FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the fees for counselling sessions?
Fees for counselling / therapy sessions are specific to each practitioner. Fees for 50 minute individual counselling sessions range from $190 to $245 on weekdays, and from $235 to $275 on Saturdays.
Can I book my appointments online?
If you have already seen one of our practitioners, you can arrange your appointments online, just click here. If you are a new client and would like to arrange an initial appointment, please call our reception on 9456 0411.
Can I claim a rebate from my private health insurance fund?
Many private health insurance funds provide a rebate for services provided by psychologists. We encourage you to contact your health insurer prior to your appointment to find out whether your policy covers services provided by the practitioner you are scheduled to meet with. We offer HICAPS electronic claiming for your convenience.
Can I claim a rebate from Medicare?
Each of our practitioners are registered Medicare providers and clients with an eligible Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) referral from their GP can claim a rebate for up to 20 sessions per calendar year. From October 2020, psychology services are provided in consecutive sets of 6 sessions, 4 sessions and if needed, a further 10 sessions. A new GP referral letter is required for each set of psychology sessions.
Rebates apply for services provided in-person at our office and also via telehealth (online or by phone).
Please note that Medicare rebates are not available for:
couples counselling sessions, even if one or both partners have a Mental Health Treatment Plan
Psycho-educational, ADHD and learning assessments
Adult autism assessments
Sessions held with parents regarding their child's therapy if the child is not present at the session, regardless of whether the child and/or parent has a MHTP in place.
Do you work with clients who have NDIS funding?
Yes, we work with children and adults who have funding for relevant services as part of their NDIS plan. We work with self managed and plan managed clients only. Our practice is not a registered NDIS provider.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
No, you do not need a referral in order to attend counselling at our practice. However, you will be unable to claim any Medicare rebate without a Medicare eligible Mental Health Treatment Plan referral from your doctor.
What can I expect during my first appointment?
When you arrive for your initial appointment, our receptionist will ask you to read & complete a few forms which will give you information regarding our services and provide us with your consent and contact details. You may have already completed these forms if they were emailed to you prior to your first session. We suggest you arrive 5 minutes early for your first appointment if you need to complete these forms, to maximise the time available for your counselling session. If you have any difficulties or concerns about completing the forms, your therapist will be happy to assist you with this during your session.
If you have a referral letter or Mental Health Treatment Plan from your doctor, please bring these to your appointment, along with your Medicare card and give these to to our receptionist when you arrive.
During the session, we will first briefly explain important aspects of our service, such as the privacy and confidentiality of any information discussed in your sessions. We will then give you an opportunity to talk about why you have decided to attend counselling and what you hope to change or improve upon as a result of your sessions. We will also be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the counselling process. After discussing your concerns in some detail (which may take more than one session) you can expect us to outline how counselling may assist with the difficulties you are experiencing and what would be involved in any future sessions. If we believe there is a more appropriate practitioner or organisation to assist you, we will explain this and help arrange a referral for you.
What’s the difference between a Psychologist, a Psychiatrist, and a Psychotherapist?
Throughout Australia (and most of the world) Psychologists are registered by the government. In order to use the title ‘Psychologist’ in Australia you must have a minimum of four years’ university training in psychology and two years subsequent supervised professional practice. As part of their registration, Psychologists’ are bound by the Australian Psychological Society's Code of Ethics, which aims to safeguard the welfare of clients. The fact that the Psychologists Board of Australia registers all Psychologists provides reassurance for clients, as any concerns regarding the conduct of Psychologists can be directed to the Board for consideration. Psychologists do not prescribe medication.
A Psychiatrist is a medical practitioner who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medications and often work in conjunction with Psychologists.
The titles ‘Psychotherapist’ or ‘Therapist’ are not registered. Anyone who wishes to can practice as a Psychotherapist or Therapist. There is no mandatory training or qualification required to be a Psychotherapist. Some psychologists may also refer to themselves as psychotherapists.
What are your office hours?
We offer appointments from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. Our reception team are available to answer your queries or schedule appointments on 9456 0411 from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 4pm on Saturday. You can also click here to book online.