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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

 

 

What can I expect from psychological treatment?

Psychological therapy utilises evidence-based treatment interventions that have been shown to provide good outcomes for clients for a variety of disorders. Each session will work towards specific goals collaboratively set out by you and your psychologist. This may involve providing you with information about your diagnosis or your symptoms, strategies to help you manage these symptoms or difficulties, and ways to reduce the frequency or severity of the symptoms. 

How long is each therapy session?

Each session with your psychologist is 50 minutes; there may be exceptions to this, however that will be organised specifically with your psychologist depending on your needs (e.g. a session of EMDR therapy may run for 90 minutes, which is then charged as 1.5 sessions).

How much does a therapy session cost?

A 50-minute session ranges between $190 – $250. 

    Registered psychologist ranges from $190 – $210 

(Medicare rebate is $88.25 with a referral) 

Clinical psychologist ranges from $230 – $250 

(Medicare rebate is $129.55 with a referral)

What will happen in my first session with the psychologist?

The first session is an assessment session, meaning that your psychologist will spend the appointment working towards understanding what is currently going on for you, what has happened over time to lead to the current issues, and whether there are other factors involved in the development of your symptoms/ difficulties. If your psychologist gains enough information from you in this session, they will provide you with an idea of what the treatment plan will look like and get feedback from you as to whether that plan seem suitable for you. 

 

What do I need to bring to my first session?

If you have a referral from your GP or psychiatrist, please bring this along to your session as it will be needed for Medicare rebate. You may also want to bring along any information relevant to your goals for therapy – it can help the process of assessment and therapy if you are already aware of your goals or if you already have an idea of how your difficulties may have developed. Please let your psychologist know from the start if you have information to give them so they have adequate time to go through it in session

 

What if I don’t have a referral?

You are welcome to attend therapy sessions without a referral; anyone can attend psychology sessions without a referral from a GP or a specialist. However, without a referral you will need to pay the full fee as you will not get any Medicare rebate.

What are the qualifications of the psychologists at 

Hamilton Psychology Clinic?

Our psychologists have all undertaken Masters or Doctorate level postgraduate degrees in clinical psychology. They are fully registered with the psychology board under AHPRA (the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency)