DOUBTS ABOUT THERAPY
Basically, it’s all about the level of education behind the title. Counsellors could be Social Workers, Life Coaches, or general Counsellors. There will usually be a Bachelors degree at a minimum behind mental health Social Workers. With Life Coaches and Counsellors, there will usually be a Diploma or some kind of certificate that has been attained.
At Merge Programs, our Counsellors have Bachelors and Masters degrees. They have also completed practicum work as part of their degrees.
Psychologists will have completed a Bachelors degree at minimum, plus have been through a stringent practicum program to then be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.
At Merge Programs, our psychologists have Bachelors degree and Masters degree qualifications on top of additionally supervised practicum. We are not able to prescribe medications.
Counsellors are not currently included in the medicare rebate system, whereas Psychologists are.
Both professionals maintain the same aim in understanding an individual’s feelings and behaviours, and addressing issues. Most of all, both services have the same goal of facilitating positive change.
SOME TECHNICAL STUFF
If it is your very first session with us, we will always start with a discussion relating to the ways that we maintain your privacy and how we obtain something called “informed consent”. This basically means that the sessions relate to your personal information, and as such, all the information we discuss stays between yourself and the psychologist. Once you feel comfortable with this, then we discuss the things you are experiencing and together, we start to form a plan
HOW IS MERGE PROGRAM PROCESS:
Letʼs start a conversation. Make an appointment, visit us. Listening to you will always be our first step.
Everyoneʼs life and experience are different, So every program is. Letʼs figure out together which your ideal plan is.
We will work with you through the program to do what you need to promote change. Think about it, work and go forward.
Watch the positive changes you have made, rinse, repeat!