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How long is a session?
 

A normal individual 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. For more serious mental health problems, more sessions may be needed.

What can I expect?
 

You can expect to discuss your feelings, behaviour, relationships, goals or problems. We aim to understand your situation, as you see it. We offer new strategies for approaching your situation, and a different perspective on your problem. We provide treatment programs using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, EMDR and other therapeutic approaches. There is usually an educational component.

How do I access a psychologist?
 

You do not need a referral from a doctor to see a psychologist. Many of our clients just pay a private fee. However to access the Medicare rebate you will need to see your doctor for a mental health plan before you can claim the Medicare refund. A referral is required to claim on WorkCover and motor vehicle accident insurance. You do not need a referral to use your private health cover.

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-pharmaceutical approaches. A clinical psychologist has done extra training and supervision and has interest in treating people with anxiety, depression and more complex mental health conditions.

How do I access the Medicare rebate?
 

You need a mental health care plan from your doctor to access the Medicare rebate. Your doctor will need an extended consultation to assess you and to make the referral and Mental Health Care Plan.

How do I access the Medicare rebate for my child?
 

You should visit your GPto request assessment for a Mental Health Care Plan for your child. After getting the plan for the child, we usually recommend that you book a session with the psychologist before bringing your child, as it is often a good idea to discuss the problem without the child overhearing.  You can use the Medicare rebate under your child’s plan for this session and one other, if recommended by your GP or psychologist. Only issues relating to your child can be discussed in this session. 

Is relationship counselling covered by Medicare?
 

Medicare is restricted to people with health problems, 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 in the absence of a mental health problem.

Family and Carer Medicare sessions
 

A family member or carer of the individual of the person who holds the Mental Health Care Plan is able to go to the psychologist in place of the client for two sessions of the plan, if approved by the GP or psychologist and if the session is for the benefit of the person who holds the Mental Health Care Plan.

Cost
 

Please contact us on (08) 8333 0940 or admin@roseparkpsychology.com.au for details. At Rose Park Psychology, we aim to provide a high level of service delivered by well qualified and highly experienced psychologists. This is reflected in our fee. However, the Medicare rebate for our clinical psychologists is substantially higher than for most psychologists.

Payment
 

We accept cash, Credit, EFTPOS and HICAPS. Please call us for up-to-date information about costs. Medicare refunds apply if you have a Mental Health Care Plan, but there is a gap fee. Private Health Cover Extras apply, so please check the amount of your rebate with your fund.

Cancellation Policy
 

If you need to cancel or postpone your appointment, can, but please provide at least 1 full business day’s notice (before 9:00am of the business day prior to your appointment). This can be done using a phone call, an SMS, or an email. You are welcome to leave a message outside of business hours if it is before the cancellation deadline. Otherwise if you leave it too late, we charge a late cancellation fee of $100.

There is no rebate for a late cancellation fee from Medicare, private health insurance or  ReturnToWorkSA/Motor Vehicle Accident schemes.

We often remind you of your appointments through SMS reminders, but it is your responsibility to keep track of any appointments you have made.

We understand that journeys are travelled better together. No issue is too big or too small. Whether it’s a series of sessions to deal with a complex problem or a single session to address a specific concern, we’re here to listen and help.
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