How much does it cost to see a psychologist?
Please see our Fees + Rebates page »
What will the first session be like?
Expect to feel nervous and scared but maybe also a little relieved at finally seeking help.
Before therapy can begin there are some housekeeping forms that need to be filled in. Feel free to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee to help you get through them. First there is a form with some basic information (you’ve done similar before at a doctor’s, gym or yoga class), and you may also be asked to complete some short questionnaires.
After this necessary paperwork, your psychologist will get to know you better by gathering a comprehensive history and finding out what brings you to therapy. This may include information about your health, nutrition, exercise, family life, friends, work, education, goals, and worries and fears. This is your time to be as open and honest as you can, but don’t worry your psychologist will guide you.
what’s involved in a typical psychological session?
After the first session, ongoing sessions are very reliant on you and what you are seeking. But our psychologists believe in active therapy and will discuss with you practice, experiments, and activities you can do between sessions to enhance your therapy.
Please see About Us to learn more about your chosen psychologist and their particular style of therapy.
What sort of therapies do you use?
Please see our Therapies page »
how long will each session last?
Unless otherwise specified, all sessions are 50 minutes long.
Do you treat young children?
Both Rose and Jodi only see clients older than 10 years old. Rowena is happy to treat children from 3 years and up.
how many sessions will I need?
Therapy is a very personal journey and is largely dependent on why you are seeking help and what you are hoping to get out of therapy.
We know that budgeting for treatment can be difficult; therefore, we aim to work with the minimum amount of sessions necessary to reach your goals. Throughout treatment we rely on communication with you to see how you are progressing, alongside our own observations and measures. When the time comes, we will discuss ending therapy together and may put in place maintenance sessions to check in occasionally.
Are you wheelchair friendly?
Unfortunately, we are located on the first floor of an old building. The only way to access the practice on the first floor is via stairs. As such, we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs.
what happens if i don’t feel like the psychologist i saw was the right fit for me?
At Bridge Street Psychology we understand and value the importance of finding someone you connect with.
If you do not feel comfortable with your psychologist we encourage you to speak about it with your psychologist. Sometimes these discussions may feel confronting or uncomfortable, but we believe discussions of this nature are important and we are open to feedback about the way we work.
Please let your psychologist know you are looking for something different and they will be happy to work with you to change their treatment style or to help you find someone who may be a better match for you.