Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need to see a Psychologist?

All sorts of individuals consult with psychologists over a range of different issues. Many individuals who see a psychologist at Emotion Focused Psychology are generally successful people who may be troubled by emotions, feelings, behaviours, thoughts or concerns that currently prevent them from functioning to their full capacity or from feeling happy and fulfilled in their lives.

Life changes, new events or circumstances, and changes in relationships or work often trigger difficulties that can be troubling. Alternatively, some individuals have been struggling with difficult feelings or behaviours over a long period of time, and decide that it is time to get some help. Sometimes people have an inexplicable feeling of sadness or pain that they cannot get through and need help to understand the source of these feelings in order to become unstuck. In an initial consultation with Genevieve, these issues will be explored more fully.


How do I make an Appointment?

To schedule an initial appointment to discuss your needs, please call Genevieve directly on 0400 665 936. Should Genevieve be unable to answer your call, please leave a voicemail message providing your name and contact number and your call will be returned within 48 hours. 

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Hours of Operation and Location?

Genevieve has appointments available between 12pm and 7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays at Hurstwood Clinic Level 1, 16A Toorak Rd, South Yarra.


What is the Difference between a Psychologist and Psychiatrist?

Psychologists and psychiatrists both work in the area of mental health, and often refer to each other. There are some significant differences between the two professions with each having their own area of expertise and skills.


Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who have gone on to specialise in the field of psychiatry. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medications to treat mental illness (such as antidepressant medication for patients who have been diagnosed with depression).


Psychologists generally have at least six years of training in the field of psychological treatments for mental health issues. Psychologists use treatments (sometimes called “talking therapies”) that are focused on improving a person’s mental health without medication. There is considerable evidence indicating that psychological treatments are effective in assisting individuals with mental health issues (such as anxiety and depression). Many people who consult psychologists indicate that they would like to try psychological approaches to address their problem before looking at taking medication. When needed, psychologists also work in collaboration with GP’s or psychiatrists to provide the best possible treatment for their clients (such as when a person may need counselling as well as antidepressant medication).