Frequently Asked Questions

Does a Clinical Psychologist prescribe medications?

Clinical Psychologists provide medication-free treatment.  This is because research shows that in general, medication alone does not solve the problem.  It simply reduces some of the symptoms.  However, at times a person’s distress may be so high that medication can be useful temporarily.  In this case it may be useful to see a GP or Psychiatrist to receive appropriate medication to compliment your therapy.  We will discuss this in your session. 

In addition, many clients may have been on medication for a while before they commence therapy.  This is not a problem as our therapeutic styles compliment any form of pharmaceutical intervention provided by your doctor.

Why see a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical Psychologists provide professional services relating to the diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, treatment and prevention of psychological, emotional, psycho-physiological and behavioural disorders across the lifespan.

Our members are required to work in the approved area of practice with the Psychology Board of Australia. This means they have the qualifications and expertise to assist with the widest range of psychological issues, from day to day worries and concerns to serious clinical conditions.

Confidentiality 

A code of professional conduct for Clinical Psychologists is set by the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society, of which we are a member.  According to these guidelines, all sessions are in the strictest confidence.  In addition, if for any reason you may have to be contacted at your work or home, only a name and phone number will be left and you will be asked to return our call at your convenience.  This means that family and work colleagues will not know you are seeing a Clinical Psychologist unless you choose to tell them.  Details of your therapy will only be discussed with your referring Psychiatrist, GP or other referring body (such as WorkCover).  The purpose of these discussions is to ensure that you are provided the best treatment. 

Exception:    The only exception to this is if our files are subpoenaed to a court of law.  In this case we are required by law to provide the courts with documentation relevant to the court case. 

How long is a session, and how many sessions will I require?

Each Practitioner has their own requirements, however usually each session is approximately 50 minutes long.  Some clinicians request a longer session of 90 minutes for the first session, to allow for history taking, assessment, and initial design of a treatment plan with you.  They will let you know this when you make your first appointment. 

Can I get a Medicare rebate?

You may be eligible for a rebate for up to 10 Clinical Psychology sessions per year if you are referred by your Psychiatrist or your GP under a 'Mental Health Care Plan'.  If you claim this rebate, it is not possible to also claim a private health fund rebate. Check with your GP and/or health fund to determine your eligibility for rebates.

How do I claim a Medicare rebate?

  • You need a referral letter from your GP or Psychiatrist addressed to the Clinical Psychologist of your choice, in order to be able to claim this rebate.
  • Rebates are available for any diagnosable psychiatric illness such as depression, anxiety etc.
  • When you intend to make an appointment with your GP for a referral, doctors request that you book a double session in order for them to devise a Mental Health Plan.  

If my problem is not eligible for a Medicare rebate, can I get a rebate from my Health Insurance Company?

Rebates are available from all private health insurers.  The amount of rebate depends upon your level of cover.  We recommend you make enquiries directly with your health insurer. 

What problems do people seek help for?

People seek help from Clinical Psychologists for a wide-range of concerns, such as:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Low self esteem
  • Insomnia and sleep problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Obsessive-compulsive problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Marriage and relationship problems
  • Family problems
  • Sexuality
  • Substance and alcohol abuse
  • Self harm
  • Eating disorders