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What does a psychiatrist do?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists trained in the comprehensive assessment and management of psychiatric and psychological conditions.

Like other doctors psychiatrists make assessments and diagnoses as well as providing treatment. Psychiatric treatments include talking therapies as well as medications.

The therapists at Clear Sky Specialist Clinic have extensive training and experience in understanding psychological problems and providing treatment. The psychiatrists at Clear Sky Specialist Clinic use both talking therapies and medications depending on the needs of particular patients.

Our therapists treat patients with respect and courtesy. When it is appropriate, they work collaboratively with patients and their general practitioners.

Do I need a psychiatrist? Do I need a psychologist?

Psychological distress affects many people during their lives. It can arise for many reasons and at times can feel overwhelming. If you are feeling distressed to the point where it is affecting many aspects of your life, a psychiatrist or psychologist may be able to assist you.

A therapist may be able to help you feel more ‘on top’ of your feelings, but also to explore the reasons behind the distress.

Some people fear that you have to be ‘mad’ or ‘crazy’ to see a therapist. In fact, many people who benefit from psychological care are leading regular lives. Mental health conditions are illnesses like any other medical problems.

What happens when I see a therapist?

Seeing a therapist involves talking about your feelings.

You will not be asked to lie on a couch.

Consultations differ depending on individual patients, the phase of their problems and the aims of management.

What does a psychologist do?

A psychologist can help with everyday problems, such as work stress, relationship troubles and coping with illness, thereby helping a person enjoy life and good relationships, and equipping a person with the skills needed to function better and to prevent problems.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

The difference between a psychiatrist and psychologist confuses many people

Psychiatrists are qualified medical doctors who have done extra training to become specialists in mental health.

Psychologists have qualifications in psychology, but do not have medical training.

Both psychiatrists and psychologists use psychotherapy (also called talking therapy or psychological treatment) for mental health problems. However, psychiatrists, as medically trained doctors, can also provide medical care, prescribe medications, and admit people to hospital, if needed.

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and the Australian Psychological Society (

What conditions do the therapists treat?

The psychiatrists and psychologists at Clear Sky Specialist Clinic treat many different conditions.

These include:

  • Anxiety problems and excessive worry
  • Depression of all kinds
  • Obsessive problems
  • Postnatal depression
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Feelings of low self esteem
  • Dealing with lack of assertiveness
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Grief and loss
How many consultations will I need?

Each person’s situation is different, but you are in control of how many consultations you have.

Your therapist can give you advice or help you decide, if you would like this.

Can my partner/relative see the doctor with me?

Yes. You therapist might prefer to see you alone first, and then invite your relative to join you.

It is your choice whether someone comes with you to the consultation or not.

My partner/relative is a patient at your clinic. Can I speak to the therapist about my partner/relative?

For privacy reasons, this is only possible if the patient gives permission.

Can the psychiatrist admit a patient into hospital?

The doctors at Clear Sky Specialist Clinic do not admit patients into hospital; however, they can arrange an admission under the care of another doctor.

We are able to arrange admissions to a number of hospitals, including The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital in Buderim, Belmont Hospital in Carindale (Brisbane), Pine Rivers Hospital, and Toowong Private Hospital (Brisbane). Admissions depend on bed availability and specialist availability.