FIND JOY IN THE JOURNEY

COUNSELLING FOR STRESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & TRAUMA

My practice focuses on adults and the challenges experienced in their lives and helping them realise the choices that are available to them. I am a firm believer of changing the things we can and accepting the things we can’t. Let me help you decide which is the right path for you as one of my strengths is thinking outside the box. It may feel like you are stuck where you are and there is no hope of anything changing but change for a better life is always possible.

SPECIAL INTERESTS –
COUPLES / RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING, ANXIETY & TRAUMA

PLEASE SEE MY VIDEO ON MY “ABOUT ME” PAGE FOR A BRIEF INTRODUCTION.

THE TOP 4 THINGS TO LOOK FOR ON HOW TO PICK A GOOD PSYCHOLOGIST

Hi I’m Christine Simpson psychologist, here on the beautiful gold coast at mermaid beach. I would like to assist you in finding a good psychologist and the right psychologist for you.  Psychology covers such a wide area that it can be daunting trying to find the right one. I have created this page to help you find your solution quickly. Feel free to either scan over the important highlighted headings or read through my helpful tips for finding the best psychologist for you. This can ultimately can saving you so much time and money if you can get it right the first time.

WHEN DOING YOUR RESEARCH THESE ARE THE TOP 4 THINGS TO LOOK FOR.
  1. Does your psychologist provide the service you require.
  2. Is your psychologist the right fit for you.
  3. Does your psychologist provide value for money.
  4. Is your psychologist available in the time frames you need.

IF YOU THINK I MIGHT BE THE RIGHT PSYCHOLOGIST FOR YOU – YOU ARE WELCOME TO CALL (PLEASE LOOK BELOW AT LEAST AT THE HEADINGS FIRST – TO SEE IF I MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU)

Apart from searching websites you can always call the psychologists office to check if you have the right psychologist for you. I answer my own calls so you are welcome to contact me if you think I am the right psychologist for you. Please leave a message if I am not available so that I know it is a potential client call and can get back to you as soon as possible. You may find me on other sites however, it is really important in building my business that you call me directly on my number I would much appreciate that.

$10 DISCOUNT FOR EACH SESSION – THAT IS, $160 AND AFTERHOURS $170.

This discount is available if you make your appointment directly with me only. When you call I will ask how you found me and if you mention the website I will offer this discount. This is not available for concession card holders as those fees are already substantially discounted. See fees pages for more information.

DOES YOUR PSYCHOLOGIST PROVIDE THE SERVICE YOU REQUIRE.

Psychologist may see all ages and types of issues in fact that is how I started out. However, I quickly discovered over time that I would rather become more of an expert in certain areas than others and focusing my training and experience in areas I am passionate about. This focus means I can provide a greater level of expertise rather than spreading my skills thinly across so many areas.

I am passionate about assisting individuals (18 yrs old to older adults) with anxiety and trauma.

Whilst depression is often a reaction to life circumstances and I do definitely work with depression as well of course, if it is a severe or long standing depression there may be other psychologists who have focused their experience there more. I particularly love seeing clients overcome anxiety and trauma quickly once they understand why this is occurring and how the techniques I use work so quickly. Providing relief quickly from distress that has often been plaguing clients for so long is so rewarding and I feel honoured to be able to assist so quickly.

I am also passionate about assisting couples.

I assist clients with the best techniques to work as quickly as possible to turn their relationship around. I don’t believe in therapy taking months and months or even years as some couples therapy does. I believe it is imperative to turn relationships round as quickly as possible to avert the risk of being too little too late. Because I have focussed my skills here I am able to analyse the issues quickly and provide the solutions as efficiently as possible too. I am a realist however and sometimes it is about assisting clients to part on well. This is especially important for the way forward and the lessening the impact on the children in the family. If couples feel they are going to separate if they have couples counselling and it doesn’t work out, at least they can look back and say, they did the best they could and tried to turn their relationship around.

Child Psychologists – As part of couples therapy discipline is often a hot topic which we work through however if you feel the main issue is all about your child or childrens’ issues it would be best to seek this type of psychologist.

