Frequently asked questions
Depending on your particular needs, the average number of hourly sessions varies from 8 to 15. However, some clients only need 1 to 5 sessions if their issues are very specific. Others choose to have more long-term therapy with less frequent sessions over a longer period of time. The time you’ll need in therapy is discussed with you in your first session and there is no commitment. With some initial guidance, you make appointments as you wish.
Psychologists at The Psychology Practice utilise evidence-based treatment interventions. This means that the therapeutic tools that we use are supported by up-to-date clinical research and have been shown to have significant impact in helping or improving people’s lives. The treatment approach we incorporate depends on the needs of the client but common therapy interventions are Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal and Counselling Therapy, as well as Narrative Therapy, Self Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Any information that identifies you or that you give to your therapist will be treated with utmost privacy and respect. Information about you is kept confidential and is only disclosed to additional parties with your prior consent. The only time a psychologist is required to disclose information about you is if it is demanded by law or if there is reasonable evidence to believe that someone is at-risk of harm if we do not divulge the information to the appropriate authorities.
No, you do not need a referral to come see us at The Psychology Practice, but many GPs and health-care workers are likely to provide you with our details as a source of help.
Psychologists treat psychological difficulties in a variety of contexts and have studied or specialised in areas of human behaviour. Psychiatrists are qualified medical practitioners and are therefore able to prescribe medication. While some psychologists are doctors by research (e.g., PhD, DPsy), they are not able to prescribe you medication. Psychologists are, however, able to recommend medication (e.g., anti-depressants) as a treatment option.
You can contact the Australian Psychological Society (APS) or the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA).