Mental Health Services Available in Mandarin

New Vision Psychology provides psychological treatment in multiple languages so that clients feel more comfortable and understood. Such languages include, Cantonese, Mandarin, Chinese and Greek. Through the removal of language barriers, concerns and mental health issues can be more accurately expressed and consequently lead to the development of more effective, personalised treatments.

At New Vision Psychology, there are a number of highly skilled and experienced Mandarin speaking psychologists available. They can help clients who may find it a better cultural fit to speak to a psychologist from their cultural background.

Both male and female Mandarin speaking psychologists are available with extensive experience. Services cover both the northern and southern regions of Sydney, including North Sydney, Chatswood, Roseville, Willoughby, the Sydney CBD, the Hurstville area including Rockdale and Brighton Le Sands. Psychological services are also available for young people, including those who have problems with social anxiety, bullying, school stress, body image and eating disorders, as well as adjustment issues.

What is a psychologist?

There are many titles ‘thrown’ around in the mental health professions, and what it means to be a psychologist, psychiatrist or a therapist. Firstly, is there even a difference? Yes, but there is some overlap.

A psychologist is registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and has completed a minimum of six years of study, and between six to eight years of study for a clinical psychologist. This field focuses on studying the human mind and behaviours. Treatment focuses on behavioural intervention and assisting with emotional issues, through communication, coping mechanisms and psychological strategies. A psychologist may have a broad range of skills or specialise in a particular field such as developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and forensic psychology. They may also write research papers and make reports to educate others further. A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor specialising in diagnosing and treating mental illness, such that they can also prescribe medicine and are visited on a less regular basis. Finally, a therapist in the mental health field is a broader term for individuals/professionals who assist clients in mental health.

What would a psychologist do for me?

A psychologist can provide guidance and behavioural treatment for many issues and disorders. Such issues may include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD and ADHD. More general problems may also revolve around grief, financial stress, substance abuse and fears. A psychologist provides mental health care by being someone to talk to that is unbiased and removed from the situation at hand. However, they are also there to validate the feelings of the clients, identify why they are feeling this way, and develop a treatment for how to move forward.  Through their assessment, a management plan for recovery will be developed, to help the client cope with their distress. Types of treatments that may occur include cognitive behavioural therapy, a client centred approach, psychotherapy and psychodynamic approaches. Psychology sessions can also be conducted for relationship counselling and family therapy, where multiple family members are included in seeing the psychologist.

Specialised Areas

Counselling sessions are available across a range of issues:

  • Anxiety (including anxiety disorders and panic attacks)
  • Depression
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Anger Management
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Self Esteem/ Bullying Harassment
  • Stress Management

What is the process like?

It is important to note that the process is one of confidentiality, with the aim to create a safe therapeutic space. Upon the first session with a registered psychologist, an initial assessment will be required to understand the symptoms being experienced, and further, what are the most effective treatment routes for the particular situation. Questions may revolve around what the initial concerns are, family history, current work life and family situation. This is to gain a holistic view of the individual’s situation. By providing information on your condition, a greater understanding can be created about how to move forward, based on treatments that are safe and evidenced based. The psychologist may also explain what the treatment is and how long the treatment may take, although this is subject to change depending on the client progress.