Therapy and Treatment

How we can help

Macquarie Psychology provides a range of psychological services and therapy to individuals including assessment, formulation, diagnosis and psychological treatment of mental health, behavioural, and emotional disorders. We are committed to providing a warm and relaxed environment that is safe, secure and confidential. We accept referrals from and offer services to GPs, workplaces and organisations such as ADF, Victims of Crime, Comcare and MAIB.

What is a clinical psychologist?

Clinical psychologists are experts in mental health. They have undertaken highly specialised training in the diagnosis and psychological treatment of mental, behavioural and emotional disorders. Clinical psychology is a science-based profession which integrates theory and clinical practice to understand, prevent, and relieve psychologically-based distress or dysfunction.

Clinical psychologists can assess your symptoms of psychological distress. They can make a diagnosis and work with you to develop a management plan for your treatment and recovery. They do not prescribe medication, but rather use psychological techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy to treat you.

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice, and there are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues or struggles with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life, such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a psychologist as they pursue their growth and wellbeing.

Working with a psychologist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy is right for anyone interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

Is therapy confidential?

Any information that identifies you or that you give to your therapist will be treated with the utmost privacy and respect. Information about you is kept confidential and only disclosed to additional parties with your prior consent.

The only time a psychologist is required to disclose information about you is if demanded by law or if there is reasonable evidence to believe that someone is at risk of harm if we do not divulge the information to the appropriate authorities.

What can I expect from working with a clinical psychologist?

Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life’s challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a psychologist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful.

Some available benefits from therapy include:

What is the fee? Am I covered by Medicare?

Medicare rebates are available for a range of specified psychology services for people with certain conditions. You must be referred by your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician to receive this rebate.

Our standard consultation fee (50 minutes) is $195.00. The Medicare rebate is $128.40 ($66.60 gap).

We can submit a claim for the Medicare rebate at the end of your consultation, courtesy of our online claiming system. Medicare will deposit the rebate to your registered bank account after payment.

Does private health provide any assistance?

To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your private health fund. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

Information Summary

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How much does it cost? $195. Medicare Rebate is $128.40 (out of pocket expenses $66.60).
Do I need a referral? No, you can self-refer. However, you will need a referral from a GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician if you wish to access Medicare rebates.
How do I get a referral? Please make an appointment with your GP, your psychiatrist, or your child’s paediatrician to discuss eligibility for a referral under a Mental Health Care Plan.
Which age groups do you see? We see adults, adolescents, and children 10 years +.
How long does a therapy session last? Standard consultations are 50 to 60 mins.
How many sessions will I need to attend? The number of sessions required will vary depending on your individual needs and the complexity of the difficulties you are working to address. Your psychologist will discuss a treatment plan with you in your first consultation.
How can I book my appointment? Bookings can be made by phone, email or online.

Are you experiencing any of these issues?

We can provide therapy for various difficulties ranging in severity, from treating psychological disorders, to helping people navigate challenges such as the stress of dealing with losses or life stage transitions, to enhancing your effectiveness, performance and wellbeing. We offer extensive services, so please feel free to contact us if your circumstances are not reflected here.