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  (02) 9188 1570           patrick@bigpicturepsychology.com.au           St James Trust Building, 185 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000

At Big Picture Psychology, we believe that assessment and treatment are inseparable elements of intervention. Every person is different and has a unique history that has led them to the present. Only by understanding that journey can we create the platform for effective treatment or management. Our clinical Psychology Services are available Australia Wide.

Our Clinical Services Include:

Assessment
Treatment
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  • Intellectual Functioning

    Assessment of intellectual functioning is undertaken using standardized tests which measure ability across a number of domains, such as verbal comprehension and perceptual reasoning. Scores are compared against the average population and plotted across a bell curve. Understanding an individuals’ level of intellectual functioning can be an important consideration in designing educational or vocational programs as well as identifying a persons relative strengths. Assessment can also identify extremes of giftedness and Intellectual Development Disorder

    Psychological Disorders

    These are a means of classifying the multitude of things that can go wrong with psychological functioning.  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th Ed (2013) provides the standard system of classification. Although there is no value in a label in and of itself, a diagnosis can assist by understanding what to exclude as well as informing the treatment modality most efficacious for that type of problem.

    Personality

    The patterns with which we perceive and respond emotionally and behaviourally to the world and each other, is what makes up our personality. There have been many different ways proposed to define and categorize these dimensions, and none of these systems are perfect due to the wonderful diversity in personalities that we see around us.  However, developing an insight into how we operate can reveal our strengths and weaknesses, providing us with targets to change or improve the way we operate in the world. When there are problems with personality, it can lead to distress and impairment socially, interpersonally, occupationally and in our general sense of well being. Although there is a common misperception that personality is unchangeable – “I am what I am”, the truth is that people do change in these features as they move through the life span. In addition, there are treatments available that assist people to target problematic aspects of functioning and improve upon them. Assessment can help look beyond the confusion to identify the source of problems and plan a treatment strategy built around the persons’ strengths.

    Child Psychology

    Childrens’ behaviour can be as frustrating, eccentric and incomprehensible as it is adorable, and it is important to note that most parents or carers entertain concerns about aspects of their child’s behavior at some time or another. A formal assessment can help to understand whether the behavior of concern resides with the range of normality or represents a problem requiring intervention and remedial efforts.  Whether the behavior meets diagnostic criteria or not, the good news is that there are a range of effective behavioural interventions that as accepted as effective in the treatment of most childhood behavior disorders.

  • TREATMENT

    • Group treatment
    • Individual psychotherapy
    • Mood disorders and anxiety disorders
    • Personality disorders
    • Phobia
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Relationship Counseling
    • Coaching and self actualization
    • Alcohol and Other Drug counseling
    • Stress Management & Relaxation
    • Child management training for parents
    • Eligible to provide Focussed Psychological Strategies under the Medicare Better access Initiative.
    • Workcover approved psychologist for the provision of treatment for injured workers under the NSW Workers Compensation System.
  • Fees

    The Australian psychological Society recommends a standard fee of $218 per hour for individual psychotherapy.  However, at Big Picture Psychology we only charge $170 per individual treatment session.  Fees are payable at the time of consultation. Appointment cancellations made within a 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment may incur a fee.

  • There are two ways you can access our services:

    1. Referral from a GP, psychiatrist or pediatrician with a Mental Health Care Plan

    This may involve a medical professional suggesting a diagnosis of a rebatable mental disorder.  If you qualify, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate to help cover the cost of treatment. The Medicare rebate is $84.80 per treatment session.

    We are eligible to provide Focussed Psychological Strategies under the Medicare Better access Initiative. Medicare Provider number: 4867111K

    More information about psychology and Medicare can be found on the Australian Psychological Society (APS) website: www.psychology.org.au

    We are approved WorkCover psychology providers (approval number 13673). Referral through this method means no out of pocket expenses for injured workers under the NSW Workers Compensation System.

     

    2. Self-referral

    You can just make an appointment directly with Big Picture Psychology. Just contact us by phone, mail or email.