There are many barriers to getting mental health care with stigma being the biggest deterrent.
One of the main barriers in a multicultural city such as Sydney is language. We understand that it can be difficult for people who have English as a second language to find the right mental health professional.
Counselling Services In Chinese (Mandarin / Cantonese)
With over 10 percent of Sydney’s population made up of Chinese Australians, there are limited options when it comes to providing professional mental health support for the Chinese community.
At New Vision Psychology, our professional counselling services are available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and in 2017, Sydney North Health Network commissioned us to provide Short Term Psychological Therapies to people of Chinese background living in the Northern Sydney region (press release).
Our psychologists are available at our Sydney CBD, Hurstville and Chatswood locations. This allows us to provide much-needed mental health services to all Australians and people of Chinese ethnicity.
This is because a Chinese-speaking psychologist can provide greater cultural sensitivity for an Australian Chinese. This can be a significant benefit for those who may find it a better cultural fit to speak to a psychologist from their cultural background and in their native tongue. From our experience, having a Cantonese or Mandarin speaking counsellor has helped give access to mental health care to the older generation.
The availability of these services through different languages removes the language barrier and will ensure that your psychologist will give you the best possible experience and help needed. It is another step for making professional counselling services more accessible.
A standard session at New Vision Psychology is 50-minutes in duration. This applies for both counselling and assessment services. The Australian Psychological Society recommends a $260 consulting fee for a 45-60 minute session (source).
Psychology is the study of the mind, its functions and influencers including the way human beings process information, feelings, external world factors, including biological processes that drive our human functions and behaviours.
Clinical psychology is where psychologists apply this information and understanding of the function of the mind to real life situations and problems to help people, communities and societies to solve issues and improve the quality of life.
Within the past decade, there has been a greater emphasis placed upon the awareness of mental health and the importance of looking after your mental health. As society becomes more complex, more and more individuals face daily issues that have significant impacts on their mental health. The recognition of the importance of self-help has led society to understand that it is now just as important to look after your mental health, as it is your physical health.
This is where psychologists, therapists, social workers and counsellors come in.
An increasing number of people are seeing psychologists as awareness of the importance of mental health gains popularity. Seeing a psychologist can be beneficial for your mind and health.
One of the biggest benefits of seeing a psychologist is the ability to gain a new perspective. A psychologist can provide an outside perspective on certain issues that may be clouded by your own personal judgement. It can be difficult to understand the roots of any issues and the next steps to take in order to move forward if your judgement is clouded.
Other benefits to seeing a psychologist is learning new ways to handle problems or stressors in your life, helping provide individualised methods of handling your problems and the ability to share things you may not feel comfortable letting your friends and family know. All information is confidential and you are able to gain advice and help without the judgement of others.
Most people come to us for a face-to-face session. We have four convenient locations across Sydney:
- Burwood: serving inner west and Western Sydney suburbs.
- Chatswood: covering the North Shore region including Roseville, Lane Cove, St Leonards.
- Sydney CBD: near Wynyard, it is convenient for people who live or work around the city.
- Hurstville: serving Sydney South and Sutherland Shire.
Many individuals, when dealing with mental health issues tend to rely on the support of family and friends. Whilst it is incredibly important to have the support of family and friends, psychologists have the professional training and clinical skills to help individuals learn how to effectively understand and handle the issue.
Psychologists are trained in helping and giving advice to individuals about a range of different issues.
Whether you are suffering from:
- Depression/ postnatal depression
- Severe stress
- Anger management issues
- Relationship issues/relationship breakdown
- Domestic violence/Family violence
- General tough times
- Self-esteem issues
Psychologists are focused on helping individuals, providing support and advice as to how to handle these situations. They are qualified to understand individual needs, meaning that each individual experience with a psychologist will be different. Many individuals are opting to implement seeing a psychologist into their life, as good mental health is important to having an overall healthy lifestyle.