How do I make an appointment?
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral to see a psychologist. However, you will need a referral from your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician to be eligible to claim Medicare rebates as part of a Mental Health Care Plan.
What is psychodynamic psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a method of psychological help that is based on the theory that we develop patterns of behaviour of which we are unaware, based on our early experiences. Through the development of a relationship with your therapist, together you will gradually uncover and understand the unhelpful patterns of behaviour, how they affect your current life, and through this understanding change will become possible.
What can I expect from therapy?
When you meet with a therapist you will start an assessment process, which may take a number of sessions. The assessment process is a chance to talk about what your concerns are, and any other relevant information, including your family history. Importantly, it gives you and the therapist the opportunity to see if you can work together. At the end of the assessment you and the therapist will discuss together ongoing work, including the frequency of sessions and the length of treatment. The therapists at The Space can offer up to 4 times a week. More commonly, patients are seen at least weekly.
How long do sessions go for?
Sessions are 50 minutes, occasionally a family session will be extended to 80 minutes.
Is it all about the past?
NO! Our patterns of behaviour are laid down in our childhood, and continue to dictate the way we deal with the world. In understanding these complex patterns, it is necessary to uncover their roots, however the focus is always on how these patterns are interfering with your life in the here and now.
What can be expected in a child psychotherapy?
Based on the belief that all behaviour has meaning and difficult or distressing behaviour is a way of expressing an anxiety that can not be put into words, children can benefit significantly from psychodynamic psychotherapy. Therapists use a child centered approach, often through play or drawing to help your child verbalise his/her underlying anxieties and to alleviate their distress. Parents are an important part of the therapy and reciprocal feedback is crucial to the success of the therapy.
How can I pay for the session?
We do not have credit card facilities. We accept cash, cheque and most commonly will invoice and accept electronic transfers directly into the therapist’s account.