Psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. As a doctor, a psychiatrist is licensed to write prescriptions. Sometimes a combination of medication and psychotherapy or counseling is needed. If that is the case, the psychiatrist may provide the psychotherapy, or the psychiatrist may refer you to a psychologist or other type of mental health professional.
Counsellor. A counsellor is a person who assists people”to develop understanding about themselves and to make changes in their lives”. It is expected that they”work within a clearly contracted principled relationship that enables individuals to explore and resolve issues of an interpersonal, intrapsychic or personal nature”. There are different types of counsellors such as rehabilitation counsellor, marriage and/ or family counsellor, school counsellor etc., and each may have very different qualifications and experience levels, which can be enquired about by potential clients.
Clinical Psychologist. Clinical psychologists have advanced University degrees in psychology. Their specialty is the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of emotional, behavioural and psychological problems. This is done by talking with a person and coming to understand the impact of feelings, beliefs, actions, experiences, and culture on the person’s life. To be registered as a clinical psychologist a psychologist must have an advanced degree in psychology, and have completed post-graduate practical training in clinical psychology at university.
Health Psychologist. Health psychology is a specialty area that focuses on how biological, social and psychological factors influence health and illness. Health and illness are influenced by a wide variety of factors. While contagious and hereditary illness are common, there are many behavioural and psychological factors that can impact overall physical well-being and various medical conditions. Health psychology is a specialty area that focuses on how biology, psychology, behavior and social factors influence health and illness. The field of health psychology is focused on promoting health as well as the prevention and treatment of disease and illness. Health psychologists also focus on understanding how people react, cope and recover from illness. Many health psychologists work directly in clinical settings to help individuals or groups prevent illness and promote healthy behaviours.
- Psychologist - $180 GST Incl
- Counsellor - $ 125 GST incl
Group programmes vary is cost depending on the length, content and design of the specific programme. Please refer to individual programmes.
Please phone our administrator Jacqueline Waetford-McGrath who will refer your query on to one of our registered health professionals. Phone (07) 5420316 or make an enquiry through our website.
Sessions are typically one hour in length and frequency is optimally once weekly dependant on an individual’s needs.
Prior to your initial session, an appointment letter will be sent to you with details of the location, date and time of your appointment. At this time you are advised that you are welcome to bring a support person with you to your initial appointment. On your arrival to your first session, your therapist will greet you, discuss the consent process and confidentiality issues, ask you to fill in some questionnaires for screening and monitoring purposes, before an interview is undertaken to help the therapist to understand and formulate your concerns and set strategic goals for therapy. An assessment is unlikely to be completed in one session only, and often can take two sessions to complete.