Frequently Asked Questions

1)  Does a Clinical Psychologist prescribe medications?

No. Medical practitioners (either your GP or Psychiatrist) will be responsible for prescribing you with appropriate medication if this is required. Research shows that in general, medication alone does not solve psychological difficulties. Medication is sometimes necessary to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, making it easier to concentrate and manage, and increasing the benefit from psychological treatment.

2)  Can I get a Medicare rebate?

You may be eligible for a rebate of $119 for up to 10 Clinical Psychology sessions per year if you are referred by your psychiatrist, or your GP under a 'mental health care plan'.  If you claim this rebate it is not possible to also claim private health fund rebates. Please check with your GP and/or health fund to determine your eligibility for rebates.

3)  What problems do people seek help for?

People seek help from Clinical Psychologists for a wide-range of concerns. For example:

Difficulties with anxiety: eg.,

Insomnia and sleep problems

Depression 

Stress 

Low self esteem and confidence 

Chronic fatigue

School problems (e.g., school refusal, bullying, exam stress)

Grief and loss

Relationship and family problems

Sexuality

Alcohol and substance use 

Self harm

Anger

Eating disorders

Enhancing performance (e.g. in elite sports)

- Panic attacks

- Social anxiety

- Phobias

- Exsessive worry (generalised anxiety)

- Obsessive-compulsive problems

- Post traumatic stress

- Health anxiety

4)  What Is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT, is a form of therapy that has been shown to be a very effective treatment for a range of psychological problems. CBT aims to help patients identify and change unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours in order to produce a positive emotional change. It is a treatment that is focussed in the 'here and now' and it requires that the patient is very active in their treatment. It can be challenging to make changes, but you will be supported every step of the way.

5)  How long are the sessions and how many sessions will I need to attend?

Sessions are 50 minutes in duration. The number and frequency of sessions is dependent upon a number of factors including: (i) the severity of the problem; (ii) whether a number of problems exist concurrently (e.g., severe depression & panic disorder); (iii) how ready, willing and able you are to implement strategies discussed during sessions. I will spend some time in our first 1-2 sessions discussing with you an estimated number of sessions and their frequency.

6)  What will be expected of me during treatment?

Firstly I will ask you to complete some questionnaires that assess your level of depression, anxiety, and stress. When we meet I will ask you questions about your history, current concerns, and what you would like to gain from Clinical Psychology treatment. This will help me to begin to thoroughly understand your concerns and plan treatment. 

After most sessions I will either give you something to read, ask you to think/write about something, or try a new coping strategy. Usually this will not take a lot of time during your week but giving some time to your treatment in between sessions is important for maximising the effectiveness of the treatment.