About Isa Psychology
Isa Psychology is located in Mount Isa providing psychological assessment and evidence-based treatment through psychotherapy and counselling. Psychologist, Paula Keating, is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. Paula has been working as a psychologist for the past 3 years in Mount Isa, North West Queensland region providing support to people dealing with challenging life events and mental health concerns.
Click here to learn more about Paula’s qualifications & experience.
Heather White founded Isa Psychology in March 2017, and Paula Keating took over Isa Psychology from April 2021. Paula provides psychology services from local health clinics, Mount Isa Medical Centre, and Sonic HealthPlus: Mount Isa GP Super Clinic. Head to our contact page for more information on clinics and availability.
Paula provides psychological therapy that is tailored to the individual. In a session you can expect her to listen and hear what you are experiencing without judgement. You will find her counselling style is open and flexible, as she aims to be sensitive to the individual client’s needs and their goals for therapy. Paula commonly assists people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, anger, communication and relationship difficulties, grief, and trauma.
Paula uses evidence based therapies, which include, but are not limited to Psychodynamic Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Progressive Exposure Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. Click here to learn more about Paula’s approaches to therapy.
Paula’s main areas of work are treating:
- symptoms of depression
- Anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic stress
- Adjustment difficulties
- Stress management
- Grief and loss
- Relationship and communication difficulties
What is a Psychologist?
A psychologist is a health professional educated in the science of how people think, feel, behave, and learn. To practice as a psychologist in Australia an individual must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and listed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. All psychologists must complete 4 years of approved psychology degree education with honours year, followed an additional 2 year educational programme which may be a Masters or an internship. Psychology has many areas which some psychologists specialise in such as organisational, clinical, counselling, health, education & development, of which they additionally complete 2 years of supervised practice to complete their endorsement.
Counselling refers to the process by which people are supported to share, explore, and resolve difficulties in their lives, and address factors which may be contributing to depression, anxiety and stress.
How to know if you might benefit from seeing a psychologist
Counselling with a psychologist will assist you to develop self-understanding and to make changes to improve the quality of your life.
Do I need a referral from a doctor?
No, however if you are referred by your doctor under a Mental Health Care Plan you will be able to receive a rebate from Medicare.
Employer Assistance Program (EAP)
Many employers have an EAP provider as an employee entitlement. Check with your employer . You may be able to access face-to-face counselling with the cost covered by your employer.
Coaching, self-exploration, or making life changes
You may not have a mental health concern, but wish to improve certain areas of your life, optimise your performance, or achieve professional or personal development goals. By analysing or exploring your behaviour, fears, wishes, and challenges, sessions can be used to explore these factors to build new life goals, to learn how to face fears, and to find courage to create a new path forward.