JSA Counselling Sydney

We’ve been providing counselling services in Sydney for more than three decades.

We’ve helped countless people with a wide variety of psychological issues.. from relationship problems, to family breakdowns and adolescent matters, grieving, addictions, sexual concerns, stress, depression and work related difficulties. We also run many educational programs.

We’re proud to say that many clients who saw us back in the last century have again chosen us to help them with other issues and have often returned to introduce us to new generations and other family members.

When is it time to see a psychologist?

When problems start affecting your enjoyment of life. Sure, we’re all going to have ups and downs, but they shouldn’t linger on… they shouldn’t be invading our thoughts, distracting us at work or short-changing our relationships.

You may be having trouble coping with any number of things — stress, anxiety, worry, anger, concentration, assertiveness or an ongoing disorder or dysfunction.

Psychologists can also provide excellent strategies for career advancement, teach workplace skills and offer techniques for dealing with difficult people.

How can a psychologist help?

By offering possible strategies. It’s a bit like the stubborn driver who won’t ask for street directions. He’ll waste a lot of time driving around in circles when it would be much easier to just ask.

Ask an experienced psychologist and there’s a very good chance that they’ve studied, seen and dealt with a problem like yours many times in their career. No embarrassment – they’ve probably seen it before.

They can offer you a strategy or coping skills that will likely last a life time. A great result for a small outlay of time and effort.

How long does it take?

It depends on how serious the problem is and what the client wants to achieve. We usually start with a 50 minute session with follow up visits every week or every other week. Again, depending on the issue, some people like to check in every couple of months.

Treatment plans vary. For instance, some issues may take just a couple of sessions, relationship and workplace issues will take longer and very serious problems may require a plan for continuing support. The Medicare Rebate allows for 10 sessions per calendar year which is probably more than most people require.

Stress

Stress can be at the heart of so many problems – mental and physical. We’ve all got stress in our lives, but how much is too much? What are the signs?

We suggest some stress taming strategies on the Articles page. Check them out. When it affects your health and your relationships it’s time to act. 

If you have been referred to us by a GP, psychiatrist or a paediatrician you may be entitled to a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions, and in exceptional cases, 18 sessions per calendar year.

In many cases, Medicare Rebates can be processed on the spot with the rebate deposited in your account.

More details are available on the Australian Psychological Society Medicare Fact Sheet.