Our team of Psychologists at The Three Seas offer counselling for individuals, couples, and families. We have specialists in the fields of relationship therapy, anger management, couples counselling, child psychology, and other individually tailored counselling services. You can find us in Melbourne at any of our 4 clinics: City (CBD), Inner Eastern (Richmond) and South Eastern (Knox) and (Brighton).
- 30+ Psychologists Team.
- 4 Melbourne Locations.
- Male/Female Psychologists.
- Family, Couples-oriented therapy.
- Fully registered AHPRA.
- Medicare Rebates / Bulk Billing (conditions apply).
- Low-cost counselling.
- Open Late 6 Days/Week.
- After Hours appointments available.
- Genuine Warmth & Care
At The Three Seas we get asked alot of questions about counselling, particularly in relation to who might seek and benefit from seeing a Psychologist. To answer some commonly asked questions:
How do counselling services with a qualified Psychologist differ from that of a generic Counsellor?
It is a common misconception that all counsellors will meet a national standard or criteria in order for qualified practice to take place in Australia. Although it is true that a Psychologist can be known formally as someone who provides counselling services, there is a fundamental difference between a qualified Psychologist and a counsellor. You may notice that a counsellor is not something to be found few and far beyond; schools, institutions, various workplaces, and even e-health providers may offer counselling or coaching services per se, but the level of support and quality of care that can be offered is quantifiably different between a registered psychologist and a counsellor. The main difference lies in the level of qualification, and therefore, the extent of knowledge that has been attained. In order to proceed a career as a Psychologist, one must attain registration from a national body that we in Australia call, the APS (Australian Psychological Society), and in conjunction, AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) act as the sole informants of regulatory conduct among health practitioners in Australia. In order to gain registration as a psychologist, a minimum 6 year sequence of education and training must be acquired. In addition, a psychologist needs to meet the core competencies and adhere to all relevant codes of conduct set by the Psychology board. Of the dozens of counsellors, psychotherapists, and life coaching experts, only those who have attained registration through AHPRA can claim the title ‘Psychologist’. It’s important to make sure, for the purpose of gaining quality psychological care, that you seek professional help for any mental health concerns from someone who is registered.
At The Three Seas, we can assure that all of practicing psychologists are registered and adhere to the ethical guidelines set by APS/AHPRA. We offer high quality support and treatment for mental health and wellbeing; specialists in understanding the way people: feel, think, act, and interact.
How can I be sure my Psychologist is registered?
Its ok to simply ask what your Psychologist background is. It’s not uncommon for people to ask these kinds of questions upon booking an initial appointment. At The Three Seas we have a group of friendly receptionists who collectively form our esteemed Client Connect Team [CCT]. All of our CCT members are Psychologists in training, so they have the background education and knowledge to answer all of your questions.
What is the cost of counselling, and what if i need it but can’t afford it?
Please refer to our Medicare Rebates & Low Cost Counselling page.
How will I benefit from seeing a counsellor?
There are dozens of options for psychology services throughout Australia, and finding the right therapist for your needs is often the key to successful recovery and treatment. Research suggests that finding a good match between counsellor and client is the most significant predictor of successful therapy, even more important than the therapists’ training, experience, or approach to therapy.
You might be surprised to learn that counselling isn’t just for people struggling with mental illness or major life transitions. A therapist can help you navigate a host of issues, bringing clarity and progress to challenges you might not even have been consciously aware of!
I’m struggling with uncontrollable emotions, how will counselling help me?
It might not seem like it, but your emotions actually can be controlled, even when life is anything BUT controllable. The way you react to certain stressors doesn’t have to be negative, instead, you can learn to channel your feelings into proactive behaviours. Anger doesn’t have to be your reaction to bad drivers, and you don’t have to respond to painful life events with chronic sadness. Counselling services can help you to gain mastery over your emotions, empowering you to remain happy, calm, and insightful even in the face of painful stressors.
Importantly, your therapist can also help you determine if your emotions might be the product of a predominant mental health concern, or disordered thinking. Mental illness is common, with about 20% of Australians experiencing a mental illness every year. Mental health conditions are nothing to be ashamed of; instead, the right treatment can help you get back on track before you know it. Some common mental illnesses and their symptoms include:
- Depression: recurrent sadness, difficulty sleeping or getting out of bed, appetite changes, anger, hopelessness, guilt, shame, difficulty concentrating, inability to enjoy previously beloved hobbies and activities.
