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What is..?

What is a Psychologist?

According the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Ltd.:

“Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods. Psychological therapies are widely used to treat individuals and families and can also be applied to groups and organisations. “

There are many reasons why people consult a psychologist.

Everyday problems, such as work stress, relationship troubles and coping with illness, can seriously affect your life. Addressing these concerns is vital to enjoying life and good relationships. APS psychologists can help with these situations. They equip people with the skills needed to function better and to prevent problems.

“Psychologists study human behaviour in their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees before undertaking supervised experience and gaining registration. They do not have a medical degree; however, many have postgraduate qualifications to specialise in various aspects of psychology, including mental illness. “Psychologists assist people with everyday problems such as stress and relationship difficulties, and some specialise in treating people with a mental illness. They help people to develop the skills needed to function better and to prevent ongoing problems.”

Why have counselling with a psychologist?

The journey or process of counselling can assist you with a number of issues, conflicts, traumas, etc., as described in SERVICES, Section: Counselling with a Psychologist.

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space in which your issues can be understood, explored, and worked with in effective ways so that you can successfully move through painful, difficult or draining experiences. Seeing a psychologist as your counsellor ensures that you are working with someone who adheres to a strict code of professional ethics and has been trained to meet the requirements of the National Psychologists Registration Board.

A psychologist will be able to identify, assess, and work with any presenting mental health issues that may be a part of one’s difficulty (within their area of competence and specialty). Often people choose a psychologist as their counsellor for the that Medicare rebates that apply along with being able to trust they are with someone who has undergone rigorous postgraduate training and registration, and is abreast of latest research and development on what works and why.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy has emerged as a procedure to be reckoned with in psychology.... Almost a million people have been treated....

Also, further research appears to support the remarkable claims made for EMDR therapy." - Reported in The Washington Post, July 21, 1995

"Where traditional therapies may take years, EMDR takes only a few sessions." - Reported in The Stars and Stripes, February 12, 1995

"New type of psychotherapy seen as boon to traumatic disorders." - Reported in The New York Times, October 26, 1997


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a scientifically validated integrative psychotherapy. It is based on the philosophy that human beings are capable under appropriate conditions of naturally moving toward greater health and integration. EMDR is used to resolve disturbing emotional material secondary to traumatic or disturbing events, as well as a means of creating positive emotional states, in order to facilitate natural growth and healing processes.

In the broadest sense, EMDR is intended to alleviate human suffering and assist individuals and human society to fulfill their potential for development while minimizing risks of harm in its application. For the client, the aim of EMDR treatment is to achieve the most profound and comprehensive treatment effects in the shortest period of time, while maintaining client stability within a balanced family and social system.