About Us

Need A Psych

Need A Psych is a clinically focussed mental health business. We have been in business since 2006, however, changed our name in 2014 to Need A Psych. Our philosophy is that people, regardless of mental health status, deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. They do not lose their right to be a person. We believe that a person deserves the best diagnostic evaluation available to provide the appropriate therapy targeted to their specific mental health concerns. This means that assessments are something that are taken seriously and treatment is provided ethically.

We do not employ unqualified people or people still undertaking their training. All therapists are fully qualified and registered with the appropriate health regulating authorities. Because of this stringent standard you can get Medicare rebates if you are eligible for Medicare services and your GP provides you a referral prior to you attending our offices. If you are not eligible or do not wish to use the Medicare system rebates may be available from your private health insurer, however, that would be on an individual basis and dependent upon your level of cover. As the level of cover is variable dependent on your insurer and package we ask that you follow this up with your specific insurer. We are also happy to see people who do not wish to obtain any form of rebate.

Dr. Paul Phillips

B.A. (H.M.S.), B.App.Sc. (Occ. Th.), B.A. (Psych.), Gd.Cert. (Clin.Hyp.), M.H.Sc. (Beh.Sc.), PhD

Dr Phillips is the owner and director of Need A Psych. He is a clinical therapist, not just a management figure. He has undergraduate degrees in sport, occupational therapy and psychology. He is a registered Occupational Therapist (OCC0001754516) and Psychologist (PSY0001397863) with the Australian Health Professionals Registration Agency. He has postgraduate degrees in behavioural science and a PhD in “The Self”. This work underpins his interactions with clients as it asserts that a person is fundamentally a Thinking, Choosing, and Experiencing Self that interacts with other Selves to form Constructed Identities and thereby become a person. His work has been published in international peer reviewed academic journals and he has presented at both national and international conferences on mental health.

Paul has worked with people from various socioeconomic and cultural groups who have had a range of mental health concerns from requiring hospitalisation to elite level athletes and celebrities. He has been practicing since 1997 and in private clinical practice since 2006. He has taught mental health and counselling at The University of Sydney, guest lectured at the University of Newcastle and completed his Post-Doctoral research work at the Brain and Mind research Institute on young men’s mental health. He is currently involved in further research into maintaining a lifelong monogamous sexual relationship and how to make it possible for people to achieve.

Below is a list of his publications.

2014 – Phillips, P.A., Huxley, J., & Doyle, U., (2014) Mindfulness and lawyers: Could it help with decreasing the rate of depression? 34th Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Vulnerability and Responsibility, Sydney, November 19-22.

2014 – Huxley, J., & Phillips, P.A., (2014) From vulnerability to full return of function using mindfulness to support the mental process of recovery from brain cancer 34th Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Vulnerability and Responsibility, Sydney, November 19-22.

2014 – Phillips, P.A., & Huxley, J., (2014) Choosing which mindful technique requires an understanding of the client’s current state be it vulnerable or performing well: The development of the Mindfully Appropriate Technique Tool (MATT). 34th Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Vulnerability and Responsibility, Sydney, November 19-22.

2014 – Phillips, P.A., & Sanbrook., G.M.C., (2014) Working with vulnerable complex patients with possible criminal tendencies before they act: prophylactic is better than incarceration and more responsible. 34th Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Vulnerability and Responsibility, Sydney, November 19-22.

2014 – Phillips, P.A., McGuire, S., (2014) How to have a lifelong practice in mental health private practice: the tips, tricks and pitfalls to avoid! 2014 NSW & ACT Conference Occupational Therapy: A Life Practice. Sydney Australia March 28 – 29.

2011 – Phillips, P. A., Murdolo, D., Desai, H., Stewart, T., (2011). The holy grail of occupations, it can be good for you and you will have fun doing it!: Using computer technology to gain neurological and mental health benefits. 24th National Occupational Therapy Australia: Making Evidence Work. Gold Coast, Australia, June 29-July 1.

2011 – Phillips, P. A., Wilson, B. (2011). Cross Cultural or simply cross at culture?: One way to work with a person’s culture is using the Phillips Cultural Orientation Screening Tool. 24th National Occupational Therapy Australia: Making Evidence Work. Gold Coast, Australia, June 29-July 1.

2011 – Phillips, P. A., Kelk, N.(2011). The Unified Theory of Self addresses complex concerns raised by recent research into the ability for occupations to be meaningful, engaging and fulfilling. 24th National Occupational Therapy Australia: Making Evidence Work. Gold Coast, Australia, June 29-July 1.

2010 – Phillips, P. A., Wilson, B. (2010). Stop being cross at culture and start working with the person’s cultural orientation: A discussion of the Phillips Cultural Orientation Screening Tool. OT Australia, Victoria 2010 Conference: Transitions and Transformations. Melbourne, Australia, November 12-13.

2010 – Phillips, P. A., & Kelk, N. (2010). A re-conceptualization of the person and the internal-external dichotomy present in theories that explain occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 17 (4), p246-255.

2010 – Phillips, P. A., Desai, H., Stewart, T., Scott, A., Murdolo, D., Everett, N., Hinchcliffe, J., (2010). Your health can be an entertaining game: Using computer technology to gain neurological and mental health benefits. OT Australia, Victoria 2010 Conference: Transitions and Transformations. Melbourne, Australia, November 12-13.

