(3) low self esteem
(4) marital problems
(5) family problems
(6) problems with their children.
The Psychology or Counselling Process.
The process typically takes approximately 6 sessions and oftentimes people are able to access rebates for services. While the psychologist won’t necessarily give you a solution in the first session, over a number of sessions they will help you to identify underlying issues or faulty thinking which in turn will help you to create solutions that are much more meaningful for you. Generally speaking people report positive results by seeing a psychologist in Brisbane and consider it a good use of time, effort and money. Ultimately it is a risk mitigation strategy and saves you in the long-term.
Psychologists can help you avoid lots of mental health issues by teaching how the concept of mindfulness or staying in the moment. This is a very useful tool if yousuffer from anxiety or depression.
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What is Psychology?
A lot of people don’t understand what the difference is between psychology and psychiatry? This is probably the first question that most psychologists will be asked by their clients and people at parties.
Psychologists study human behaviour in their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees before undertaking supervised experience and gaining registration. They do not have a medical degree; however, many have postgraduate qualifications to specialise in various aspects of psychology, including mental illness. Psychologists assist people with everyday problems such as stress and relationship difficulties, and some specialise in treating people with a mental illness. They help people to develop the skills needed to function better and to prevent ongoing problems.Psychologists cannot prescribe medication. Their treatments are based on changing behaviour and emotional responses without medication. There is a considerable amount of evidence showing psychological treatments are effective.
Psychiatrists have a medical degree, which involves six years of studying general medicine, followed by further study to specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and emotional problems. Psychiatrists treat the effects of emotional disturbances on the body and the effects of physical conditions on the mind. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication. Some combine medication with other forms of therapy.
(Source: Australian Psychological Society)
There are a number of different therapeutic frameworks that psychologists will operate from when treating clients.
Some common ones include:
* Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
* Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
* Psychodynamic Therapy
Most psychologists will use an eclectic approach when dealing with individual clients. One form of therapy may be more useful for one presenting problem, while another type of therapy may be more useful for others. Sometimes a client may present with a preference for a certain type of therapy, which the psychologist should respect.
There are a number of benefits to seeing a psychologist. Not only will they help you to address you mental health problems, they can also help you improve other areas of your mental functioning. For example:
* Improve productivity at work
* Improve communication in relationships
* Establish short and long term life goals
* Health and Fitness
* Provide you with a structured way of thinking about problems
Most people report benefits after 6-10 sessions of seeing a psychologist. Therapy doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment. Some people like to think of it as being more like a check up that a complete re-engineering of your life.
An exciting new area of psychology is positive psychology. Partly based on the research of Dr Martin Seligman, positive psychology is slowly gaining traction, regarding its effectiveness in combating mental health problems. In 2011, The ABC commissioned a program called – Making Australia Happy, which helped to explain the science behind positive psychology.
In 2013, they created a second series of the show – called
Making Couples Happy http://www.facebook.com/HappinessCentral
The really important thing that these shows are doing is educating Australian’s about mental health and challenging old stereotypes.
Within the field of psychology there are significant policy changes that are occurring to make sessions more affordable for Australians. In 2006, the Australian government announced that Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatments. This saw a massive increase in the uptake of psychological counselling sessions around Australia. Recently the Australian government has heavily investing into other mental health programs such as the Headspace Program for young people.
Mark is an approved Brisbane Mind provider. Brisbane Mind is an Australian Government Department of Health Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program, and i managed by the Brisbane North Brisbane Medicare Local
For more information on these programs, you are encouraged to talk with you GP or consult the web-sites.
Psychology and the Law
What we are also seeing is that psychology and the law are increasingly collaborating and sharing clients. For example, a lot of people going through the family law or criminal law system are suffering from mental health issues that need to be resolved. Courts are increasingly needing psychological court reports from psychologists and counsellors regarding family and criminal law matters.
Mediation is another area that psychologists are working within. Specifically divorce mediation. When couples divorce or break up they need to agree on children/ emotional issues. oftentimes psychologists, with mediation training are being used to resolve these disputes.
Psychologists are also working in workplace injury & compensation cases as well. For example, when someone physically injurers themselves, there is often a psychological injury that stops them from returning to work. Oftentimes the psychological injury can be far greater than the physical injury. This is especially the case in workplace bullying cases.
In conclusion, psychology has changed a lot in the past 50 years and will continue to change over the next 50 years.
When I first started practicing psychology, I thought that it was a stand-alone area. How wrong I was. The more and more experience that I gained as a therapist and psychologist, the more I realised that it intersects with other disciplines, namely law.
About 1.5 years ago, I embarked on some mediation accreditation through Bond University, after witnessing some interesting common problems in clients in my private practice. What I was finding was that individuals, in the context of romantic relationships were finding it difficult to have difficult conversations (excuse the pun). Essentially they were having difficulty communicating with each other. As a result their marriages/ relationships, quality of life was being compromised.
When people come to therapy generally, a key psychological skill that they are often taught is assertiveness skills training. And this is something that I would often teach my clients because they were in desperate need of it. However, I felt that I was throwing them out to sea without a life raft by saying “you really need to address this issue with your partner”. Essentially I was saying “just do it”. However, what people were crying out for was a way of having difficult conversations. A step-by-step process. And this is what led me to mediation and marriage mediation.
Mark Talks about the subject.
During the basic mediation course, I was talking with one of the facilitators, who was also a psychologist. Her name is Robyn Hooworth, who practices on the Gold Coast, Australia and in Hong Kong. She introduced me to the idea of marriage mediation. She explained to me that it is like couples counselling, except you apply a mediation methodology or structure. In my next article I will go into detail as to what this methodology entails. Essentially, the therapist is a facilitator and helps the couple to communicate with each other and have those difficult conversations that they probably have been putting off for years.
What’s the point of couples going to counselling if they never actually address the issues that brought them there in the first place? I find that men really like this more direct approach because they can see where things are heading. If done correctly, it can be a very emotionally rewarding experience for the women as well. At the end of the process, an agreed set of behaviour and expectations are developed for the couple to abide by.
Essentially the process changes the way that couples communicate. It helps couples to identify issues, focus on them and communicate to the other party where they are coming from in terms of those issues. At the end of this process, if this communication stage has been achieved, the couple will then negotiate or put options as to how they want the other person to change. The process also gets couples to communicate from not only an intellectual point of view but also from an emotional point of view. I find it very amusing that some couples try communicate purely from intellectual point of view.
A romantic relationship brings up strong emotions. If you are not communicating these emotions, then you’re not communicating and hiding something from your partner. And heading for a relationship break-up or unhappy marriage.
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