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about counselling & psychotherapy

Investing in our mental health is one of the most important things

we can do for ourselves and our loved ones.

 

Which mental health practitioner is the best fit for me?

Choosing the right mental health practitioner can be a confusing process. The terms 'Counselling' and ' Psychotherapy' are often used interchangeably and both involve talking through life challenges and emotional issues and helping people to develop new skills and coping strategies to manage them. Psychotherapy is a more in-depth process that explores the impact of buried past experience and ingrained patterns of behaviour and emotional responses that continue to impact the present and practitioners may use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic models in their practice. If you require a formal diagnosis or Medicare subsidised Mental Health Care Plan, you will need a GP referral to visit a Clinical Psychologist. Psychologists specialise in the study of cognitions and behaviours, adopting the medical model to help people to reduce psychological distress using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which focuses on correcting 'faulty' beliefs to relieve symptoms. If you require a diagnosis or are living with a serious mental illness, your GP or health service may refer you to a Psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who specialise in diagnosing and managing the physical manifestations of mental health conditions using prescribed medications. In Australia, information about treatment from a Clinical Psychologist or a Psychiatrist will appear on your health record. You do not need a GP referral to seek counselling and psychotherapy, and your information does not appear on your health record unless you specifically request it. 

About Psychotherapy

People attend psychotherapy to alleviate suffering by addressing issues that impede their lives, including anxiety, unhelpful behaviours, emotional existential and relationship problems, and to develop insight, self-knowledge, and new skills that help them achieve their goals and live more meaningful lives. Psychotherapists recognise the complexity of human experience and understand that mental health and life challenges are influenced not only by biological and psychological factors but also by environmental, social, relationship, family, historic and existential concerns. Psychotherapy can be short or long-term and occur in individual, couple, family, or group settings.

 

Psychotherapy involves in-depth therapist guided exploration of client experience through talking and other forms of expression; the process enables clients to understand how conscious and unconscious processes shape their lives and to develop fresh perspectives and strategies that support a process of positive change. A relationship built on trust that supports active client engagement is central to the therapeutic process; selecting a qualified therapist who empathically, skillfully and non-judgmentally supports them safely through their journey is critically important to positive outcomes. Always choose an ARCAP* member counsellor or psychotherapist to ensure you get the best experience from a highly trained and expert practitioner.

 

Contact me to arrange a free 15 minute telehealth or online consultation to see if I am the right therapist for you.

Does psychotherapy work?

Everyone can benefit from therapy, not only those who are in crisis. Recent studies** show that 3 out of 4 people who engage in therapy experience brain function process and physiological changes that decrease symptoms across a range of mental health conditions, and improve emotional, physical and social functioning.

 

Renowned philosopher and author Alain de Botton details the value and process of psychotherapy in this brief and informative School of Life video.

*ARCAP (Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists) for accredited members of:

  • ACA (Australian Counselling Association)

  • PACFA (Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia)

*Source: Amercian Psychological Association

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