What is the difference between a Registered Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist?2022-02-01T23:32:17+00:00

Psychologists are expert in human behaviour and assist people to find ways of functioning more efficiently and get more out of every day life. They are able to assess, diagnose and treat people with a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems and help them cope more effectively with everyday stressors. Psychologists study human behaviour in their undergraduate psychology degree before undertaking a further two years of supervised clinical experience and gaining registration.

Clinical Psychologists in addition to fulfilling the requirements of a registered psychologist, have also completed two years of formal, post-graduate (Masters level) clinical training in an accredited, university based program. Further, a clinical psychologist is required to complete two more years supervised clinical training. There are also clinical psychologists who use the title “Doctor”, and these highly qualified clinicians have also completed a PhD in psychology or a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (PsyD).

What is the Difference between a Counsellor and a Psychologist?2022-02-07T02:53:56+00:00

Counsellors can come from a broad range of training and backgrounds. Currently in Australia the term “counsellor” is not protected. This means that anyone can refer to themselves as a counsellor. Having said this many counsellors have undertaken training and education in educational settings, ranging from a Diploma up to a Masters degree. An organisation called the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) has also been set up to protect the standards and ethical training of the counselling profession.

What is a Clinical Psychologist?2022-02-07T02:54:13+00:00

A clinical psychologist is a psychologist who is an expert in mental health. They have undertaken highly specialised training in the assessment, diagnosis, formulation, and psychological treatment of mental health, behavioural, and emotional disorders across the lifespan.  Clinical psychologists are the only psychologists to have this advanced level of education and training in mental health. Education and training of clinical psychologists takes eight years. (ACPA)

What is Psychological Therapy?2022-02-07T02:54:24+00:00

Psychological therapy is the name given to a wide range of treatment approaches that are aimed at improving the mental and emotional wellbeing of people who are experiencing difficulties in their life. Psychological therapy allows the person to focus on and discuss their concerns in a supportive, non-judgemental and confidential environment.

Psychological therapy is not about the psychologist telling the person what to do. Rather, the psychologist aims to assist their client in working through and resolving their difficulties autonomously. Psychological therapy also aims to equip a person with the skills to cope more effectively should similar problems arise in the future.

What should I expect from my first session?2022-02-01T23:30:21+00:00

At the beginning of your first session your psychologist will briefly run through important paperwork with you. This will include completing a form with basic personal information and a consent form that cover issues such as confidentiality, fees and other important information about sessions. If you have been referred by a GP or psychiatrist, we will discuss the details of your Mental Health Treatment Plan at this point.

After completing paperwork the remainder of the session is usually spent discussing the issues that have brought you into therapy. As well as developing a thorough understanding of your concerns, your psychologist will explore relevant background history, for example, information about your family, social relationships, work history and any past counselling that you have done. Based on this information we will begin to help you to understand more about what might be triggering and maintaining your current issues. If time allows we will also work with you to develop a collaborative and flexible plan for future therapy sessions.

How do I Know if I need to see a Psychologist?2022-02-07T02:54:37+00:00

All sorts of individuals consult with psychologists over a range of different issues. Many individuals who see a psychologist at Sehat psychology are generally successful people who may be troubled by feelings, behaviours, thoughts or concerns that currently prevent them from functioning to their full capacity or from feeling happy and fulfilled in their lives.

Life changes, new events or circumstances, and changes in relationships or work often trigger difficulties that can be troubling. Alternatively, some individuals have been struggling with difficult feelings or behaviours over a long period of time, and decide that it is time to get some help. Sometimes people have an inexplicable feeling of sadness or pain that they cannot get through and need help to understand the source of these feelings in order to become unstuck.

You may have a brief conversation over the phone or email them to find out if your particular issue is something that would respond well to psychological treatment. In an initial consultation with the psychologist, these issues will be explored more fully.

Court related issues and Psychologists2022-02-07T02:54:45+00:00

A treating psychologist has a therapeutic role in which the focus of the service is on the client’s interests. This is different from the preparation of a report for a court which centres on the task of the court rather than the interests of the client. For this reason we recommend that court reports are obtained from psychologists that focus on report writing for court. A quick internet search will provide a list of organisations that offer this service.

Do I need to pay for written reports?2022-02-01T23:28:54+00:00

I may provide reports for Department of Immigration and Citizenship and/or Centrelink. Written reports require the practitioner’s time to prepare and write. The cost of written reports is in addition to your consultation fees and is not rebatable from Medicare. If you believe your private health fund or insurer will pay for the report you need to confirm with them.

Do you provide Online Counselling?2022-02-07T02:55:05+00:00

Yes. Online counselling sessions are generally appropriate for the same issues as face to face counselling. Online counselling can also be a used if you travel frequently, live overseas, have difficulty leaving home/work for various reasons. Online and face to face sessions can be used together to ensure a consistent therapy program at your convenience.

For an online counselling session, will send you a link to your email. We use specialist Online Video tool called doxy.me to support our online work.

Do you have a Cancellation Policy?2022-02-07T02:21:24+00:00

Yes, due to the high demand for appointments, we have Cancellation Policies for short notice cancellations. If you cancel your appointment with less than 48 hours notice you will be charged $180. This notice period does not include non-business days when the practice is closed. If you fail to show up for your appointment you will be charged the full fee.

