1How do I know if I should see a psychologist?
Often when people start to wonder about whether they need to see a psychologist or not, they tend to benefit from a first session with a psychologist. You can feel free to speak to one of our psychologists on the phone prior to booking an appointment. Our psychologists work in a collaborative manner either short-term or long-term depending on your needs and goals. You do not need to be in crisis or have a serious mental health issue to see a psychologist. Psychologists can help with a range of concerns, these can begin with day to day concerns in a range of life areas such as in intimate relationships, family, friends, health, work, and financial matters. Some people also benefit from addressing personal issues such as self-esteem, assertion, confidence, and identity.
2What happens during a first session?
A first session is an opportunity to understand you better, including your current concerns, history, resources, and goals for therapy. It allows you to see if you are comfortable with the fit between you and your psychologist. Sometimes people have difficulty knowing where to start and your psychologist will support you through this. They will make the first session as comfortable as possible and you are not required to have all the answers.
3Do I have to tell the psychologist everything?
You have the choice to decide what you disclose to your psychologist. You will not be judged on the basis of your personal problems. It is often helpful to tell your psychologist anything that is central to the issue you wish to address, as this will assist the psychologist to use the best approach to achieve your goals.
4What is kept confidential?
The details you give your psychologist are kept private. There are important limits to confidentiality that you should be aware of. Psychologists must disclose information to appropriate people if there is a risk of imminent harm to yourself or someone else. This is part of your psychologists’ Code of Ethics and duty of care.
5Can I bring a friend or other support person with me to the first session?
It is common to feel nervous seeing a psychologist for the first time or a new psychologist. We understand you might feel more comfortable bringing someone along and that is okay. Please make sure you trust this person with your personal information they may hear.
6What is the wait time?
We endeavour to provide an appointment for you as soon as possible. This is often within the same week, however it can be longer as it depends on your needs and matching you with the most appropriate psychologist.
7How long will therapy take?
The length of therapy largely depends on your needs and goals. This can be negotiated with your psychologist.
8How long is a session?
The sessions are typically 50-60 minutes.
9How much does it cost?
The standard rate for counselling is $160; a concession rate or bulkbilling is also available under certain circumstances. A range of rebates are available under Medicare and Private Health. For more information see our Rate & Rebates.
10How is a psychologist and a psychiatrist different?
The main difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist is that a psychiatrist has trained as a medical doctor and can therefore prescribe medication.

Counselling

We prioritise the use of effective psychological therapies in the context of a quality therapeutic relationship.

The relationship between you and the therapist involves being supported in an alliance focused on your healing and growth. The therapeutic relationship allows for the direct experience of a healthy relationship that promotes self-inquiry and exploration in a non-judgmental manner. The therapeutic relationship promotes self-understanding and relationship skills such as healthy boundary setting, assertion, self-esteem, and the capacity to give and receive care, while addressing the specific issues you wish to resolve.

At Integrative Psychology we provide counseling services for a wide range of issues including but not limited to:


Feel free to contact us if you have a particular request or issue you would like help with and we will do our best to match you with the right psychologist.

Family counselling (otherwise known as Family Therapy) involves a number of family members together attending counselling to address a range of issues, which can often be long standing. Family therapy can be directed at assisting a family to clarify and better manage relationships amongst family members as well as assisting families in dealing with major changes or distressing circumstances or events, such as grief and loss or mental or physical illness. Dealing with past family based trauma can also be a focus.

As with all therapies a counsellor is there to assist the individual, couple or family to gain their own clarity about a situation and develop better ways of managing that situation. The counsellor is not there to guide the individual or family members toward values or beliefs personally held by the counsellor. Counselling is non-judgemental and respectful at all times.

At Integrative Psychology our therapists are trained in a variety of approaches to assist with a range of relationships.

Group therapy can be a very effective way of overcoming feelings of isolation and hopelessness while facilitating change in a relatively short duration of time. Group therapy can differ according to length, size of group and criteria for inclusion. Groups may also differ in the degree of group participation required; generally therapeutic groups require greater group participation than psycho-education seminars and workshops. If you have any concerns about group participation please discuss these with the nominated contact person for the group you are considering, prior to registering for that group program.

Group programs available at Integrative Psychology:

  • Love more, fight less- group therapy for groups
  • Self-esteem, confidence and assertion
  • Life after an eating disorder
  • Interpersonal group psychotherapy