Why consult a psychologist?
In addition to providing vital
assistance in dealing with mental health problems such as
schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress
disorder, psychologists can also offer significant assistance in coping
with everyday problems such as stress, relationship troubles and grief. In
these situations, psychologists can help you to address your concerns and
equip you with the skills to help prevent problems and simply enjoy life
more. Also, due to recent changes, individuals referred to a psychologist
by their GP are eligible for assistance from
Medicare in payment of fees
Will my health insurance cover the costs of my
Some consultations may be partially covered by some
health funds if you have extras cover. If you are unsure about whether
your health cover does include a rebate for psychological services, please
contact your insurance provider. If you wish to take advantage of the new
Medicare scheme, a rebate is available to you if you have
been referred by a doctor or psychiatrist. You will need to see your GP prior to making an appointment.
How many appointments will I need?
The number of sessions
required will vary according to the individual. Whilst 4-10 sessions is
reasonably standard, some individuals may only require one or two sessions
where others may benefit from ongoing assistance.
How long will my the sessions last?
Each session will
generally last for about one hour, including administration time. In some instances, particularly where the
completion of psychometric tests is required, it may be necessary to
schedule a longer appointment. In such cases, this will be discussed with
you when making the appointment.