When should I see a Psychologist?

There are a lot of reasons that may lead to a person benefiting from the support of a psychologist. Some typical reasons why someone might be referred, or might independently choose, to see a psychologist include:

  • anxiety
  • depression 
  • behavioural problems 
  • sleep issues 
  • chronic pain 
  • grief and loss 
  • caregiving issues
  • relationship difficulties
  • significant life transitions
  • managing health-related behaviours
  • stress
  • developing positive wellbeing behaviours
  • and much more...

  • Andrew Whaites


    Andrew came to psychology with a wealth of life experience including about 15 years working in law enforcement roles, with other jobs in the import-export industry, dispute resolution and organisational consulting – along with a stint as a hotel cleaner and pizza delivery driver in his youth. Studying part-time, Andrew graduated with honours in psychology from Queensland University and in 2004 was registered to practise psychology while studying a doctorate in organisational psychology. However, while working in Centrelink as part of his internship, Andrew realised that he preferred helping people one-on-one. He opened his own psychology practice about ten years ago, wanting to provide a low-cost or bulk-billed service to the community. He is committed to providing help to those who need it, not just those who can afford it. Along with his private work, Andrew has worked in a hospital-based home-visiting service for several years. 

    Andrew has training and experience in advanced Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, advanced Motivational Interviewing and trauma-focussed therapy. Because continuing professional development is a must, Andrew is currently working towards an Australian Psychological Society practice certificate in working with older adults. Andrew has an interest in men’s issues, anxiety and trauma; and health-focussed psychology including adjustment to life changes and engagement in treatment, particularly for older patients. Andrew is able to accept referrals under Medicare, DVA, WorkCover or for private clients. He is also registered as a Garrison Health provider for serving members of the defence force.

    Further Information:

    For more information please visit the Australian Psychological Society website.


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