Are you considering help with a clinical psychologist?

Melbourne has many different psychology practices available for people living in and around the city, who are struggling with their mental and emotional health.

As a result, when it comes to finding a professional clinical psychologist Melbourne residents seeking help can be confident that they won’t have to look too far.

Although help and support is available, many people ignore their struggles or tolerate them, before deciding to book an appointment with a psychologist.

While it’s inevitable that grief, stress and periods of low mood are a part of everyone’s lives from time to time, if symptoms persist and impact everyday life, it may be time to consider professional help.

How to choose the right clinical psychologist?

One of the experts in clinical psychology that Melbourne has available will be able to help you improve your mental health.

Clinical psychologists can treat a range of issues, including:

  • working through grief associated with the loss of someone you love,
  • dealing with trauma and PTSD,
  • dealing with a recent diagnosis of a chronic or terminal illness,
  • overcoming sleep problems,
  • overcoming phobias,
  • anxiety and depression,
  • eating disorders and poor body image,
  • low self-esteem,
  • or, dealing with relationship difficulties

Once you’ve decided to work with a clinical psychologist, you’ll need to choose which clinic or practitioner you would like to consult.

To do this, it’s worth remembering that different clinics (and practitioners) often have different areas of treatment focus – for example, some may focus on addiction treatment, while others may focus on depression treatment.

It’s also a good idea to think about what your personal preferences are in a psychologist.

For example, most teenagers prefer to talk to younger psychologists, whom they can easily relate.

It is also common, for example to wish to speak to a psychologist from the same sex.

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What’s the difference between a psychologist and a clinical psychologist?

Most people wouldn’t think there’s a difference at all, but actually, there are some small differences in the type of training each professional has undergone.

Before we go any further it’s important to highlight that you can have a psychologist who treats the same types of clients as does a clinical psychologist, and vice versa.

A lot of what defines a psychologist is not in their title, but rather in their experiences, mentorship and own interests.

However, at a postgraduate level of training there is a slight difference in the course of clinical psychology compared to other areas of psychology (e.g. educational and development, neuropsychology, counselling psychology and health psychology).

The only other distinguishable difference that lies between a psychologist and clinical psychologist is the Medicare rebate.

To see a psychologist under a mental healthcare plan prepared by your GP, the rebate is $84.80. Whereas, to see a clinical psychologist, the rebate is $124.50.

In saying that, most psychologists (clinical or not) adjust their fees to close the gap between seeing a psychologist versus clinical psychologist.

We’ve produced a fantastic article that looks in-depth at these differences, you can read more here.

See a trained clinical psychologist at Peaceful Mind Psychology in Melbourne

Here at Peaceful Mind Psychology, we have a highly regarded team of psychologists, most of who have focused their professional training in clinical psychology.

One thing that is unique to Peaceful Mind Psychology is that not only is the team professionally trained, but every psychologist is warm, empathetic and caring, as this is the ethos of the clinic.

All of our psychologists are experienced and highly skilled in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for a range of mental health issues.

We are highly competent in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, sleep problems, low self-esteem, dealing with chronic health issues and addiction.

Unlike many clinics, we are also able to treat eating disorders and body images issues in clients of all ages. We are well trained in the latest treatment approaches for eating disorders.

We also offer help and support to family members.

Peaceful Mind Psychology has clinics in Armadale, Prahran and Hawthorn, you’re able to call and speak to our friendly receptionist to make an appointment on 1300 766 870 or complete our contact form online.

If you have a specific member of our team in mind, please feel free request the psychologist you would like to work with or alternatively, we will match you with a psychologist that suits your unique needs and personality.

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The Butterfly Foundation has an abundance of fantastic resources online which can assist your recovery journey alongside receiving expert, professional treatment.

If you are experiencing an acute crisis please do not hesitate to call one of the following

Ambulance:  000

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

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