How do I arrange to see a psychologist?

You can make an appointment at your earliest convenience and you do not need a referral. However, you might like to arrange a referral (called a Mental Healthcare Plan) through your GP after making your appointment, as this will allow you to receive a significant Medicare rebate on your psychology sessions.

How do I arrange a referral?

You don’t need a referral to see a psychologist. However, if you would like to receive a Medicare rebate on your psychology sessions you will need to arrange for your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician to prepare a Mental Healthcare Plan. When you book to see your doctor, make sure you let the reception know you would like a Mental Healthcare Plan, since doctors usually require a double appointment to complete these types of referrals.

How much does it cost to see a psychologist?

At Peaceful Mind Psychology our fees are reasonable and standard within private psychology practice. The amount of money you are out-of-pocket when seeing a psychologist depends on a few factors.

Firstly, if you receive a rebate via a Mental Healthcare Plan, Medicare rebates a substantial portion of each psychology session for a total of ten sessions each calendar year. The Medicare rebate for a psychologist is $84.80, while for a clinical psychologist it is $124.50. Note, our fees accommodate this difference in rebate.

Secondly, if you have private health insurance with ‘extras’ you may be entitled to a rebate. It is worth calling your private health insurance provider to enquire about your rebate entitlements. If you have ‘extras’ and your private health insurance does not cover psychology sessions, we suggest calling a health insurance comparison company to obtain a better quote (remember there is no wait time on existing ‘extras’ when you switch health insurance companies). For more details about our feesĀ call us today on 1300 766 870 or send an enquiry.

What do I expect when seeing a psychologist?

A psychologist will first try and understand the nature of your difficulties. While the psychologist will ask questions about you, they will also try to make you feel comfortable and at ease. The psychologist will reflect to you their understanding of your difficulties to seek clarification and ensure you agree with their interpretations. A psychologist will then suggest a plan for improving your wellbeing and life circumstances, which will include making some goals together about the outcomes of therapy.

When would I expect to see improvement in my difficulties?

This depends on the difficulty you are facing and your current life circumstances. However, most people say they start to notice a difference in themselves after the first few sessions, finding that talking to someone who understands provides relief and comfort. Showing improvements in mood and coping with difficulties depends on a number of factors including: your motivation for change, how much insight and understanding you hold of yourself, the support around you, your belief and hope that therapy works, how willing you are to open up in therapy, and how regularly you commit to attending therapy.

How do you know if a psychologist is a good fit for you?

Psychologists can vary greatly in their personality and style; some being more suited to your own personality and needs. You can read about our individual psychologists here.

At Peaceful Mind Psychology we can also match you with a psychologist who is most likely to be a good fit for you by asking you a few simple questions.

We believe a psychologist is best for you if they make you feel understood and cared for. It is also very important that your psychologist uses therapies and techniques that are proven by research. You also might like to ask about the experience of the psychologist and whether they have worked with your particular difficulties in the past.

Do you offer after-hours appointments?

Yes, we offer appointments on most evenings, as well as on Saturdays.

How long does a psychology session go for?

A standard consultation is just over 50 minutes, which is for the first session and subsequent sessions.

What if I do not see results from therapy?

Success of therapy depends on a few things: 1) the relationship you share with your therapist, 2) the nature and severity of your difficulties, 3) the trust and hope you hold for the therapy process, 4) the skill and experience of your therapist, 5) how many sessions you have had, and 6) how well understood you feel in therapy.

If you wish for further progress in therapy, we recommend first discussing this with your therapist, where you can together identify potential obstacles to change. However, we also offer telephone debriefing with a psychologist, where you can call the clinic and confidentially discuss your therapy experience. The psychologist will then support and guide you in your next steps towards ensuring you gain the most out of therapy, even if that means matching you with a new therapist.

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