Clients are referred by word of mouth, G.P.s, psychiatrists, community health & medical services, drug and alcohol services, dietitians, eating disorder support services or other health professionals. However, formal referrals are not required and self referrals are most welcome.
(I no longer accept Workers Compensation or Victims Services referrals)
I work by appointment only and clients must be motivated, willing and able to initiate and participate in their therapy/counselling. It is not something that is done to you that will magically make you feel better, change your behaviour or solve your problems. You are not a passive recipient in therapy/counselling. It is helpful and effective when you participate collaboratively and you will usually need to do homework too. It is a bit like consulting a personal trainer to improve your physical fitness. The trainer has knowledge and skills and can help you but you have to engage and do the work to get results.
Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am – 7.30 pm inclusive.
I am committed to providing high quality, ethical therapy & counselling. Therefore, I do not offer appointments to individuals who are not motivated, willing and able to participate in their therapy/counselling OR when I don’t have the expertise, capacity or resources to meet their needs.
What I Don’t Offer or Provide:
- quick, simplistic, magical fixes;
- therapy/counselling for individuals who are forced or coerced to attend but do not want to participate or are not capable of participating in therapy/counselling (referred by concerned partners/parents/relatives/friends/carers);
- relationship therapy when there is domestic violence (including child abuse/neglect);
- therapy/counselling to assist with legal proceedings or for the purpose of obtaining court reports (I do not provide court reports or liaise with legal practitioners);
- therapy that focuses on weight loss, restrictive dieting and reinforcing harmful diet culture, body shaming, weight stigma/prejudice and thin privilege;
- therapy to individuals who refuse psychiatric/medical intervention, review or management when I assess that this is necessary;
- crisis management of individuals with acute mental illness (eg, psychosis, mania), suicidal or serious self-harming behaviour (I do work with clients with suicidal ideation but no intent or plan and superficial self-harming behaviour, which are common symptoms of depression and trauma), or welfare crises (eg, homelessness, financial problems). I refer current clients for crisis management if the need arises and offer further therapy when they are stable and capable of participating.
The cost of a 46-60 minute consultation is $190.00 (increasing to $200.00 on 1/1/2021). This is substantially less than the current Australian Psychological Society recommended fee of $260.00. Fees are not negotiable and must be paid in full at the time of the consultation.
Cancellation Policy: When you make an appointment my time is reserved for you. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice or fail to attend without notice I am unable to offer my time to someone else. Therefore, you will be charged for the full cost of the consultation and further appointments will not be available until the cancellation fee is paid. The cancellation policy also helps to provide a strong therapeutic frame that encourages you to value and commit to your therapy, meaning that it is more likely to be effective.
- Clients with appropriate Private Health Insurance may claim rebates. Check with your Fund.
- I am registered with the Health Insurance Commission (HIC) to provide Medicare-rebated:
1) Clinical Psychology Services to individuals with an assessed mental disorder, referred by a psychiatrist or general practitioner with a valid Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) (rebate = $128.40 per session for up to 20 sessions per calendar year. GP reviews and re-referrals are required after 6 and 10 consultations to continue therapy). Clients must provide the correct referral documentation from the referrer and a current Medicare card at the first consultation. The following mental health problems are valid reasons for referral according to Medicare: alcohol use disorder, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorder, attention deficit disorder, bereavement disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, drug use disorders, eating disorders, mixed anxiety and depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, sleep problems. Referrals for relationship therapy or stress/anger management under a MHTP are not valid and not accepted.
2) Eating Disorders Treatment for individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or other specified feeding or eating disorder – OSFED. An Eating Disorder Plan (EDP) is similar to a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) but clients can claim a Medicare rebate for up to 40 sessions per year. Clients are referred by a psychiatrist or GP and must have had a review with a psychiatrist before accessing more than 20 sessions. An Eating Disorder Plan (EDP) also entitles you to up to 20 sessions with a dietitian. This allows for necessary multidimensional treatment and promotes a more effective treatment outcome.
3) Non-directive Pregnancy Support Counselling to help women explore concerns about a current or recent pregnancy (rebate = $62.20 per session for a total of 3 sessions).
4) Psychology Services for patients with a chronic medical condition and complex care needs (up to 5 consultations per calendar year). *Please note Medicare rebates can only be claimed when valid referral documentation and Medicare card is provided to me at the initial consultation and updated when required. Rebates are not claimable on cancellation fees. Private Health Insurance and Medicare rebates cannot be claimed simultaneously.