Frequently Asked Questions

 

What should I expect on my first visit?

During your initial consultation your psychologist will discuss your concerns with you, and help you identify treatment goals. As part of this process they will assess each area of difficulty and work with you to devise an optimal treatment plan based on empirical study. This means we only practice psychological treatments that are known to be beneficial.

Your psychologist will also estimate the number of sessions needed to increase your quality of life, vitality, and wellbeing. It might also be helpful for you to think about what you want to gain from therapy prior to your appointment, and raise any concerns that you have with your psychologist.

What to expect from therapy?

At myLife Psychologists your treatment will be:

Active

Just listening is not enough. After a thorough assessment, we will come to a shared understanding of the underlying causes and factors contributing to your difficulties. A suitable treatment plan will be developed to assist you to overcome or manage your difficulties more effectively to achieve your goals.

Practical & “hands on”

You will be provided with skills to practice and master in your every-day life so that you can manage issues as they arise.

Brief & time-limited

Treatment is usually only 5 to 15 sessions, though a simple issue may take only a few sessions and more complex issues can take longer. The time frame is up to you and depends partly on your goals. We will come up with a flexible plan that you are comfortable with.

Evidence based

We only offer treatment approaches backed by research and conclusively shown to be effective.

Focused on the “here-and-now”

Your sessions will primarily focus on the present, and exploration of ways in which the past has affected your current situation will occur when this is relevant.

Confidential

Your privacy is of the highest importance and we abide by the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethicsand Charter for Clients.

Nonjudgmental & compassionate

We understand that seeking help can be challenging and we have built our reputation on our warm and professional approach.

Jargon-free

Our therapists will help you feel at ease. Our approaches are accessible and clear so that you can achieve your goals quickly and effectively.

What is psychology

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes that determine how you think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods.

Psychological therapies are widely used to treat individuals, couples and families and can also be applied to groups and organisations

How long is a session?

Individual consultations with a psychologist last between 50 and 60 minutes. The initial consultation for couples is usually 90 minutes, with subsequent sessions lasting approximately 60 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

We are committed to ensuring that the intervention provided is specifically tailored to your needs. You might want to improve your relationships, or overcome feelings of sadness related to depression. Perhaps you want to learn how to cope with worries, or more successfully adjust to the difficulties of life.

This means there are no “hard and fast” rules regarding the length of treatment, so it will largely be determined by the nature of your concerns. However, it is common for most people to attend between 6 and 18 sessions, with some people requiring less sessions and others more.

Your psychologist will discuss the estimated length of treatment with you following your initial assessment session.