Whilst you do not need a referral to see us, your General Practitioner (GP), Psychiatrist or Pediatrician might have been the one who made the recommendation that you see us. Remember that even though referrals are not necessary, Medicare rebates are only available through a medical professional's referral. If you are unsure, please contact our practice for more information.
STEP 1: Booking
To make an appointment call our practice and speak to our friendly administration staff who will ask you some basic questions. This will help us determine who the best psychologist will be for your needs. If you have any special requirements i.e. you prefer a male or female practitioner, please feel free to ask. Please note that our administration staff are also bound by a strict confidentiality agreement.
STEP 2: First Session
Please arrive for your first session 10-15 minutes early as there will be some paperwork to complete. From time to time you might be given different questionnaires to fill in. Your psychologist will explain to you what this is about. Usually it would be to track your progress over the course of therapy
STEP 4: Treatment Planning and Goal Setting
Your psychologist will meet with you for your first session to understand your personal goals, and to explain what kinds of therapy options may be most appropriate for you. During this initial consultation your psychologist will also discuss elements of your history that may be important in understanding your current problem. At the end of this first session you and your therapist will have come to an agreement about the goals of therapy, an approach to take and details such as the frequency of sessions.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Because therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But, there are no guarantees as to what you will experience.
Remember that therapy is about helping you. Your therapist’s focus will always be on how to assist you in improving your mental well being. If there is some aspect of your therapy that you feel uncomfortable with, please let them know so that they can fix it. Given the fact that we all have different personalities, styles and ways of doing things, sometimes it happens that you might feel that the therapist you see is not the right fit for you. If this happens please let us know as we can put you with another psychologist that you might be better suited to. Your mental health and well being is of utmost importance to us, so please let us know if there is a problem so that we can work together to sort it out.