Psychological Help


Our Parramatta psychologists and counsellors can help you

What Does a Psychologist do?

A psychologist is an allied health professional who is expertly trained in assessing the psychological affects of life on your psychological wellbeing, or in other words your mental health. Some people worry about their ability to cope when life gets stressful.

A Psychologist or mental health counsellor can offer psychological therapy to help you unpack your thoughts and feelings about the stressors in you life. Sometimes psychologists assess your mental state to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, psychotic illnessess or if you are suffering from stress related symptoms as a result of circumstances in your life.

Should I see a psychologist?

Most people see a psychologist when their symptoms get to difficult to cope with or it starts to affect their everyday life such as sleeping difficulties, difficulties in relationships, or in the workplace.

Or for children or adolescents, they may see a psychologist who treat childhood mental health conditions or issues that may affect their psychological development. On our team we have both child psychologists and psychologists that can offer adolescent psychology support.

Our psychologists work mostly with mental health issues, and child, adolescent and family therapy. They mostly work short term.

Our registered counsellors work mostly with marriage and relationship counselling, personal issues, mental health, addictions, trauma and abuse. They work short or long term depending on the issues.

Our goal is to help you choose a psychologist or counsellor that best matches your needs. We also offer counselling for Christians by Christian psychologists and counsellors.

Who is the best match to help me?

Are you at the point where your situation or distress is impacting on your life or the life of those around you? Are you dissatisfied with where your life is heading?

Deciding to see an experienced psychologist or counsellor can be a daunting choice. You may have many questions.

Ever tried to find a match for a particular jigsaw piece? You searched and tried until you found the piece that just ‘clicked in’. We take the same approach. If you are looking to find a psychologist in the Parramatta and Western Sydney Region, then We can help. At your first inquiry, we get to know you and your issues, and find the right match or best fit.

Meet our Psychologists


Faye Hanson

Faye Hansen

Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

$170 per session

Elise Olivier

Elise Olivier

Psychologist,  Clinical Supervisor

$170 per session

Chris Saunders

Chris Saunders

Psychologist,
Clinical Supervisor

$170 per session

Amy Stubbs

Amy Stubbs

Psychologist

$170 per hour session

May Shum

May Shum

Psychologist

$170 per session

Meet our Registered Counsellors


David Bridges

David Bridges

Director, Clinical Registered Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor

Master of Counselling
$170 per session

Ralph Holwerda

Ralph Holwerda

Clinical Registered Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor

Master of Counselling
$130-150 per session

William Fernandes

William Fernandes

Clinical Registered Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$130 per session

Jenny FitzGerald

Jenny FitzGerald

Clinical Registered Counsellor

Grad Dip EF Therapy
$130-150 per session

Christina Jonkhoff

Christina Jonkhoff

Clinical Registered Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$130-150 per session

Rochelle Dawson

Rochelle Dawson

Clinical Registered Counsellor, School Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$120 per session

Jessica Joseph

Jessica Joseph

Registered Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$90 per session

Meet Our Registered Counsellors


David Bridges

David Bridges

Director, Clinical Registered Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor

Master of Counselling
$170 per session

Ralph Holwerda

Ralph Holwerda

Clinical Registered Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor

Master of Counselling
$130-150 per session

William Fernandes

William Fernandes

Clinical Registered Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$130 per session

Jenny FitzGerald

Jenny FitzGerald

Clinical Registered Counsellor

Grad Dip EF Therapy
$130-150 per session

Christina Jonkhoff

Christina Jonkhoff

Clinical Registered Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$130-150 per session

Rochelle Dawson

Rochelle Dawson

Clinical Registered Counsellor, School Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$120 per session

Jessica Joseph

Jessica Joseph

Registered Counsellor

Master of Counselling
$90 per session

What is the difference between counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists?


Counsellors and psychotherapists are trained to excel in relational and practical counselling skills, and have often undergone their own therapy.

Psychotherapists tend to work more deeply and with longer term clients.

Psychologists are trained to excel in thinking scientifically and theoretically.

Psychiatrists are GP’s who have done further study to become specialists in medications. Most psychiatrists are not trained in counselling or therapy.

Our practice is fortunate to have psychologists who have completed further training to develop counselling and relational skills.

All of our counsellors and psychologists have equivalent training, most having Master’s degrees and the remainder having the equivalent in extensive training or long term experience.

Counsellors are registered at Registered and Clinical levels. Our Counsellors are registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

Psychologists are also either Registered Psychologists or Clinical Psychologists. Clinical Psychologists have completed extra study in a specialised area of interest and may become eg Educational Psychologists, Child Psychologists, Developmental Psychologists, etc. Our Psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

What is covered by a mental health plan?


A ‘mental disorder’ significantly impacts on a person’s emotions, thoughts, social skills and decision-making.

The following is the official list of mental health disorders covered under Medicare.

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Bereavement disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Co-occurring anxiety and depression
  • Depression
  • Drug use disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual disorders
  • Sleep problems

For further information, read APS Fact Sheet: Medicare rebates for mental health services provided by psychologists. The Mental Health Association of NSW has developed a useful set of Fact Sheets on Mental Illness.

Couples Counselling

Unfortunately, couples counselling does not belong under an eligible mental health category. Under the rules of Medicare and the advice of the Australian Psychological Society.

“Relationship problems are not considered to be a mental health disorder and therefore are not an allowable focus of treatment under Better Access.” (APS, 2013)

However, many psychologists and counsellors do practice in couples counselling. If you want such help, seek out a qualified couples therapist. Bridges Counselling has 6 couples therapists to choose from.

Areas We Work In


Personal
  • Adoption
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness training
  • Behaviour problems
  • Body image
  • Carer support
  • Gay/lesbian issues
  • Grief & loss
  • Life/personal coaching
  • Life transition & adjustment issues
  • Motivation in sport
  • Orphanages / Children’s homes issue
  • Self-esteem & self development
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Sex worker issues
  • Shyness & social skills deficits
  • Sport performance anxiety
  • Religious issues
Mental Health
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety & phobias
  • ADHD in adults
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Hoarding disorder
  • Mental illness
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Post-natal depression
  • Psychosis
  • Trichotillomania
General Health
  • Cancer support (clients and carers)
  • Chronic disease management
  • Enuresis/encopresis
  • Health-related problems
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Infertility issues
  • Memory problems
  • Pain management
  • Physical disability
  • Rehabilitation/injury counselling
  • Relaxation
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Stress management
  • Terminal illness
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Vision impaired
  • Weight management
Trauma/ Harm
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Adult survivors of sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Cult involvement
  • Disaster recovery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological first aid
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual abuse
  • Suicide
  • Victim of crime
Relationships
  • Conflict resolution
  • Cross-cultural
  • Divorce/separation
  • Mediation
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
Assessments
  • Vocational assessment & career issues
Educational
  • Academic performance
  • Intellectual disability
  • Learning difficulties
  • School issues
Addictions
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Drug dependence
  • Gambling
  • Impulsive behaviours
  • Internet gaming, social networking
  • Internet pornography
  • Smoking cessation
Work/Community
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Work stress
  • Workplace bullying
  • Workplace/executive coaching
Legal
  • Criminal behaviour
  • Family court issues
  • Legal report
  • Management of offenders

Ring us and we will offer you a choice of counsellors or psychologists qualified and experienced for your situation.

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