Sydney Psychologists That Speak Your Language

Finding a psychologist in Sydney that will talk to you like a human being shouldn’t be a chore.

Our Psychologists' Approach

Cadence Psychology focuses on creating change that matters to you so that you can get aligned with your authentic self.

We believe that you come to therapy with everything you already need; our job is just to help you find it.

Our therapists are Clinical Psychologists committed to providing you with a safe space where you can be understood. As our name suggests we want to help you tune in to your inner wisdom and make change a reality.

After all, we’re here to collaborate not to dictate.

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How We Can Help You

Change starts with honesty. We won’t claim to be able to treat every problem on earth, but our Psychologists are great at collaborating with you to work thought the following emotional and life issues:

  • Addictions
  • Anger
  • Burnout
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Exam anxiety
  • Generalised anxiety
  • Geriatrics
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions
  • Motivation
  • OCD
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Procrastination
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Sex therapy
  • Sleep issues
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress
  • Time management
  • Trauma
  • Work/life balance

We focus on evidence-based treatments including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy to help bring about practical change in your life. 

Can't Make It To Your Session?

Should something pop up for you, we will always try to do our best and find you a new session time. But it’s important to know that if you cancel a session within 48 hours of your booking, we do charge a cancellation fee.

We ask this so that we have sufficient time to offer cancelled appointments to others who may be waiting to be seen by our psychologists and in need of care.

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First Time Seeing a Psychologist?

When you first contact us to make a booking we’ll find you an appointment and schedule in a time for an initial chat over the phone to determine your needs. We’ll also send out a Welcome Pack with everything you need to bring to the first session with your psychologist.

At your first face-to-face session (50 minutes) your psychologist will invite you into the room and conduct and initial assessment where the two of you can create a shared understanding of whatever you’re stuck on at present. From there the two of you will determine a pathway forward to achieve your goals.

Future sessions (50 minutes) will seek to implement your shared plan using a range of evidence-based psychological techniques and strategies.

Sydney Psychologist FAQs

  • What is the best type of psychological therapy?

    There is no best single form of psychological therapy. However, the most prominent and common forms of treatment have all been tested under randomised-controlled trials to provide their effectiveness. These include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Each therapy has the same aim of helping a client improve their well-being, with different approaches and terminology being used that are likely to appeal to different types of people.

  • What is the difference between a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist?

    In Australia, psychologists who provide therapy are all certified as registered psychologists by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). However, a subset of these psychologists are endorsed as Clinical Psychologists meaning that they completed additional training; generally either a Masters or Doctorate in Clinical Psychologist. Evidence indicates that both clinical and non-clinical psychologist are able to provide effective treatment provided they continue to engage in regular peer consultation and training.

  • Can every type of Psychologist provide therapy?

    Psychologists can be split into two groups: researchers and practitioners. Both groups have completed undergraduate studies in psychology. However, only Psychologists that complete post-graduate clinical or counselling training are able to provide therapy under the title "Psychologist". There are also groups of Psychologists such as Neuropsychologists and Organisational Psychologists that have completed post-graduate training in their specific fields but are not qualified to provide therapy.

  • Why do psychology sessions go for 50 minutes rather than an hour?

    Psychologists often see several clients consecutively. This means that they will allocate 50 minutes for psychological therapy and the remaining 10 minutes for administrative tasks such as taking payment, booking additional sessions, writing notes, and writing reports to doctors.

  • Why don’t Psychologists talk about themselves in session?

    Psychologists avoid disclosing personal information about themselves to maintain focus on the client’s needs and prevent boundary violations while operating within what’s known as the “therapeutic relationship”. This involves a client and Psychologist connecting to assist the client rather than meeting the needs of the therapist. Some forms of therapy are open to self-disclose if it serves the working relationship, but this is generally limited.

  • Will a Psychologist diagnose me in session?

    All Psychologists are trained in differential diagnosis. However, not all therapy models consider the medical model of mental health to be best practice. As such, some Psychologists will choose to provide you with a diagnosis, whereas others will prefer to discuss formulations of the presenting problems. In Australia, Psychologists are required to make a diagnosis to your referring Doctor in a letter if you have a Mental Health Treatment Plan in order for you to be eligible to obtain session rebates.

  • Does a Psychologist have to keep what I say private?

    Psychologists are not legally bound to maintain confidentiality. However, they abide by a code of ethics which requests that confidentiality be maintained between a client and therapist unless:

    • (i) the court subpoenas the client’s file
    • (ii) there is a significant risk of harm to the client or someone else reported
    • (iii) the client provides consent to breach confidentiality

  • How do Psychologists select treatment?

    Psychologists complete an initial assessment with each client during which they gather historical, emotional, and social information in order to create a formulation and treatment plan. A formulation is a snapshot of the client’s current functioning which involves things such as the maintaining and precipitating factors. A therapist will then use this to collaborate with the client to agree on the best form of treatment within the styles of therapy the Psychologist has trained.