Working with a psychologist has potential to improve your emotional health and can support you in developing greater self awareness.
Sherisse uses well researched methods to help you discover patterns of thinking or responding that may not be working for you in your life or relationships
During your sessions you will begin to understand how these patterns developed and how they are maintained in your life. You can expect to develop new ways of thinking, responding and relating.
As a result life will potentially become more manageable. Situations and stressors that once overwhelmed you, will no longer have the same impact. Sherisse’s goal as a therapist is to help you live life more fully by meeting life’s challenges with greater insight and skill.
It is very important that you feel there is a good fit between yourself and your therapist. If you you choose to start therapy, Sherisse will work with you to identify an approach and schedule that best suits you. The number of sessions typically required varies depending on the individual. On average, between 6-10 sessions is a good estimate. Some of the factors that will affect the number of sessions required include severity and complexity of symptoms or issues and openness/willingness to approach issues and make changes.
You can refer yourself by contacting us at the Bondi Junction or Sydney practices to arrange an appointment with a GP. Alternatively you can arrange for your GP to refer you. The GP will doa mental healthcare plan which you need to bring to your initial appointment.
Generally at your first session you can expect a therapist to ask why you are seeking treatment and some information you about yourself. They will also tell you a bit about how they work. A therapist will not be worried about what you say or make any judgments. They are there to help and everything you discuss is treated confidentially. Communicating your thoughts and feelings will assist in helping identify issues and goals you want to achieve from therapy.
Use this time to decide if you think the therapist is a good fit for you. Do you feel comfortable? Can they listen? Do you like their approach? If your problem is better suited to another specialist Sherisse will recommend you to them.
The mental healthcare plan entitles you to a fifty percent rebate for upto 10 sessions. Private healthcare usually offers the same provided you have extras cover. rebates will be given on the spot so there is no need to go to Medicare.
The confidentiality of the information you provide is not only a critical aspect of therapy, but is also protected by a Professional Code of Ethics established by the Australian Psychological Society. Mindful thinking therapists are committed to providing a very high standard of confidentiality and protecting your personal information at all times. In most cases, disclosure of information is only made with your authorisation.
Confidentiality sometimes has to be broken if we are required to do so by law e.g. if you disclose to us your intent to hurt yourself or others, or if you disclose intent of committing a criminal offence.