Our team of psychologists here at Life Resolutions Preston have a wide variety of specialties and special interests. We can help you understand issues regarding anger management, substance abuse, and adolescent mental health, to name just a few. All of our psychologists have experience in dealing with other situations as well such as relationship problems, depression, and anxiety.
Throughout our experience working with clients, we have realized that much of the problem when it comes to providing therapy can be found in the client’s initial reluctance to present the issue. However, we strive to welcome and accommodate any individual attempting to overcome any issue. Our experience dealing with clients can help us sort through these issues in order to appropriately diagnose and treat these situations so our clients can have a more fruitful life.
Knowing if you’re ready for therapy is in itself a life decision. However, thinking about therapy is sometimes already a sign you are ready for it. Thinking about this decision indicates that there’s an acknowledgment that things aren’t going well for you right now, and that you are ready to seek professional help. It’s recommended you get therapy earlier rather than later in life as it helps in resolving situations before they get worse. Just like in the statement, “Treatment is better than cure,” it’s also much better to start solving a little problem before it becomes a big one.
Absolutely not. We do hope you don’t ever reach that point before getting help from us. People often achieve a chronic state because they hesitate to get help beforehand. The earlier you try to get help, the more likely it is for you to avoid dealing with long-term issues.
Fortunately, mental health issues and seeking help to treat them are becoming less stigmatised every day. It is now becoming common and healthy to deal with these issues by seeking help from professionals. You may be surprised how many people around you may seek counselling themselves, and you don’t even have to tell anyone about your situation. The government has put incentives in place to make sure mental health is less stigmatised but is at the same time more accessible to everyday Australians.
Definitely! As per the psychologists’ code of ethics, all sessions with clients are deemed confidential and private. The only time psychologists can disclose information about you is if it involves a risk to yourself or to others, or if your file has been subpoenaed.
Aside from these, the only other time a psychologist may provide information about you is with your permission. These likely depends on your referral source, such as your employer or GP. If this is the case, we will let you sign a “Release of Information” form that clearly states the purpose the information will be used for and to whom it will be provided.
Once you’ve started your counselling sessions, your relationship with your therapist will become extremely relevant to your growth. This is because your psychologist will be your confidant, and your psychologist will need your utmost cooperation in order to help you overcome and manage your situation.
Here at Life Resolutions, we work with what we call a humanist approach, which means we give unconditional positive regard to your situation. Our therapists will be unbiased and non-judgmental, and as such you are free to say anything in our safe and empathetic environment.
We hope that you begin feeling better after a few sessions as this means therapy can be working for you. However, we recommend having a minimum of six sessions with us as we are more than willing to help you find ways to discover strategies that can influence your long-term growth. With your therapist, these strategies can help you solve and manage problems that may come up in the future. Given that psychologists are professionals, it may be a good idea to be guided by your psychologist.
Unfortunately, if your partner doesn’t want to come with you, then we can’t do anything about it. Therapy by nature has to be voluntary. However, you do have the option of getting a consultation as an individual so we can give you advice and point you to the right direction as to how you can deal with various issues with your life. We may even be able to help you find better ways to engage with your partner.
It’s only natural to be a bit nervous, especially when this is your first counselling session. When you reach out to Life Resolutions for an appointment, the psychologist assigned to you will contact you prior to your appointment to introduce themself. They will confirm your indicated reason for therapy in order to make sure they are the appropriate therapist for your needs.
By the time you arrive, you are to fill out a form with your personal details including a section that reminds you of your privacy, confidentiality and limits. Worry not as the psychologist assigned to you will explain these sections in detail. They will also explain other parts of the terms such as cancellation policies and fee schedules. Once these are clarified, your psychologist will conduct a gentle interview with you in order to get to know you a little. Information that will be asked of you includes how you are, how you have been, and if you’ve had therapy before. This will help the psychologist get an idea about the treatment best suited for you.
If you find yourself in a situation where you can no longer afford therapy but feel that you still need it, it may help you try to find an area in life you can cut expenses from. If not, you can also have less frequent appointments with your psychologist. Should you be a full-fee based client, then there’s also an option to visit your GP or to seek a mental health plan that can offer some financial aid through Medicare rebates.
If you have a referral from your GP and qualify for a mental health care plan, then you can get up to 10 sessions per calendar year rebated by Medicare. However, there may still be associated out-of-pocket expenses which will be explained to you. As for private health insurance, this depends on your own insurance coverage – especially if you have psychology services as one of the options. You should get in touch with your health insurance provider to familiarize yourself with the benefits you can get.
Our psychologists here at Life Resolutions make sure to tailor a wide variety of therapies and counselling methods to suit your needs. Life Resolutions psychologists will commonly use the following methods: Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Systemic Approach Therapy. You can find out more about the therapies we use on the Types of Therapy page.