What is a Psychologist?
A Psychologist is a scientist who specialises in the study and treatment of the mind and behavior or in the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
A Clinical Psychologist is a professional specialising in diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, emotional disturbance, and behavior problems.
Psychologists can only use talk therapy as treatment; you must see a psychiatrist or other medical doctor to be treated with medication. Psychologists may have a master’s degree (MA) or doctorate (Ph.D.) in psychology. They may also have other qualifications, including Board certification and additional training in a type of therapy.
When would I need to see a Psychologist?
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be mentally ill to see a psychologist. The bulk of psychologists help mentally healthy people function better. They can teach coping strategies for a range of problems that seriously affect people’s lives: stress, illness, relationship difficulties and eating disorders, for example.
You might visit a psychologist for help with problems such as:
- depression, anxiety or stress
- drug and alcohol abuse
- eating disorders
- fears and phobias
- low self-esteem
- post-traumatic stress disorder
A psychologist can also help you deal with challenges you may face in life such as:
Health funds and Medicare rebates are available when indicated.
How long is a Psychology consultation?
All consultations are between 50-60 mins
No referral is needed to see a psychologist unless you wish to consult one under the mental health plan, Veterans’ Affairs scheme or for WorkCare in Queensland.
What will happen in a Psychology consultation?
You will be encouraged to talk to your psychologist about how you feel, and how you would like to feel. You might like to ask them about their experience working with people like you and in your situation. Ask them what type of therapy they usually offer, and think about what you would like to achieve from your sessions.
Other questions to ask may include:
- How can you help me?
- How many sessions do I need?
- How often do I need to see you?