Psychology Clinic 

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions? 


What is counseling?

Counseling is a proven method of therapy and is in widespread use around the world. Counseling offers individuals an opportunity to share their problems with a trained professional in hopes of finding a reasonable solution to resolve a difficult problem. Counseling can often give individuals deep personal insight, making room for growth and eventually a complete understanding and dominance over their issues.

How can I make sure I choose the right counseling for me?

Individual Counseling is often more comfortable for patients struggling with a deep, inner issues that they may not be comfortable sharing in a larger group. Marriage and family Counseling is ideal for couples or families dealing with conflict and struggling to find resolutions. Group Counseling can be beneficial for helping several people with common problems. The group interaction can act as a strong support system in difficult times during the Counseling. Although there are many types of Counseling, the most important thing is that it is in an environment where you feel comfortable to explore your issues and grow.

How do I find Counseling in my city and state?

The genesis.webs.com directory will help you locate Counseling in your city.

Counseling Related Terms: counseling, counselor, marriage counseling, relationship counseling, rehabilitation counseling, family counselors, grief counselors, school counselors, domestic violence counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, sexual abuse counseling.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF life

“Clinical psychology includes the scientific study and application of psychology for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychological-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development.”

 Health Psychology: Stress; Wellness; Lifestyle Management

Clinical Psychology: All abnormal Behavior –Anxiety, Mood, Phobia, Depression, Anger…

Occupational Psychology: Work life Balance; Attitude; Interpersonal Relationships; Motivation; Productivity; Emotional Intelligence; Concentration; Time Management; Mediated journey from employee to CEO

 Spiritual Psychology: God is Great and Life is Beautiful; control senses; Destiny decided by GOD Spending time with CREATOR; Searching life in God and Meaning;

WHAT HAPPENS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING SESSIONS?

 Client and counsellor sit in private and engage in a lot of talking and listening. Each session typically lasts between 45 minutes and one hour. Sometimes just a single session is sufficient for a client's needs, but more usually client and counsellor continue to meet for several weeks or even months. Client and counsellor plan together how often and for how long to meet. Nowadays many psychological counsellors prefer to work with clients over a small number of highly focused sessions and then to offer an "open door" policy. This means that clients are free to return for more sessions if and when they require them, knowing that there is a reliable professional service available and that they will always be made welcome.

 Couples meet with the counsellor in the same way and may use the sessions to better understand how they communicate and react to each other’s needs. Many couples find attending alternate individual and joint sessions to be especially helpful.

 HOW WILL I BE TREATED?

 Most importantly, you will be treated as a person rather than a case study. I tend to avoid labeling people with psychological diagnoses such as being "anxious", "depressed" or "psychosomatic" etc. I find that many clients have been previously (mis)labeled by someone else and that it is counter-productive. Instead, I take each person individually and regard their problem as a unique theme. I try to understand what it must feel like from the inside. I am then concerned to help you unravel whatever keeps the problem going and to help you identify ways of changing things for the better.

 CAN PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY HELP ME?

 Psychological therapy can help you deal with any difficulties, life issues or symptoms of psychological disorder. However, it is not only for resolving problems. It is valuable for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and their relationships and improve their general sense of emotional well-being.

 Often referred to as 'talking therapy', psychological therapy involves focussed discussions between therapist and client, exploring the ways in which past experiences, current difficulties or concerns about the future might be affecting the client's life. You may be unsure what the problem is but feel that you need to talk to someone, or you may have a specific issue that you would like to address. I will listen to you and help you understand how you respond to life events and reflect upon the ways in which you see yourself and others. I will not tell you what to do or give you advice, but will guide you in understanding what might be happening in your life and support you so that you can make your own choices and begin the process of change.

 HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?

Just ring us to discuss your needs. Our therapists each have different areas of interest and expertise and we will try to match you with the most suitable therapist. We can usually book a first appointment within a week to ten days.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

Many people ask how many sessions they would need (how long is a piece of string?) but that depends on the nature and depth of their issues and how committed they are to doing the work. It can hard work but CBT certainly is a good therapy for anxiety, depression, obsessional thinking and low self-esteem/confidence, trauma etc, if you really want to make those changes. Your therapist will discuss progress as the sessions continue.

