Do you want to know if there is a diagnosis for what is going on? If so then you Need A Psych. We use scientifically sound techniques to determine what diagnosis is most appropriate given the persons presentation. We do not make assumptions based on age, gender or nationality. We use widely accepted psychometric tests. There are two main assessments that we conduct at Need A Psych. The first are medico legal assessments often referred to as a Pre-Liability Assessment (PLA) under the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme and the second assessments are known as an Independent Psychological Assessment (IPA).

The PLA is a general psychometric based test whereas the IPA is more tailored to answer a specific question. The PLA is best used to consider the following types of questions:

  • What is the diagnosis for what is happening?
  • Does the person have a personality disorder?
  • We are not certain about the diagnosis that has been given?

The IPA is best used to answer questions like:

  • Do I have Autistic Spectrum Disorder?
  • Do I have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder?
  • Does the person have

All our assessments meet the Daubert legal standard where possible. This means if there is scientifically accepted method for testing for something then we will use it. They follow the protocols that Professor Simon Crowe, ex-president of the Australian Psychological Society, has outlined for sound psychological assessment. In medico-legal level assessments we always follow the Denzin standard for triangulation where sufficient scientifically validated tests are available. In short following these three standards means you get a valid, scientifically sound and clinically well informed assessment. This level of quality is matched by a guaranteed ten work day turnaround from the date of assessment. This means you get the report quality you need in the time frame you need it.

If you Need A Psych for assessment for yourself then Make an Appointment or for someone else make a Referral.

File Reviews

Do you have a file that needs to have a second opinion? If you are an insurer or lawyer and want a second set of eyes to review a psychological Compulsory Third Party insurance claim or a psychological Workers Compensation claim then you Need A Psych. If you have had a loved one deemed mentally ill or incompetent and placed in supported care or a nursing home and want a second opinion based on the evidence in their file then you Need A Psych. At Need A Psych we can give you a professional independent review of diagnosis and treatment to date which can guide what you choose to do next.

For lawyers and insurers we compile a report which considers the differential diagnosis, i.e., What else could be going on and needs to be ruled out. For injured workers and relatives who use our service we provide plain English interpretations of the technical information. File reviews are best conducted when you are able to choose what happens next and have already had several other opinions, diagnoses or treatment. The file review process allows you to be informed about what types of questions you need to ask and what suggested courses of actions need to be put forward.

If you Need A Psych for File Review for yourself then Make an Appointment or for someone else make a Referral.

Couples Counselling

Couples Counselling is not just for when your relationship is in dire straits. If you or your partner thinks things could be better in your relationship, maybe there is an issue you don’t know how to discuss, or there are sexual problems that are no longer “just a phase”. Why waste years in a “rough patch” when you could be working on your relationship to move it closer to the one you really want to have.

We work on the theory that your long term sexual relationship is not like your friendships, business colleagues or short term sexual flings. A long term sexual relationship is a different beast altogether and this so why many of us are unprepared for what occurs in it. We try and use strategies and behaviours that have worked in other relationships. But because they are different types of relationships the strategies fail and the behaviours seem to either make it worse or not improve things at all. You can avoid that frustration. You just Need A Psych. We can help with the issues unique to your long term sexual relationship.

Couples Counselling is best done with both people agreeing that therapy or coaching will be helpful. Often we use a split model where each person may come for a personal session then the two people come together for a couple’s session. This allows each person to discuss something that they may not yet feel ready to discuss in front of their partner and then to discuss things that both people have to work on together.

If you Need A Psych for Couples Counselling for yourself then Make an Appointment.

Individual therapy

Often your friend or family will say “You Need A Psych!” Or maybe something more tactful such as do you need to talk to someone about that? That is when you may need to come and talk to someone who is professionally trained to address the issues that come with modern life. Together the therapists have worked with people who have had:

  • Abuse
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder ASD
  • Conversion disorder
  • Depression (including major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder)
  • Dissociative disorders (including Depersonalization and Derealization)
  • Personality disorders including borderline, narcissistic, histrionic and depressive
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychotic disorders (including brief episode psychosis and Schizophrenia)
  • Sexual disorders
  • Somatoform disorders

Our therapists are all trained to address issues from clinical conditions through to issues of stress and worry from living in the modern world. They have years of experience and a variety of training, including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Clinical hypnosis
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness,
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy,
  • Process psychology

We can provide counselling services to individuals under Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Scheme, Private Health Insurance, Compulsory Third Party Insurance, Victims of Crime Tribunal, or private referral. We work with people from 8-80 years of age. No issue is too big or too small; if they matter to you then they matter to us.

If you Need A Psych for Individual Therapy for yourself then Make an Appointment or for someone else make a Referral