- Generalised anxiety disorder: chronic anxious thoughts and feelings, racing heart, muscle tension, unexplained aches and pains.
- Post-traumatic stress: recurring intrusive memories or flashbacks of the traumatic event, anxiety, depression, nightmares, phobias, emotional reactivity, anger.
- Personality disorders: difficulty with relationships, unusual emotional reactions, behaviour that is harmful to yourself or others, extreme emotions.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder: anxiety and paranoia, obsessively engaging in compulsive behaviour such as counting, tapping, checking locks, or hand-washing.
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: difficulty concentrating or listening, high energy, anger, trouble managing time and completing tasks, disorganisation, frustration, anxiety, depression.
You can’t think away mental illness, and no matter how happy your life is, mental health conditions can undermine your quality of life. If you have symptoms of a common mental health issue, seeking help from a counselling psychologist now remains the very best thing you can do to maximise your chances of feeling better within a few months.
What type of counselling do you offer?
The type of counselling that you require will depend on your circumstances and needs. Counselling is broad scope and it has been shown to help people with a variety of different issues. Here are some common problem areas that we often help with at The Three Seas:
How can you benefit from a Counsellor?
There are dozens of options for psychology services throughout Australia, and finding the right therapist for your needs is often the key to success. Indeed, research suggests that the fit between the counsellor and client is the most significant predictor of Therapy’s success more important even than the therapists’ training, experience, or approach to treatment. You might be surprised, though, to learn that counselling isn’t just for people struggling with mental illness or major life transitions. Indeed, a therapist can help you navigate a host of issues, bringing clarity and progress to challenges! Check out these signs that a therapist might be able to help you.
How can Counselling Services Help if your Creative Process is Stymied?
Creativity can unlock human potential and help your spirit triumph in the face of even the most challenging adversity. Whether you’re a creative professional such as an artist or writer or simply enjoy the creative process, your creativity can help you heal from more than you realise. Your creative side is like a window into your psyche. When the process stagnates – such as when you suffer from writer’s block, procrastinate on a new art project, or hate everything you produce – it’s a sure sign something’s going wrong in your inner world. A counsellor can help you determine what that something is, then work with you to put the pieces back together. And when your creative juices begin flowing again, you may be surprised to see how much happier, healthier, and stronger you feel.
See a counsellor if You Can’t Move Past Pain and Trauma
Pain is a natural part of life, and grief is normal when you’ve suffered a loss or trauma. There’s no “right” timetable for moving beyond pain. If you find yourself preoccupied with a trauma such as rape or abuse, can’t let go of the hurt from a breakup or divorce, or are struggling with ongoing anger over a past wrong, though, you’re only hurting yourself. Anxiety, sadness, and anger affect your health, interfere with your ability to lead a happy life, and can permanently change your behaviour.
The good news, though, is that a skilled psychologist can help you identify why you’re struggling to move forward. You are empowered to recognise how feeling stuck can harm you, and then get insights for how to go forward into contentment.
Melbourne counsellors can help if You Can’t Seem to Kick a bad habit to the kerb
Habits are notoriously difficult to break. Whether you’re struggling to quit yelling at your kids or facing a more challenging battle, such as the fight to stop smoking, our counselling services can help you to stay away from these bad habits. Your psychologist will work to help you understand why you have the habit, what purpose it serves in your life, and how eliminating it will make your life better. After that, you’ll collaborate to devise strategies for permanently giving the habit up, and your psychologist will provide ongoing support and advice as you work to abandon unhealthy choices.
Your Relationship Is In Trouble
Just as it takes two people to make a relationship, destroying a relationship requires two people as well. If you find yourself overwhelmed by problems in your relationship, the odds are good that both you and your partner can benefit from counselling. Your therapist will help you understand a host of relationship dynamics, including:
- How your behaviour affects your partner’s choices
- The cycles and phases through which your relationship goes
- Whether it’s possible to save your relationship
- How to sustain feelings of love even when you’re stressed
- How your previous relationships affect this one
- Whether your behaviour in your relationship is healthy or harmful
- Whether your partner is the right person for you
- How to navigate conflicts healthily.
