01 Sep Why is it important to look around in Melbourne for the best suited psychologist for my individual needs?
What is Psychologist?
A psychologist has studied:
- The human mind and behaviours
- How situations effect people
- The relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours
A psychologist practicing within Australia is required to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA), and to have undergone a minimum of six years of approved psychological study. Research has shown the importance of finding a psychologist in Melbourne of your local area that is best suited to your individual needs, whilst also feeling that you ‘click’ with in your initial few appointments. In this blog we discuss what we mean by ‘click’ and refer to this term as ‘therapeutic alliance’.
What is therapeutic alliance?
The therapeutic relationship refers to the relationship between a healthcare professional and a client or patient. It is the means by which a psychologist and a client hope to engage with each other and effect beneficial change in the client.
When might it be good to find the best suited psychologist for my needs?
If you are unhappy, stressed, confused, or finding it difficult to cope, then seeing a psychologist can help you. Knowing what psychologists do and how to get the right psychologist for you is a good initial step on the road to improvement. Research actually suggests that people who receive psychotherapy from a psychologist are better off than 80% of those who have not received therapy.
How to find the best psychologist for my needs?
Interestingly, research has found that selecting a prospective psychologist often comes down to your emotional impression more so than their practised therapeutic treatment approach. Integrative and client-centred approaches to therapy individualise psychotherapeutic treatment by integrating diverse theories and techniques in response to each client’ s unique world view, experiences, and theory of change.
This approach helps strengthen the therapeutic alliance and the likelihood of positive change for the client. This is guided by continuous assessment protocols which recognise the evolving nature of psychotherapy; the therapist works with their client dynamically, weaving an ever-evolving therapeutic space in response to their client’s immediate needs.
What to consider in my initial appointment?
In your initial consultation you may found it useful to consider the following:
1. Does your psychologist provide a safe and non-judgemental environment that encourages forthright communication and trust?
2. Do you feel comfort and trust when with your psychologist?
3. Do you find your psychologist encompasses warmth and compassion yet has established strong rapport to challenge you when necessary?
What factors influence positive change in therapy?
A strong psychotherapeutic relationship is consistently shown within research to substantially contribute to positive therapeutic outcomes, irrespective of the treatment type used. Research also indicates that the strength of the working alliance formed between a client and their therapist is a stronger predictor of treatment outcomes than actual treatment type. These findings suggest that the interpersonal relationships formed during therapy are often more potent than the actual psychotherapeutic treatment.
What about goals in therapy?
The therapeutic process works best when you set goals, work towards achieving them and with your psychologist, monitor your progress. At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, our warm and compassionate psychologists use a collaborative approach to explore goals early on in therapy, to ensure that your needs and expectations are understand and tailored into an individualised treatment plan.
How can Positive Wellbeing Psychology help?
Our highly skilled psychologists are well-trained in a range well-researched therapies and techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is highly efficacious in alleviating a range of mental health difficulties. Our private practice matches you with the best suited Melbourne based psychologists based on your individual needs and personal preferences.
Our psychologists work with adults, children, adolescents and their families with a range of presenting difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress and burn-out, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, poor body image, adjustment difficulties, school refusal, bulling, low self-esteem and sleep difficulties.
What if I am not sure I could fit in seeing a psychologist, does Positive Wellbeing Psychology provide flexible options?
Yes absolutely, appointments are available with a Melbourne Psychologist in-person in our beautiful Malvern consulting suites or online Australia Wide. Our private practice offers appointments that are available during the day, after-hours, or on the weekend.