Q: Do I need a referral from a GP? A: No, you can make an appointment straight away without any referral. In order to receive a rebate from Medicare for Psychological treatment, you must be referred by your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. For more information about Medicare rebates, click here.
Q: How do I make an appointment? A: To arrange an appointment is easy! Click on the book now button at the bottom of this page to be directed to our client portal. Call 02 7202 9474. Or email email@example.com.
Q: What shall I bring to the first session? A: If you will be claiming a Medicare rebate for the sessions – please bring letters of referral, a copy of your Mental Health Care Plan and Medicare card. If you wish to claim using your health insurance - your private health fund membership card. Think about what you would like to achieve from the sessions – your goals and how you would like your life to be different. Some people find it helpful to make some notes and bring them along to the first session. Q: What happens at the initial assessment session? A: A few personal details will be gathered – including Medicare details for online claiming, and you may be asked to complete a brief questionnaire asking you about how you have been feeling over the past week including today. Your psychologist will review any referral letters or copies of mental health care plans.
The two main aims of the initial assessment session are to: discuss the issues that have brought you to the session, and to outline how we can help you. You will be asked a series of questions about the main problems that you have been experiencing, including your feelings, physical symptoms, thoughts, and what you have been doing to cope with your problems. We will discuss how the issues have impacted your daily life and what stressful events you may have experienced in the years prior to the problems developing. We will cover your family and medical history, your relationships, your activity level, and your goals and expectations for the program. At the end of the session there will be a brief discussion of the session plan and an opportunity for you to ask any questions.
Q: How long are the sessions? A: All sessions, including the initial assessment, are 50 minutes duration.
Q: How many sessions will I need to attend? A: It depends on the complexity and the chronicity of the problems that you are experiencing. You will need to attend the initial comprehensive assessment so that a careful analysis of the problems can be undertaken. An individual treatment plan can then be developed, and you can collaboratively prioritise the session plan with your psychologist.