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. This fantastic piece of paper will allow you 6 sessions which are subsidised by the Government, namely Medicare. What does that mean? It means you would be eligible to receive a rebate up to $86.15 per each session with a Psychologist.
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.
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
  • Demographic details
  • Information about your family
  • Social relationships
  • Work history and
  • Previous therapy 
We also cover some information about us such as
  • Confidentiality policy
  • Fes
  • 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.

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