Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in the first session?
During the first session Michele will conduct an assessment to help her understand your concerns and current difficulties. Michele will spend some time getting to know you and ask you quite a few questions about the main problem,about you as a person and what your goals and expectations are for therapy. Michele will then give you some feedback on her understanding of what the main problem is, how it came about, and what can be done to help resolve the problem.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions will vary depending on the individual and the particular problem or problems being treated. Ultimately the number of sessions attended is up to you and what you want to achieve. However treatment of most mental health concerns usually requires 4 to 10 sessions. If you are referred by your GP for treatment for Depression or Anxiety you will most likely require 6 to 10 sessions. Long term interventions are also available and you may discuss this with Michele. Michele will help you progress towards your goals through regular solution focussed sessions.
Short term interventions are also available. If you do not have a mental health disorder you may only require a few sessions. For instance, it is not uncommon for a client to simply want to discuss one particular problem (eg relationship or family conflict) and get an objective point of view and perhaps some strategies to cope with the problem more effectively. This may require only one or two sessions.
How long are appointments and how often will I need to attend?
Sessions are normally 50-55 minutes. The majority of clients will attend weekly or fortnightly. Some may benefit from twice weekly. Monthly sessions are more common as clients progress through treatment.
Do I need a referral to attend?
No, you do not need a referral to see a psychologist. However, you will need a referral from your GP or Psychiatrist to be eligible for Medicare rebates (see information under Fees).
What does treatment involve?
Most people benefit from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy including techniques such as: stress management training, skills training (communication, conflict resolution,assertiveness) exposure therapy, behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy,relaxation and mindfulness training. However, Michele will also utilise techniques from other evidence-based therapeutic approaches including: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, FamilyTherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and motivational interviewing. Michele takes a Humanistic approach and recognises there is no one ‘typical’ treatment session as there are different methods of treatment for different problems and different people.
Can a psychologist prescribe medication?
No, only your GP or a Psychiatrist can prescribe medication as they are trained medical doctors. Psychologists have studied the science of the mind and behaviour but they are not able to prescribe medication.
Diamond Psychology is located on the Sunshine Coast at 8/31-33 Plaza Parade, Maroochydore. Phone 0401 648 069.