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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I gain from seeing a psychologist?

Ups and downs are normal, but sometimes mental health issues can feel overwhelming or as if there is no hope of resolution. When this happens, it can be helpful to see a psychologist for a period of time to help get yourself back on track again. Psychologists are trained in understanding human thinking and behavior and use well-researched methods to inform the treatment they provide to support your ongoing mental wellbeing.

What is your fee?

The session fee to see a Clinical Psychologist is in line with current Medicare guidelines. Medicare rebates are available if attending with a referral from a GP. In this case there will be a small out of pocket expense.

How do I get a Medicare Rebate?

You may be eligible to receive rebates for seeing your psychologist. Typically Medicare provides rebates for treatment in relation to anxiety and depression, along with a range of other options. Speak to your GP about your concerns and if eligible, request a referral to a psychologist.

How much is the Medicare Rebate?

Clinical Psychologist: $124.50

Am I covered by my private health insurance?

This depends on your level of cover. Call your insurer and find out to what extent you are covered.

What session times are available?

After hours and weekends.

How soon might I be able to see a psychologist?

Clients are often able to be seen within two weeks of their first call, but this depends on the waiting list. To find out, the best thing would be to telephone the practice and speak with one of the psychologists.

Unfortunately, psych180 can’t provide a crisis service. If the matter is urgent, please telephone 000 or attend the emergency department of your nearest hospital. (See our Urgent Assistance section for more details).

What should I expect on my first visit?

Your psychologist will speak with you about your reasons for attending, help you to identify some suitable treatment goals, and outline the processes that will be used to help you to achieve the changes you’d like to make.

How long is a session?

Sessions are 50 minutes.

How many sessions will I need?

Length of treatment is a very individual thing. Many issues that clients come to therapy for can be assisted within 6 – 10 sessions. Treatment for this duration is covered by Medicare with your GP’s consent. More complex issues often need more time. The decision whether or not to continue with treatment is one you and your psychologist will make together.

“The key to change is to let go of fear” – Rosanne Cash

Is there anything I can do to achieve the changes I want in a shorter time?

Again, this depends. Treatment works best and fastest when you are actively committed to making the changes you’d like and put the strategies discussed in sessions into practice on a regular basis.]

Resources

Australian Psychological Society