Psychology at Shell Cove Family Health

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a university qualified specialist trained in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health problems and disorders.

What sorts of problems can a psychologist help me with?

You are welcome to see one of our psychologist for any emotional or behavioural problem you are experiencing. Common reasons for seeing a clinical psychologist include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjustment difficulties
  • depression
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Workplace issues
  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Self-esteem and body image issues
  • Drug and alcohol dependence
  • Relationship problems

What happens during a psychology session?

The first one or two sessions generally involve the psychologist asking about your symptoms and relevant past history in order to understand your current experiences and difficulties. You will also develop personal goals that you will work towards in therapy. Subsequent sessions will focus on relevant issues to help work towards your therapy goals.

This will vary for each person, however some common topics in psychology sessions include:

  • Understanding how your thoughts feelings and behaviours interact
  • Learning strategies to manage your current difficulties and achieve your goals
  • Processing difficult issues
  • Learning about yourself and your values

 Some sessions may be difficult because they bring up tough emotions and other sessions might be inspiring because of something you have discovered about yourself.

The more open, honest, and motivated you can be - the bigger the pay off in therapy.

How many sessions can I access?

Medicare funds up to ten psychology sessions per year under a bulk billing system.

Private appointments are also available and you may be eligible for a rebate with your private health insurer.

How long do the sessions last?

Most sessions last 50 minutes.

A WorkCover approved psychologist and HICAPS billing are available.
All referrals received from a GP or psychiatrist are bulk-billed under the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care Initiative, which means sessions are not charged.