What is Psychology? what is psychiatry? What is psychotherapy?
Psychology - See What is a Clinical Psychologist produced by the Australian Clinical Psychology Assocation.
Psychiatry - See the booklet produced by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist that explains what is a psychiatrist; what is a mental illness; treatments used by psychiatrists; specialist areas of psychiatry; the differences between psychiatry and psychology; and how to contact a psychiatrist
How do I choose a psychotherapist?
Psychotherapists do a range of interventions. Some focus on Cognitive Behaviour Therapt (CBT), some on Relationship Therapy, some on Mindfulness. Others do in-depth or psychodynamic psychotherapies.
You need to consider what you are looking for, and then find the therapist who provides that.
How does your Doctor choose who they will refer you to?
The General Practitioner (GP) is a doctor who provides ongoing general health care. The GP refers the patient to the psychiatrist. The GP has access to a list of psychiatrists in private practice.
The psychiatrist list list is maintained by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and provided to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
If you know the name of the psychiatrist you want to see, you can tell your doctor who will refer you accordingly
How Do I Get an appointment?
I aim to see any new patient within one week (except during vacation times) for an initial appointment.
You can contact me directly to make an appointment. Before you come, you will need to obtain a referral letter (not a GP Mental Health Care Plan) from your GP. You will need to renew this referral before expiry.
Fees will be discussed when we meet. Fees are guided by what is recommended by the AMA, though we take each person's financial circumstances into account. Please see more details on the FAQ page