Frequently Asked Questions

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

What is a clinical psychologist?

Clinical psychologists are experts in assessing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of psychological difficulties such as stress, adjusting to life’s changes as well as more severe mental health concerns. Clinical psychologists receive specialist training in effective and proven psychotherapy tools, techniques and strategies.

At Seed Psychology, our clinical psychologists specialise in the treatment of adolescents, adults and older adults. You will receive the highest level of psychological treatment and evaluation.

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.

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?

At Seed Psychology 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.

What's the difference between a clinical psychologist, counsellor, or a psychotherapist?

All psychologists must meet minimum standards of formal university qualifications and training in order to practice as a psychologist. To legally practice as a psychologist, they are also required to register with the registration board in their state or territory.

Registration boards have an important role in ensuring minimum standards of practice are adhered to, and may impose disciplinary measures if those standards are not met. Minimum standards also include strict adherence to a code of ethics. You may access this via the Psychologists Board of Australia and/or the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Counsellors and psychotherapists do not have to register their practice, and there are no minimum requirements for study and training.

What is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have undergone additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and severe emotional disturbances. Psychiatrists usually prescribe medication as part of their treatment.

Clinical Psychologists have six to eight years of formal training in the study of human behaviour. This includes specialist training in conducting assessments, and in providing psychological treatment. Psychologists can help you with everyday problems such as stress and relationship difficulties. They can help you to develop the skills needed for more effective coping and prevention of ongoing difficulties. Psychologists do not prescribe medication. Depending upon the nature of your mental health concerns, it may be appropriate for you to see both a psychologist and psychiatrist.

At Seed Psychology we will help you to recognise and build upon your unique inner strengths, in order for you to regain your health and wellbeing.

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