Costs and Confidentiality

COSTS to see a Brisbane Psychologist?  Treatment sessions with one of our psychologists are typically 50-60min long and cost $170-$230.  The initial assessment session is typically 60-90 mins in duration and costs slightly more.  Reduced rates are possible, please ask your chosen therapist.

Health Fund Rebates

If you belong to a private health fund, you may be able to claim a rebate for psychological services. The exact amount of the rebate will depend upon your level of cover, and the rebate varies between health funds. It is best to check with your fund for an exact per session rebate figure.

Medicare Rebates for Psychology Services

All psychologists at Couples Counselling Psychologist have a Medicare Provider number, which means your sessions may be made more affordable if you have a GP Mental Health Plan written up under Medicare. Under this Medicare rebate scheme you can receive a substantial rebate for psychological treatment, which makes seeing a psychologist much more affordable.

If you wish to claim a rebate through Medicare, you will need a referral from your GP to see a psychologist. GP’s can only make out Mental Health Plans to those clients who have elevated psychological distress that meet the criteria of a mental health disorder as listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disoders – IV-TR (DSM-IV TR). If you think this might apply to you, you can discuss it with your psychologist and then make an appointment with your GP to request a mental health plan, or you can go straight to your GP to see if you are eligible for a Mental Health Plan.

You will need to bring the Mental Health Plan from your GP to your psychologist. At that point you will be eligible for the rebate for 6 psychology sessions (and possibly a top-up to 10 in total) per calendar year under the Mental Health Care plan.

For more information about Medicare rebates and psychology services, please visit the Australian Psychological Society website.

Assessments

Your psychologist will ask you to complete some written questionnaires in your intial assessment session and provide feedback on your results as a way to inform treatment goals. These assessment questionnaires are well-validated and reliable questionnaires that assess individual psychological functioning and your relationship functioning. Depending on your concerns your psychologist may ask you to complete questionnaires about more specific areas, like sexual functioning, parenting satisfaction and stress, or depession, anxiety symptoms and so on. Assessment questionnaires given at the beginning of treatment are also administered towards the end of your treatment to evaluate how much therapy has helped you.

Your psychologist will also ask you some questions about yourself, your relationship, your family, and your history as a way to understand the factors that may be contributing to your current concerns.

All the information gathered in the assessment session(s) is then used to inform the psychologist of what areas to focus on in the treatment sessions. Your psychologist will present these assessment findings to you and will recommend what therapy and how many sessions on average is likely to be most helpful to you. You can then make an informed decision about what you would like to cover in therapy.

Confidentiality

As registered psychologists, licensed by the Health Practitioner Board of Australia we are required to abide by the Boards and Australian Psychological Society ethical guidelines.

Information gathered during sessions with your Psychologist will remain confidential and secure and only known to my psychologist except where:

a)     Information is subpoenaed by a court, or

b)     Failure to disclose the information would place the client (you) or another person (e.g., your partner, children) at serious and imminent risk; or

c)     Your prior approval has been obtained to

                      i.        provide a written report to another professional or agency e.g. a GP or a lawyer; or

                     ii.        discuss the material with another person, e.g. a parent or employer;

d)     Or if disclosure is otherwise required by the law

 

To Book a Brisbane Psychologist who is an expert in couples counselling, freecall 1800 877 924.