What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

A Psychiatrist is a qualified medical doctor who has obtained qualifications to become a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. They can prescribe medication whereas Psychologists are not trained in medicine and cannot prescribe. Psychologists assist you through proven therapeutic techniques to help change behaviour.

Can I get a rebate?

Medicare Australia at current advises that up to 10 individual sessions of counselling with a psychologist can be claimed in a calendar year if a GP places you on a GP Mental Health Care Plan.

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How many sessions will I need?

It is difficult to estimate how many sessions are required for you to recover. It depends on the severity of your symptoms and your rate of recovery. Some people are happy to simply talk through a problem in a few sessions, while others require therapy for a longer period. Margaret is skilled in maintaining focus and working towards your improvement at a reasonable pace.

For most common problems, clients will usually attend between 6 and 18 sessions.

Is what I disclose to you confidential?

All psychologists are bound by a Code of Ethics which can be found on the Australian Psychological Society’s website. All information you disclose during psychological services you are receiving is confidential.

For most common problems, clients will usually attend between 6 and 18 sessions.

Do I need a Doctor’s referral?

You do not need a referral to use your Private Health cover.

You do not need a referral if you pay for the consultation yourself.

If you are intending on receiving a rebate from Medicare Australia it is essential you visit your GP first and discuss being placed on a GP Mental Health Care Plan. Without a GP placing you on a GP Mental Health Care Plan the Medicare Rebate cannot be received for psychological services.