Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does therapy take?
Most clients get result within 2 months, however individulas vary and the Journey for everyone is different.
Most client receive results within 2 months or shorter. Although underlying concerns which have possibly and inevitably been created over a life time, can take longer. This "take longer" stage is dependent on background, age, support network & current life context.
What is the difference between a psychotherapist, psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A psychologist and psychiatrist is a registered health professional who go through a scientific based program at University and are eligble for rebates via the medicare system for the client for up to 10 visits per year. Psychiatrists have unlimited remuneration on the medicare system but are trained mostly for prescribing medication. I don't recommend psychiatry to treat emotional problems.
A psychotherapist, is a person who has opted for a different educational pathway typically more specified to the client, and is not registered but is insured and a member of the required Associations. Psychotherapists show no difference in outcomes to psychologists and infact are often precisely the same treatment . Medibank private does now recognise psychotherapists and offer rebates for those who use the services of psychotherapists.
These are general rules and not absolute.
When is the right time to see a therapist?
How do I know when I need a therapist?
Most people could do with some kind of therapy at some stage in life. Generally speaking though, if your experiencing any form of anxiety, depression or if your childhood was unstable or abusive in anyway, then chances are you will benefit a great deal from psychotherapy.
If you are stressed, anxious, depressed, confused or acting out in self-destructive ways then its probably time to make a phone call. If you are unhappy or feel unworthy on a continual basis, this is a good indicator that you would repsond to therapy.
I've had a lot of trauma in childhood; I can't afford therapy, what now?
Trauma in childhood is the leading cause of requirement of therapy and the type and style of trauma ranges widely from a parental divorce, to childhood peodophilia or incest.
However, get on the phone and believe that there is a way through your desperation. Most clients however, will get a lot more out of therapy if they pay their own way. In saying this, many therapists, including myself, have spaces (sometimes only a few) for people on very low incomes, or in horrendous financial difficulty. This can be discussed with the therapist.
The message here is though: don't miss out on therapy, no matter what you think the cost is. Always call, and explain your finanical situation.
I'm afraid of being dependent on a therapist.
This is a common fear but typically is born out of feeling fearful of being totally held by the therapist or a lack of trust could also be another reason. Typically a thearapist will work to hold the client in a fashion which develops them so that they eventually have no need for them. Feeling dependent is common and actually you are for a while and must accept this to recover. The therapist fulfills the gaps (hopefully) which weren't during childhood. You will know when its time to leave, and so should your therapist.
I think about seeing a therapist but the cost always keeps me from making the appointment, how do I get around this?
Money can be a great blocker when underlying defences are at work, however your mental health is worth far more than any financial figure. A commitment to your own growth is a necessary requirement for effective healing to take place. If your unemployed or in financial difficulty, this is often a reflection of your self-esteem and confidence. Its important to start the process and often therapists including myself, have spaces for low income earners.