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
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Individual Therapy sessions are designed to help people 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 16 yrs and up. People typically attend between 6-12 therapy sessions to address a single issue, however, the number varies according to the needs of each individual.
PROBLEMS WE HELP WITH
Anxiety Disorders, including PTSD;
Depression and other Mood Disorders;
Peri-natal & post-natal Anxiety and Depression – in both men and women;
Work problems – often seen under Workers' Comp;
Traumatic incident resolution for emergency services personnel and veterans (including DVA);
HOW WE HELP
At your first appointment your psychologist will ask you questions about the problems you're experiencing and related areas of your life; in subsequent sessions they will work with you to identify your therapy goals and create an individualised treatment plan to address your needs. All therapy approaches used are evidence-based and may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Schema Therapy.
Catherine's journey to becoming a clinical psychologist began in high school with a fascination with the human brain, emotions and behaviour. After completing six years of university training at the University of Tasmania (a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters of Clinical Psychology) to become a registered psychologist she worked in the non-profit sector providing psychological services to children, teens and adults from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds in NSW and QLD. During her work in NSW she completed two years of further training to become a qualified clinical psychologist.
In January 2018 Catheirne established Catherine Bushnell Psychology.
Catherine has a passion for helping adults and teens to realise that they can change their unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and seeing them transform into happier, calmer versions of themselves. She uses evidence-based psychological therapies that are specifically tailored to address the needs of each individual.
She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.
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)
· 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 $267 for 45-60 mins.)
A Medicare rebate of $129.55 per session is available for up to 20 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 several sessions to complete. Please note that Medicare does not provide a rebate for sessions that are for the purpose of diagnostic assessment or reports. Diagnostic reports incur additional fees that are charged proportionate to the time that the report takes to write.
“Probably the biggest insight… is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and… it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy.”