How can talking to a psychologist help me?
Psychologists assist people with everyday concerns such as stress, relationship difficulties, and mental health issues. Therapy offers a safe space where you can look closely at the challenges you are experiencing and develop skills to cope with difficulties and prevent ongoing issues.
Everyone's experience with therapy is different. Some people come to see a psychologist to develop coping strategies to reduce or manage symptoms of mental illness. Others come to therapy to understand patterns in their relationships and behaviours or to receive ongoing support.
Psychologists can work with you to process traumatic or stressful situations such as divorce, job loss, grief, and criminal activities.
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists and psychologists are both trained to diagnose and treat people with mental health conditions. However, they have different educational backgrounds, training, and roles in treatment.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with advanced qualifications from residency who specialises in psychiatry. They use therapy, medications, and other treatments to treat people with mental health conditions. Psychiatrists are registered medical specialists with the New Zealand Medical Council.
Psychologists have an advanced degree, such as a PhD or PsyD. Psychologists do not prescribe medications; they treat mental health conditions with therapy and assessment services. Psychologists are registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.
What is a psychological assessment?
A psychological assessment involves using standardised and informal measures/tools to identify strengths and weaknesses in cognitive and emotional functioning, development, and academic performance.
Before the assessment, a psychologist usually meets with the person to discuss the reasons for their referral and any specific concerns. The psychologist then decides which tests and procedures are most suitable.
I have been advised to consider therapy for my child. What now?
Children are referred to psychologists for many reasons, including emotional, behavioural, academic, and developmental concerns. There is no one-size-fits-all therapy technique for children.
It is best to find a psychologist who specialises in working with children and have an initial meeting with them to discuss your concerns. The psychologist will recommend a treatment plan, which can include Play Therapy, Family Therapy, or a referral for an assessment.
How many therapy sessions will I need to attend?
There is a great deal of variety in the length of time therapy will last. It depends on the type of treatment your therapist uses, the goals you hope to achieve through therapy, and the symptoms you may be experiencing. Some people benefit from a few sessions, especially if they are working on a single, well-defined problem, while others benefit more from long term support.
During your first session, you can discuss how many sessions you may need with your therapist.
What if I don’t like my psychologist?
If you feel like your psychologist isn't a good fit, you can tell them at the end of the session. They won't take offence if you feel you would benefit from working with someone else.
Psychologists are trained to negotiate difficulties in relationships and will be open to discussing your concerns. Your psychologist will always act in your best interest and can help you find a more suitable psychologist.
Can my psychologist discuss my sessions with anyone?
Psychologists are regulated by the Ethical Code set by the New Zealand Psychologists Board. This means your sessions are strictly confidential. Your psychologist is not permitted to discuss you or your sessions with anyone else without your written consent.
In certain circumstances, your psychologist may be obliged to breach confidentiality. These circumstances include situations when your psychologist is concerned about you causing harm to yourself or others or if the psychologist is subpoenaed (requested) to appear in court.
Will I need to explore my childhood?
Not all psychologists will want to explore your childhood. Some may focus sessions on present situations to help you develop the skills to address current challenges.
Some psychologists may work with you to look back on childhood experiences to better understand how you respond to similar situations now. This can help you better understand your emotional and behavioural patterns and adjust them accordingly. Psychologists are guided by the stories and challenges you bring to sessions, but you decide what to share and work on in your sessions.
What is the cost per session?
Session rates are based on Medical Insurance guidelines, which are updated annually. For more information regarding session rates please contact your insurance provider or APM.
How can I pay for my sessions?
If you are paying for the session privately, we have eftpos machines available on site or payments can be made online. We accept most credit cards. If you have insurance you will need to contact your insurance provider.
Will my Medical Insurance cover my sessions?
In the first instance, we recommend you speak with your insurance company