Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods. Psychological therapies are widely used to treat individuals and families and can also be applied to groups and organisations.

People may see a psychologist for any number of reasons

Some specific issues that psychologists are trained to deal with include:

  • Fears, phobias, and anxiety problems
  • Eating and weight control problems
  • Improving relationships between people
  • Stress and chronic pain
  • Depression and grief
  • Sexual problems
  • Sleeping problems
  • Compulsive and addictive behaviour
  • Children’s learning and behavioural difficulties
  • Developmental disorders e.g., autism
  • Human resource management
  • Consumer and marketing psychology
  • Job analysis and design
  • Improving performance in sport
  • Personal growth

Everyday life problems such as workplace stress, family and relationship matters or coping with illness, can seriously affect your quality of life and relationship with others.

In such circumstances, it is important that you do not neglect your mental and physical health.

What happens at your first appointment?

We recognise that seeking psychological therapy can be unnerving, particularly when clients are unsure of what to expect in a typical therapy session.

In the first therapy session, the psychologist aims to gain a thorough understanding of both the client’s presenting problems and any relevant personal history that may be contributing to these difficulties. Having an accurate understanding of these problems allows the psychologist to provide the most effective treatment. Assessment will involve the therapist asking a range of questions within the interview, and may also include the completion of relevant questionnaires. Importantly, the first therapy session provides an opportunity for the client to express what they would like to achieve by coming along to therapy. Treatment can then be directed to supporting the client to achieve these goals. The therapist will answer any questions the client may have about therapy, and will explain what treatment options are suitable for their particular concerns. There are a number of consent forms to be read and completed in the first session to insure that the client has been made aware of what treatment involves, our privacy policy and confidentiality.

Generally, individual therapy sessions last between 50 to 60 minutes. Sometimes sessions may be longer to accommodate for special treatment requirements, testing, or group sessions (your therapist will advise you if additional time is required).

The problems and issues discussed in therapy are confidential. Only the therapist and a small consultant team of supervising psychologists will know the names of clients. Except in special circumstances directed by law, no information will be released without written consent from the client. To see our full privacy policy, click here.

Subsequent therapy sessions will focus on treatment, but may also involve further assessment if required. The first concern, after assessment is complete, is to outline a treatment plan that focuses on goals for treatment. Your therapist will fully explain what is involved in therapy before implementing the program, and will answer any questions you may have. The particular type of therapeutic approach will determine what is the content of treatment sessions. However, talking through difficulties, practicing skills, and being set tasks to complete at home will often be involved

What if I can’t make my appointment?

Simply give me a call to cancel or reschedule. Please refer to our cancelation policy below.

Cancelation Policy:

In fairness to all clients, we do employ a strict cancellation and rescheduling policy. If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment PLEASE ADVISE US BY 3PM ON THE DAY PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED APPTOINTMENT BY CALLING 07 5450 5673 or you will be charged a the full consultation fee.

We do aim to confirm appointments via SMS text, email or phone, however this is an additional service so please do not rely on this reminder.

Please be mindful of this policy when you book your appointment to ensure you do not incur a cancellation fee.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

 

 Fees & Rebates

  • 60 Min Session                              $ 135.00
  • Mental Health Care Plan:         Bulk Billed

Medicare Rebates

Medicare rebates are available for clients who are referred through their GP on a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). MHCP are designed to assist patients manage their chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.

For information regarding your eligibility to be put on a MHCP, please speak to your GP or visit the Medicare website.

If you are referred through your GP on a MHCP you are required to pay the full consultation fee at the time of your consultation then claim the rebate back from Medicare. The rebate for psychological services is $84.80 per consultation covered on the MHCP.

DVA

Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card holders will be charged according to the DVA fee schedule and will not occur any extra charges. DVA Gold Card holders will need a D904 referral fro their GP.

Private Health Funds

Most private health funds will provide rebates on individual consultations. The rebate will depend on your level of cover. Please contact your health fund to see what rebate you will be entitled to. No referral is needed to see us when claiming with private health.


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