A late cancelled appointment is a loss to three people

  • The client who is delaying their therapy progress
  • Another client who has been sitting on the waiting list to see the psychologist urgently
  • The psychologist who spent the morning preparing the session
How long are sessions with a Psychologist?2022-02-07T02:54:56+00:00

Sessions are approximately 50 minutes

How do I access my private health cover rebate?2022-02-01T23:27:10+00:00

You do not have to have a referral to access private health cover rebates for psychology, you just need to make an appointment. You should check the amount of your rebate with your fund.

Can I still see a Psychologist without a Referral?2022-02-01T23:26:47+00:00

Yes. You are welcome to attend Sehat Psychology anytime without a referral. You only need a referral if you wish to claim Medicare rebates.  Many clients do not use Medicare but prefer to pay the full fee or use Private Health rebates.

How much is the Medicare Rebate for Psychological Services?2022-02-07T02:22:05+00:00

$129.55 per session for a Clinical Psychologist

Please note that to obtain Medicare rebates you will need to first visit a GP to obtain a Mental Health Care Plan as well as a letter of referral. You can obtain 6 rebated sessions on your first referral and another 4 rebated sessions on your second referral (called a ‘Review’).

It is not a problem if you cannot get a referral from your GP before the first session. It just means you will not get Medicare Rebates for those sessions prior to obtaining a referral.

What is Prolonged Exposure (PE)?2022-02-07T02:55:25+00:00

Exposure is an intervention strategy commonly used in cognitive behavioural therapy to help individuals confront fears. Prolonged exposure (PE) is an effective first-line treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This treatment is strongly recommended for the treatment of PTSD.

PE is a specific type of cognitive behavioural therapy that teaches individuals to gradually approach trauma-related memories, feelings and situations.

Most people want to avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma they experienced, but doing so reinforces their fear. By facing what has been avoided, a person can decrease symptoms of PTSD by actively learning that the trauma-related memories and cues are not dangerous and do not need to be avoided.

What is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)?2022-02-01T23:33:49+00:00

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioural therapy that has been effective in reducing post-traumatic symptoms related to a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters. CPT is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defence, as well as the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, as a best practice for the treatment of PTSD.

CPT is generally delivered over 12 sessions and it focuses upon how the person’s understanding of the traumatic event and their experiences in the aftermath.  CPT is aimed at helping the individual develop more helpful and balanced beliefs about the trauma. In so doing, the patient creates a new understanding and conceptualisation of the traumatic event so that it reduces its ongoing negative effects on current life.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?2022-02-07T02:00:21+00:00

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is most effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, panic, PTSD, bipolar disorder, psychosis and phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia).Difficulties with sleep, anger management, low self-esteem, and physical health problems can also be tackled by CBT.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy, based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, what we do and how our body feels are all connected. If we change one of these, we can alter the others.

When we feel worried or distress, we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT helps us notice and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better.

What is Schema Therapy?2022-02-07T02:55:35+00:00

Schema therapy is most effective in the treatment of personality disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, relationship difficulties; and is used when people fail to respond or relapse after having been through other therapies.

Schema therapy was developed in an attempt to help those who had not seen any benefits with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and aims to change negative patterns or beliefs that people have lived with for a long time-also know as ‘Schemas’. These schemas typically begin early in our life, though sometimes, they can start from later on in adulthood, and can be reinforce by certain behaviours, patterns of thinking and the mind’s coping strategies. Therefore, schema therapy helps you to break these ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, and replacing them with healthier alternatives.

Schema therapy’s main focus is to identify core schemas and how they might have contributed to negative patterns that are present in your life and which prevent you from having a meaningful life and meaningful relationships. Some of the core schemas that this therapy focuses on are ones of abandonment, defectiveness, emotional deprivation, mistrust and social isolation.

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?2022-02-07T02:55:45+00:00

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is most effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, substance misuse, trauma, psychosis, OCD, chronic pain and anorexia.

ACT stems from the very well-known cognitive behavioural therapy, and aims to help achieve a fulfilled and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.

ACT centres on learning to accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life ( in line with your deepest values)- if you are disturbed by memories of past events, you must accept that the event occurred, accompanying feelings can eventually be diminished. We are all human and we all hurt sometimes! Sometimes accepting that results in less suffering than fighting it. Accept what is beyond your personal control and live in the present moment.

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?2022-02-07T02:55:58+00:00

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is most effective in the treatment of eating disorders, depression, problems associated with borderline personality disorder, self-harm, addiction, PTSD, and other mental health problems which threaten your safety, work, relationships and emotional well-being. 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a talking therapy, based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but has been updated to help people who experience emotions very intensely.

DBT aims to teach you skills that enable you to live in the present moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate your emotions, and improve your relationships with others.

If you are experiencing prolonged instability in your mood, self-image, thinking, behaviour, and relationships-DBT may be an appropriate therapy for you.

DBT has significant evidence base and has been showing to be effective in reducing suicidal behaviour, self-harm, substance misuse, anger and depression. It is now recognised to be the gold standard psychological treatment for individuals with borderline personality disorder.

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