How many appointments will I need?

Appointments are normally of one hour duration, although cognitive assessments may be structured differently. Couple therapy may also require slightly longer appointments. The number of appointments required by each person varies considerably depending on the nature of the consultation. This is usually talked about at the initial session when assessment and treatment options are discussed.

How does confidentiality work?

Clinical psychologists are bound by ethical and legal guidelines that prevent them from sharing with any third party what you have said to them without obtaining your consent first. There are exceptions to this however, if the Clinical Psychologist you are seeing thinks that you or another person may be at imminent risk of harm. Privacy and confidentiality are clearly discussed in the first session. If the person being referred is under fourteen years of age different rules of confidentiality apply.

What is the difference between a Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Counsellor and Therapist?

Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists are both trained to diagnose and treat psychological disorders and difficulties. Psychiatrists have a general medical degree and advanced training in psychiatry and can therefore prescribe medication for people with serious mental illness. A Clinical Psychologist has an MA, MSC or PhD in Psychology and advanced Postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology. As well as assessment and therapy, Clinical Psychologists can provide psychological testing with well-researched tests.

What is Evidenced Based Therapy?

Therapy that has been scientifically tested in clinical trials and found to be effective for particular types of difficulties such as stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders and interpersonal difficulties.  Examples of these types of therapies include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).   All of the therapies are designed to increase understanding of the factors that are  contributing to a person's difficulties and to help the person develop tools and strategies to manage and to effect change.  Greater psychological knowledge and skill allows a person to apply that knowledge effectively to ultimately enhance well-being and self-determination.

Our psychologists are trained in many of these therapies and will work with you collaboratively to identify the problem areas, and determine the best approach. 

Can my Clinical Psychologist prescribe medication such as antidepressants?

Clinical Psychologists do not currently prescribe medications but will have a solid understanding of the relevant medications and can identify when you should consult with your GP.

Do I need to be referred?

No you do not need to be referred. It is as simple as emailing or ringing and talking with our receptionist Sydney, and she will organise an appointment with the appropriate clinician. Specialists do refer to us directly, and often GP's will recommend us, but a formal referral is not necessary.

How much does it cost?

Adult Assessment and Therapy:The standard rate for a 55 minute session is $200 inclusive of GST. If a session is longer a part charges will occur in 15 minute blocks. Some of the speciality work such as couple therapy does have a higher rate which can be explained when you ring through to the practice.

Child Assessment and Therapy: An initial consultation with the Child Psychologist is $250. At the completion of the consultation the clinician will make recommendations and advise whether more specialist formal assessment (such as cognitive testing) is indicated and outline additional time and costs associated with this. The hourly rate thereafter is charged at $200. Additional charges may include the administration of formal testing, time taken to observe a child in the school setting, liaison with teachers, marking, scoring and interpreting test data, formulation and report writing (if required). The clinician will discuss this with you in  detail after the initial consultation. 

Is this covered under health insurance?

Yes some of the currently available health plans do reimburse for specialist fees up to a certain threshold, including Clinical Psychology. It is best to check with your insurer in the first instance.