Mental Illness

Mental Illness2018-12-03T04:26:24+00:00

Mental Illness Treatments

Mental health can affect how you think and how you behave. Your mental health plays a prominent role in your personality and your life. Similarly, if you have poor mental health, this can eventually lead to a more serious mental illness. Common mental illnesses include depression and anxiety. Once you have a mental illness, it can be difficult for you to function well with your daily activities. You may not want to get out of bed due to depression or you might decide not to leave the house because of anxiety. Whichever form of mental illness strikes, it can have severe effects to your physical, emotional, and mental health.

What are the Symptoms of Mental Illness?

While some symptoms appear as physical pain (chest pain, back pain headache, etc.), it’s important to know the common signs of mental illness:

  • Abuse of drug and alcohol
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Excessive feelings of fear, worry, and guilt
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Feeling sad or down without any reason
  • Having suicidal thoughts
  • Inability to concentrate and focus
  • Inability to cope with little problems or stress
  • Inability to understand people and situations
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Significant tiredness but has issues in sleeping

What are the Treatments for Mental Illness?

Mental illness can be treated, but it requires time and your commitment. There are several ways on how to treat mental illness:

Psychotherapy: this treatment works on the assumption that the solution to your mental concern is within and that a psychologist will just be with you to facilitate the process. You will be taught different coping mechanisms to learn how to handle stressful situations in the future.

In the context of mental illness, psychotherapy may come in different forms:

  • Supportive Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy

How Can We Help You?

If you think you have a mental illness, we can help you. Our psychologists are trained to assist you in ensuring that your mental illness will be treated accordingly. We’ll help you throughout the entire process of diagnosing and treating your illness. We’ll serve as your support group and friends while working with you.

We understand that there’s no one-shoe-fits-all kind of approach to this matter, so you can guarantee that the service we offer you is specially designed for you, and your needs. We believe that your wellbeing should be prioritized.

Medicate Rebates

Medicare rebates are available depending on the situation and can be paid directly into your bank account when sessions are paid by cash, cheque or EFTPOS.

The Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Initiative provides financial assistance to people who are living with mental illness. With this initiative, sufferers are given access to more psychologists while providing affordable mental health care.

Take Control Over Your Mental Illness

If you’re experiencing or living with a mental illness, you don’t have to do it alone. Our Psychologists at People Psychology in Brighton are here to help you work through your problem so you can learn to take back control over your mental illness. Call now to start your new journey to a healthier mental state. Call today!

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T09:56:40+00:00

Counselling is what you call the process of obtaining insight on various issues by expressing your feelings and thoughts to a trained counsellor or psychologist. Counselling sessions aim to help you comprehend and hopefully resolve issues that cause you distress.

It’s perfectly normal for individuals, families, couples and individuals to seek counselling in order to assess and solve various problems and issues they encounter everyday. Expressing becomes easier for clients because the counsellor is not part of their personal life. Not to mention, since everything said in sessions is confidential, clients have the freedom to express themselves openly.

It is important to understand, however, that a counsellor does not tell you what you should do. They instead try to assist your growth and help you make a move that you are willing to commit to.

Similar to how weight lifters in the gym will gain more progress with the help of a personal trainer, those who try counselling may find themselves moving forward in their lives much more comfortably with guidance. With the help of counsellors, we can gain a better understanding of the various relationships and situations that we experience and encounter throughout our lives.

What is a psychologist?2018-10-12T09:57:33+00:00

Psychologists are by training those who research and study the science involving human behavior. Psychologists need six (6) years of training in order to properly understand human relationships, mental processes, and human behavior. They require four (4) years of basic university training, and two more years in internships and specialisations. As such, psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological therapies. They are capable of collaborating with psychiatrists and doctors as needed, given their clients know and consent to these methods.

Do your psychologists write psychological reports?2018-10-12T09:58:19+00:00

Should it be required, we can write psychological reports for instances such as TACs, Work Cover, and court proceedings. These reports are charged separately, and in addition to our psychological consultations.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T09:58:59+00:00

Absolutely! Everything you say and express will be confidential and private. The only exceptions to this situation is if you may be at risk of harming others and yourself, or when the law subpoenas your file.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-12T09:59:43+00:00

There’s nothing to prepare for if you’re on your way to your first session. Psychologists work by conversing with you, which means much of your first session will be about you trying to describe the problem you’re facing and why it led you to seek psychological counselling. Should you feel lost, psychologists are there to ask questions and help you on your way – with questions regarding when the problem started, what you hope to gain from the session, and what motivated you to seek help.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T10:00:28+00:00

Everyone has different problems, and as such everyone will have different ranges of counselling sessions. These depend on the circumstances surrounding your reason for counselling in the first place. Sometimes, some people come for just a few sessions while others come regularly. You are in fact free to stop attending these sessions just as you are free to resume them at any point in the future. This is an option people may take when problems appear given counselling is an easy way for them to access mentors. It’s much easier when you tackle your problems with the same counsellor as this is someone who knows you very well.

What are your opening hours?2018-10-12T10:01:13+00:00

Our opening hours are 9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-12T10:01:55+00:00

Our rates fall in the middle ground when compared with the rates of a full range of psychological practices. For details on our pricing, phone us at People Psychology Brighton on 03 9133 0996.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?2019-02-20T01:43:02+00:00

Yes. People Psychology provides Medicare Rebates and Private Health Insurance Rebates. To find out more, please contact us.

How do I get my rebate?2018-10-12T10:03:28+00:00

We can process relevant cards on our Hicaps machine at the end of your session. This will send your rebate to your savings account.

What type of counselling and therapy do you use?2018-10-12T10:04:12+00:00

Similar to many psychologists, we select counselling and therapy from a wide range of approaches and techniques. These all depend on what approach seems to best serve the needs of our clients.

These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.