Psychology can help you enjoy a quality life and good relationships

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Psychology involves the scientific study of mental functions and human behaviours, including the brain, memory, learning and human development. Psychologists use this knowledge to explore concepts such as perception, cognition, emotion, motivation, brain functioning, personality, behaviour and interpersonal relationships.

Our psychologists in Brisbane apply their expertise using reliable evidence-based tools and therapies to work towards your goals. They are trained to work with a variety of psychology assessment and therapeutic approaches including:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to explore how thoughts about yourself and others can affect the way you feel and act.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to accept what is out of our personal control and to identify values to help guide and motivate us to improve our life.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which combines cognitive therapy with meditative practices to cultivate mindfulness, openness and curiosity without judgement.

How can psychology help?

When you are experiencing difficulties in your life a psychologist in Brisbane can help by supporting the process of healing and growth. Psychology can help when you are dealing with common situations such as relationship or family troubles, stress with work or school, illness or aging, all of which can seriously affect your ability to cope.

A psychologist can help you to address your concerns, function better and enjoy good quality life and relationships.

What conditions can a psychologist help to treat or manage?

Psychology can help you deal with a wide range of issues. At Body Organics our psychologists have extensive experience in working with:

//     Anxiety and panics attacks
//     Stress management
//     Depression
//     Grief and loss
//     Suicidal thinking
//     Difficulties adjusting to new circumstances
//     Traumatic events
//     Cognitive problems related to aging, e.g. memory loss
//     Cognitive problems related to acquired brain injury
//     Health issues and chronic conditions
//     Relationship difficulties and interpersonal conflict
//     Separation and divorce
//     Pre-marital counselling
//     Issues related to pregnancy, postpartum or infertility
//     Parenting issues
//     School-related concerns, e.g. stress, attention or behavioural difficulties

What can I expect in my session with a psychologist?

The role of your psychologist is to work with you in understanding your issues clearly so you can move toward creating the life you want. To assist in this understanding the psychologist may ask you to complete some questionnaires prior to your first appointment. During your first appointment the psychologist will take the time to gain an understanding of your main concerns and to gather relevant history. This psychology appointment typically involves talking about the problem and establishing what you would like to achieve, together with some initial treatment planning.

Psychology appointments usually last for 60 minutes, however sessions may be longer for certain kinds of treatment and psychological testing. Subsequent sessions will be individualised to your concerns and explained so you are aware of what the treatment plan will involve and its relevance to your issue.

Health insurance rebates

Many private health insurers offer rebates on psychology consultations under their ‘extras’ cover, so check with your health fund. Some health funds may require a medical referral to the psychologist.

Medicare benefits are also available for a range of specified psychology services for people with certain conditions. A medical referral is usually required.

More information

Body Organics is a multidisciplinary practice, so your psychologist can also collaborate with other health care professionals, for example a dietitian or occupational therapist. This integrative approach often results in faster, more effective treatment and recovery from a range of conditions.

Find the right Brisbane psychologist for your needs – check out their profiles and read about their skills, experience, psychology qualifications and special interest areas.

To find out more about psychology and how it may benefit, visit the Australian Psychological Society.

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