Psychology

Psychologist helping you with Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Weight Management, Habit Control and Addictions, Life Transitions, Confidence and Self Esteem Issues, Sexual Difficulties and Sexual Identity and anything in between

Psychology

PsychologyPsychology is the science of the mind and behavior. The word "psychology" comes from the Greek word psyche meaning "breath, spirit, soul", and the Greek word logia meaning the study of something.

HypnotherapyClinical hypnotherapy is a psychotherapy counselling technique conducted by a psychologist that combines hypnosis with therapeutic intervention. During hypnosis the body and conscious mind are in a relaxed state, while the subconscious mind remains alert and receptive to suggestion. In this state, an individual suspends critical judgement and exercises selective thinking. The word "trance" is used to describe this deeply relaxed state of heightened suggestibility, however, it is a state from which you can rouse yourself if you wish, and suggestions which do not accord with changes that you yourself want to make will have no effect.

Cognitive behaviour therapyCognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment approach for a range of mental and emotional health issues including anxiety and depression. CBT aims to help a person identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and to learn practical self-help strategies. These strategies are designed to bring about positive and immediate changes in the persons quality of life. CBT can be beneficial for anyone who needs support to challenge unhelpful thoughts that are preventing them from reaching their goals or living the life they want to live. CBT aims to show people how their thinking affects their mood and to teach them to think in a less negative way about life and themselves. It is based on the understanding that thinking negatively is a habit that, like any other habit, can be broken.

Consultation Fee

$220

Initial Psychology appointment.

$175-$220

General, one hour consultation fee: $175-$220.

$240

Couples therapy, $240 per session
Skype

Skype sessions with our psychologist are available. This can be arranged with our reception staff at the time of booking. You must have a stable internet connection and skype capabilities on your computer for this to take place. Psychological services under Medicare are specified as professional attendance and as such require face-to-face attendance. Other methods of service delivery, such as providing psychological services over the telephone, internet, or via video link, are not allowable under the MBS psychology items. Hence, you are not able to claim a rebate from your private health insurance or medicare for skype or telephone consultations.

 

Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP):

We do not bulk bill patients. With a MHCP, you may be able to receive a rebate from Medicare. You will be charged the full amount for a session and you MAY be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of up to $84.80 (for services by Lynette Tull – psychologist) and up to $124.50 (for services by Dr. Francis Puccio – clinical psychologist).

In order for a GP to refer a client for psychological services under the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative, the GP must first complete a detailed assessment and diagnosis of the client. The GP must then prepare the GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, which includes documenting results of the assessment, client’s needs, goals and actions, referrals and required treatment/services, and a review date. Clients are encouraged to book a longer session with their GP if they are requesting a referral for psychological services, in order to enable the GP to complete the assessment and GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. It is important to note that before a rebate can be paid for psychology services, Medicare Australia must have already received a claim for direct payment for the relevant GP Mental Health Treatment Plan item or other relevant medical practitioner referral item. If these GP Mental Health Treatment Plan or referral items have not been received by Medicare Australia first, a rebate for psychological services will not be paid.

Additional Information

Private Health Insurance:

If your private health insurance enables you to claim a rebate for psychological services, please bring your private health card and we can swipe it on the Hi-Caps machine to see if you can get a rebate.

Workcover:

Contact your employer/employers insurance company for a claim number prior to scheduling an appointment.

Non Attendance

It is the policy of this practice that unless 24hrs notice is given prior to your appointment, the entire cost of your missed appointment will be billed at your next attendance.