Should I be referred by a GP?

You do not need to be referred by a GP to book a session with us. However there are advantages to speaking to a GP prior to seeing your psychologist. A GP can provide a comprehensive health check; a number of health conditions can result in psychological distress. The GP may be able to help with such
issues as a mental health plan or medication.

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

If your car wasn’t working well, you’d go to the mechanic. If your teeth are hurting, you’d go to the dentist. If you’re reading this, you have probably tried to fix these issues on your own. Some issues can be solved on your own, and some can’t. Having a problem makes us feel weak, while solving a problem (whether alone or with the help of others) strengthens us.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

There is a big difference between talking to us and talking to a friend or family. We are trained psychologists. We have studied the mind and mental health for at least 6 years at university and then worked for years in our profession. We will provide objective good quality information. We will offer a plan to address your problem(s). We will provide accountability and structure to keep you motivated and oriented toward solving your problem(s).

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

The first 1-2 sessions will involve an assessment and the creation of a treatment plan. The treatment plan will be oriented toward addressing your specific issue. All other sessions will involve carrying out this plan. You will be expected to have an open, honest approach and to do work between sessions. 

How long will it take?

The treatment plans for most problems and disorders last between 6 to 14 sessions. Generally, the longer-term the problem, the more sessions will be warranted.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

Read up on the problem from reliable sources. Monitor your thoughts and behaviour in a diary. Maintain a healthy life routine (e.g. sleep, diet, exercise). Try not to embark on too many other big goals while attending therapy.


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Maroubra Junction, NSW 2035

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