IS THERAPY FOR ME?
Therapy can be helpful for anyone. It is not necessary to have a diagnosed mental illness to attend therapy or to reap the benefits of therapy. The following is a non-exhaustive list of concerns that someone might bring to therapy:
A diagnosed mental illness such as Major Depressive Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Relationship or marital dissatisfaction
Poor body image
Stress or burnout
Substance misuse or addiction
Behavioural problems, such as compulsive spending, eating, gambling, sexual activity and so on
Lack of direction or purpose
Grief or loss
Childhood trauma or neglect
Overwhelming or confusing emotions
Intimacy issues (both sexual and emotional intimacy)
Stage of life transitions
dOES THERAPY HELP?
The short answer to that question is yes.
There is a plethora of scientific studies into the effectiveness of psychotherapy. The results of this research consistently show that psychotherapy is more effective than no treatment and on par with, if not more, effective than medications (Wampold, 2010).
Therapy can be helpful for anyone, the tricky part is finding the right therapy, and more importantly, the right therapist for you.
HOW DO i know if i am seeing the right therapist?
Not all not all therapists are going to be the right fit for you. You or someone you know may have experienced therapy as unhelpful, or possibly even upsetting. Therapy may be unhelpful for one (or more) of the following reasons:
The therapist seems cold, disinterested, distracted, or judgmental;
The therapist does not take sufficient time to understand and express their understanding of your experiences/problems;
The therapist seems to be more interested in their own theories or interpretations than on you and your experiences;
These are a few questions to keep in mind when deciding if a therapist is right for you:
Do you feel listened to? Who does most of the talking in the first couple of appointments, you or the therapist?
Do you feel reasonably comfortable opening up to your therapist? Or do you worry that you will be judged or misunderstood?
Does your therapist explain the process of therapy to you in a way that makes sense to you?
Does your therapist collaborate with you when deciding the goals and tasks of therapy? Or do you feel that the therapist has complete control over what happens in therapy?
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A standard session runs for 50 minutes and costs $160. I offer reduced fees for certain clients who cannot afford the standard fee and this can be discussed with me at the outset of therapy.
You can access rebates from Medicare with a GP referral and Mental Health Care Plan. The Medicare rebate for Head to Heart Psychology is $84.80 per session for 10 sessions per calendar year.
Some private health insurance policies cover psychological services. The amount of cover varies depending on the specific policy. Make sure to check if psychological services are covered under your health insurance policy.
If you have an accepted claim with TAC, WorkCover, or Victims of Crime then there is no out of pocket expense for your sessions.
Please make sure to provide at least 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule appointments. A late cancellation fee applies to cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral to make an appointment. However, if you wish to claim Medicare rebates you will need a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.
When you make an appointment with your GP make sure to specify that you are requesting a referral to a psychologist so that the GP completes the needed paperwork.
Wampold, B. E. (2010). Theories of psychotherapy series. The basics of psychotherapy: An introduction to theory and practice. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.