- If you're regularly feeling overwhelmed
- If you're feeling more sad and teary than usual
- If you're having a difficult time at work OR at home OR in social settings
- If you're having trouble coping with a major recent change in your life
- If you're experiencing a particular relationship in your life that makes you feel very unhappy
- If you're having trouble coming to terms with certain experiences in your past
- If you're experiencing significant stress because you are caring for a loved one who is frail or unwell
The psychology practice will forward to you an ‘information package’ that will contain the following: a confirmation of the appointment, consent form*, APS charter for clients of psychologists, new client details form*, and self-report tool*. These will either be emailed or posted to you, depending upon what suits you best. Those with the “*” will need to be completed and brought along to your first session. If you have any questions or concerns about these forms, you are welcome to call Tania to discuss these.
The psychologist will first discuss with you the ‘consent’ process involved when you are seeing a psychologist. You will already have been provided with this form, and the psychologist will simply ensure you understand the included information. Then, you will be invited to discuss with the psychologist the nature of your current problem/s and the type of assistance you are seeking. The psychologist will then ask you more about the way in which the problem/s is impacting you, and will proceed to gather background information and history that is relevant to your situation.
Think about and work out your goals for the therapy – it may be helpful to make a list of events, people, thoughts and feelings that may be contributing to your distress. Prior to each session, think about your goals or expectations for that session and discuss these with the psychologist. An important component of therapy is the between session activities. The psychologist may recommend that you read relevant material, do some recording or monitoring of behaviours, or implement particular strategies. Take the time between sessions to complete these activities. Most importantly, be patient with yourself. Implementing change and personal growth can be difficult and slow at times, but worth the effort.
Clinical Psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychological problems, such as anxiety and depression. In providing these services, they use techniques and strategies based upon up-to-date and good quality scientific research. Clinical psychology services are provided to individuals from any stage of life, and take into account each person’s unique life circumstances, values, preferences, and strengths. Clinical Psychologists complete the equivalent of 6-7 years of full-time training. Once qualified, they are required to maintain ongoing professional development in areas relevant to the practice of clinical psychology.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have undertaken further training to become specialists in mental health. Psychologists have qualifications in psychology but do not have medical training.
This practice focuses on work with adults and older adults. Individual psychological services are not offered for children, adolescents, and young adults. There are many psychologists and health care professionals in the community who provide services to these client groups.
Fees are payable at the end of the session by cash, credit card or debit card. Eftpos is available, and a receipt is provided.
Medicare benefits can be claimed in one of the following ways:
- Express Plus Medicare mobile app – this app is linked to your Medicare online account through myGov
- Medicare claim form – this can be submitted by post, or at your local Medicare service centre
- By phone (132 011)
- At the medical practice via electronic claiming (Edmonton client’s only)
Sessions are 50 to 55 minutes duration, so allow yourself an hour to accommodate the appointment.