Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have attempted to answer some frequently asked questions in regard to our psychology practice. If the question you have is not listed here or anywhere else on our website, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we will attempt to answer your question about our psychology services/therapy.
What do I bring to my 1st session?
Please bring the following to your 1st session:
Any referral information from your GP or specialist
Your MHCP (if one has been given to you by your GP)
Any reports or other information that is relevant to the issues you are consulting us about.
Anything else you believe is relevant to the work we will be doing.
What happens in the 1st Session?
Most people feel quite nervous about attending for their 1st session, this is very normal. The 1st session consists of the opportunity for you to describe what is troubling you. We will also make a plan for therapy, which will encompass your goals of therapeutic outcome.
The 1st session also gives the psychologist the chance to get to know you and your situation in detail. During this session we will discuss not only a therapeutic plan but an approximation of how many sessions you might expect to use and the frequency they will be scheduled. Sessions last between 50-60 minutes. At the end of most sessions your psychologist will discuss 'homework', which usually consist of things we want you to do or practice between sessions.
You can bring someone you trust with you to your first and subsequent sessions. This is sometimes helpful for people who are very anxious about what to expect.
What happens in the 2nd and subsequent sessions?
At the beginning of each subsequent session, we usually discuss how well or useful you have found the 'homework' strategies we asked you to do or practice. We can also review your therapy goals and continue to gain a fuller understanding of your situation and issues.
Throughout each session we will provide you with explanations (psycho-education) and offer suggestion, strategies and support to help you gain a sense of being able to cope with the challenging situations of life.
The goal of therapy, is for you to become more calm, confident and in control of your life that you no longer need our support and strategies.
What if I'm running late?
We understand that sometimes things happen that make you run late. We have all been caught in traffic, forgotten the time, had a phonecall just as we are trying to leave, sick kids, etc, etc, etc. However, if you run late it will cut into your appointment time. If you are running late, we still have to finish at the scheduled time.
Please phone the practice, let us know you are still coming and then we can make sure we are expecting you.
We understand that your time is as valuable as ours and as such, we too will attempt to be as 'on time' as possible.