What are the fees?
A standard consultation lasts 55-60 minutes (including time to process your payment).
In the interest of keeping services accessible, my fee is substantially less than that currently recommended by the Australian Psychological Society (currently $228 for a standard apppointment).
Standard Consultation (before 5pm) : $155
Evening Consultation: $165
Payments can be made by Eftpos or credit card.
Medicare rebates (for those with a Mental Health Care Plan and GP referral) and many private health cover claims are able to be processed at the practice.
Additional fees may apply for reports or services that require significant time outside of your session. Please note that I do not provide reports for Family Court purposes. If you think you might need additional services, please discuss your situation with me.
Am I eligible for Medicare Rebates?
The Medicare Benefits Scheme allows access to a rebate for up to 10 sessions of counselling per calendar year for certain mental health services. The Medicare rebate is currently $84.80 for a standard session. Your GP will determine whether you are eligible for this scheme, and, if so will provide you with a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP).
Do I need a referral to see you?
No. Some clients attend with a GP referral and MHCP which will enable them to access the Medicare rebate. However, you do not require a referral to see me.
What about Private Health Funds?
I am able to process many private health fund rebates at the practice. Please note that you cannot claim from both Medicare and your health insurance for the same service. Rebates for private health funds vary depending on the level of cover - it is best to discuss rebates with your health insurance provider.
Is it confidential?
Psychologists adhere to a strict code of ethics in their work. Information will not be disclosed except when
1. Your prior approval has been obtained to exchange information e.g. your GP, school counsellor
2. It is subpoenaed by a court; or
3. Failure to disclose the information would in the reasonable belief of your psychologist place you or another person at serious risk to life, health or safety.
What if I need to re-schedule or cancel an appointment?
I understand that sometimes due to illness or other circumstances you may need to change your appointment. If so, I request that you please phone, text or e-mail me, providing at least 24 hours' notice. This enables me to keep the session time open for someone else. Cancellation fees may apply if reasonable notice is not provided.
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