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Frequently Asked Questions

It is very common for individuals who seek to engage psychological services to have concerns and questions. To assist in alleviating concerns, we have listed below some frequently asked questions and answers.


If you have any questions or concerns that are not listed below, please feel free to contact the practice direct.


What is the purpose of psychological treatment?


The aim of any psychological treatment is to help improve your mental health and well-being by improving your understanding of yourself. When you have a better understanding of the reasons why you do the things you do, you create more choice about how you act, think and feel.


Sometimes this means discussing or confronting fearful events and painful memories. It is common to feel uncomfortable talking at first but over time this generally gets easier as your relationship builds with the therapist.


How long each session is and how many sessions should I have?

The number and duration of your sessions will depend on your individual circumstances; and so there isn't always a set duration or number of sessions.


Consultations generally last 50- 60 minutes and will be tailored to your individual needs.


What is a clinical psychologist?

Clinical psychologists hold a degree in psychology as well as post graduate qualifications in Clinical Psychology. Clinical Psychologists who hold a Master in (Clinical) Psychology qualification and , have undertaken high-level training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues.


Is the information discussed during my appointment confidential?

Information discussed during your appointment is 100% confidential and information regarding your treatment can only be disclosed to other parties with your written consent. There are some limits to confidentiality according to state and federal law where psychologists must provide information in the following instances:

  1. If a psychologist becomes aware of the risk of physical injury to yourself or anyone else.
  2. Details of a serious offence under the Major Crimes Act
  3. Information requested by a subpoena from the court of law


What should I do in the case of an emergency?

Integral Psychology is not an emergency or crisis service. If you need immediate assistance please visit our crisis and emergency page for guidance information in accessing emergency and crisis services.