Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens in a psychology session?

There is no typical psychology session. Your psychologist is highly trained in listening and providing a safe environment in which to explore your issues. With most types of therapy you are free to discuss what you wish, including everyday events, dilemmas, feelings, and thoughts.

How long is a psychology session?

Most psychology sessions are an hour or an hour and a half however we can tailor your session length to suit you. Some people prefer shorter or longer session times. For initial appointments, please try to allow a little extra time for filling out paperwork.

How many times do most people see a psychologist?

Psychological counselling can be short-term and structured to provide practical exercises to help you understand your thoughts and actions. Or it can be longer, in order to help you explore your life circumstances and change ingrained patterns of behaviour. Each person’s situation is unique so there is no set length of time.

How much are the psychology sessions?

Better Health Psychology is currently offering a one hour psychology session for $95 with a gp referral, or $180 without a gp referral. If you have a low income then please get in touch to discuss options. Private Health Funds will sometimes help with the cost too.

Limited places are available for those that have a health care card, DVA card, pensioner card or student card. There are also some bulk billing places in special circumstances.

What is Discernment Counselling?

Discernment counselling is where couples who are uncertain whether they want to continue their relationship can see a psychologist that will help them clarify their thoughts about whether they want the relationship to continue or to end the relationship. This is a very gentle and respectful treatment that we offer at Better Health Psychology in order to help couples consider all options before they make their decision. It is useful for current relationships, as part of marriage counselling and also for singles that want to understand what happened in a previous relationship. It is not about blaming anyone and respecting both people is an important part of this process.

Discernment counselling can be offered as part of couples therapy, or to one person from a couple who is unsure whether to stay in the relationship. In some cases, one or both people in the relationship are relieved that they found the clarity to end the relationship. In other cases, we find that there was a reason for the couple’s difficulties that can be treated and this means that the couple will now feel happy and fully confident about continuing their relationship together long-term. Living with ambivalence and stress every day causes more harm to a couple, or family, than making a decision to end the relationship (and learning to live apart and be happy). On the other hand, you could be stressed and uncertain about the relationship for years, only to start Discernment Counselling and find the answers you needed to finally be fully committed to staying together. Discernment counselling makes sense of it so that you can feel confident in your relationship decision.

If you would like to ask another question, then feel free to call us on 0490 129 003 , message us , or use the question form.