions in children, such as autism spectrum disorder.
  18. Memory and Cognitive Issues: Psychologists can evaluate and provide strategies to manage memory problems and cognitive impairments.

It’s essential to note that psychologists use a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoanalytic therapy, humanistic therapy, and more, depending on the specific needs and preferences of their clients. Seeking the help of a psychologist can be an important step in addressing these and other mental health concerns and improving overall well-being.