Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions. Please don't hesitate to use the contact form if you have any further questions or require more information.
Q1 How long are psychology sessions?
Consultations are generally 50 minutes duration. In special circumstances a longer consultation can be arranged.
Q2 How many sessions do people usually attend?
The number or sessions is specific to the individual. Some individuals find that six sessions is helpful whereas other individuals require longer-term support. The duration of your treatment is part of the assessment process, is mutually agreed with you and can be reviewed at any time.
Q3 What sort of problems can a psychologist help with?
Many concerns can be discussed with a psychologist, from symptoms of psychological disorders through to life events and circumstances. Psychological therapy can help you to work toward goals of your choosing and learn skills to improve many areas of your life.
Q4 Is a referral from a doctor required?
A referral from a doctor is not required to attend sessions with a psychologist, and you are still able to obtain a rebate for a portion of the cost from your private health insurance (please contact your health insurance fund for more information).
To obtain a rebate for sessions from medicare, a Mental Health Care Plan is required from your GP or a standard referral from a psychiatrist. You will need to visit your doctor before your first session and discuss your psychological health concerns. A Mental Health Care Plan may entitle you to a rebate for a maximum of ten sessions per calendar year. Please speak to your doctor or complete the contact form for more information.
A doctor or psychiatrist referral is required for the cost of sessions to be covered by WorkCover or Alliance, and approval from your relevant insurer is needed.
Q5 What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist?
A clinical psychologist completes a degree in psychology (the study of human behaviour) followed by a post-graduate qualification in clinical psychology and a number of years of supervision while practicing in the field of clinical psychology.
A psychiatrist completes a medical degree before continuing study in psychology and pharmacology- hence they are able prescribe medications.
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