● Do I really need to see a psychologist?

The only way to find out if therapy is the right option for you is to come to a session and talk things over with a psychologist.

You can have a brief conversation with one of the psychologists at Psychology Perspective via email to find out if your particular issue is something that would respond well to psychological treatment. You will find each psychologist’s email address in Psychologists individual page.

● What should I expect from my first session?

In your first session you will be asked several questions so that the psychologist can to get to know you and understand your story. What you share is up to you. You may also be asked to fill out some questionnaires on arrival at your first session. These help the therapist learn more about what you are struggling with, thus giving them the best possible chance of helping you on the road to recovery.

The psychologist will also explain how they work, and together you will establish some guidelines for the sessions (frequency of sessions, format of sessions and confidentiality issues). There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions.

● How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions required will depend on the severity of the issues you’re dealing with. Let your psychologist know if you have a particular time frame in mind.

● How often will I need sessions?

When you start seeing a psychologist it is ideal to have weekly sessions so that you can build some momentum. Once positive change starts to become apparent, sessions will be scheduled fortnightly. This allows time for you to consolidate progress made so far on your own.

● How long are sessions?

Sessions for individual clients are usually 50 minutes but they can be changed to suit your needs.

● Are sessions confidential?

Information shared during sessions is confidential and cannot be disclosed without your consent. There are some legal limitations to confidentiality, which your psychologist will discuss with you in your first session. Your psychologist will ask you to sign a consent form if there is a need to discuss information about you with another person (such as a GP, lawyer or third party billing source). For more information please see our privacy policy.

● What is CBT?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) explores the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours whilst teaching strategies to think and behave in healthier ways. CBT is widely regarded as one of the most effective treatments for several mental health problems. For this reason, Medicare offers rebates for sessions where a Mental Health Care Plan has been prepared by a GP where CBT will be used.

● What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists and psychologists work in the area of mental health but there are some significant differences between the two professions.

  • Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who have specialised in the field of psychiatry. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medications to treat mental illnesses.
  • Psychologists generally have at least six years of training in the field of psychological treatments for mental health issues. Psychologists are focused on improving a person’s mental health without medication. There is considerable evidence that psychological treatments are effective in assisting individuals with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Many people indicate that they would prefer to try psychological approaches to address their problem before considering medication. When needed, psychologists also work in collaboration with GPs or psychiatrists to ensure their client gets the best possible treatment.

● What is the difference between a psychologist and counsellor/psychotherapist?

  • Psychologists usually have a minimum of six years of university training and are required to be registered with the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency. Psychologists practice according to a Code of Ethics developed by the Australian Psychological Society (PDF). This Code of Ethics sets out standards of professional conduct for psychologists.
  • In Australia, counsellors and psychotherapists are not regulated by a specific government body. This means that anyone can call themselves a counsellor or a psychotherapist regardless of whether they have undertaken any professional training. If you are planning to see a counsellor or psychotherapist, it is wise to enquire about their qualifications, the professional organisations they are a part of, and whether they practice according to a code of professional ethics.

● Will I need to lie on a couch and talk about my dreams?

Therapy is a collaborative process, which is why you will be engaging in face-to-face contact with one of our psychologists during sessions.

Talking about your dreams is still common in therapy, but whether you’re required to talk about them depends on the theoretical approach of the psychologist and the type of therapy being provided. Behavioural approaches to treatment (e. g. CBT) will almost never involve talking about dreams unless you’re experiencing distressing dreams as a result of trauma. Cognitive therapists may explore dreams to better understand your distress but will not focus on them. Many people complete therapy without ever discussing their dreams.

● Do I need a referral from a Doctor to see a Psychologist?

You can see a Psychologist without a referral. However, you will need a Mental Health Care Plan from your Doctor if you would like to claim the Medicare rebate.

● Does Medicare cover Psychologists?

All the Psychologists working at Psychology Perspective are Medicare registered so you can claim the Medicare rebate, as long as you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your Doctor.

● Do Health funds cover sessions with a Psychologist?