- How to create a relationship that nurtures a loving, clean environment for your children
- How to – if necessary – leave your relationship in a way that minimises damage to both you and your partner
Many people who seek psychologist’s help are stunned to see how quickly it helps them understand how a few changes in their relationship can make a significant difference, even when their partner doesn’t participate. A few simple changes in your behaviour can mean the difference between troubled relationships and the beginning of lasting love, and this is certainly worth the price of a few sessions with a psychologist.
You Have Trouble Making and Keeping Friends or Romantic Partners
Humans are, almost by definition, social creatures. If your life is remarkably devoid of friends or romantic partners, then, you could be in for a bumpy ride. Having other people with whom to share your challenges can protect you against depression, stress, addiction, and a host of other problems. Moreover, having loved ones to share your life with simply makes life better. But what if your life is a somewhat lonely one? Your therapist can help.
There could be many reasons you’re alone and require someone to understand you. Maybe your relationship style is the problem, or perhaps you’re so introverted that you’re scared to talk to and get to know new people. Maybe you choose the wrong people with whom to pursue friendships or relationships, and this inevitably leads to dramatic and painful endings. No matter what the issue is, the right psychologist can help you get to the bottom of the problem and then begin implementing new solutions. As you start incorporating new people into your life, your therapist can offer you feedback on solidifying and begin nurturing these burgeoning relationships.
You’re Unhappy With Your Life
Life is deceptively short, and you just don’t deserve to spend your life miserable. Sometimes unhappiness is the product of undiagnosed depression. In other cases, it results from a host of challenges that, on their own, might be manageable but that, when taken together, leave you feeling overwhelmed and drained. Maybe you don’t know why you’re unhappy. The fact remains that a therapist can help. Your therapist will work with you to identify the causes of your unhappiness. From there, you’ll begin devising goals for breaking out of your pain, then work to find healthy ways of coping with life’s stress.
You Need Help Achieving Goals
If goals were easy to reach, everyone would be a celebrity living in a penthouse surrounded by adoring fans. Long-term goals take long work, and often, the goals you thought you’d achieve by now turn out to be much more challenging and evasive than you originally anticipated. No matter how lofty the goal, your therapist can help you make it by:
- Helping you understand why you want to achieve a specific goal; sometimes we set goals we don’t want to achieve due to family pressure, stereotypes about who we should be, and similar issues.
- Assisting you in setting reasonable goals, then breaking those goals into smaller chunks. A vague goal of losing weight is virtually useless without smaller goals designed to help you achieve it.
- Identifying barriers to achieving your goals. For example, if you eat to cope with emotional pain, then the emotional pain is a roadblock to losing weight.
- Offering you feedback on ways in which you undermine yourself.
- Helping you cope with common barriers such as stress, unsupportive loved ones, and loss of motivation.
Other People Make Your Life Miserable
Raylan Givens of the hit television show Justified helpfully remarked that if you meet a nasty person in the morning, you just met a nasty person. But if you have trouble with people all day, you’re the problem. It’s common to go through periods where no one seems to “get” you, where everyone abuses you, and where life seems to keep handing you obstacle after obstacle.
A therapist can help you navigate these challenges in two ways. First, therapists will help you understand if you’re doing something to contribute to the problem. Perhaps, for example, people react poorly to your anxiety or to an anger management problem you have. Second, they can help you determine if you’re doing something that encourages negative people to enter your life. You might be scared of conflict, afraid to end a relationship, or attracted to people who mistreat you in a way similar to someone from your childhood. The psychologist can help you sort through the morass and arrive at a way to feel better around others and be treated in a respectful, loving way.
You Feel Like Something’s Missing
Maybe you’re not sure what’s wrong. Perhaps you only want your life could be better, but you’re not sure of how. Indeed, if your life is good, but you feel stuck or confused, it can make the difference between a mediocre one and one that stands out. Don’t hesitate to seek the help of a therapist if you want a better life. You may be surprised to see how much they can do, and how quickly they can do it!
What’s the process for seeing a Psychologist?
Get in touch with our friendly and professional Client Connect Team for an appointment. Call or email them, and they can find the best counsellor who specialises in situations like yours. The right therapist will work with you through the process and check with you that things are going in the right direction.
You may be eligible for assistance from Medicare. Our team will help you understand how to be assessed by your GP for a Mental Health Care Plan, which could significantly reduce your fees. Our team will also provide information which can help you to find the right therapist and the right location.