At Psychfirst, our aim is to aid and support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of adult clients through the provisioning of therapeutic services. We believe you don't necessarily need to be suffering from a mental illness in order to benefit from support and Clients' needs are a focal point within both short- and long-term therapy. We believe a healthy headspace allows for better physical, emotional and relational health. Psychfirst provides high quality psychological services for a variety of issues such as obsessive compulsive disorders, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse and drug and alcohol abuse through methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, EMDR and Mindfulness.
We hope to help in decluttering your thoughts and helping you get back on track whilst providing strategies and support to help make positive and lasting life changes.
Seeing a Psychologist can be daunting. It can be overwhelming and seem like a big step to take. We hear you.
At Psychfirst we think it’s super important if you know a bit more about the process, which can help alleviate some of the worries you may have.
Initially, you need to attend an appointment with your General Practitioner (GP) and discuss your concerns with them. Once you’ve done this, your GP may refer you to see a Psychologist and provide you with a referral letter and a General Practitioners Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan, also known as a GPMHCP or MHCP. This will allow you 6 sessions which attract a rebate by the Government, namely Medicare. What does that mean? It means you would be eligible to receive a rebate up to $87.45 per each session with a Psychologist and/or $124.50 with a Clinical Psychologist. Once you complete 6 sessions, you may be eligible for a further 4, then a further 10, per calendar year.
Once you have your referral, you need to book an appointment with a Psychologist. It helps to have your referral letter handy when booking your appointment but if you don’t have it on your person, it’s not a problem. Just make sure you take it along to your first appointment to ensure you can ascertain a rebate.
It’s recommended to attend your first appointment approximately 15 minutes early, to fill out some paperwork. This paperwork usually consists of the collection of information such as:
Relevant background history
Information about your family
Work history and
We also cover some information about us such as
Important session information
During this time together, we will establish what brings you in to therapy on the day versus a week ago, or a month ago. We then collaborate together to create a flexible plan to help you achieve a healthy mind frame. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions, talk about your concerns and discuss your Mental Health Treatment Plan. Despite exploring the serious stuff such as your mood, history of mental health issues, support networks, eating, sleeping, education and coping strategies, this is also your opportunity to really let your therapist get to know you. You can discuss your day to day living, hobbies, interests and anything important to you.
At the end of your session, you can take some information away with you, or book an appointment to continue with your sessions.