Individuals who attend therapy at Psi Balance are either referred by their General Practitioner (GP), or attend on a private basis.
Clients may approach their GP for a referral, who will create a mental health care plan. The GP works in collaboration with your psychologist by managing the medical aspects of mental health and reviewing progress. Under current Medicare allowances, clients with a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) can access 10 sessions with a psychologist in a calendar year (1st January to 31st December). The GP will assess progress after the first six sessions and allow another four sessions if further therapy is required.
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During the first session with a psychologist, you will be invited to discuss your concerns and the problems you are experiencing. Your psychologist will be interested in gathering information about the problem itself, when it started and the degree to which it affects your day-to-day life. The psychologist will have a range of questions and will be happy to answer your questions too. The psychologist will be interested in your goals for therapy. An individual therapy treatment plan will be discussed usually in the second or third session. The following sessions will focus on implementing the treatment to the satisfaction of the goals.
Psi Psychologists work with children aged six years and over, as well as adolescents. The process of assessment, diagnosis and treatment for young people is similar to that of adults depending on the age of the child, a parent or guardian is usually present for at least one of the first sessions, as well as one session on their own. This is so that the psychologist can gain an understanding of their concerns and take a clinical history from their perspective. Following this, session structure is dependant on the individual child/adolescents needs and can range from individual therapies (e.g. art/play therapy) to combined child/parent sessions for assistance with skills and strategy development.
Your therapist will likely utilise cognitive and behavioural therapy (CBT) principles in your treatment plan. CBT is a widely-used therapy that has a very strong evidence base for a range of disorders across the lifespan. In general terms, CBT looks at patterns of thoughts and behaviours with the aim of improving mood. The basic principle is that how we think and what we do affects how we feel. A typical CBT focus for therapy may involve first identifying unhelpful beliefs or behaviors, then challenging them and re-enforcement of more helpful and adaptive ones.
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