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FAQs

Who is a Psychologist?

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour and are trained to study the way people feel, think and interact. Psychologists aim to reduce distress and promote wellbeing by helping people to understand, manage and change their thinking and behaviour as well as cope with life transitions and other stresses.

Does psychotherapy really work?

Yes. There have been numerous studies done over the past several decades that have shown that counselling and psychotherapy are beneficial in many ways for many different types of problems and issues. If psychotherapy is believed not to be beneficial for your set of issues, we will provide referrals for you that may be more useful.

What is the difference between Psychologists and other types of therapists?

In Australia, the terms “therapist” and “counsellor” are not regulated titles, and the onus is on the client to ensure that their service provider has the appropriate training and experience. Psychologists are regulated health care professionals who are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The psychologists at YVP have an average of 6 years of graduate training.

Do Psychologists prescribe medications?

Psychologists do not prescribe medication. We are happy to communicate with prescribing physicians to provide collaborative and complete care at the request of our clients.

What happens to my personal information?

Your privacy is of utmost importance to us and your information is kept confidential. We are legally obligated to release certain information under specific limited circumstances. These limits of confidentiality will be reviewed with you at your first appointment. Please contact our office if you would like further information.

What can I expect at my first appointment?

The focus of the first appointment is twofold. Your psychologist or counsellor will ask you questions in order to start understanding who you are as a person and the issues that you may be experiencing. An equally important focus is to determine whether your psychologist is a good fit for you. You need to feel comfortable with your psychologist in order for therapy to be effective. Please feel free to ask your psychologist questions at any time in your sessions.

How long are the sessions?

Individual sessions are usually 50 minutes long. Family, couple and group sessions may be longer, depending on the needs of the clients involved. Assessments and evaluations vary a great deal with regard to time, and are dependant on the complexity of the issues and the needs of the individual client.

I have a very busy schedule, are your hours flexible?

Yes. At Yarra Valley Psychology & Counselling, we offer appointments that can be scheduled to fit a client’s employment, academic, and family obligations.

How do I make an appointment?

Please contact us to make an appointment. If you leave a phone message, you will receive a call back within one to two business days.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary for the services provided. We do offer a flexible fee structure for people with financial hardship. Please contact us for more details regarding our rates or see our Fees page.

Do you offer brief therapy for targeted problems?

Yes. At the onset of treatment, we work with the client(s) closely to figure out the source of the problem and target treatment to address the needs of the individual(s). Frequently we engage in brief therapy, as some problems and issues tend to be resolved in a short period of time. If it appears that your problem will not be amenable to short-term treatment, you will be informed of that and we will work together to design appropriate treatment services.

Do you offer long-term, more open-ended therapy services?

Yes. Depending on the issues presented and the needs and wishes of our clients, we tailor our services to meet the unique needs of each client we serve. We routinely have provisional psychologists as part of our team, who are able to provide continuity of care beyond 10 sessions of a MHCP.