What’s therapy all about?
Therapy is different things to different people and also comes in different shapes and forms. As psychologists, we are required to complete advanced university training as outlined by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and learn to use treatments that have been well tested by science for different conditions. Therapy is about treating various mental health disorders such as eating disorders, depression and anxiety, to name a few.
However, the treatment of specific mental disorders is not all that therapy is about. Many people access therapy to work through life’s problems and stressors, as well as to gain a greater understanding of themselves and work through blocks that may be getting in the way of goal attainment or even relationships issues. Many people can benefit from an unbiased professional who is skilled in treating thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Do you need a referral to see a psychologist?
No you don’t. If you would like to use a mental health care plan which provides a rebate from Medicare then yes you will need to see your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician to see if they feel this is appropriate. However, if you do not wish to use a care plan you can always self refer and request an appointment at any time. You do not need a referral from a doctor or any other specialist to see a psychologist at the practice, even if you are using private health insurance.
If I have a care plan, can I just pay the gap?
No, unfortunately. When you use your care plan you need to pay the full amount up front and the rebate is then placed straight back into your bank account, similar to when you visit the GP. As we do not bulk bill care plans, there will be a gap depending on the clinician treating you so please ask reception about costs.
What will happen in the first session?
The first session is about covering a few things. It’s firstly about orientating clients to therapy so you can understand how the process works, and in particular the practices of the psychologist and the types of interventions that will be used. We will also explain some information about confidentiality as your privacy is well protected at the practice. The main goal of the first session is for you to get a sense of your therapist to see if you feel they are the right fit for you, and for the therapist to complete and assessment to work out what seems to be going on and how best to help you.
How long are sessions?
Sessions will go from 50-60 minutes depending on the clinician.If for some reason this is expected to vary, your clinician will discuss this with you in advance. If the session goes beyond this then it may incur a further fee.
Do you provide skype/zoom based sessions?
Absolutely. We have clients from all over Australia particularly from rural areas so we are happy to provide treatment via this medium. However, it is important to note that Medicare will only provide rebates for telehealth if you live in a certain classification of rural areas. Otherwise treatment will incur full fees.
Are all therapists the same?
In the same way we all differ as individuals, so do therapists, so it’s important to find the right one for you. Whilst we are often trained in similar interventions we all have our own slant as we bring our own personalities, experiences and preferences with therapeutic modalities. So what does that mean for you? Well, it means that you have to find the right person for you and it’s important you are honest about this. I equate this to finding a good hairdresser, sometimes you have to shop around to find the right one.
What types of clients can be seen at the practice?
Whilst Insight Psychology Clinic has a special interest in working with clients presenting with eating disorders, milder forms of disordered eating, chronic dieting, weight concerns and body image issues, we also see clients with other mental health concerns or presentations. Some of these include depression, anxiety, stress related issues, other mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, grief and loss and parenting difficulties, just to name a few.
We also have group therapy programs, programs for parents and carers, individual therapy and also couples counselling. If you would like to find out if we are the right practice for you, feel free to call or drop into reception any time.
Do you see DVA and Workcover QLD clients?
Yes we do. All we need is the appropriate information so that we can verify your eligibility for these services before your appointment.
Does Insight Psychology Clinic offer Crisis support?
No we don’t. If you require crisis support you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders on 1800 33 46 73 or present to your GP or local emergency department.