What is the difference between a Psychologist, Psychiatrist and Anxiety Specialist?
Psychologists don't prescribe medication to treat mental health issues. Given a Psychiatrist's training as a medical doctor they tend to approach things from a more biological and neuro-chemical perspective. A Psychiatrist's diagnosis is going to be one of exclusion. For instance, before they call you depressed, they're going to explore other potential causes such as vitamin deficiency or thyroid problems. Once a Psychiatrist has made a mental health diagnosis they are likely to work with you using a course of prescribed medication to help suppress the issue.
Psychiatrists and Psychologists are typically trained to practice psychotherapy - talking with their patients about their problems. But the differences in background and training translates into different approaches to solving your mental health problems.
Psychologists look closely at your beliefs and behaviours and treat your emotional and mental suffering with interventions, tools and strategies targeted at changing specific behaviours or perceptions. For example, if you’re depressed and can’t get out of bed, then they'll look at the behaviours, thoughts and emotions that have led to that situation, and work with you to create an effective treatment plan to encourage change.
Michael went through the psychologist side of training and after many years of working people through anxiety and out the other side, now helps people as an Anxiety Specialist.
Anxiety Specialists are masters of skills and techniques that help regulate and work through anxiety. These enable them to overcome their own anxiety blocks, as well as help others to live a life uncramped by fear and avoidance.
How long am I likely to have to wait for an appointment?
Availability varies, depending on client load, but if you fill out our self-referral form then we'll be in touch shortly to let you know when we can fit you in.
How do I make a referral to your service?
Do you treat or work with clients who have OCD?
Yes, OCD is often linked to anxiety and other mental health issues. Michael's experience and specialism in the treatment of anxiety disorders means he has excellent experience working with clients who have OCD.
How long do your sessions last?
All of our sessions last 50 minutes in duration.
How much does a session cost?
Psychological therapy sessions cost $250.
How can I pay for my appointment?
We can accept various forms of payment. EFTPOS or Debit is our preferred method of payment however we can accept payment via internet banking, cash, and credit card. If you wish to pay by credit card we do charge a 3% transaction fee which is added upon payment.
How does the cancellation fee work?
If you can’t make an appointment you will need to let me know at least 48 hours prior.* Otherwise I’ll need to charge you for the missed appointment as follows:
· Missed appointments and cancellations within 24 hours: charged in full.
· Cancellations within 48 hours: charged at 50%.
*24 and 48 hour notice periods do not include weekends and public holidays.