If you are reading this, you’re probably thinking about speaking to a psychologist for the very first time. Asking for help is tough! Not everyone feels comfortable talking to a stranger about their personal issues. If you’ve never seen a counsellor or a psychologist before, it can be quite daunting to know what to expect. Unlike the movies, you will not be asked to lie down on a couch!
Speaking to a psychologist doesn’t have to be something you do only when things are really out of control. You might want to speak to one to prevent things from getting worse or to just gain perspectives on your life.
If this is your first time speaking to a psychologist, here are some things you can expect:
- The initial appointment is up to 90 minutes and ongoing appointments are 55 minutes long.
- You can share as much or as little as you want, but know that the more you share, the more your psychologist will be able to assist you.
- You can obtain a referral from your GP to obtain a Medicare rebate or you can choose to use your private health funds.
- Therapy is collaborative. We set goals together and work together to achieve them.
- Therapy might require some work outside of the session, even if it is making time to reflect on what was spoken about in the session.
- Therapy is a mix of building skills and gaining awareness.
- It is important you feel comfortable with your psychologist and to let me know if there are any barriers.
- I value every individual’s unique story and feel privileged to be able to hear it and support you on your journey.