2010 – Phillips, P. A., & Winks, T. (2010). A pilot of Psychorationalist based therapy with 10 injured workers demonstrating large effect sizes for anxiety, depression and trauma. 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Melbourne, Australia July 11-16.

2010 – Phillips, P. A., & Winks, T. (2010) Return of the psychodynamic therapy: a pilot for using Psychorationalist based therapy in the management of worker injuries. Occupational Therapy NSW Mental health forum: Recovery and Resilience. Sydney Australia, February 26.

2010 – Wilson, B. Hillman, A. & Phillips, P. A. (2010) Social Interaction: How do our theoretical frameworks impact upon our interactions with clients and the way we deliver therapy? 15th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Santiago, Chile May 4-7.

2010 – Phillips, P. A., Wilson, B., & Cogger, N., (2010) Collectivists and individualists: how can you know which a person is? 15th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Santiago, Chile May 4-7.

2009 – Phillips, P. A., Wilson, B., & Cogger, N. (2009) When Families Are at Risk Interventions Need to Take Into Account the Cultural Orientation of the Family Members. 29th Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Families in Law.

2009 – Phillips, P. A., Kelk, N. (2009) Without Mens Rea Perpetrators Could Walk Free: Where Would That Leave Parents, Children and Families? 29th Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Families in Law.

2009 – Phillips, P. A., Hartup, M., Champion, E. (2009) A survey of 10 free massive multiplayer online games that may help augment social interaction and positive mental health. 29th Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Families in Law.

2009 – Phillips, P. A. (2009) Experiencing the impossible: Proof that what is not physically possible can be consciously experienced. 35th Annual International Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference: Mind to Care, Sydney, September 29-October 2.

2009 – Phillips, P. A. (2009) Is it up or is it down? A clash of consciousness. 35th Annual International Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference: Mind to Care, Sydney, September 29-October 2.

2009 – Phillips, P. A. (2009) Is it flat or is it three dimensional? Is it in front or behind? The split between choice of perception and conscious content. 35th Annual International Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference: Mind to Care, Sydney, September 29-October 2.

2009 – Phillips, P. A. (2009) Transference experienced! How it occurs and how it is experienced by everyone on a regular basis. 35th Annual International Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference: Mind to Care, Sydney, September 29-October 2.

2009 – Phillips, P. A. (2009) When congruent shapes do not give congruent conscious experiences. 35th Annual International Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference: Mind to Care, Sydney, September 29-October 2.

2009 – Phillips, P. A. (2009). Why get NEAR to recovery when you can get NEARA! 5th Annual GWS Conference: The Passionate Practitioner, March 27.

2009 – Altner, M. Welsh, M. & Phillips, P. A. (2009). Make the link. 5th Annual GWS Conference: The Passionate Practitioner, March 27.

2008 – Welsh, M., Lee, H., Martin, M., Radley, J., Phillips, P. A., (2008). Risky business of one stop shops: Balancing the legal obligations with the available resources. 28th Australian and New Zealand Association of psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Risks vs. Rights, October 23-26.

2008 – Phillips, P. A., Lee, H., Welsh, M., Radley, J., Martin, M., (2008). Using the MH-OAT data clinically instead of just collecting it! 28th Australian and New Zealand Association of psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Risks vs. Rights, October 23-26.

2008 – Phillips, P. A., (2008). How to meet the rights of collectivists and individualists to be treated ethically? 28th Australian and New Zealand Association of psychiatry, Psychology and Law (NSW): Risks vs. Rights, October 23-26.

2008 – Phillips, P. A., (2008). Using Psychorationalist® based occupational therapy services for healing rather than just skill training. Occupational Therapy NSW Mental health forum: From Core Skills to More: The Future of Mental Health OT, October 31.

2008 – Phillips, P. A., (2008). Effective Clinical Communication: A New Client Centred Approach. OT AUSTRALIA 23rd National Conference & Exhibition 2008: Creating the future: to inspire, to explore, to take action. September 11-13.

2008 – Phillips, P. A., (2008). The Unified Theory of Self: The new kid on the theory block. OT AUSTRALIA 23rd National Conference & Exhibition 2008: Creating the future: to inspire, to explore, to take action. September 11-13.

2007 – Phillips, P. A., (2007). Are Celtic crosses really Celtic or are they markers of Constructed Identity? The Sixth Australian Celtic Conference 2007. July 18-21.

2007 – Phillips, P. A., Kelk, N., & Fitzgerald, M. H. (2007). Object or person: The difference lies in the constructed identity. Journal of Occupational Science, 14(3), p. 162-71.

2006 – Phillips, P. A., Fitzgerald, M. H., & Kelk, N. (2006). You don’t choose the field: The field chooses you! 14th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Sydney, Australia. July 23-28.

2006 – Fitzgerald, M. H., & Phillips, P. A. (2006). Centralized and non-centralized ethics review: A five nation study. Accountability in Research, 13, p. 47-74.

2006 – Fitzgerald, M. H., Phillips, P. A., & Yule, E. (2006). The research ethics review process and ethics review narratives. Ethics & Behavior, 16(4), p. 377-395.