Frequently Asked Psychology Questions

What to expect at first session?

Everybody struggles from time to time. Family and friends can be a great support, but sometimes we need independent guidance to help us manage stress, build better relationships, find clarity or develop a healthier sense of ourselves. The first session is a get-to-know-you session involving what has brought you along at this time and background information with the aim of better understanding you and your situation. It also provides you an opportunity to feel comfortable with me so you develop trust.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists and psychiatrists both work in the area of mental health. They can conduct psychotherapy and research, and often work together. However, there are essential differences between the two professions.

Psychologists receive graduate training in psychology. They do not have a medical degree, however, many study for a similar number of years to specialise in various aspects of psychology. For example, clinical psychologists study for at least six years to attain their qualifications. Psychologists cannot prescribe medication. Their treatments are based on changing behaviour and thinking styles, and developing improved strategies for dealing with problematic situations.

Psychiatrists are qualified medical doctors who have specialised expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication, which some combine with other forms of therapy.

How do I make an appointment?

Please phone 0402 099 370 or complete an online enquiry.

Is my information kept confidential?

Yes, your conversations with Christine will be kept entirely confidential. The only instance when personal information may be disclosed is in the event of potential risk or harm to yourself or someone else. On rare occasions, information may be needed in court. If you feel this may be a possibility, feel free to discuss this with us.

Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?

No, you can directly book with Christine.

Can I claim a medicare or private health fund rebate for the payment of my session

You will need to discuss with your GP to see if you do qualify for Medicare rebates and then obtain a referral. If you are in a private health fund you may be eligible to claim a rebate.

Is parking available?

Yes, on-site parking is available.