Frequently asked questions
What do I want to give the world? What nourishes me? What do I value?
How do I know that I am seeing a qualified psychologist?
In order to practise in Australia, psychologists must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to requirements for ongoing learning and professional development.
How do I know that I am seeing an ethical practitioner?
A member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) is bound by the ethical code of that professional body. Client confidentiality is a fundamental right. However, this may be limited where there is risk of harm to self or others.
How many counselling sessions will I need?
This depends on the nature and severity of the presenting problem(s) and the individuality of each client. An assessment will be conducted by your therapist, who will ask about the nature and history of the issues you wish to address.
Generally, long-standing issues that arose earlier in life will require more time to resolve than the ‘here and now’ problems of living. Clients choose when they wish to finish counselling.
What happens in my counselling sessions?
Your therapist will discuss your priorities with you and what you wish to achieve. This will provide the focus for your sessions and may be reviewed in discussion with your psychologist as your sessions progress.
How do I pay for my psychology sessions?
Payment is required on the day of each session. Rebates may be claimed back from Medicare or your relevant private health insurer. In order to claim from Medicare, you will need a referral from your GP before you attend your first session.
What is the difference between psychiatrists and psychologists?
Psychiatrists are specialist medical doctors who are qualified to prescribe medication.
Psychologists in Australia may provide counselling and psychotherapy only, and focus on interactional, ‘talk-based’ approaches.
Some psychologists work primarily by assisting skills development and problem solving, while others may also provide therapy to address personality and characterlogical issues, and personal development issues.
Ask your psychologist about their approach and discuss your needs with them to ensure the service to best suit you.
What is a Counselling Psychologist?
Counselling Psychologists are equivalent in training to Clinical Psychologists.
The Master of Psychology (Counselling) postgraduate degree is equivalent to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree, and places emphasis on therapeutic and counselling skills. Both require six years of formal university study.
In order to claim endorsement / specialist title as a Counselling Psychologist, in addition to the Master of Psychology (Counselling) postgraduate degree the practitioner is required by the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA), to undertake a formal registrar supervision program of two years' duration.