Frequently Ask Question

What is a counselling psychologist?2018-08-09T08:26:49+00:00

Psychologists are highly qualified professionals who have undergone years of tertiary study to become experts in human behaviour. Psychologists who counsel clients in session have undertaken further supervised training to become registered psychologists.

As a registered psychologist all our therapists at Psychologists Southern Sydney are bound by the highest professional standards and ethics including confidentiality. They use scientifically proven, evidence based strategies and therapies to help people overcome challenges and to move forward in their lives. Please note that, according to the Psychology Board of Australia’s Code of Ethics, there are some limitations to this confidentiality rule – for example, if there is an immediate or specific risk of serious harm to a particular person’s safety, or if a client’s file is subpoenaed by a court.

Is counselling for me?2018-08-09T08:30:53+00:00

As people of all ages see GPs for a wide range of minor and major physical health concerns, people turn to psychologists for emotional and mental well-being issues that range from mild to severe in nature. Psychologists at Psychologists Southern Sydney see children, adolescents, adults, couples and families for a wide variety of issues regarding mental health, happiness, behaviour and relationships.

What issues do Psychologists Southern Sydney treat?2018-08-09T08:31:58+00:00

At PSS our team of psychologists work with behavioural issues, worry, stress, anxiety and depression, emotional upheaval, relationships – couples, families, addictions, anger, self-esteem, phobias, sleep issues, disordered eating and weight issues, grief and loss, specific woman’s issues including pregnancy, perinatal depression, menopause, child and adolescent issues, career and life transition, workplace issues, EAP. We also undertake assessments and write reports.

What therapies do PSS psychologists use?2018-08-09T08:35:03+00:00

Our psychologists use a range of proven therapies and will use the appropriate therapy or therapies based on your individual needs and goals. Some of the accepted therapies our psychologists commonly use depending on their training are: ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) EDMA Therapy DBT (Didactic Behavioural Therapy) Mindfulness Solution Focused Therapy Play Therapy for children Hypnosis Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis Schema Therapy

What is the difference between psychology and coaching?2018-08-09T08:36:18+00:00

Psychology works on emotional and mental health issues that stop you from moving forward. Coaching uses many of the same techniques as psychology but its focus is more on achieving specific goals in your personal life and career. PSS offers counselling, psychology, and coaching services including personal, executive and workplace coaching.

Do you have a Greek speaking psychologist?2018-08-09T08:37:31+00:00

At Psychologists Southern Sydney in our team of six we are fortunate to have two Greek speaking registered psychologist. Whether you need counselling for adolescents, adults, couples or families, PSS can help you. Phone and Skype counselling are also available for people who may not be able to a session.

How can we communicate more effectively?2018-08-09T08:38:47+00:00

At Psychologists Southern Sydney in our team of six we are fortunate to have two Greek speaking registered psychologist. Whether you need counselling for adolescents, adults, couples or families, PSS can help you. Phone and Skype counselling are also available for people who may not be able to a session.

What happens at the first appointment?2018-08-09T08:42:20+00:00

Firstly you will be made to feel welcome and comfortable. Your psychologist may ask you general questions about your life, in order to gain a better understanding of your circumstances and begin to formulate a treatment plan. Around 45 minutes into the session your psychologist will also give you an overview of what you can expect from future sessions, and what steps you should take next before the next session. If the session is for children or adolescents, we will ask parents to attend a preliminary session without the child so we can discuss openly your child’s needs. As part of future session the parent will be included for at least part of the session at the end and updated.

How many sessions do I need?2018-08-09T08:43:21+00:00

This will depend on your individual needs and goals. Some issues can be worked through quickly while other deeper seated issues take longer to overcome. How many sessions will be an ongoing discussion between you and your psychologist. Being committed to your therapy and making it a priority in your schedule will achieve quicker results. For relationship counselling you may have individual counselling as well as couples counselling. This has proved very effective for our clients especially as have both male and female psychologists.

What about counselling for children and adolescents?2018-08-09T08:47:50+00:00

At Psychologists Southern Sydney we work extensively with children and adolescents. Usually in the first session we like to see the parents alone to get a full understanding of their child/adolescent’s issue without causing the child embarrassment. At each session with the child we invite the parent(s) in for the last 10 minutes of the session to update and advise of any strategies that should be worked on until the next session. We also ask parents to be available at the beginning of the session in case feedback is required for the psychologist. Please note PSS and our team members do not take responsibility for children/adolescents whose parents do not return at the required time and we are unable to provide supervision Regarding adolescents we understand that every adolescent is very different some want their parent at the session some don’t. The parents are present for the first part of the session so the parent, adolescent and psychologist are all on the same page.

Feedback after the session is when the parent is present. In order to best help your child, we need to establish a safe and trusting relationship with them. To do this, it is important for your child to be able to discuss all their worries
and concerns with us with the knowledge that their privacy will be maintained. As such, when we work with children we are very clear with both the child and the parent that we will keep their sessions private. The exceptions to this relate to occasions where we feel the child’s psychological and/or physical safety is at risk. Other occasions may include when a child asks us to assist them in telling a parent something difficult or when the parent needs to be involved in the process in order to reinforce principles or strategies discussed in session. When these situations occur, we discuss these matters in session with the child and parent present, encouraging the child to actually initiate the conversation.

How much does an appointment cost?2018-08-09T08:49:41+00:00

Our fees are lower than the Australian Psychological Society recommended price. We do offer Medicare rebates but we don’t bulk bill so there will be an extra cost to be paid. You may also be eligible for a pensioner or concession card holder discount. What Private Health and Medicare rebates can I get? With private health the amount of rebate depends on your level of coverage and your health fund so check with them. For a Medicare rebate your GP or other medical practioner needs to supply you with a Medical Health Care Plan. Bring it with you and we will just pay the gap as we lodge both Medicare and private health claims on the spot

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