How long does each session take?
The duration of sessions can vary, but as a general rule, a single therapy session lasts 50 minutes. This can be confirmed with reception at the time of booking.
Who attends the
This will depend on the purpose of the session and can be discussed during the initial session. It is often best for parents/carers of younger children to attend the sessions with the child, so that concepts and strategies can be used outside of sessions also. For older children and adolescents, having a safe space to privately speak with the Psychologist can also be helpful.
Do I need a referral
to see a Psychologist?
While it is not necessary to get a referral from a GP/Paediatrician/Psychiatrist to see a Psychologist, doing so can provide you access to rebates through Medicare. See here for more information.
How many sessions
will my child/I
need to attend?
The duration of therapy varies significantly, depending on many factors. Some individuals attend weekly/fortnightly sessions initially then taper off until they cease therapy.
It is not possible to predict how many sessions will be helpful from the outset, however the Psychologist will frequently discuss progress and what is therapeutically best at this point in time.
How is my information kept confidential?
All Psychologists in Australia are bound by strict legal and ethical guidelines regarding client privacy. This includes the secure storage of client information (restricted access, locked filing, and password protection).
Your rights as a client are summarised here.