Counselling in Ashgrove

Our Counselling Approach 

Our team specialises in evidence-based, counselling services. We take a responsive and sensitive approach to help clients. Our work through current issues to improve their overall quality of life.

Our approach aims to be collaborative, non-judgemental, confidential, caring, and underpinned by an understanding of the client’s true values and goals.

Our team draws on their years experience in the assessment, diagnosis, formulation and treatment of a range of personal, emotional and relationship issues. Our psychologists have are registered in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology.

Book Counselling in Ashgrove

Call reception to make a booking: (07) 3510 2104

What can I expect from counselling?

The aim of therapy is to work collaboratively with the client to increase their understanding of themselves and address areas of concern in a meaningful yet timely manner. The process aims to increase the client’s understanding and awareness of their current difficulties, and to help them to learn strategies that will enable them to overcome areas of difficulty and work towards improving their overall quality of life.

The initial session typically involves a clinical assessment, where information is collected on the nature of the client’s current difficulties and relevant history, as well as the administration of questionnaires regarding current functioning.  By the end of the first session, the client and your psychologist will have a clearer understanding of the nature of the client’s current difficulties and contributing factors, and will have developed a therapy plan which includes therapy goals, the treatment approach, and the number of sessions required.

Therapy sessions typically last 50-60 minutes and occur at a frequency determined by the client and your psychologist, usually weekly. The number of treatment sessions that will be required depends on the unique circumstances of each client. Therapy typically involves the completion of in-between session tasks (known as homework), that aims to increase the benefits of therapy.

Sessions can be held in our offices in Ashgrove or via phone or skype as needed.

Counselling approaches and techniques 

The approach is adapted to your needs based on our psychologists experience and training in multiple different counselling techniques.  The following is some more information on two common approaches: 

Counselling Costs and Rebates

Out of pocket expense varies depending on what rebates might be available. For example, individuals with a Mental Health Treatment Plan from their GP are able to receive a rebates on up to 10 sessions a year. Visit the Fees and Rebates page for details. 

What is the Difference Between a General Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist?

At Hardwick Psychological Service our team of therapist are registered Clinical Psychologists. Psychologists who offer counselling generally fall into two main categories:


General Psychologist

  • Study: Has completed a minimum of 4 years university study in psychology
  • Medicare Rebates: Will attract a Medicare Rebate of $84.80 per session with valid Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Registration : Is registered as a “General Psychologist” with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Clinical Psychologist

  • Study: Has completed a minimum of 6 – 8 years university study, to the level of Masters, Doctorate or PhD in psychology
  • Medicare Rebates:  Will attract a higher Medicare rebate of $124.50 per session with valid Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Registration:  Is endorsed as a “Clinical Psychologist” with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Counselling can assist with:

Emotional Difficulties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Stress management
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Social Phobia
  • Grief & Loss
  • Personality Disorders
  • Anger management

Cognitive Difficulties

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Adjustment to injury counselling
  • Memory retraining
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Planning and problem solving skills development
  • Impulse control
  • Behavioural problems
  • Social functioning
  • Insight and awareness
  • Anger management
  • Relationship/intimacy issues
  • Increasing independence
  • Carer support and advice

Work-Related Difficulties

  •  Work stress
  • Workplace bullying/harassment
  • Rehabilitation/Injury Counselling
  • Suitable Duties planning and intervention

Parenting & Families

  • Parent training (Triple P)
  • Child behaviour management
  • Support for families in crisis (e.g. divorce)
  • Support for families experiencing child custody/protection issues

Relationship Difficulties

  • Helping individuals with relationship difficulties
  • Teaching individuals communication and conflict resolution skills

Psychology accreditation and associations

Medicare rebates

Member of the Australian Psychological Society

Australian Psychological Society

Fully registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Australian Health Practitioner - Brisbane

Approved Medicare Provider

Psychological Assessments

Psychological Assessments are useful in cases where an individual or organisation wishes to know more about a person’s current (or past) mental health or psychological functioning, and/or wish to know how to assist the person to overcome areas of emotional or behavioural difficulty.

Psychological Assessments typically involve a clinical interview and the provision of validated psychometric measures of functioning, as well as collateral interviews and observations of functioning if indicated. The Psychological Assessment Report will provide a summary of any psychological problems, provide an indication of any mental health diagnoses (i.e. DSM-V), provide a formulation of the presenting problems, and outline the type of treatment/intervention that is needed to address the problem, as well as the likely prognosis.

Below provides a sample of some of the types Psychological Assessments that can be requested:

  • Mental Health Assessments
  • Personality Assessments
  • Vocational Assessments
  • Drug and Alcohol Assessments
  • Parenting Assessments
  • Return to Work Assessments

In addition to Psychological Assessments Hardwick Psychological Services also offer Neuropsychological Assessments within Brisbane .

Ashgrove Counselling Location

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