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What do psychologists do?

I think what psychologists do can be quite unclear to many people. There is so much information online, but noone really knows what to expect when they are considering if they should see a psychologist. 

 

Seeing a psychologist isnt about being 'screwed up'. It's about bettering yourself with the help of expert support, and the latest science. Our contact can be brief - maybe you just want an assessment to find out options. Or we can work with you for longer periods to get to know you to find thorough solutions. Psychologists apply the knowledge that they have about mental health, to assess and create treatment plans that are going to be effective in helping people address the problems they've come to us for. 

That's what psychologists do. We assess, plan, treat, then re-assess.

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How we then carry that out depends on the job we have. I could be working with kids in a school setting, patients in a cancer ward, or violent offenders in prison. I could be in a private practice providing one on one therapy to you through one of the government's many programs like Medicare or WorkCover. In each job, I would always apply what I know about psychology and science, to how I do my assessments, treatment planning and interventions for that population.

What can someone expect for 1-1 therapy?

You can expect a friendly psychologist to sit down and talk with you about the problems you are having, and ask a series of questions about you and your life. They will guide you through the process of dissecting and evaluating your problems, and work together with you to create your treatment plan. You will then work together  to make changes to your life step-by-step. The psychologist will teach and guide you on how to achieve each step. Depending on the problems you want to address, this process can be as short as a few weeks, to ongoing long-term. 

What can someone expect for a psychological assessment?

Needing assessments can be daunting, so we try to make the process as smooth as possible.

 

Sometimes you might need a quick mental health assessment for things in life like special consideration for studies, or to apply for specific jobs. These assessments will include interviews and clinical questionnaires, and can probably be done in one session. 

 

For a comprehensive assessment such as a diagnostic one, you can expect to participate in multiple assessment parts. This includes clinical interviews, testing sessisons, and clinical questionnaires completed online or in-person.  A good assessment should always include both clinical interviews and psychometric data, and a feedback session to go through the results and assessment report. The assessing psychologist will guide you through the process, and provide feedback throughout. 

Let us know what you need, and we'll show you what we can do. 

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