Experienced Psychologists Are Here to Help
Are you struggling with issues related to anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma or major life changes? You are not alone. Many people face these challenges without realising that things could be different. Contact us to learn new ways of managing your mental health and coping well with challenges.
SERVICES WE OFFER
Please Note: Catherine is currently on maternity leave and not available to see clients.
See below for a list of alternative support services.
Individual Therapy sessions are designed to help individuals to learn to better manage a range of challenging situations, from complex mental health difficulties such as severe depression to temporary challenges such as work stress and relationship difficulties. We see adults of all ages and teens from 15 yrs and up. Call today for more information.
Do you feel disconnected from your partner? Do you find yourselves having the same arguments over and over again? These are common relationship problems, and many couples find that seeking professional relationship guidance early on prevents bigger problems later on.
MEET OUR TEAM
Catherine Bushnell, Principal Clinical Psychologist
- currently on 12 months maternity leave.
My journey to becoming a clinical psychologist began with a fascination about the human brain and how it influences our emotions and behaviour. After completing six years of university training (a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters of Clinical Psychology) to become a registered psychologist I worked for four years in the non-profit sector providing psychological services to people of all different ages from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds in NSW and QLD. During my work in NSW I also completed two years of further training to become a qualified clinical psychologist. In March 2017 my husband and I moved to Gympie, and in January 2018 I opened Catherine Bushnell Psychology.
I love helping adults and teens to realise that they can change their unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and see them transform into happier, calmer versions of themselves. I use evidence-based psychological therapies that are specifically tailored to address the needs of each individual.
I am registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and am a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.
PLEASE NOTE: AS CATHERINE IS CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE, CONTACT VIA PHONE AND EMAIL IS NOT AVAILABLE. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR ALTERNATIVE SUPPORT OPTIONS.
0498 828 733
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT OPTIONS
CRISIS SUPORT/EMERGENCY HELP:
Free 24/7 Crisis Support Telephone Counselling:
- Lifeline (13 11 14)
- Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636)
- Suicide Call-back Service (1300 659 467)
Gympie Community Mental Health Service phone 1300 64 22 55 (24/7) for urgent psychological assistance.
Gympie Hospital call 5489 8444 (24/7) or visit the Emergency Department at 12 Henry St, Gympie if you feel unsafe.
PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY SERVICES:
- Youth Counselling Service: Headspace Gympie (for 12-25 year olds)
- ph 5482 1075
- Couples Counselling Service: Relationships Australia
– ph 1300 364 277 https://www.relationships.org.au/locations/qld/gympie
Bulk-billing/low fee options:
-Artius Gympie – ph 1300 278 487 -https://www.artius.com.au/contact-us/gympie/
-(For women) Women’s Health Centre Gympie – ph 5483 6588 -http://www.gwhc.com.au/
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About Psychological Therapy
WHY DO PEOPLE SEE A PSYCHOLOGIST?
People see psychologists for a broad range of reasons, from wanting to learn stress management and communication skills, to dealing with chronic mental health conditions such as Major Depressive Disorder and Eating Disorders.
WHAT TYPES OF PROBLEMS DO YOU HELP PEOPLE WITH?
At Catherine Bushnell Psychology we enjoy helping clients learn to manage a variety of mental health problems, including:
· Bipolar affective disorder
· Anxiety disorders (including Generalised Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobias, PTSD)
· Eating disorders
· Adjustment Disorders (changes in life situations – e.g., job loss, divorces/separation, retirement, birth of children)
· Grief and loss
· Work stress
· Relationship problems
· Low self-esteem
· Communication problems
WHAT TYPES OF THERAPY DO YOU USE?
A lot of scientific research has been conducted over the last 100+ years which has shown that many different psychotherapy approaches can be helpful for different psychological problems. Some of the evidence-based approaches that we use include:
· Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
· Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
· Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
· Schema-focused Therapy
HOW CAN THERAPY WITH A PSYCHOLOGIST HELP?
· Science has shown that many mental disorders are linked to the activation of negative neural networks in the brain and unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviour, which can lead people to experience anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.
· Good news: Science shows that psychotherapy can help train our brain neurons to change the way in which they function, and that by changing our patterns of thought and behaviour we can create healthier neural networks and happier states of mind.
· Psychotherapy can help you to learn to understand your mind and behaviour and to learn new ways of managing stress and relating to yourself and others that reduce distress. It is important to realise that making changes takes time and effort, and that in order to receive a benefit from psychotherapy you will need to put time into practicing new skills and trying different approaches outside of sessions.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED TO ATTEND?
The number of sessions that you attend will depend on the type and complexity of the issue(s) that you wish to address. On average, clients will attend between 6 and 12 sessions to address one mental health issue (e.g., Depression, Anxiety). Further sessions may be necessary to address more than one main mental health issue, or if the issue is deeply ingrained (e.g., if it originates from childhood or complex trauma). The number of sessions that you attend will be discussed with you at your first session.
HOW MUCH DOES EACH SESSION COST?
Fees for individual consultations are currently $180 per 50 minute session. (Please note that the standard consultation fee recommended by the Australian Psychological Society is $246 (for 45-60 mins).)
A Medicare rebate of $124.50 per session is available for up to 10 therapy sessions per calendar year for clients who are referred to a clinical psychologist by a GP under a Mental Health Care Plan. Please note that Medicare does not cover assessments or reports. Private health fund member may also be able to claim a rebate from their private health fund. Please check with your health fund.
CAN I BRING SOMEONE ELSE WITH ME TO MY PSYCHOLOGY SESSIONS?
You are welcome to bring a support person with you to your first session, such as a partner or parent, if this makes you feel more comfortable. In general, however, individual therapy sessions will be conducted with you individually.
We ask that you do not bring young children with you to sessions, as their presence in the room can impact on what can be discussed and can reduce your ability to concentrate and benefit fully from the session.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED A REPORT FROM MY PSYCHOLOGIST?
If you require a diagnostic assessment for the purpose of a report it is important that you tell us prior to your first appointment. A diagnostic assessment for the purposes of a report can require additional psychological tests and assessment and will usually take 3-4 sessions to complete. Please note that Medicare does not provide a rebate for sessions that are for the purpose of diagnostic assessment or reports. If you require a diagnostic report to be written to anyone other than your referring GP, an additional fee will be charged proportionate to the time that the report takes to write.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND A PSYCHIATRIST?
In Australia, most Clinical Psychologists have complete eight years of regulated training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of major mental illnesses and psychological problems, usually including a Masters of Clinical Psychology. Through their training, clinical psychologists are qualified to provide advice in clinical and compensation areas and to provide tailored psychological intervention to help individuals to manage a range of mild to severe mental health problems.
Psychiatrists have completed a medical degree, followed by further specialised training, which enables them to prescribe medication to treat psychological conditions.
Clinical psychologists do not prescribe medication. Their treatments are based on changing behaviour, thinking patterns and emotional responses. There is a considerable amount of evidence showing psychological treatments to be effective on their own, as well as in combination with certain types of medication.