Life rarely feels perfectly manageable for anyone all the time. Sometimes feelings of sadness can be overwhelming or just too prolonged or we might have difficulties with work or personal relationships that are causing anxiety, lingering worries or doubts. Sudden changes or new challenges in our lives can bring personal distress or an unanticipated, seemingly minor issue can occasionally activate memories, bringing up old issues from the past we didn’t even realise could still bother us. Sometimes habits that were once easier to manage might start to spiral out of control.
Any of these experiences can lead your doctor or other professional to refer you for an experienced, psychological assessment or for therapeutic support services. A GP will usually provide a referral and care plan that allows accessing up to ten annual rebates from Medicare, making attending consultations with a psychologist very affordable.