Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our office hours are: Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm & Saturday mornings.
  • Evening appointments available.
How long is a session?
A session is 50 minutes long and it is up to your psychologist to keep track of time.
How many sessions will I need?
Each individual and situation is different. Some people achieve a different perspective in one session while most need more. Generally approximately six sessions are required, however more may be needed.
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?
A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner who has specialized in the treatment of mental illness often by using medication. Psychologists have at least six years of training and use non-drug approaches.
Should I keep taking my medication?
Yes, taking medication does not prevent you from taking a new attitude and learning new skills. Over time you may be able to discuss reduction of medication with your doctor.
How do I access the Medicare rebate?
You should visit your GP after booking an extended visit and he or she will assess your symptoms and write a Mental Health Care Plan if you are eligible.
How do I access my private health cover rebate?
You do not have to have a referral to access private health cover rebates for psychology, you just need to make an appointment. You should check the amount of your rebate with your fund.
How do I access a psychologist if I have a WorkCover or Motor Vehicle Accident claim?
You need a referral from your GP and you are advised to consult your claims manager. 
How do I access the Medicare rebate for my child?
You should visit your GP for assessment for a Mental Health Care Plan for you child. Unfortunately, you are not covered by the plan to see the psychologist without your child present. We usually recommend that you book a private session with the psychologist first, as it is often a good idea to discuss the problem without the child overhearing.
Is relationship counsellingcovered by Medicare?
Medicare is restricted to people with medical symptoms and whilst on occasion it may be that your partner can attend sessions with you, generally speaking your GP will not give a Mental Health Care Plan for couples counselling.