How can a Psychologist help?

At Oak Psychology Space, we support clients with a wide range of mental health concerns. It could be that you’re… feeling overwhelmed and stressed… feeling stuck or in a rut… feeling exhausted with life… feeling alone and needing to talk to someone about your difficulties… feeling confused and just not like your usual self… struggling with your confidence… worrying all the time… or struggling with relationship issues. Whatever it is, we know that everyone has unique experiences and challenges – nothing is normal or abnormal – it just is.

The therapeutic relationship is a vital aspect of treatment so we work hard to build an authentic connection with each client. Our aim is for you to feel safe and respected so that you can make the most of your therapy journey. 

We provide individual therapy for adults of all ages and adolescents (over 15 years) and we have a special interest in psychological treatment for anxiety disorders.

Randwick Psychologist Services

Our full range of services includes therapy for difficulties related to:

Adults

  • Anxiety, panic, and worry
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress and burnout
  • Low mood, depression, mood related disorders
  • Insomnia – we are APS/ASA CBT-I certified practitioners
  • Adjusting to life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Men’s mental health

Adolescents

  • Anxiety, panic, and worry
  • Social anxiety
  • HSC, study and exam stress
  • Low mood and depression
  • Friendship difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
illustration demonstrating how our randwick psychology clients can feel like everything is a stressful rat race constantly going around and around

Psychological Therapies Offered

Oak Psychology Space draws from a range of well researched, evidence-based therapies, with the choice of therapy tailored to the needs of each client. Treatment approaches include:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a new-wave of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. It is ‘present’ focused – meaning that rather than focusing on the past and what’s led you to where you are now, ACT helps you to respond differently to your struggles in the present. ACT focusses on developing ‘psychological flexibility’. This means developing an acceptance or willingness to experience difficult thoughts, feelings, and urges by becoming an observer of these internal experiences, rather than allowing yourself to be caught up in a struggle with them. ACT also focuses on your values – what’s important to you? what kind of person do you want to be? The aim of learning about your values is to drive positive change – to take committed action towards living your values even when difficult thoughts, feelings, and urges are present. With ACT you’ll develop skills and learn techniques to experiment with outside the therapy room. You can find out more about ACT here.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. That is – the thoughts we have about ourselves, others, or situations can have a big impact how we feel and how we respond. CBT focusses on learning to recognise unhelpful thoughts and then learning to challenge or reframe these thoughts so that our thinking is more realistic and helpful. This can positively influence how we feel and how we behave.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). We are APS/ASA CBT-I certified practitioners. CBT-I is the most effective, evidence-based psychological treatment for insomnia. It is a targeted treatment that involves: learning about sleep hygiene and relearning that bed is for sleep (BEST Bed Equals Sleep Therapy); practicing helpful ways of thinking about sleep and developing skills to manage worries that might be keeping you awake at night; learning relaxation skills; and Sleep Efficiency Training (reducing wakeful time spent in bed with the end goal of improving sleep quality and duration).

Aside from the above therapies, we often incorporate therapeutic approaches such as Mindfulness, some aspects of Schema Therapy, and Self Compassion principals depending on the needs of our clients.

Mindfulness. To me, mindfulness means learning to become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations..as well as using your senses to become more aware of the world around you. It’s about becoming a non-judgemental ‘observer’ or ‘noticer’, and learning to be more present. Often we get caught up in our thoughts about the past or our worries about the future, and when this happens we are hijacked from the present moment. Learning to be more aware of our thoughts and emotions, and being more ‘in the present’ helps us to live richer, fuller fulfilling lives.

Self-Compassion. Often when we’re struggling with life’s challenges, or we’ve made a mistake, or we’re just feeling inadequate in some way, we can tend to hard on ourselves or self critical. Self-compassion is the opposite. It means acknowledging your pain and giving yourself the same support and compassion that you’d show a friend who was struggling. There’s a large body of evidence that shows that self-compassion can have a positive impact on well-being.

Fees

Please contact us about our current fees. Oak Psychology Space consistently strives to provide the best care and support for well below the Australian Psychological Society’s recommended fee. Payment is required on the day of your appointment.

GP Mental Health Care Plans, Referrals and Medicare Rebates

You can see a Psychologist either with a referral or without a referral.

With a Referral: If you have a referral and a Mental Health Treatment Plan (formerly known as a Mental Health Care Plan), you will be able to claim a Medicare rebate for part of your psychology session fee. Currently the rebate amount is $96.65 per session when you see a Registered Psychologist.

How to get a Referral and Mental Health Treatment Plan: The first step is to contact your Doctor (General Practitioner) and let them know that you need an appointment to discuss a Mental Health Treatment Plan. During your appointment, you’ll discuss your mental health and if appropriate, your Doctor will prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan and provide you with a referral to see a Psychologist. Having a referral means that you will be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate for part of the Psychology session fee. Alternatively, your Psychiatrist or Paediatrician may provide you with a referral to see a psychologist. For more information about asking your doctor for a referral, visit ReachOut.

You are entitled to up to 10 Medicare rebated sessions per year. Usually, your initial referral will be for six Medicare rebated sessions. If more sessions are required, you will need to return to your GP to obtain a new referral. We can advise you about this during sessions.

No Referral: It’s not necessary to have a referral to see a Psychologist. Some clients prefer to see a Psychologist as a private client. In this case, you won’t be able to claim a Medicare rebate.

Private Health Fund

If you’re a member of a private Health Fund, you may be able to claim a benefit from your fund for psychological services. The benefit amount will depend upon your level of cover, and your Health Fund. Contact your Health Fund to find out more.  

​Please note that you cannot claim a Medicare rebate and a Health Fund benefit for the same session.

Telehealth (internet or phone sessions)

We offer Telehealth sessions via the internet using our secure videoconferencing software. You can claim a Medicare rebate for Telehealth sessions if you have a Mental Health Treatment Plan and a referral from your Doctor.

Comparisons between Telehealth sessions and in-person sessions have shown equivalent treatment outcomes for a range of mental health difficulties. This finding extends across child, adolescent and adult client groups.

Cancellations

We will send you a text message reminder 4 days prior to your appointment to allow you time to reorganise, cancel or re-schedule your appointment if necessary. We often have a waiting list and we’d like to offer cancelled appointments to those clients in need. Cancellations within 24 hours of your appointment may incur a 50% cancellation fee if we are unable to fill your appointment.

Data Security

Oak Psychology Space uses Power Diary practice software to safely and securely store client information. Power Diary adheres to international privacy laws which ensures that your personal data is handled with utmost care.

Urgent Help / Crisis Support 

We are busy working with clients and as such, cannot provide crisis support. In the event of significant symptoms or suicidal thoughts, please refer to the emergency services below.

  • Lifeline – 24 hour counselling, suicide prevention and mental health support support. Phone: 13 11 14.
  • Beyond Blue – 24 hour telephone support and online chat service. Phone: 1300 224 636.
  • MensLine – 24 hour professional telephone counselling support for Australian men. Phone: 1300 789 978
  • Kids Helpline – 24 hour telephone and online counselling for young people aged 5-25. Phone: 1800 551 800
  • e-headspace – online counselling for young people aged 12-25 years.