Frequently asked questions:

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What is the difference between Clinical Psychologist and Psychiatrist?

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Psychiatrists are qualified medical doctors who has clinical expertise in mental health needs. Psychiatrists conduct a comprehensive yet tailored bio-psycho-social assessments to derive a formulation taking into account the issues, your strengths and weaknesses to determine the most effective combination of medications, psychological and social interventions that uniquely suit your needs. Most psychiatrists are able to provide psychotherapies.

Clinical psychologists are mental health professionals who are trained in the psychological treatment of behavioural, emotional, mental and personality disorders.

If you have a referral from your GP or a medical specialist to see a psychiatrist, you will be eligible for Medicare rebate. Different rebates apply for different appointment types. Your GP referral is valid for 12 months and a medical specialist referral is valid for 3 months. The referral enables our clinicians to correspond with the referring medical professionals.

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Types of Medical Appointments available?

How soon can i get an appointment?

The estimated waiting time is variable and dependent on the clinician. The current wait time is approximately 2-3 months, however, we can place you on the waitlist and advise you if an earlier appointment becomes available

what will happen at your 1st appointment?

Your first appointment with vary between 1-2 hours and at times even longer. The duration of your first appointment depends on your circumstances, your age, and the style of the clinician assessing you.

common questions about mental health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

Simply put, this is when our mental health is not what we would want it to be. Finding it difficult to manage how we think, feel, act with respect to daily stresses could be a sign of poor mental health. Having continuous episodes of mental ill health could indicate a problem.

Mental illness itself occurs from the interaction of multiple genes and other factors — such as stress, abuse, or a traumatic event — which can influence, or trigger, an illness in a person who has an inherited susceptibility to it.

The five main warning signs of mental illness are as follows:
  • Excessive paranoia, worry, or anxiety.
  • Long-lasting sadness or irritability.
  • Extreme changes in moods.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping pattern.

A nervous or mental breakdown is a term used to describe a period of intense mental distress. During this period, you’re unable to function in your everyday life. This term was once used to refer to a wide variety of mental illnesses, including: depression. anxiety.

Treatment can involve both medications and psychotherapy, depending on the disease and its severity. At this time, most mental illnesses cannot be cured, but they can usually be treated effectively to minimize the symptoms and allow the individual to function in work, school, or social environments.

When is an evaluation or treatment needed?
  1. Marked changes in personality, eating or sleeping patterns.
  2. An inability to cope with problems or daily activities.
  3. Feeling of disconnection or withdrawal from normal activities.
  4. Unusual or “magical” thinking.
  5. Excessive anxiety.
  6. Prolonged sadness, depression or apathy.


  • depressive symptoms, such as loss of hope and thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
  • anxiety with high blood pressure, tense muscles, clammy hands, dizziness, upset stomach, and trembling or shaking.
  • insomnia.
  • hallucinations.
  • extreme mood swings or unexplained outbursts.

Psychotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of mental illness provided by a trained mental health professional. Psychotherapy explores thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and seeks to improve an individual’s well-being. Psychotherapy paired with medication is the most effective way to promote recovery.

medical cost & payments?

For the precise information about costs for each clinician and appointment type, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can advise on the approximate Medicare rebate you will receive and your out of pocket expense.

Get One Step Ahead Of Disease

At Connecting Minds Clinic, we are focused on improving mental health outcomes for children, adolescents and young adults. At the very heart of our expertise, passion and services, is ensuring we meet the evolving and unique needs of young people and those who support them. We specialise in the mental health care for children, adolescents, young adults and their families through a multidisciplinary family focused approach, encompassing medical expertise as well as individual and family therapy.


Suite 122/330 Wattle St, Ultimo, NSW 2007 Sydney Australia

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