There are numerous regulations and professional development requirements which are to be met in becoming a registered Psychologist. It is important to note that no such restrictions exist for others who use titles such as therapist or counsellor. This is why it is important to ask for a qualified Psychologist when looking for help with mental health issues.
Psychologists do not prescribe medication but can work with GPs or Psychiatrists who may prescribe medication as part of treatment.
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If you have a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), I will process your rebate after your consultation. Medicare will then deposit the rebate into your account directly.
It is important that you bring your care plan with you to your first appointment. I can then process the rebate for you on site after your session. Be sure to bring your Medicare card and bank card, as the rebate will be refunded directly to your savings account.
Please note that you can only claim a rebate from one provider at a time. You cannot claim a rebate from Medicare and your private health insurer for the same session.
- It is subpoenaed by a court or required by law; or
- Failure to disclose the information would place you or another person at serious and imminent risk; or
- Your prior approval has been obtained to:
- Provide a written report to another professional or agency. eg. a GP or a lawyer; or
- Discuss the material with another person, eg. employer.
Please note that if you have been referred by a medical professional on a Medicare plan, then it is common practice that a written report is provided on completion of sessions 6 and 10. Please discuss this further with me if you have any concerns.
Pre-payment is generally required before a report is released, and the cost will depend on the type of letter or report required. The reports sent to your doctor after sessions 6 and 10 are exceptions – there is no fee for the brief progress reports sent to your doctor.
We are all individual and make decisions to seek help in different ways. The following list outlines some considerations in making the decision to seek the help of a Psychologist:
- Do you feel sad more often than not?
- Do you feel panicky or so nervous that you feel you are losing control?
- Is there a problem in your life that you think about almost all the time?
- Have you lost interest or pleasure in things you used to enjoy?
- Do you feel distracted from school or work and have difficulty concentrating?
- Are you having sleep difficulties or are you sleeping too much?
- Do you experience disturbing thoughts or images which you are unable to control?
- Does your ability to control your temper cause you difficulties?
- Are you concerned about your pattern of past relationships which keep occurring?
- Are you relying on drugs or alcohol to help you cope?
- Do you find yourself more irritable than usual and toward those around you?
- Are you trying to cope with hurtful experiences from the past that are hard to talk about?
- Are family and friends telling you that they are concerned about you?
- Do you have thoughts about suicide?
- Are you having problems with your children (for example, behaviour or social skills)?
If you are unsure about whether you would benefit from seeing a Psychologist, please feel free to contact me to discuss your presenting concerns. I may be able to help you with your decision, or refer you to a service that may best suit your needs.
Over the course of the initial sessions, I will likely describe your symptoms in the form of a diagnosis. The diagnosis assists me to describe the difficulties you are experiencing, to plan the appropriate treatment with you, and to provide relevant reports (where needed). However, a diagnosis does not define you, and it is not viewed negatively. We are all individuals and experience difficulties in our lives in unique ways. I will work with you to identify your individual needs and in achieving an improved sense of well-being.