Cover for psychology depends on your fund and level of cover. Some funds require that you use the sessions available under Medicare before claiming under the health fund. It is best to check with your particular fund about your level of cover and whether you need to access the Medicare sessions before claiming under your fund.

● What does it cost to see a Psychologist?

Fees depend on the type of psychologist you see and the referral source. Although Clinical Psychologist fees are higher than Psychologist fees, at Psychology Perspective the gap is the same for both Clinical Psychologist and Psychologist sessions. Fees are also vary between private, Medicare and WorkCover referrals. For specific fee information please look under the Fees tab.

● How do I go about seeing a Psychologist?

As a private client you don’t need a referral of any sort and can make an appointment by calling a psychology practice of your choice and making an appointment. If you would like to access sessions under Medicare or WorkCover you will need to see your doctor for a Mental Health Care Plan or WorkCover referral. When you see your Doctor for a Mental Health Care Plan or a WorkCover referral your Doctor may recommend a Psychologist or you can request a particular Psychologist. The Australian Psychological Society Find a Psychologist Service can help locate Psychologists near you that have particular expertise in areas relevant to you.

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You can make an appointment to see a psychologist without a referral as a private patient or you can visit your doctor about your eligibility for a referral and mental health plan under Medicare. Workcover referrals are also accepted.

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APPOINTMENTS

Psychology Perspective hours of operation are 8.00am to 5.00pm Mondays to Fridays. To assist clients who find it difficult attending during these times, after hours appointments are available Monday and Thursday evenings. We are also open 8.00am to 5.00pm each Saturday. Off-street parking is available on our premises for your convenience.

Once you have booked your initial appointment the background documents can be completed from our website. These will automatically come to our secure email for placement in your personal file ready for your appointment. This will save you time when you initially attend. There is then just a short questionnaire to be completed at the practice when you first arrive.

As a courtesy, an SMS reminder will be sent to your mobile phone to confirm your appointment one day prior to the scheduled appointment (except for Monday appointments, these are sent on the Saturday). If you do not have a mobile number, we can ring you on your home landline for confirmation purposes. It is appreciated if you are unable to make a scheduled appointment that you call and cancel as we do keep waiting lists for client’s convenience.

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Psychology Perspective hours of operation are 8.00am to 5.00pm Mondays to Fridays. To assist clients who find it difficult attending during these times, after hours appointments are available Monday and Thursday evenings. We are also open 8.00am to 5.00pm each Saturday. Off-street parking is available on our premises for your convenience.

Once you have booked your initial appointment the background documents can be completed from our website. These will automatically come to our secure email for placement in your personal file ready for your appointment. This will save you time when you initially attend. There is then just a short questionnaire to be completed at the practice when you first arrive.

As a courtesy, an SMS reminder will be sent to your mobile phone to confirm your appointment one day prior to the scheduled appointment (except for Monday appointments, these are sent on the Saturday). If you do not have a mobile number, we can ring you on your home landline for confirmation purposes. It is appreciated if you are unable to make a scheduled appointment that you call and cancel as we do keep waiting lists for client’s convenience.

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Issues

Relationship conflict or job stress, social anxiety, feeling unmotivated and coping with health problems or injuries are part of everyday life, but they can also negatively impact your life

Therapies

All therapies offered at Psychology Perspective are evidence-based. These therapies have been clinically validated widely accepted, and recommended by governing bodies such as the Australian Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association

 
Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour

Do you ever hurt yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed? If so, you’re not alone. For many people, self-harm is a way of coping with and managing uncomfortable feelings.

Workplace or career issues

We spend a large proportion of our lives in the workplace, so it has a substantial effect on our general wellbeing.

Managing Stress

The stress response is a normal and vital part of human functioning. Our stress response keeps us out of danger, and it can help us do our best when faced with challenges.

Sex related difficulties

Many people encounter sexual problems at some point in their life and when this happens it can be embarrassing and distressing.

Managing Chronic Pain

Seeing a psychologist about pain does not mean that that the pain is in your head.

Eating disorders

Are you spending extraordinary amounts of time in your day thinking about food?

Trauma

The emotional aftermath of a traumatic event can be every bit as devastating as any physical injury.

