What is psychology?

What is psychology?

Psychologists see people of all ages with a range of life challenges and mental health difficulties, supporting them to better understand themselves and work through their challenges. Psychologists undertake extensive university study and supervised training, as well as ongoing professional development to ensure the provision of compassionate and informed care.

The development of a warm, respectful therapy relationship forms a safe place to explore challenges and concerns. Therapy is confidential, and what is discussed does not leave the room. Therapy helps to increase awareneness of patterns of thoughts, behaviour, emotions and relating to others, and how they have been influenced by past and present experiences. This heightened awareness allows for greater choice and flexibility, enabling people to work through difficulties and build on their strengths to increase their capacity for enhanced well-being, fulfilling relationships and lives rich with personal meaning. Psychologists draw from a variety of therapeutic modalities, to ensure that therapy is tailored to each individual.

When working with young people, psychologists help the young person to express their thoughts and feelings, and help to identify and work through what is problematic or challenging while enhancing their strengths. Children express themselves and learn best through play, and a variety of creative art and play therapy techniques are used to enhance connection and promote change. The involvement of parents and caregivers in the therapy process is important to support long-term change. Psychologists can also work with families to explore and enhace patterns of communication and connection.

Rebate Clients who obtain a referral from their GP are eligible for a significant rebate for 6-10 sessions per year, and health fund rebates may also apply

Joanne Edmond
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