Psychologists for Mental Health

Find the Right Psychologist in Parramatta for You

Psychologist Parramatta Sydney

Bridges Counselling – Cross to a Better Life

Cross to a Better Life. Our team of 4 psychologists in North Parramatta has 80 years experience with anxiety, depression, mental health issues, children and adolescents.

When you contact us, we will help you choose the best match for your situation from our psychologists and mental health qualified counsellors.

We are open daytime and after hours, Monday to Saturday, including evenings.


See our full range of counselling services:

Our psychologists

Psychologists are listed in alphabetic order.

Amy Stubbs

Amy Stubbs - Child Psychologist Parramatta Sydney

Amy Stubbs

Special interest: Complex child, adolescent and family therapy

Registered Psychologist, MAPS

M Psychology, Grad Dip Counselling

Book online with Amy

 

Chris Saunders

Chris Saunders - Psychologist Parramatta Sydney

Chris Saunders

Special interest: Complex relationship, trauma and abuse issues

Registered Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, MAPS

M PsychologyGrad Dip Emotionally Focused Therapy (Cand), Dip Min

Book online with Chris

 

Elize Olivier

Elize Olivier - Child Psychologist Parramatta Sydney

Elize Olivier

Special interest: Complex child, adolescent and family therapy

Registered Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, MAPS

M Psychology

Book online with Elize

 

Faye Hansen

Faye Hansen - Adolescent Psychologist Parramatta Sydney

Faye Hansen

Special interest: Adolescents, complex trauma and sexual abuse

Registered Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, MAPS

Grad Dip Family Therapy, B Th, BA

Call to enquire about bookings.

 

Should I see a psychologist or a counsellor?

Psychologist Parramatta SydneyOur goal is that you have the choice of seeing a psychologist or counsellor that best meets your needs.

Ever tried to find a match for a particular jigsaw piece, where you searched and tried until you found the piece that just ‘clicked in’? We take the same approach. At your first enquiry, we get to know you and your issues, and find the right match or best fit.

Our psychologists work mostly with mental health issues, child counselling, and adolescent and family therapy.

Our counsellors work mostly with marriage and relationship counselling, personal issues, addictions, trauma and abuse.

Our process for helping you

At Bridges Counselling, we allocate a particular counsellor or psychologist to you based on a brief phone interview. This ensures we match your specific needs to a professional can best meet your particular needs.

Then during the initial appointment they will further discuss your specific issues and your goals for therapy.

Children and young people sometimes exhibit behaviours that worry parents. A psychologist can provide an objective assessment and, if necessary, ongoing child and family therapy.

Our Psychologists are each registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). And each have special interests and skills to cater to your individual needs. They are also all full members with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), which ensures a top quality service to our clients.

What are our fees?

For our psychologists, the fee ranges from $140 to $160 per hour session.

If eligible, the Medicare rebate is $84.80 per session for up 10 sessions per calendar year. This means that the gap payment will be about $55 to $75 per session.

As a further concession, our psychologists may be able to provide bulk billing if you have a concession or health care card.

Your choices

Let us explain all this in more detail.

You may choose to:

  1. Pay the full fee of the psychologist. This is the simplest. You don’t need to visit your GP. The fact that you are seeing a psychologist is not recorded on your medical record.
  2. Claim a rebate from your private health insurance. Enquire with your fund about their coverage.
  3. Claim a rebate from Medicare for 6 sessions if your GP writes you a Mental Health Care Plan. After these 6 sessions, your GP will review your progress, and then approve a further 4 sessions. You are entitled to a total of 10 sessions per calendar year. Unused sessions can be used in the following calendar year, but the limit of 10 sessions per calendar year still applies. 

Medicare rebates are generally more generous that your private health fund.

When you use up your 10 sessions under Medicare, you may use private health insurance for rebates. You can use either Medicare or private health insurance to claim a rebate. You cannot use both at the same time, but you can use them in sequence.

When you book with your GP, say you are requesting a Mental Health Plan so that you are booked for an extended appointment.

Payment procedures

Payment to the psychologist is made on the day of the appointment.

The Medicate rebate can be deposited directly to your Debit Card at the time of the appointment, so you don’t have to submit the paperwork to Medicare. You must bring your Mental Health Plan to the first session to claim the Medicare rebate. Your GP may fax it to us on 8212 8024.

How will a psychologist help me?

We offer a service that ensures you and your loved ones are getting the best possible care and treatment available.

We work hard at tailoring treatment to support your goals towards change, and developing better coping skills to deal with the stress that life can throw your way.

