Answers for Clients and Their Loved Ones
For your convenience, we've put together a list of commonly asked questions and answers about our treatment process. Whether you're searching for care for yourself or a loved one, we hope this information helps you as you decide on a path towards recovery.
Do psychologists prescribe medication?
Psychologist can not prescribe medication. If during your therapy or assessment you wish to pursue medication you will need to make an appointment with a paediatrician or psychiatrist to discuss pros and cons of medication.
Can I contact my therapist between sessions?
It is common for clients (or parents/caregivers) to want to contact their therapist between sessions for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to): scheduling, requesting support letters, providing updates, and seeking advice/support. Based on clinic boundaries and capacity, we have outlined how best to manage/communicate these common requests:
I need to reschedule my appointment
You will receive a reminder text for your appointment, to which you can respond 'no' immediately or call our client care team to reschedule. If you are cancelling/rescheduling an appointment with less than 48 business hours notice, you will need to contact our client care team. Please be aware that if the cancellation is within 48 hours you will be changed a cancellation fee as per our counellation policy.
I need a support letter for school/university/work
You can make this request directly during a session or via email, however your therapist cannot provide a letter unless and until you have had an appointment to discuss it; They will need to speak to you/your young person about the request to:
ensure it is appropriate for them to provide a letter
check they have all the information they need
confirm with you/your young person exactly what information they have consent to share.
Please be aware that your therapist require at least 2 weeks notice to provide a letter of support, and cannot provide letters to clients who are not currently engaged in therapy (i.e. past/discharged clients).
Our therapists want to help their clients as best as they can, and that means dedicating the necessary time and thought to writing a letter that is not only supportive, but also meets ethical, legal, and professional standards.
I want to give you an update about me/my partner/my young person
Any emails you send will not be read or responded to by your therapist until our next appointment; our client care team will upload any correspondence to your file. Email is not recommended to convey sensitive information as it is not confidential. Also see below "Can I communicate with my young partner/person’s therapist without them knowing?".
I need support
If you need non-emergency support (i.e. there are no risk concerns), you can:
call to schedule an earlier appointment
call/email our client services team and ask to be put on your therapists's cancellation list in case an earlier appointment becomes available
check if your workplace has an employee assistance program you can access
contact your school wellbeing team
consider documenting any events and your thoughts and feelings, and bringing any notes to your next appointment.
I need urgent support
As therapist's in private practice we cannot provide crisis/emergency support. If you are in need of immediate help, please reach out to an emergency service or helpline such as:
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Qlife - 1800 184 527
MensLine 1300 78 99 78
Family Violence 1800 015 188
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Line 1300 651 251
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732
Why can't my therapist give support via email/between sessions?
There are several reasons your therapist cannot provide support via email/between sessions, including (but not limited to):
A great deal of time is needed to read, reflect and respond sensitively. On work days they spend the majority of their time in sessions with clients, writing notes, corresponding with other health professionals, and preparing for sessions. This leaves little to no time to monitor (let alone respond to) emails; hence one of the many reasons for our wonderful client care team.
Written communication is prone to misinterpretation.
Emails do not include sufficient information/context for our therapists to provide support; they= will not be able to assess the mental state of the writer, nor will they have the information required to give appropriate psychological support.
Can I communicate with my partner/young person’s therapist without them knowing?
Sometimes partners/parents want to give out therapists information, but don’t want their partner or young person to know the information has been shared. This often comes up when partners/parents aren’t sure how to talk to the person about something or are worried it will lead to an argument.
While this is understandable, receiving information in this way prevents the therapist from being able to act on or use this information in therapy with your partner/young person. It can also undermine the trust between you and your partner/young person, and your partner/young person and me.
Your therapist can help you to discuss the issue/information openly with your partner/young person in a therapy session. They can scaffold the discussion to support you and your partner/young person, and offer ideas and suggestions for how you might resolve the issue or move forwards.
While it may sound daunting, this can give you and your partner/young person a more positive experience of having a tough conversation; bringing these discussions to therapy can actually strengthen your relationship.
I’m worried my young person isn’t telling their therapist everything that’s going on - what do I do?
There may be things going on for your young person that are really difficult to talk about, even with their therapist. Your young person may also be worried that if they do talk about these things in therapy, it will become the only focus and they won’t get to talk about other things that are important. If you’re not sure if your young person has raised an issue in therapy, your therapist will recommend starting by (gently) asking them, e.g. “I know you really don’t like talking about X with me, and I was wondering if it’s something you have felt able to tell your therapist?”.
If your young person says no, it’s important to stay calm and not push them. For example, you might respond “Ok thanks for letting me know. I’m not trying to pressure you, and I wanted to check if there’s anything I can do to help if you do decide to talk to your therapist about it? I really care about you and you deserve to have someone to talk to”. Sometimes even just agreeing to let your therapist know there is something they’re not ready to talk about can be helpful, as your therapist can also validate this and demonstrate that they will go at your young person’s pace.
What type of rebate/insurance can I get
Our psychologists are all registered with Ahpra and can accept Medicare Mental Health Care Plans. These plans allow for 6 rebates + an additional 4 rebates in a calendar year. Please speak to your doctor to see if you are eligible.
Group participants may be eligible for 10 rebates under 'group focussed sessions' through a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan.
We can accept referrals under the Medicare Helping Children with Autism Scheme - talk to your paediatrician or psychiatrist to see if you are eligible.
Our clinic can also accept referrals under the Chronic Disease Management Scheme - talk to your doctor to see if you are eligible.
Our psychologists all accept referrals under the National Disability Insurance Scheme for both early intervention and life long participants.
You may be eligible for a rebate through your Private Health Insurance - please check the level of your membership.
Sorry but we are not a bulk-billing clinic. However, under some circumstances we may be able to offer a reduced fee.