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FAQ for a Clinical Psychologist

How much do the sessions cost?

The costs of sessions are:

Face to face sessions:  $240

Telehealth sessions: $230

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Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral to see me.  However, with a referral and Mental Health Care Plan from your doctor or psychiatrist, you are entitled to 10 rebatable sessions per calendar year.  With a referral and Eating Disorder Plan, you are entitled to 40 sessions per calendar year. 

See: www.psychology.org.au for further details. 

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How much will Medicare rebate me?

Medicare will rebate you $137.05 per session with a valid referral and Mental Health Care Plan or Eating Disorder Plan. As at January 2024.

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I have a referral with another psychologist’s name on it, is this OK?

According to advice from Medicare Australia, it is not a requirement that a referral be addressed to a named psychologist. If a referral is addressed to one psychologist, the client is not obligated to go to that particular psychologist. The patient can see another psychologist, provided they can provide the same psychological service. Source: www.gpmhsc.org.au

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Are there any other rebates available?

For Perinatal Clients:

Under a referral for Non-Directive Perinatal Counselling, a Medicare rebate of approximately $60 is available for up to 3 sessions for individuals who are currently pregnant or have been pregnant in the previous 12 months and are seeking support around pregnancy-related issues. 

See: www.psychology.org.au for further details and speak to your doctor about this option.

For clients with chronic health conditions:

Under a referral for a Psychologist under a GP Management Plan, a Medicare rebate of $58.30 is available for up to five sessions for individuals who have chronic health conditions. See: www.psychology.org.au for further details and speak to your doctor about this option.

Private Health

Some private health insurance policies include psychological counselling as extra cover. The amount rebated depends on the insurance policy, so contacting your insurer to discuss your options is advisable.

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Can I bring my baby to our sessions?

Of course, you can.  It’s important that I get to meet your baby, as understanding the dynamics of your relationship is a crucial part of our work together. There is lift access to my room, baby-change facilities and toys available for their exploration and play.  When planning to attend our sessions on a regular basis, it’s important to arrange childcare for some sessions, as elements of our treatment require reflection, emotional attunement and a focus on yourself, which is difficult, if not impossible, when you have your baby with you.

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How long does each therapy session take?

Our session will go for 50 minutes. I aim to use the following 10 minutes to process your payment and rebate and confirm your next appointment with me.

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When are you available?
For face-to-face appointments:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 7 pm.  

For telehealth: 

Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm.

Do you have any other questions?

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