How can a Clinical Psychologist help you?
What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Clinical Psychologist?
What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist?
What is a Psychologist-In-Training?

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How can a Clinical Psychologist help you?

“Mrs. B came to therapy because she found herself unable to cope in social situations. She would get so anxious she would feel nauseous…”

“S was having marital difficulties, she was depressed, having difficulties sleeping, her appetite was off and she had gone to a psychiatrist who wanted to put her on antidepressants. As she did not want this she was referred for therapy by her GP…”

You do not need a referral to come and see a Clinical Psychologist, however, if you have a referral from your GP you can tax deduct your visits as a medical expense.

Many Private Health funds also cover part of your consultations. Please inquire with your fund if you have the right cover.

 What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Clinical Psychologist?

Psychiatrist first trained as a doctor and then specialised in psychiatry. Therefore they are experts in the filed of major mental illnesses and can prescribe medication for these. Because they are also a doctor they can bulk-bill under Medicare. However, in general they only have limited training in ‘talking therapies’.

Clinical Psychologist knows a lot about medications but is not allowed to prescribe them. They are taught to try and fix problems without the help of medication (or work together with the psychiatrist to get you back on track). In this sense they only use ‘talking’ in order to help, or will give you exercises to do to get better.

What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical Psychologist is more qualified than a Psychologist, as they have done further study. A Clinical Psychologist is usually trained in psychiatry and may know more about abnormal behavior and how to treat it. Also some health funds will only cover Clinical psychologists.

What is a Psychologist-In-Training?

Before Clinical Psychologists become fully qualified, they have to complete a Masters degree. It is during this time that they are required to do placements, and they are generally referred to as Psychologists in Training. They are supervised very closely by highly skilled Clinical Psychologists, who have been working in the field for many years. Even though a Psychologist in Training has not been working in the field for as long as a Clinical Psychologist, their work is monitored very closely as they develop their skills and gain experience. The benefits in seeing a Psychologist in Training are that they charge lower fees, are up to date with the most recent developments in the field, are very keen and motivated and are thoroughly supervised so as to bring the best quality services to clients.