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Forums / Treatments, health professionals and therapies / Clinical versus generalist psychologists

Topic: Clinical versus generalist psychologists

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  1. Suet suet
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    39 posts
    28 September 2018


    I have been seeing a generalist psychologist to work on my depression and anxiety for about 2 months now. I have gone to 3 sessions with her so far but I don’t find it very helpful though.

    I guess my issues are:

    1) my engagement problem that the counselling is unhelpful. I lean pretty much on her and I don’t do much practice outside the sessions etc this can be an issue!

    2) the psych i am seeing isn’t a good fit for me.

    Yet I am trying to find another GP to fix my engagement problem.

    so the second issue I suspect is that my psych is generalist not clinical one. Should I find a clinical psych? I wonder if the later would make a difference because clinical psych have done more training and they are able to offer a broader range of psy therapies. They do charge a higher fee as far as I know (the Medicare rebate is higher too).

    so anyone can give me an idea please if this is true ?

    thank you

  2. Croix
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    29 September 2018 in reply to Suet suet

    Dear Suet suet~

    I'm sorry things are not working out at the moment. As you know the higher Medicare rebate reflects the extra training a clinical psychologist needs to qualify.

    From one perspective it is not so much the qualifications on paper that are significant as the interaction between the therapist and yourself. You've mentioned the current person is not a good fit, and that you have an engagement problem, and do not have a workable regime which you can apply outside of sessions. Plus you do feel the need to lean on your therapist, and I guess at the moment are not able to do so.

    All that being said I wonder what value there is in continuing as you are? The number of Medicare rebates available in a calendar year is strictly limited and really need to be spent on the best help available.

    At the moment you seem to have two related problems, first to find a GP, and second to find the appropriate therapist. Not easy, sometimes word of mouth can be of help. Have you heard of a GP that might be suitable as a starting point?

    In my own case I've had a lot of interaction with psychiatrists, who generally have been very helpful. True they are more expensive, however there is an annual softy-net cap which does limit this. They have on occasion referred me to clinical psychologists for specific therapies, from which I've had mixed results.

    Would you consider a psychiatrist as an option?


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  3. Suet suet
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    39 posts
    1 October 2018 in reply to Croix

    Yes I don’t see any value continuing with what I am doing with the psych at the moment.

    i am struggling at the same time as I am trying a new med which hasn’t come into effect as yet.

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