Frequently Asked Questions | Kristina Challands | Psychologist

Frequently Asked Questions

A Psychologist is a healthcare professional who focuses on human behaviour and mental processes. Essentially they provide therapy by working with people's behaviours, thoughts and feelings. Kristina can help you with a range of mental health challenges, and work with you to make changes and improve your life.

No, you don't necessarily need a referral. You are welcome to come along as a private client. However, if you would like to receive a Medicare rebate for your sessions talk to your GP about getting a referral. See the Medicare link for more information.

A lot of people can feel nervous about the first session if they have not seen a psychologist before. The first session is about getting to know each other. Kristina will learn about you and what support you need. She will also tell you a bit about her practice and how she works, and give you opportunities to ask any questions you might have. Under Kristina’s guidance you will formulate a plan together for your therapy. Feeling comfortable is important and we work to create a safe space for you to achieve your counselling goals.

One session is 50 minutes. The number of sessions you require and how frequently they occur depends on your particular needs. Kristina will provide guidance around the frequency of your sessions and will develop a flexible treatment plan. Ultimately however, the number and frequency of appointments is up to you.

Kristina works with adolescents, adults and older adults, and couples.

Kristina has experience working across a range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, coping with loss and adjustment, people experiencing stress, and people aiming to improve their lives.

The information you provide and everything that is discussed in sessions will be kept confidential and secure. Information may be released at your request (e.g. to report to your doctor) or is if there is an immediate risk of harm to your or someone else's life, or if there is a court subpoena.

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