Our Approach to Therapy

Evidence-based therapy delivered by compassionate clinical psychologists in Sydney.

Let’s face it. We can all use a bit of help sometimes.

At MyLife Psychologists, we provide psychological help to adults, couples and adolescents navigating a wide variety of mental health concerns and challenges. Our team of highly trained and experienced psychologists are here to guide and support you in a collaborative, non-judgemental therapeutic process.

It’s so important to us that you feel heard and understood – and that you’re not alone.

At MyLife Psychologists you can expect therapy that is:

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Compassionate and free of judgement
We understand that seeking help can feel challenging. We’re proud to provide a welcoming and safe space for you to receive tailored support.

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Active and practical
Once your psychologist has established an understanding of your concerns, you’ll learn practical techniques and strategies to use in everyday life to manage issues as they arise. Your sessions will focus on the here and now, with background exploration where relevant.

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Tailored to your goals
You and your psychologist will work together to develop a suitable treatment plan to help you overcome or manage your difficulties more effectively and achieve your goals for therapy.

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Confidential
Your privacy is incredibly important to us. All our psychologists work with integrity and professionalism, abiding by the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Charter for Clients.

Evidence-based
We only offer treatment approaches backed by scientific research and conclusively shown to be effective. Below you’ll find details about many of the therapies we use in sessions at MyLife.

Internationally-recognised evidence-based therapies we use:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the most popular talking therapies for various mental health conditions. It’s well supported by science and can help you manage your condition by simultaneously focusing on your thoughts and behaviours.

More about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

One of the core principles of ACT is to maximise your potential for a full and meaningful life by accepting what is out of your personal control and cultivating vitality through living mindfully and committing to actions consistent with your values.

More about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Mindfulness

As an ancient (not religious) spiritual practice, mindfulness brings you back to the current moment. It helps you become more present, aware of your surroundings and engaged in what you’re doing. This can help reduce feelings of overwhelm and change how you respond to issues or challenges.

More about Mindfulness

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT helps partners understand the current dynamic in their relationship. Couples are taught to recognise and avoid their distressing patterns, which creates more safety in the relationship. Fundamental to EFT is the role of deeper emotions in informing us about core needs and values.

More about Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy integrates techniques from numerous approaches to target dysfunctional beliefs and behaviour patterns developed early in life that repeat over time. Schema Therapy is effective for complex and entrenched psychological difficulties and explores current problems clients are experiencing, as well as the historical sources of these difficulties.

More about Schema Therapy

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

A form of CBT, DBT is a powerful way to manage difficult and intense emotions. The central premise of DBT is that we can reduce our suffering if we modify our thoughts and actions. When we use DBT, we are working to accept our experience as a valid part of our story, while also taking steps to change our lives for the better.

More about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach that enables people to heal from the emotional consequences resulting from psychological trauma and other adverse life experiences.

More about Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

FAQs

Seeing a psychologist for the first time can feel daunting, so our first priority is making sure you feel comfortable. During your initial session, your psychologist will try to get a good understanding of your concerns and your goals for therapy. Your psychologist will provide feedback and recommendations for treatment approaches that are likely to be effective and the number of sessions you might need to see improvements. ‘Fit’ is important, so you’ll have the chance to ask questions and determine whether your psychologist is right for you.

You may feel ready to make another appointment at the end of the first consultation, or you can think about it. We want you to leave your first session feeling heard, respected and understood, with a good idea of what your therapy options are and a sense of confidence in your psychologist’s ability to help you make positive changes.

Fees

Fees for a standard 50 minute session range from $240 to $285 per session depending on which clinician you see.

Medicare may provide a rebate for up to 10 sessions each calendar year, resulting in an out-of-pocket fee of approximately $130-$145.

Private health fund rebates may also apply.

Payments are made on the day of consultation by credit card.  Our fees and rebates are consistent with current Medicare and Australian Psychological Society guidelines, and all psychology services are exempt from GST.

Medicare Rebates

Rebates are available for seeing our psychologists under Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health scheme. To be eligible to receive a rebate you need to obtain a referral under a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. Once you provide us with this paper work we can submit the claim to Medicare on your behalf, and after you pay the full cost of the session Medicare will deposit the rebate for part of the session cost into your nominated bank account.

Medicare will rebate $96.65 to $141.85 depending on the clinician you see, which means the out-of-pocket expense will be approximately $130-$145 depending on which clinician you see.

If you have reached your Medicare family ‘safety net’ threshold for the calendar year, the rebate will be almost all of the session cost. Click here to read more about the Medicare safety net.

Private Health Rebates

Most private health funds provide rebates for psychological services depending upon your level of cover. Please contact your health fund to find out more.

You can get in touch with us to find out more about your specific situation and what you’ll need to claim a rebate.

Consultations with a psychologist last between 50-60 minutes.

We’re committed to providing effective, tailored therapy. There are no hard and fast rules about the length of treatment, so this will largely be determined by the nature of your concerns. You’ll chat about this with your psychologist at your first appointment and together you’ll decide on a plan you’re comfortable with. Clients typically attend between 5-15 sessions, with some requiring fewer sessions and others more if they’re experiencing more complex difficulties.

Ready to feel heard?

We have in-person appointments in Sydney and online appointments available. We can work with your schedule and lifestyle.