A psychologist is a mental health professional, trained in understanding how people feel, think, behave, and interact. In Australia,
psychology is a regulated profession. Psychologists must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Psychology Board of Australia. Psychologists are also required to undertake ongoing professional development to maintain this registration.
You do not require a referral to attend appointments. However, with a mental health care plan from your doctor, you are eligible for ten Medicare rebates each calendar year. Rebates help to cover the cost of each session, lowering your out-of-pocket amount.
In your first appointment, we will explain how we work, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss the reasons you are seeking support, and explore your background history to help us understand what may be impacting your current experience. We can work together to decide how to best meet your goals.
Appointments typically run for 50 minutes, and are usually scheduled on a fortnightly basis, however we can change the frequency of appointments to suit your needs (i.e. scheduling on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis).
Psychologists are ethically bound to protect your privacy regardless of what information you choose to share with others. … If you have specific concerns about confidentiality or what information a psychologist is legally required to disclose, discuss it with your psychologist.
While the Australian Psychological Society’s recommended rate for a 50-minute session is $238-, our fees are set at $160- per session.
If you have a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP, you are eligible to receive a Medicare rebate which covers part of your treatment. Please note that a MHCP does not cover your complete treatment and there will be some out-of-pocket expenses. Please ask your GP for a MHCP. Payment can be made via credit/debit card, direct deposit or cash. Most private Health Insurance funds offer a rebate for psychological services, please check with your private health insurer.