Our first session is often one of information gathering, finding out as much about you and your circumstances as we can that is relevant to making good plans for our subsequent therapy.

Each session after this may involve:

  • Checking in on the gains or challenges of the week
  • Some education about different issues
  • Therapeutic dialogue and support
  • Encouragement in goals setting
  • Some questioning and clarifying of your information and goals
  • Assessing your progress

Psychologists who specialise in counselling can take many approaches to support their clients. One technique we utilise is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. In CBT, we help you to link your thoughts and reactions to you current situation, and develop solutions from analysing these patterns.

Other modalities that may be used include Emotionally Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Brief Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, DBT, and expressive therapies such as art therapy and sand play therapy.

What if I don’t feel ready for therapy?

These are very common questions that people ask. Many people come with those questions in mind. Deciding to see an experienced therapist can be a daunting choice. You may have many questions.

Are you at the point where your situation or distress is impacting on your life or the life of those around you? Are you dissatisfied with where your life is heading?

It’s a great idea to discuss these concerns with your loved ones, or you can phone us directly and talk about your situation.

What is the difference between psychologists and psychiatrists?

Psychiatrists are GP’s who have done further study to become specialists in medications. Most psychiatrists are not trained in counselling or therapy.

From time to time, our therapists may recommend that you be referred to a psychiatrist for further assessment. This ensures that all options for treatment are on the table, and that we leave no stone unturned. This will make sure that your get the best possible care to improve your quality of life.

Psychologists ae either Registered Psychologists or Clinical Psychologists. Clinical Psychologists have generally done extra study  and meet the criteria for AHPRA to be registered Clinically. Psychologists can then also go on to develop specialities such as Educational Psychologist or Child Psychologist.

Bridges Counselling - Mental Health

What is covered by a Mental Health Plan?

A ‘mental disorder’ significantly impacts on a person’s emotions, thoughts, social skills and decision-making.

 

 

The following is the official list of mental health disorders covered under Medicare.

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Bereavement disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Co-occurring anxiety and depression
  • Depression
  • Drug use disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual disorders
  • Sleep problems

For further information, read APS Fact Sheet: Medicare rebates for mental health services provided by psychologists. The Mental Health Association of NSW has developed a useful set of Fact Sheets on Mental Illness.

Couples Counselling

Unfortunately, couples counselling does not belong under an eligible mental health category. Under the rules of Medicare and the advice of the Australian Psychological Society.

“Relationship problems are not considered to be a mental health disorder and therefore are not an allowable focus of treatment under Better Access.” (APS, 2013)

However, many psychologists and counsellors do practice in couples counselling. If you want such help, seek out a qualified couples therapistBridges Counselling has 6 couples therapists to choose from.

What are the areas of practice of our psychologists?

Mental Health

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety & phobias
  • ADHD in adults
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Hoarding disorder
  • Mental illness
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Post-natal depression
  • Psychosis
  • Trichotillomania

General Health

  • Cancer support (clients and carers)
  • Chronic disease management
  • Enuresis/encopresis
  • Health-related problems
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Infertility issues
  • Memory problems
  • Pain management
  • Physical disability
  • Rehabilitation/injury counselling
  • Relaxation
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Stress management
  • Terminal illness
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Vision impaired
  • Weight management

Trauma/ Harm

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Adult survivors of sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Cult involvement
  • Disaster recovery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological first aid
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual abuse
  • Suicide
  • Victim of crime

Personal

  • Adoption
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness training
  • Behaviour problems
  • Body image
  • Carer support
  • Gay/lesbian issues
  • Grief & loss
  • Life/personal coaching
  • Life transition & adjustment issues
  • Motivation in sport
  • Orphanages / Children’s homes issues
  • Selective Mutism
  • Self-esteem & self development
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Sex worker issues
  • Shyness & social skills deficits
  • Sport performance anxiety
  • Religious issues

Relationships

  • Conflict resolution
  • Cross-cultural
  • Divorce/separation
  • Mediation
  • Parenting
  • Relationships

Assessments

  • Vocational assessment & career issues

Educational

  • Academic performance
  • Intellectual disability
  • Learning difficulties
  • School issues

Addictions

  • Alcohol dependence
  • Drug dependence
  • Gambling
  • Impulsive behaviours
  • Internet gaming, social networking
  • Internet pornography
  • Smoking cessation

Work/ Community

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Work stress
  • Workplace bullying
  • Workplace/executive coaching

Legal

  • Criminal behaviour
  • Family court issues
  • Legal report
  • Management of offenders