What is a psychologist?

Psychologists are trained to help identify key issues affecting your wellbeing, and develop strategies that support you to live a meaningful and fulfilled life. Psychologists are required to follow strict ethical and professional standards to maintain registration, including ongoing education and the use of evidence-based practice.

Why see a psychologist?

Psychologists can help us to explore our experience and decide how we want to move forward. People seek the support of a psychologist for a large variety of reasons, and many of us find it useful to talk to someone outside of our family and friendship network.

Some common issues are:

  • Relationship challenges
  • Stress at home or at work
  • Parenting and family challenges
  • Grief, loss and adjustment
  • Trauma, including childhood trauma and PTSD
  • Physical health issues and disabilities
  • Sexuality and gender issues
  • Suicidality
  • Addiction
  • Life direction and meaning
  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
  • Developmental issues across the lifespan, such as learning difficulties, belonging and identity, and challenges with ageing

What to expect

Initial sessions are usually about building trust, clarifying the issues that are most important to you, deciding on your goals for sessions, and working out which therapeutic approach will suit you best. The main aim of psychological support is not to find a diagnosis, but rather to help you build the strength and resilience you already have. You can choose what you talk about with your psychologist and can stop sessions whenever you want to. Some people find that only one or two sessions are enough, whereas others decide to continue for a few more. If you think you could benefit from counselling but feel unsure about starting, you are welcome to call first and ask any questions you may have.