We ask you to complete a range of screening assessments online prior to your first appointment. This is so we can get a better understanding of you and your reasons for visiting prior to meeting you.
The goal for our first session together is to better understand each other. As much as it’s important that we understand the feelings and experiences that brought you to Clinical Psychology Australia, it’s also vital that you are able to make an informed decision about whether we are the right fit for you. We’ll ask some basic questions to start the session to help explore the presenting emotions. These may be centred around biological and medical experience; predisposing factors; current lifestyle choices; and current relationships. We’ll also explore what brought you here right in this moment and what has kept you going until now. You are welcome to ask us anything to get to know us better, too.
After this, we will review our notes from our discussion, make a diagnosis and create a personalised treatment plan. We can then advise how regularly we should meet.
We can help you during our sessions together, but the best way to help yourself is to put in the time and effort to implement strategies between each meeting. This may include keeping a thought diary; practicing relational skills; monitoring emotional states; observing your behaviours’ challenging unhelpful thinking patterns; diet monitoring; practicing mindfulness strategies; or implementing sleep hygiene practices.
To chat to one of our friendly team members or to make a booking with one of our psychologists, please visit our Contact page