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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between psychology and psychotherapy?

Psychology is the study of the human mind through scientific means. A psychologist studies for 3 years at an undergraduate level, with a focus on statistics and research, and completes a following with one to two years of postgraduate study, focusing on clinical practice. Psychologist traditionally follow evidenced based practice and utilise models like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and committment therapy (ACT).


Psychotherapy as broad term refers to the use of psychological interventions within talk therapy. Whilst study pathways vary, the psychotherapists at The Spring Clinic have undergone a minimum of three years of undergraduate training with a focus on clinical practice, and an additional one to three years of postgraduate study.

They are trained in traditional evidence-based techniques but also incorporate a range of other theories and approaches to treatment. Contemporary psychotherapy often includes a focus on the body and the use of the therapeutic relationship as a means for relational repair and positive change.

Learn more about our practitioners to discover their unique training, interests and specialisations.

What is the cost of seeing a therapist at the Spring Clinic?

As a team of clinicians within private practice, pricing varies across our practitioners. An approximation of pricing is as follows -

  • Individual Psychotherapy or Counselling (50 mins): $110-130

  • Couples Psychotherapy

    • 50 mins: $130-$185

    • 80 mins: $220-240

Some concession appointments are available upon inquiry and based on practitioner availability. Please make contact for specific pricing in regards to a practitioner.

Please Note: Medicare Rebates do not apply to psychotherapy, counselling or couple's therapy, although range of private health funds cover these services.
What is a dose of therapy?

(How long does it takes to see positive change)

The therapeutic process is unique to each individual and varies based on how long they have been experiencing challenges, their history, character and presenting problems. In general, it can be a good rule to consider if a psychological challenge has been chronic, lasting years, or even a lifetime, then a reasonable amount of time will be necessary to "rewire" through therapy.

As a guide, a systemic study of research regarding "therapeutic dose" found that -



4-6 Sessions

Effective for low intensity therapy.

Weekly Therapy

Proven to accelerate improvement in therapy vs. less frequent sessions.

26+ Sessions

Effective for moderate intensity therapy.

What should I expect at my first session?

Finding the location of The Spring Clinic may take a bit more time on your first visit, as we are tucked into a discrete and quiet arcade, accessible from both lygon and drummond street. If you are having trouble finding us, please call The Spring Clinic or your practitioner for assistance. There is a range of free one or two hours parks on nearby street, paid 4 hour parking at "McArthur's square" or easy, accessible underground parking below the clinic in The Clocktower complex parking.

Upon arrival your friendly and inviting therapist will be there to greet you, get you a drink and give you time to access our on-site bathrooms if need be. The first session is about getting know each other, so you will be provided the opportunity to ask your practitioner any questions about how they practice and they will ask you a range of questions about the concerns you would like to address in therapy, your lifestyle, mental health and family history. Although clients often gain insight, the first session is not "therapy" but instead a time for the two (or three/four/five!) of you, to get acquainted, make sure you are a good fit and make some plans.

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