DOES MY WORKPLACE OR GP NEED TO KNOW I HAVE APPOINTMENTS?

Not unless you wish them to know. If the therapist has a concern over your safety they may ask to pass on those concerns to your GP in confidence.

MY RELATIVE / FRIEND REALLY NEED HELP - CAN I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR THEM?

Although we understand the concern of family and friends we don't book appointments for third parties. By all means ring and have a chat on their behalf and feel free to pass on information and the contact numbers etc, but clients have to be ready and willing to engage in therapy and the choice to do so or not must always be theirs alone. Booking their own appointments is one way of putting the client in control of their own therapy and decisions.

WILL THIS CHANGE ME?

Only if you want it to. Some people decide that they want to remain in the safety of the way they are and don't proceed after the first session. That's fine. You can be in control of any changes you make. In fact no-one can force you to make changes you don't want - you choose to change - or not - based on new information.

CAN YOU FIX MY PROBLEMS?

No magic wands here! - but we can show you how you can help yourself! We cannot give a 'repair guarantee and warranty' as unfortunately the human mind is not as simple or predictable as a car repair, for instance. It all depends on the depth and extent of any issues, what arises during therapy, if the client is willing to work within and between sessions and their ability and willingness to change.

WHAT IS THE RIGHT SORT OF THERAPY FOR ME?

I have trained in several key types of psychological therapy, each of which has a different approach to resolving difficulties. As part of our initial consultation I will be helping you decide which approach is most suitable for you, or perhaps integrating aspects from different approaches to create a unique blend suited to you and your specific needs.

WHAT IS A PSYCHOLOGIST? 


Psychologists study the way people feel, think, act and interact. Through a range of strategies and therapies they aim to reduce distress and to enhance and promote emotional wellbeing. Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, and have studied the brain, memory, learning and human development. Psychologists can assist people who are having difficulty controlling their emotions, thinking and behaviour, including those with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, serious and enduring mental illness, addictive behaviours and childhood behaviour disorders.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHIATRIST AND A PSYCHOLOGIST?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialise in the treatment of mental illnesses, particularly those such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Psychiatrists usually prescribe medication such as anti-depressants or anti-psychotics as part of their treatment.

Psychologists have usually trained for 6-8 years and can have a doctorate in psychology with an arts or science background. They have special training in conducting assessments using psychometric instruments, and in providing treatments.

Psychological treatment typically involves ‘talking therapies’ designed to help people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, stress and work-related problems, life transitions and also people who have a been diagnosed with a mental illness. Depending upon what the issue is, some people will see both a psychologist and psychiatrist at the same time.

WHAT DOES SEEING A PSYCHOLOGIST INVOLVE?

Consultations with an individual psychologist usually last for one hour. Work with a psychologist usually involves a period of assessment followed by a period of treatment. The length of time taken to complete the ‘therapy process’ is different depending upon the type of problem. This will be discussed with you.

In the initial assessment phase, psychologists try to gain a thorough understanding of the problem from your point of view. This may involve filling out questionnaires or monitoring forms. The treatment phase involves helping you to do things differently in order to help you feel better. All aspects of the process are collaborative, meaning that you participate and make active decisions about what goals you would like to achieve how you would like to participate.

IF I OR MY CHILD HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM, HOW CAN A PSYCHOLOGIST HELP ME?

Psychologists specialise in providing therapies for mental health problems. These therapies are effective at treating common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression and most childhood problems.

WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?

Psychologists are bound by the Psychologists code of ethics. This can be found here www.aps.org.au. With regard to confidentiality at Your Psychology Clinic, all therapy discussions are confidential with the important exception that if you are at risk of harm from yourself or to someone else we may need to break confidentiality. The third limitation on confidentiality is in relation to court orders. Should any of these situations be relevant to you, your psychologist will discuss them with you.

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