Clinical Psychologists are specialist psychologists with a minimum six years of university training. They are trained to assess and diagnose mental illnesses and problems with emotional, behavioural or interpersonal functioning. They deliver evidence-based techniques and specialised therapies in order to effectively treat these problems, applying psychological theory to the circumstances of the individual to ensure best outcomes.
Clinical Psychologists frequently support people without a diagnosed mental illness to improve their functioning and pursue physical and mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan. They are trained to provide a wide range of psychological therapies to achieve improvement in psychological symptoms or wellbeing. These therapies are evidence-based, meaning they are well supported by research. Psychotherapy is based on talking through your concerns, and frequently practising behavioural, or thought techniques over the course of a number of sessions. The length of therapy depends on the complexity of the problem.
Clinical Psychologists do not prescribe medication. However, they will recommend you see your GP or a Psychiatrist if they believe medication could be included as part of your treatment.
You do not need a referral to see a Clinical Psychologist, however substantial Medicare rebates are available for up to ten sessions per year with a referral from your GP.