Counselling for Anxiety & Depression Sydney
If you’re looking for a psychologist experienced in treating depression, phobias, or anxiety in Sydney, you’ve come to the right place.
Each year, 1 million Australian adults experience depression and over 2 million experience anxiety. This means that you’re not alone! When it comes to managing your anxiety, what works is different for everyone, and it can take time to find the strategies that work best for you.
New Vision Psychology is Sydney’s leading provider of psychology and professional counselling services for those seeking anxiety and depression treatment.
Our therapists assist in finding an anxiety or depression treatment that works for you. When it comes to treating depression, treatment can range from cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and more. For anxiety disorders, our skilled and experienced psychologists provide tailored treatment and anxiety coping strategies for each individual.
Our Session Fees
A standard session at New Vision Psychology is 50-minutes in duration.
Depression & Anxiety Counselling in Sydney with New Vision Psychology
If you’re struggling with an anxiety disorder, phobias, or depression, you’ve come to the right place. New Vision Psychology’s registered and clinical psychologists offer a wide range of experience and expertise across these areas. Our team has a strong track record of providing psychological therapies and interventions for depression and anxiety, including:
- Acute stress disorder
- Chronic low mood
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Major depressive disorder
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Social anxiety or social phobia
Speak to a Psychologist for Anxiety Treatment Sydney
If you’re experiencing anxiety that is causing distress to your day-to-day life, it may be worth speaking with a psychologist experienced in treating anxiety in Sydney.
Anxiety can take on different forms and, for many, is a normal reaction to stress. However, if anxiety continues to get in the way of life, is persistent, or becomes more severe, then it can become extremely difficult to manage. If you have an anxiety disorder, a psychologist can work with you to identify the causes of anxiety and develop management strategies to help you cope with the symptoms of anxiety.
Not sure if it’s worth visiting an anxiety psychologist in Sydney? Speaking to a psychologist can benefit enormously if you are:
- Experiencing anxiety that is causing distress to your daily life. For example, if your anxiety is preventing you from being able to participate in work, school, social activities, relationships, or any other activities that you enjoy.
- Facing physical symptoms as a result of your anxiety. This may involve a racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing or swallowing, excessive sweating, or dizziness.
- Dealing with anxiety that is persistent and won’t let up. If you have been experiencing anxiety for a long time and it will not go away on its own, professional help can be extremely beneficial.
- Trying anxiety management techniques that are not working – such as breathing, relaxation, exercise or other techniques that are designed to reduce anxiety.
The New Vision psychologists and counsellors are proficient in psychological therapies across all anxiety disorders including generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety.
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Start Depression Counselling in Sydney with New Vision Psychology
Depression is a common mental health condition that can affect people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Depression and depressive symptoms are extremely serious, but also treatable. The most common types of depression include major depression, persistent depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, psychotic depression, manic depression, and atypical depression.
Each person may experience depressive symptoms differently and may not fit neatly into just one type of depression. Working with depression counselling Sydney experts at New Vision Psychology, we can help you to understand your depression, the symptoms, the potential triggers, management strategies, and create a unique treatment plan for your condition.
Our mental health professional support will be beneficial if you:
- Have lost interest in things that you used to enjoy or be passionate about
- Are regularly experiencing feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Have lost your appetite and are not sleeping well
- Are having poor concentration on anything
- Are experiencing distressing thoughts of self-harm or suicide
When it comes to managing depression, professional depression counselling is one of the most effective depression treatment methods available. If you are experiencing any of the above, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know which therapist or therapy is best for me?
We have more than 25 therapists practising different counselling styles and psychological therapies, catering to a wide range of needs. You can utilise our Find Your Best Fit Psychologist online tool or give us a call at 1300 001 778. Our clinical intake team works closely with all our psychologists and are professionally trained to match you with the best therapist for your specific mental health needs.
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New Vision Psychology’s team of professional, diligent, and compassionate clinical psychologists, registered psychologists, and clinical counsellors are experienced in psychological therapies as depression and anxiety treatment. Treatment can vary greatly, depending on your psychologist, their therapy methods, and the type of depression you’re experiencing. Psychologists often utilise CBT, IPT, or psychodynamic therapy, as well as provide self-help strategies that can alleviate the symptoms of depression.
Whether you’re looking for ‘Psychologist for anxiety Sydney’, or ‘Depression counselling near me’, New Vision Psychology is here to help. With clinics located in Burwood, Castle Hill, Chatswood, Hurstville, and Sydney CBD, we are confident that we have the right psychologists to provide the best possible outcome for your needs.
Can I choose who will be my psychologist and what if we don’t click?
We encourage you to browse through our team to see if there is a psychologist that stands out for you.
We have clinical psychologists and registered psychologists who are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Bengali, Hindi, Afrikaans, Norwegian and Croatian, so if you prefer to speak your mother tongue, you can!
All our psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia with many being members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
It is important that you feel comfortable with your psychologist when seeking help for depression treatment or anxiety, so it is 100% okay to change the psychologist you are seeing if it is not working.