Relationship, Marriage & Couples Counselling

Relationships are an important aspect of life. They can provide support, love, pleasure, comfort, and many other wonderful things, but relationships can also cause distress, disappointment and frustration.

Dealing with Grief and Bereavement

Grief is a natural reaction following a significant loss.

Drug, Alcohol & other Addictions

Addictions come in number of guises and can take a serious toll on your physical and psychological health.

Anger Management

Anger is a perfectly normal emotion, but if it isn’t expressed in healthy ways it can cause us to act aggressively and inappropriately, resulting in personal and work relationships being negatively affected.

Self Esteem

Your self-esteem is affected by what you think others think about you.

Depression

We all feel down or “blue” from time to time or we might feel upset or disappointed occasionally.

Anxiety management

Anxiety is a part of everyday life, and in some instances it can be really beneficial.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) argues that emotions are a key source of information about what is important and meaningful in our relationships, and our world, and in this way emotions shape our responses to the world around us.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy involves strategies for accepting thoughts and feelings without judgement. By increasing your awareness, you will be able to respond to events in your life rather than react to them.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term goal focused therapeutic approach, which creates change by developing solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

Cognitive Therapy (CT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most scientifically supported therapies, and is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected.

Schema Therapy (SFT)

Schema Therapy (also known as Schema-Focused Therapy or Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy) looks at a person’s history to better understand their present problem.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a hybrid of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (with the emphasis on the here and now), dialectal thinking (emphasising the limitations of rigid, categorical thinking), Zen Buddhism (the concept of Mindfulness) and metaphorical thinking (viewing situations practically).

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) teaches us to accept what is out of our personal control, and to commit to action that improves and enriches our lives.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most scientifically supported psychotherapy, and is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected.

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Phone: 4365 0520

Fax: 02 4365 0465

Adress: 43 Barralong Road, ERINA, NSW 2259

Private client

You do not need a referral to see a psychologist as a private client.

If you belong to a private health fund you may be eligible for a rebate on your session fee.

Funds vary in the cover they provide so please check with your health fund before making your appointment.

You will need to make a $50 prepayment when booking your first appointment.

This $50 will be used as part payment towards your first session.

A Medicare Referred Client

(There are two different Medicare schemes and both require a GP referal)

  1. Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative

    To see a psychologist under this scheme you will need to see your GP before making a psychologist appointment.

    If you qualify for a referral under this scheme, you will be given a Mental Health Care Plan and a referral to a psychologist of your choice.

    Your referral entitles you to 10 sessions per calendar year.

    The Australian Psychological Society provides detailed information about the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative

    * You will need to make a $50 prepayment when booking your first appointment. This $50 will be used as part payment towards your first session

  2. Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)

    To see a psychologist under this scheme you will need to see your GP before making a psychologist appointment.

    This scheme is primarily for those who are disadvantaged or experiencing financial hardship.

    This referral entitles you to up to six sessions.

    No Prepayment is required for this type of referral and there is no gap fee.

A WorkCover Client

If your psychological injury is the result of a workplace incident, please see your GP for a WorkCover referral.

If your GP determines that you do have a psychological difficulty as a result of a work-related incident, you will be issued with a WorkCover medical certificate.

If the GP also decides that you would benefit from seeing a psychologist, you will be given a referral to a psychologist of your choice.

To initiate your WorkCover claim you need to submit your WorkCover medical certificate to your employee, who then submits your Workers Compensation medical certificate to the company’s insurer.
When the insurer receives the claim they will contact you with your claim number.

You will need three things before making an appointment with a psychologist: your WorkCover claim number, the Workers Compensation Medical certificate and a doctor’s referral (a copy of this referral must also be provided to your insurer).

No Prepayment is required for this type of referral and there is no gap fee.

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We provide therapy and conselling for; depression, anxiety (including OCD and phobias), low self-esteem issues, anger management problems, drug and alcohol addiction, grief, family conflict and relationship issues, trauma, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidal behaviours. We also work with clients who are dealing with pain, sex-related difficulties, stressful life events and career and workplace issues.

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