What is Psychology?
Psychologists work by talking with people about their experiences, how they are affected, and what they do to try and solve problems. Their approach may reflect a particular theoretical point of view, e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). They may use psychological tests, or teach specific strategies or skills e.g. conflict management, relaxation training. They may suggest that some activities be undertaken outside of sessions (‘homework’.) With permission, they may also consult with or refer you to other professionals and services, including your doctor. The number of sessions depends on the range and type of issues. Sometimes only a couple are needed, but some people may need longer term contact.
Psychologists are trained in understanding human behaviour. To be called a psychologist a person must be registered with the government, requiring a high standard of university qualifications and experience. Psychologists must also follow a professional code of conduct ensuring that clients are treated professionally.
Toni Smith | Psychologist
Toni has consulted as a Psychologist for more than 30 years supporting and treating those with anxiety, depression and life/work stress. She works predominately with adults including those with relationship difficulties. Her treatment methods vary in response to individual needs utilising therapies such as mindfulness cognitive therapy.
Peter Watt | Psychologist
Peter consults on a number of issues including intimacy Issues, relationship, breakdown, sexual dysfunction, drug & alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, sexual identity, gay & lesbian Issues, sexual addiction, human relations, trauma & phobias, paraphiliacs, children with behavioural /learning difficulties and adolescent issues.
Michelle Stewart | Clinical Psychologist
Michelle is a clinical psychologist with over twenty five years of experience working in various settings such as primary care, psychiatric care and rehabilitation. She has training in the assessment and diagnosis of major mental illnesses and psychological problems including the delivery of a wide range of techniques and therapies. She has expertise in working with people to help them recover from or self-manage chronic illness, trauma, injury or disability.
Michelle works with people to reduce problems that can accompany or contribute to illness and injury, such as chronic pain, addiction, poor sleep, eating problems, anxiety, depression and emotional reactions such as anger or grief. She can also assist with the impact of loss, bereavement, death and dying.
The majority of Michelle’s patients are bulk billed under Medicare after obtaining a Mental Health Care Plan from their G.P. If not eligible under Medicare, there is a charge for private cognitive assessments and/or therapy that can be discussed at the time of referral.