Medicare and Mental Health Care Plans

https://youtu.be/-vEktevF2BU Do I have to use Medicare? No, you don’t. By paying for therapy yourself, you have the greatest amount of privacy because you don’t need to have your GP involved or seek approval from Medicare. But, Medicare rebates do allow you to reduce the cost of your therapy sessions. Am I eligible? All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents are entitled to a rebate on part of the cost of treatment by qualified and registered psychologists. How many sessions can I claim rebates for? You can claim rebates on up to 10 therapy sessions each calendar year. So, from January 1 to December 31st, you’re entitled to 10 rebates. And then at midnight on New Years Eve the clock resets and you’re entitled to another 10 rebates the following year. How do I get a rebate? The way to get these rebates is to go and see your ....

Men’s Psychology: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships and More

Why counselling for men’s psychology is important Men’s psychology is more than counselling for anger, anxiety, depression, and relationships. If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve been struggling for a long time and now are ready to do something about it. Men are good at a lot of things. Two things we tend to be terrible at are asking for help and talking about our feelings. It’s not really all that surprising. Most of us have been taught to shut down our emotions rather than understanding them. Instead of expressing the full range of human emotions we feel pressured into displaying anger, irritability, regret, and not much else. This causes problems. It can make us withdraw from others, lash out in anger, rely on alcohol and drugs, or suffer in silence. You may be surprised to learn that one out of every five men you know will have anxiety ....

Brief or Comprehensive Therapy?

What’s the difference? Brief therapy, involving three to ten treatment sessions, suits people who have a specific therapy goal.  Most people will benefit from this therapy and some people leave at this point and go on to do very well. Others will stay on to do comprehensive therapy or return after a break. Comprehensive therapy is longer and deeper than brief therapy. The longer length of treatment allows for the exploration of deeper levels of personal experience, such as developing insight into how your beliefs shape the way in which you see the world, the impact that your beliefs have on your life, understanding and interpreting childhood experiences, and strengthening your relationships with others. While brief therapy usually occurs weekly, comprehensive therapy may be weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. Why choose comprehensive psychological therapy? Comprehensive psychological therapy will help you make deeper changes and maintain these changes across the course of ....

Learning to dance with stress and anxiety

If you are reading this, you know what it is like to be anxious and stressed. Many people with anxiety are highly distressed and often feel that nobody can understand how they are feeling.The good news is that you’re not alone. Anxiety and stress are the most common reasons that people come to see a psychologist. People with severe anxiety certainly benefit from treatment, but almost everyone could do with a few strategies to manage their anxiety.I’m not going to spend too much time talking about anxiety, because I think that it would me more helpful if I give you a couple of strategies that work.Why these strategies workThe human mind and body are closely connected. When we have stressful thoughts such as “I can’t do this” or anxious thoughts such as “what if something bad happens”, our bodies respond to this. Feeling of anxiety are uncomfortable, but our bodies ....

The Journey Of Change

In this edition I’m going to outlay one of the metaphors that explain the process of making life long changes. It is based on many, many, stories of people growing through adversity and discovering a greater sense of strength, identify, and wisdom*. It isn’t the only story of recovery, but it resonates with many people. Let’s begin:You might think that beginning is where you are at now. It isn’t. Your story began a long time ago. It began in the “normal world”. That is, the time before you faced the challenges you are struggling with. You might even have trouble remembering what that was like, but at the time things seemed great – as if you didn’t have a care in the world.Then something went wrong. It may have been something that you or another person did or didn’t do. Or perhaps you noticed that you were feeling more anxious, ....

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