What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences our behaviour, from communication and memory to thought and emotion.

It’s about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today.
— British Psychological Society

Psychology is both a science and a profession, devoted to understanding how people think, feel, behave and learn.

As a science, psychology is the study of the human mind and its wide-ranging functions and influences. Psychological research advances our understanding of human emotion, personality, intelligence, memory, perception, cognition, attention, and motivation, as well as the biological processes that drive these human functions and behaviours.

In essence, psychology studies individuals and groups to better understand how people, communities and societies function and ways to help them thrive.

The goal of psychology is not just to study human thinking and behaviour, but to put that knowledge into practice, to help people, communities, and society in general to solve day-to-day problems and improve quality of life.

Psychology is therefore also a profession, devoted to helping people and the community find solutions to real life problems such as improving mental health and wellbeing, learning, performance, relationships, and societal cohesiveness.

As a science psychology functions as both a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice, one dedicated to the study of human behaviour - and the thoughts, feelings, and motivations behind it - through observation, measurement, and testing, in order to form conclusions that are based on sound scientific methodology.


  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Grief & loss

  • Abuse & trauma

  • Eating disorders

  • Self image

  • Self esteem

  • Relationship issues

  • Getting back on your feet after a life setback

  • Changing life long patterns

  • Personality disorders

  • Complex needs

  • Children with autism spectrum disorders

Who are our Psychologists?

We have two highly experienced Psychologists at Southside.

Elizabeth Anderson (Registered Psychologist)

Elizabeth Anderson (Registered Psychologist)

Sally Skewes (Clinical Psychologist)

Sally Skewes (Clinical Psychologist)

PSYCHOLOGY Treatment Techniques

Psychologists use a variety of treatments within their consultation. At Southside Clinic we offer:

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Psychology - Frequently Asked Questions


As Psychology is such a personalised treatment, our practitioners want to make sure you are the right fit for each other before beginning treatment.

Please call our clinic on 1300 10 11 22 to arrange a time for an initial phone consultation with either Sally Skewes or Elizabeth Anderson to discuss the possibility of future treatment.

Do I need a referral from MY GP?

Many patients are referred to Psychologists by their Doctors, however, as Psychologists are primary practitioners, you can make an appointment without a referral.

Under a Mental Health Care Plan, many clients can have up to 10 treatments per calendar year covered by Medicare. In these cases, you will need a referral from your GP.

How long will MY treatment take?

All appointments run for approximately 1 hour, unless your Psychologist books you in for a shorter or longer session.

Urgent support

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please use the available services below (all phone numbers are 24/7):

If a life is in danger call 000 - Website
Mental health emergency call 13 14 65 - Website
beyondblue (depression, anxiety) call 1300 22 4636 - Website
Lifeline (crisis support, suicide prevention) call 13 11 14 - Website

If you have any questions about the Psychology service provided at Southside Clinic please call us on 1300 10 11 22.