Here are some common questions clients have before their first session:
Q. Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
A.You do not need a referral to see a psychologist, however If you have a valid mental health care plan and referral from your doctor you could be eligible for a Medicare rebate, the current rebate is $92.90.
Q. How many sessions will Medicare cover?
A. Medicare will cover 10 sessions when you have a valid referral from your GP. Your GP can initially provide you with a referral for 6 sessions then following a review with you they can provide you with a referral for a further 4 sessions. Referrals are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
Q. What does therapy cost per session?
A. This is not a bulk billing service and sessions will incur an out of pocket fee. I charge $170 for a standard 50-minute session.
Q. Can I use my Private Health to cover sessions?
A. Many Private Health funds cover psychology, however cover varies depending on the provider and your level of cover. Please check directly with your insurer to confirm your personal circumstances.
Q. Can I use my Medicare and Private Health cover at the same time for the same session?
A. No, you can only use Medicare or Private Health, you can not use both for the same session. Some Private Health providers do not cover psychology until you use up all available Medicare sessions, please check with your provider to confirm your personal circumstances.
Q: What types of therapy do you offer?
A: I offer a range of evidence-based therapies, including (but not limited to) cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and treatment is tailored to meet each individual's unique needs.
Q. Do you offer sessions via Telehealth?
A. Yes, I offer video calls via Zoom. I can also offer EDMR via Zoom providing you have a stable internet connection. Telehealth sessions are treated the same as a face to face appointment and require you to have a private location where you will not be interrupted. Activities such as shopping or operating a vehicle during a session are not acceptable and I would be unable to proceed with your appointment.
Q: How long are therapy sessions?
A: A standard therapy session is typically 50 minutes long.
Q: Is therapy confidential?
A: Yes, confidentiality is taken very seriously and all psychologists must adhere to strict ethical and legal guidelines to protect our clients' privacy.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: The number of sessions varies depending on the individual and their specific needs and goals. Clients with complex trauma presentations are likely to need more sessions than someone with a less complex presentation. Some people may need less than ten sessions while others may require longer term therapy that can last months or years and can be continuous or episodic, depending on individual needs.