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Frequently Asked Questions
What is counselling?
Counselling is not just talking. Instead, it is used to explore issues and learn how to work through them when we are feeling stuck. This may include working on negative thought patterns, talking about life circumstances, discussing helpful education and gradually adjusting behaviour to break unhelpful cycles. It is very easy to get stuck in our own thought patterns and a professional, unbiased, perspective can help you to see things a little differently.
What is a psychologist?
A psychologist is a mental health professional who has completed several years of specialised training to achieve registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Psychologists do not prescribe medication, but instead focus on effective use of counselling and strategy techniques to help people understand and work through their concerns.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
A referral is not required however some people like to obtain a referral (or MHCP) from their GP to help with the financial aspect of seeing a psychologist.
What is a Mental Health Care Plane (MHCP)?
A MHCP is a formal referral provided by your GP. During a long consultation, your GP will do an assessment of your needs. If they decide that you qualify for a MHCP they will give you one at the time of the appointment. The benefit of a MHCP is that you can claim part of your session back through Medicare. This can be done in the office (saving you a trip to Medicare).
How many sessions will I need?
There is not strict formula for how many appointments you will need. However with the MHCP there is a limit of 10 sessions per year. For some concerns you may just need one or two sessions to help you gain clarity, for other long term issues you may need many more sessions.
How often will I need to come?
Initially you may come in weekly or fortnightly depending on what is happening for you. This might then be spread out to monthly or even longer once you feel you are on track. Some people like to attend every few months just as a refresher.