How long is each session and how long is a course of therapy?
Each individual session is 50 minutes to allow enough time for notes.
A typical course of therapy varies according to each client's own unique situation and set of needs. However, most clients have around 10 sessions.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes, as I am a contractor I have a strict 48 hour cancellation policy. When clients cancel less than 48 hours in advance there is not enough time to fill the gap. This results in lost income for me and a missed appointment opportunity for a person on my waiting list. Thus, the full fee applies to late cancellations and no show appointments.
Unfortunately, Medicare will not pay a rebate for a cancellation fee.
As a Clinical Psychologist, what types of clients do you see?
I see young people and adults from a range of backgrounds who may present with various conditions.
I see my clients as much more than the sum of their problems. They are resourceful individuals who have the courage to look inside themselves and strive for something better.
What does therapy with a Clinical Psychologist entail?
The first stage (approximately 2 sessions) is making sense of the problem, understanding what fuels it and agreeing on goals. I provide a written formulation and treatment plan at the end of this phase with recommendations. The next phase involves learning new skills and making changes to achieve the agreed goals. My ultimate aim is to help clients lead a richer and more fulfilling life.
How much does each therapy session cost?
The out of pocket cost of each session is $73.50 ($200 minus the medicare rebate of $126.50). Fees are paid on the day of the appointment. Concessional rates may be available for the unemployed.
Private health rebates may also apply (check with your fund).
Why see a Clinical Psychologist who is also a certified Schema Therapist?
I am a Certified Individual Schema Therapist with the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST). I am one of only a few in Victoria. To obtain this qualification, I underwent extensive training and assessment over more than a year. My competency has been verified by independent raters. There is an ongoing requirement to stay up to date with current research and requirements for ongoing training.
I am currently undertaking advanced training in Schema Therapy.
How can I get the most out of therapy?
To get the most out of therapy I suggest attending therapy sessions regularly (every 2 or so weeks) and putting in practice what is learned in session. Therapy is similar to personal training, it takes consistent practice and work to achieve a good result. For this reason, I encourage clients to push themselves outside of their comfort zones and to practice their new skills in the real world.
Is being a Clinical Psychologist depressing?
Absolutely not! I have the great honour of supporting a wide range of people through difficult times and to provide a space for healing and hope. While I often feel a client's pain, it makes my heart sing to give clients hope, to watch them grow and ultimately to see them flourish. I find the experience uplifting.