FAQ

FAQs
  1. Do I need a referral?
  2. What should I bring?
  3. Can I talk to the psychologist first alone?
  4. Should I bring my child to the first session?
  5. What do I tell my child?
  6. How often will I need to see the psychologist?
  7. How long will I have to wait to see a psychologist?


1.   Do I need a referral?
 

No you do not, however if you are referred by your doctor or Paediatrician th substantial Medicare rebates are available to reduce the fee payable.

  
2.   What should I bring?
 

Please bring the referral and a list of what issues you would like to address.

 

  
3.   Can I talk to the psychologist first alone?
 

Yes

  
4.   Should I bring my child to the first session?
 

Yes Medicare covers the person the plan is written for so they must be seen. You can however organise your own session first but this is not covered by Medicare so you would need to pay or have your own mental health care plan.

  
5.   What do I tell my child?
 

Tell them that you have decided that you would like them to meet someone who is going to talk to you and them, to try to help whatever situation you have been dealing with. Once you get your child to the appointment it is then the psychologists job to build their own relationship with the child.

  
6.   How often will I need to see the psychologist?
 

Depending on the complexity of the issue a child may see a psychologist every 2-3 weeks for about six sessions. We rarely see a child every week as time needs to go by to allow for growth and change to occur. The exception of course is with depressed children or children at risk of self harm or suicide.

  
7.   How long will I have to wait to see a psychologist?
 

We have ten psychologists and three offices so whilst our wait times vary we can usually see people in under two weeks.