We encourage you to provide us with feedback immediately if you feel your psychologist does not understand your situation, or if you feel they are unable to help. Please call us on 1300 001 778 to discuss.
What is the difference between depression or anxiety treatment and general counselling?
Depression and anxiety are both specific mental health conditions that are characterised by a set of symptoms, causes, and psychological treatments. While very different, managing anxiety or depression will often involve specialised therapy, techniques, and strategies that have been proven to be effective in addressing anxiety disorders or depression.
On the other hand, general counselling is more broad, not specific to anxiety or depression, and may encompass a wide range of psychological therapies and techniques. General counselling may help to address a wide range of concerns and will often cover areas of relationships, families, careers, life transitions, self-esteem, and more.
General counselling can be beneficial for both depression and anxiety. However, if you are experiencing symptoms specific to anxiety disorders or a type of depression, it may be best to seek support from a clinical psychologist or registered psychologist who is specifically trained in these areas, such as depression treatment, and can provide more targeted support for the condition and the symptoms you’re dealing with.
What kind of problems can therapy help me with?
Seeing a psychologist, therapist, or counsellor can help you to identify and work through a wide range of issues. Here is a list of common areas that our psychologists can help with:
- Generalised anxiety disorder: GAD is the most common type of anxiety, characterised by excessive stress, worry, or tension, even where there is nothing to provoke it.
- Panic disorder: A disorder characterised by sudden and recurrent panic attacks.
- Social anxiety disorder: The fear of social situations and the fear of being rejected or judged in social situations.
- Specific phobias: Phobias refer to a type of anxiety characterised by extreme fear of a specific situation or object.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder: OCD, while no longer officially classified as an anxiety disorder, has a significant anxiety component. It is characterised by persistent, regular thoughts or behaviours that a person feels compelled to perform and is unable to ignore.
- Major depression: A type of depression characterised by strong and ongoing feelings of hopelessness, sadness, worthlessness, and a lack of interest in activities or things that were previously enjoyable.
- Persistent depressive disorder: PDD refers to a type of depression that involves persistent, low-level depression with a wide variety of symptoms, often lasting for at least two or more years.
- Bipolar disorder: BPD, also known as manic depression, is a type of depressive mood disorder where elevated and depressive moods are experienced in bouts.
- Seasonal affective disorder: SAD refers to a type of depression that occurs during the winter months as a result of less natural sunlight.
Although there is no causal connection between both disorders, it is common for people to suffer from both anxiety and depression. Seeing a psychologist can help you to understand the type of anxiety or depression you’re experiencing, provide professional insights, and deliver personalised, tailored strategies to improve day-to-day life. A psychologist will also provide long-term treatment and support if required.
Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
You do not need a referral to see a psychologist. A referral is only necessary if you want to claim a Medicare or SIRA/Workcover rebate.
How do I get a Medicare rebate?
Make an appointment with your GP to get a Mental Health Treatment Plan and bring it to your first session. This will enable you to claim a Medicare rebate of $136.35 (for a clinical psychologist) or $92.90 (for a registered psychologist) per session for a maximum of ten sessions per calendar year.
Medicare rebates are provided immediately after each session.
We do not offer bulk-billed sessions through Medicare.
What if therapy doesn’t work for me?
For therapy to be effective, it’s important to have a good therapeutic relationship and have clear and realistic expectations for your treatment outcomes. You must also take an active role in managing your therapy and put in the work outside of the treatment room.
If you find that something isn’t working for you or if your therapist says something that you find unhelpful, it’s important to let them know. Every psychologist has an ethical obligation to explore different options to facilitate your care. Feedback enables your therapist to develop a new plan to overcome barriers. Therapy is flexible and adapts to the client’s needs – your therapist may take a different approach or intervention, or refer you to another psychologist with a different skillset. Sometimes, clients may be referred back to their GP for further assessment or a psychiatrist to add a pharmaceutical treatment.
What are the different therapies used by New Vision Psychology?
There are several different types of therapy that are effective in managing and treating specific mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. The most common include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: CBT is often used within both anxiety treatment and depression treatment. The aim of CBT is to help individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to anxiety or depression.
- Interpersonal Therapy: IPT is a type of therapy often employed in treatment for anxiety and depression. IPT focuses on improving relationships and communication skills in an effort to alleviate the isolation often experienced with these conditions.
- Psychodynamic Therapy: This type of therapy focuses on understanding, untangling, and resolving conflicts felt unconsciously that are contributing to anxiety or depression.
- Dialectal Behaviour Therapy: DBT combines CBT with proven mindfulness techniques to help regulate emotions and improve overall coping skills.
Other anxiety or depression treatment methods may also include medication, group therapy, and exposure therapy. It’s important to understand that each treatment method and type of therapy will depend on the individual and their specific needs. For many, seeking help will involve multiple types of therapy and treatments. Your initial consult with a New Vison Psychologist will involve discussing your condition, your needs, and the most appropriate support for you.