Counsellors vs Psychologists
What is the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist?
There is a wide range of variation in qualifications and experience among people who describe themselves as “counsellors”. The term “counsellor” is not a specific legal one and therefore people with a many different levels of counselling training use this title to describe themselves. Some counsellors have completed brief certificate-level training courses while others have completed University degrees.
In NSW Psychologists have all completed at least 4 years of full-time (or equivalent) University training in psychology plus two years of supervised postgraduate experience.
All the Parramatta counsellors in our practice are Clinical Psychologists, or psychologists who have completed their University training in clinical psychology. Clinical Psychologists have completed 6 years of University training in Clinical Psychology plus at least one year's postgraduate experience, or equivalent.
What can I expect from my initial consultation?
During your initial appointment a Clinical Psychologist will usually ask you questions to get a detailed picture of your problems so that they can develop a psychological counselling plan designed to resolve your problems. You will be asked questions about your current difficulties as well as questions about past experiences which may help in understanding your current problems. After the initial consultation your Clinical Psychologist will often be able to give you a rough indication of how many consultations may be required to reach your counselling goals.
Medicare rebates available to those referred by a GP under a Mental Health Care Plan.
Private Health Fund Rebates may apply in other cases. Enquire with you fund.