How long are the sessions ? Each session is approximately 51 minutes in duration.
What are the fees ? Fees are based on, yet lower than, the APS schedule for Clinical Psychologists (which APS sets at $251 per session). Please discuss the rate and payment methods with your psychologist when organising your initial appointment.
What rebates are available? Medicare rebates apply to individuals referred by a GP under a Mental Health Treatment Plan, or by a psychiatrist, or a pediatrician (rebate of $124.50 for up to 10 sessions a year), and Private Health Insurance offers rebates depending on your policy. The rebate will support in covering part of the cost of the therapy sessions. Rebates are not available from Medicare for family or couple sessions. * For HOME VISIT SESSIONS a higher Medicare rebate applies. * If you are in a Territory of Australia and cannot access Medicare, similar schemes may be available through the government health service in your region.
Do I need a referral? You do not need a referral to see a clinical psychologist. However, if you wish to access a Medicare rebate, you will need a referral from your GP, psychiatrist or pediatrician. Click HERE for further information.
How long will I need to attend for and how often ? The number of sessions will vary depending on the complexity of the problem. Generally people need to attend for a minimum of twelve to eighteen sessions. If problems are more complex or if there are a number of issues, people may require long-term therapy. Complex disorders such as eating disorders, trauma, psychosis or problems of emotional regulation generally require a commitment to long term treatment. After the first or second session your practitioner will provide you with feedback as to how long they may expect you to need to attend.
What should I expect in therapy ? The decision to attend therapy is usually not an easy one, Sally respects your decision to come to therapy and will work with you to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment to support you throughout your therapeutic journey. The first sessions are generally assessment sessions to gather enough information from you to gain an understanding as to what may be contributing to your difficulties. You may also be asked to fill out questionnaires to assess how your mood and anxiety levels, etc. have been. Click 'here' for more information. How do I book my first appointment ? Contact Sally via her practice email, phone or SMS message. Sally will discuss your needs and book a time suitable for you. Currently she works part-time in private practice on Thursday and Friday. She also offers home visits and tele-health psychotherapy services to clients outside the metropolitan area. An online booking service is available for your convenience.
If I need to cancel or reschedule, what do I do ? Please give 24 hours notice prior to your scheduled appointment to change or cancel your therapy session. This enables the practice to book other clients into a session and you will avoid being charged a non-attendance fee. Contact the practice with any changes you need to make, and the practice will do its utmost to accommodate your appointment needs.
Will I receive a Medicare rebate if I attend alone, in regards to my child who is the client? Medicare rebates are not available for sessions attended by parents of clients only (without the client/child), unless the parent is also referred under their own GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. Full fee will apply.
Do you offer a service providing court reports in legal/custody disputes? Sally does not provide reports for court proceedings. If you require this service, an independent expert will need to be engaged outside this practice.
How do I pay for my therapy sessions ? Full payment of your account is due on the day of your appointment. Sally will discuss fee, payment, rebate and referral options with you on or prior to your first appointment.