What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?
Both 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.
As Psychologists we 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 we'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.
Psychologists are not able to 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 a 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 going to work with you using a course of prescribed medication to help manage the issue.
Can I get funding for your service?
We can support WINZ applications for Disability Allowance providing you are eligible. You can find out more about this process and your eligibilty on the Work and Income website.
You may also be able to claim sessions with your medical insurer, depending on your policy. Check with your insurer to see if this is an option.
How long am I likely to have to wait for an appointment?
It can be a bit of a wait to get an appointment with Michael. You can keep an eye on our New Clients page to see if he's able to take on a new referral. But the best way is to join our Anti-Anxiety Academy. You'll get community support, video lessons covering anxiety skills, access to Michael in monthly Q&A Lives, AND... you'll get priority notification as soon as Michael has a space become available!
How do I make a referral to your service?
You can self refer to our service, subject to availability. To do this you would complete a self referral form on our website (which appears when a space is available). However, Michael is often fully booked-out. You may want to try our online anxiety solution, 'Anti-Anxiety Academy', which provides community support and anxiety management skills. When Michael does have a space become available for a new client, this group gets notified first.
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 $210.
We can support disability allowance applications for funding (see information above).
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.