Family Therapy Psychologists – if you need relationship therapy with a family member other than your partner this is the best psychologist for you.

Criminal or Family Law Court Proceedings – If you are looking at criminal matters, DVO’s or court ordered therapy in order to have supervised visits or see your child for example, it is important to find a psychologist who can provide experience in this area and ability to represent in court. I do not do court appearances or provide expert witnessing. This type of psychologist is harder to find but put the right terms into your search.

Clinical Psychologists – They assist with more moderate to serious mental health issues such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Autism, Personality Disorders such as Borderline PD.

Forensic Psychologists – They assist with assessments for court and assisting with past or current criminal behaviours.

Substance Abuse issues – Whilst I assist with some alcohol issues I do not specialise in substance abuse such as marijuana, ICE or heroin for example. Other psychologists may focus here and there is also dedicated organisations which assist greatly such as ATODS or AODS.

Disabilities – With the NDIS now operating widely you will be able to find psychologist who focus their skills in this area too. They will be registered with NDIS for this service.

Please note:  I do not offer any recommendations about psychologists in other speciality areas. Apart from the right search terms you can also look on the Australian Psychological Society website where you will find a searchable directory that should assist.

IS YOUR PSYCHOLOGIST THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU PERSONALLY.

Apart from focus, knowledge, expertise and skill set as mentioned above it is important that you feel comfortable with your psychologist. It is hard to define why we feel comfortable with some people and not others. Sometimes it is the character and traits of the psychologist such as knowledgeable, warm, open, honest, genuine and understanding. However, sometimes that is not enough. We all like certain personalities more than others. So it is important to know that no psychologist is going to fit with all clients. It is so important to feel understood and respect for your psychologist so make sure you look for this connection as well. Even a person’s voice or pace of talking can cause us to feel comfortable or not. Unfortunately I have had clients who have been to psychologists who have lacked empathy or acted superior and made them feel worse and I hope that has not happened in your life. Myself, I am open, friendly, honest and genuine. I also like to explain things in simple, easy to understand terms. I also have a good sense of humour so you might be surprised to find yourself having fun and a laugh in therapy sometimes.

DOES YOUR PSYCHOLOGIST PROVIDE VALUE FOR MONEY.

This is so important and is an area many clients do not know about. Different therapies take different amounts of time to complete such as psychoanalysis which can go on for years. I am so passionate about helping my clients to have progress and change as quickly as possible. We all want relief from what we have been suffering as soon as possible. Hence, I have been on a mission to find and learn the most effective techniques for my areas of special interest. Clients typically attend for about 6-10 sessions some less and some more. I have some clients who like to return over the years for different matters so you are welcome to continue longer if you like. This is very important as there are some therapies that will take months or years to do. I continuously learn from neuroscience findings and update my skills continuously to keep up with the most effective, most efficient and least intrusive types of therapy.  I like to provide all the skills you need so that you can really feel free to enjoy your life to the fullest. I find this empowers clients as they find with new skillsets they have all the tools they need to create the life they want. Please look at all the therapies I provide on my Therapies pages.  I tailor therapy to each individual client unless clients attend saying they want a particular type of therapy which I am also very happy to provide.

AVAILABILITY IS IMPORTANT TOO.

I take on only a certain number of clients as I like to be able to provide timely appointments. There is nothing worse than starting with a psychologist only to find out you have to wait a month or so to get your next appointment. I keep to a limited number of clients as I value the importance of starting therapy as soon as possible as a lot can happen quickly especially with couples. The first appointment is usually within the week. I also have follow up appointments usually within the week also. If you need after hours I provide Saturday appointments and may provide evenings in the near future again also. If I am on leave this may affect appointment times occasionally. This is usually only a week or the typical Christmas fortnight. I am also available by Facetime or Skype if you move or are unable to attend. Please note that this is not available under Medicare unless you in Rural areas covered by Medicare.

Some ingredients of a good life; if you have some of these you are doing well –

Healthy Mind and Body / Hope, Peace, Contentment, Love & Joy / Positive Relationships / Fun/ Healthy Self Esteem / Healthy Self Efficacy / Determination / Commitment / Self Discipline / Future Goals.