Frequently asked questions

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


There are many reasons why people seek therapy; grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship and family functioning, are among the most common. Some of these issues may feel tolerable, while others feel overwhelming, and unmanageable. In my experience, the most frequent reasons why people seek professional help are:

  • Friends and family can’t be your only outlet
  • Attention to selfcare
  • Assistance to realise alternative perspectives
  • Finding meaning behind difficult situations
  • Discovering new coping mechanisms

Therefore, regardless of the problem, therapy can help you to overcome current stressors, arm you with the skills to effectively manage in the future, and be an important component of your overall health and wellbeing.




What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?


Psychologists and Psychiatrists both work in the area of mental health. There are however, some significant differences between the two professions, with each having their own areas of expertise and skills. Psychiatrists have completed a medical degree and further study related to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. They are also able to prescribe medications as part of the treatment.

Psychologists are health professionals who have at least 6 years of training in the field of psychological treatments, for mental health issues. They use a variety of treatments to help people learn to cope with difficulties and to develop skills to prevent ongoing issues. There is considerable research supporting the effectiveness of psychological therapy. When indicated, Psychologists are also able to work in collaboration with General Practitioners or Psychiatrists, to provide the best possible treatment for their client.




How often will I need therapy?


Every person has a different journey through therapy, and this is largely due to the nature of your concerns and your goals for therapy. The initial 3 sessions are typically conducted on a weekly basis. Sessions are then moved to fortnightly, and then tend to become less frequent, as positive changes occur. Extended time between sessions allows you to consolidate learnings, while staying connected with your therapist for regular progress reviews. However, frequency is always determined on a case by case basis, and discussed with you during your sessions.




Do I need a referral?


No you don’t need a specific referral to come and see a Psychologist. However, should you wish to claim rebates from Medicare or Work Cover, you will need a referral from your GP, including a Mental Health Care Plan. More information on rebates is available in the 'Fees and Rebates' section of this website. While a referral is not required, as an advocate for a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing, it is recommended that your GP is aware of any potentially contributing factors to your physical health and wellbeing.




How long does each therapy session take?


Sessions are generally 50 – 60 minutes in duration. Initial sessions can sometimes take a little longer. At your first appointment, you will also be required to complete several forms.




What are the appointment times?


Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The first appointment time available is 8am, and the last appointment time available is 5pm.

Appointments are also available on a Thursday, from 8am until 12pm.




Where are you located?


I am located in Burleigh Heads, on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Office Address:

Sage Psychology at Burleigh

Unit 3, 79 West Burleigh Road

Burleigh Heads QLD

Ground floor, next to Intrapac Property




Is parking available?


Yes, there is an underground carpark available, in addition to ample on and off street parking, around the complex.




Do you bulk bill?


I do not offer a bulk billing service. Certain criteria may meet eligibility for a concessional rate, but will need to be discussed at the time of initial contact.




Is your clinic wheelchair accessible?


Yes, the clinic is located on the ground floor, and is wheelchair accessible.





If you have any questions that are not listed above, please feel free to contact me via phone or email to discuss.

Leanne Fendley Psychologist