Frequently Asked Questions

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 only a few sessions, most need more. The first session is mostly taken up with your psychologist getting to know you and understand what is needed. A mental health care plan gives a Medicare rebate for 10 sessions.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner who has specialised 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. Your medication should be discussed with your doctor.

How do I access the Medicare rebate?

You need a mental health care plan from a GP, or a referral from a psychiatrist or paediatrician to access Medicare benefits. You should book an extended visit with your GP 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. If you do have private extras, 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 your child. You are now able to see the psychologist using your child’s plan, as long as the consultation is about the child. You may book a session with the psychologist first, as it is often a good idea to discuss the problem without the child overhearing.

Is relationship counselling covered by Medicare?

Medicare is for people with a health problem, so generally speaking relationship counselling is not covered. You can consult your GP if stress or mental illness is involved in your situation.

Book an Appointment

If you would like to book in to see an Adelaide psychologist, our receptionist will help you to find the  psychologist with an interest in your area where help is needed. Westbourne Park Psychology has now amalgamated with Rose Park Psychology. To see the psychologists who treat panic attacks please follow this link to Rose Park Psychology

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