The recent Covid-19 Pandemic has confronted all of us with a lot of uncertainty, rapid change and a reduction in social connection. Almost everyone will have experienced some heightened stress in this time.
Isolation, uncertainty, fear around catching the virus, conflicting information about vaccines, businesses closing and a host of other changes has seriously impacted many peoples mental health and wellbeing. Anxiety, depression, loneliness, financial stress, grief are all mental challenges that have been exacerbated by this time.
COUNSELLING CAN HELP
A counsellor is a qualified professional who can help you explore your problems in an objective and non-judgemental way. The process of counselling involves talking about your issues or concerns so as to help create greater clarity about your problem, to explore options that might be helpful, to work on strategies and skills to cope with or alleviate your problem, and developing greater levels of self-awareness and self-compassion.
Qualified Counsellors can help with:
HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER TO CHOOSE A COUNSELLOR, PSYCHOLOGIST OR PSYCHIATRIST?
Many people are confused between the different roles and benefits of seeing one of the above health professionals. There is a lot of overlap between what a counsellor, psychologist and psychiatrist can do. However there are some important differences.
All of these therapists can help you with:
Where they differ:
IS COUNSELLING COVERED BY MEDICARE?
The severe impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic has meant that Medicare now offers 6-10 rebated sessions for people under a mental health plan to be treated by a psychologist, mental health social worker, occupational therapist or mental health nurse. This can be extended to 20 sessions if the GP and the referred health professional believe that the client has been significantly impacted by the Pandemic. This has been wonderful as a lot of people who need psychological help can now get some rebated sessions.
The benefits of this are:
The downsides of this are:
WHERE COUNSELLORS ARE DIFFERENT
Counsellors work with a variety of different problems faced by all human beings at various stages in their lives. This includes people who may not have severe enough problems to be ‘diagnosed’ with a mental illness, or who maybe want to seek treatment outside of the medical model for their difficulties.
The benefits of seeing a counsellor include
HOW DO I BOOK IN TO SEE A COUNSELLOR?
Because you do not require a referral to see a counsellor, you can book in at any time! Counselling offers a flexible, non pathologizing way for you to explore your life deeply, to help you overcome life’s difficulties and to support you in achieving your goals. Book in with Jad Patrick for counselling here!