Why is your practice called “Inspirit Psychology”?

The name reflects the fact that I (Geoff) specialise in all the normal evidence-based mental health services that other clinical psychologist offer but also like to research and offer things that are less common in the field of psychology, such as spirituality and complementary approaches to healing.

Do you have to be religious or spiritual to see you?

Absolutely not. The majority of clients seen are not religious or spiritual at all and do not discuss these topics in sessions.

When you say “spiritual” do you mean Christian?

I do not mean Christianity or religion of any sort when I use the term spirituality. Spirituality is a very personal thing and refers to a set of beliefs and practices about transcendental phenomena that give meaning or purpose to life. Belief in God, gods, spirits, ancestors and karma etc. are all spiritual beliefs irrespective of any organised religion. Spirituality is at the centre of organised religion but it also extends beyond it. I work with whatever beliefs system the person brings whether spiritual, religious or atheist.

I see you have “hippy stuff” on your website. Do you provide just normal counselling?

The majority of services provided are normal, evidence-based psychological interventions. The exact same thing any other psychologist or counsellor in the community provides.

What training have you had?

I have lots of training in lots of different areas. I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology which means I have specialist training in all the common counselling approaches used by clinical psychologists. I also hold a tenured position as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical psychology where I teach psychotherapy, counselling and psychological assessment to psychology students.

I have postgraduate training in Imago Relationships therapy and am certified therapist in this method. I have also completed postgraduate training in Hakomi Mindfulness-based Somatic Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

I have training in yoga and meditation though the Yoga in Daily Life Association and further postgraduate training in the Krishnamacharya tradition of yoga. I have also completed a Certificate of Shamanic Healing with the Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society and have had further Shamanic Training with the Earth Medicine Society. I also have training in Ashati energetic healing.

Why do you talk about research on your website?

Psychologists spend years training how to do scientific research but most do not do research once they complete their university training. Instead most psychologists focus their business on seeing clients and their websites reflect this accordingly. My website is not just for marketing my mental health services but also to disseminate news about the research I’m involved in.

I need help but am not interested in your research. Is that okay?

Yes, absolutely. You will never be coerced to participate in any of the research being conducted.

Do you work with children and adolescents?

Unfortunately I only provides services for adults (18 years and over).

Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?

No. You can just email or call and make an appointment.

How much are services?

Ajna light therapy costs $50 per 30 minute session.

Shamanic Healing costs $60 per session.

Individual therapy costs $190 per session.

Couples counselling costs $210 per 90 minute session.

Can I get rebates for my individual sessions?

Yes, because I am a registered clinical psychologist you can get Medicare rebates of $124.50 per individual psychotherapy session if you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

However, Medicare legislation restricts the type of therapy that I can provide under and Mental Health Care Plan.

Can I get rebates for couples therapy?

Some private health insurers provide rebates for couples therapy. You should check with your service provider.

Unfortunately you cannot claim Medicare rebates for couples therapy. The only time this may be possible would be if one of the individuals in the partnerships has a diagnosed mental health condition and their partner attends one or two of their therapy sessions to support them with a targeted interventions for this problem.

Ultimately, you should discuss this with your GP as they determine who is placed on a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan and for what issues.

Do you bulk bill?

Unfortunately I do not bulk bill.

What happens in couples therapy?

Individuals will be taught to communicate effectively, explore their own needs and those of their partner, and also to problem solve to meet those needs. Out-of-session practice tasks will be provided to help further build connection in the partnership.

The sessions can explore past relationships and childhood experiences that have shaped your belief systems and communication styles. All shaming, blaming, criticising, cynical and attacking behaviour is eliminated immediately. It is not productive and has no place in building a collaborative partnership. That doesn’t mean hurts and frustrations won’t be expressed but I will teach you how to do this in a safe, mature and productive way.

Most people come to their first couples therapy session a little nervous but leave feeling like it’s been “no big deal” and quite relieving.

People wishing to have couples therapy will also need to attend a two day workshop in addition to their regular therapy sessions and purchase and read a set text on relationships.

My partner doesn’t want to come to couples therapy. Can you change his/her mind if I bring them?

When it comes to couples therapy I require both parties to be motivated and willing to “give it a go”. A little bit of uncertainty is normal but if someone just isn’t interested in any way then I’m happy to explain couples therapy to them but I’m afraid I won’t be able to change their mind.

Is parking available at the practice?

The practice is located on Boyle Street and unfortunately this street only has 1 hour parking. Your therapy session will usually go for 1 hour so I wouldn’t recommend parking on this street.

There are however a lot of adjacent streets with 2 and 4 hour parking. The Sutherland train station is also about 200 metres from the practice for those wanting to use public transport.

I’m interested in your research. How do I find out more?
How do I get in contact with you or book an appointment?

When I’m not with a client I’m likely in the classroom teaching so often it’s hard for me to answer the phone. You can try calling me on 0438 987 578 but I prefer to be contacted via email geoff@inspiritpsychology.com.au