Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists are university trained clinicians who specialise in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems and disorders. Psychologists can assess patterns of thought, behaviour, and emotion to help understand the difficulties experienced by clients and therefore provide the right intervention to help alleviate the emotional burden experienced by the client.
Psychologists work together with their clients to help them overcome difficulties in all aspects of their life including experiences of anxiety and depression, social difficulties, eating disorders, substance disorders, stress and harassment in the workplace, bullying, and relationship conflict.
‘Therapist’, ‘psychotherapist’, and ‘counsellor’ are all words we generally use interchangeably.
They all describe someone who provides therapeutic support to people who are experiencing difficulties related to behaviours, thoughts, feelings, and relationships, often referred to as ‘mental health issues’.
The title ‘psychiatrist’ is often confused with ‘psychologist’. The two words sound so similar and it is easy to get them mixed up. However, psychiatrists are very different to psychologists, social workers, and counsellors for one very important reason – they are medical doctors. Psychiatrists go through all the usual avenues to become medical doctors and then they continue their studies to specialise in the area of psychiatry (mental illness), studying for a minimum of ten years. They have a wealth of knowledge about the connection between body and mind. What also sets them apart is, as medical doctors, they can prescribe medication. None of the other professions mentioned here are able to do that. Psychiatrists generally work with people with more severe cases of mental illness. They can provide counselling, but as their fees are usually high (for those in private practice), most people don’t see them on a long-term, regular basis for this purpose (but there are always exceptions). Psychiatrists often work in consultation with mental health teams, alongside other professions, providing specialised support and knowledge. For more information about psychiatrists, you can check out the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) page.
With specialised knowledge in the various aspects of human behaviour, psychologists can work in a wide range of service settings. Although a large majority of psychologists do provide counselling services. A registered psychologist must have a four-year bachelor degree in Psychology, followed by a post-graduate degree or two years supervised training. Clinical psychologists complete additional studies, often a Masters or PhD, further specialising in the area of diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. You can find out more about psychologists on the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) website and the Australian Psychological Society site.
In Australia, social workers provide a wide range of support to individuals, families and groups in diverse contexts, with a focus on social, psychological, and cultural needs. All social workers share an underlying commitment to human rights and social justice and can work in roles such as casework, advocacy, and community development. Social workers are trained in human development and counselling interventions in their undergraduate studies. However some will choose to continue their training to specialise in counselling. These ‘clinical social workers’ or Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSW’s) are required to register with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and maintain this registration, which is similar to the requirements for Registered Psychologists. AMHSW’s need to complete a four-year bachelor degree in social work, as well as completing another two years of supervised practice in a mental health field. Most AMHSW’s work in private practice and provide evidence based counselling interventions for people with mental health conditions and related issues.
To start off with, the initial assessment session will usually involve a comprehensive assessment where we aim to understand your personal circumstances and current concerns and difficulties.
With this understanding your clinician will develop a treatment plan which can look different for each individual.
Our clinicians use evidence based approaches to ensure that you are receiving the right support.
We are a private clinic and do not offer bulk billing.
Please call our friendly staff to discuss our rates and the rebates you may be eligible for depending on your referral type.
Generally with a Medicare referral you are entitled to a rebate for each session, for up to 20 sessions per calendar year.
You may also be eligible to claim through your Private Health Fund and it would be best if you contacted them directly to find out more.
If you have been referred through Worker’s Compensation or Third Party Insurance Services, then there are no out of pocket costs for you.
We also can support people with a self-managed or plan-managed NDIS package.
A referral is not required to book an appointment with any of our clinicians, however, if you would like to access the Medicare rebate for your session you will need a referral from your GP, Psychiatrist, or Paediatrician.
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