How many sessions do people tend to see a psychologist for?
This is an individual process. Therapy is a unique journey which will largely depend on the reason for the referral.
Some clients may attend therapy to develop coping strategies for an easily identifiable problem. Others may not know the exact cause of their concern. Either way, treatment can be short to medium term in some cases where the obstacles are easily identifiable. However, long term maintenance of treatment may be essential to ensuring relapse prevention.
The duration of treatment is less important than the outcomes from treatment. Whether that takes one session or twenty one sessions, our aim is to ensure that you achieve positive, long lasting treatment outcomes.
What should I expect from my first session?
At Urzi Psychology, your first session will allow for a collection of personal information as well as consent for treatment. You will also receive information on the fees of treatment, confidentiality and the relevant limitations thereof and a basic outline of treatment. You may have some time to ask any questions you have regarding treatment or the structure of therapy.
After completing paperwork, the remaining session will focus completely on you and what has brought you to therapy. Dino will provide you with a summary of the information he has gathered from you and then provide you with a basic approach to your treatment journey. The remainder of the session is usually spent discussing the issues that have brought you into therapy.
Do you receive a Medicare or a private health insurance rebate when you see a psychologist?
If you have a referral from a GP or a psychiatrist for a Mental Health Treatment Plan you will be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of $84.80 per session for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.
Private Health Insurance
If you have private health insurance that includes psychological counselling as extras cover you may be eligible for a partial rebate. It is recommended that you contact your individual insurance provider for further information about your individual coverage.
How do I know if I am eligible for the Medicare rebate?
You will need to make an appointment with your GP who will assess whether you are eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
To be able to claim the Medicare rebate for your session you will need to bring a copy of your Mental Health Treatment Plan to your first appointment with your psychologist.
Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
No, you do not need a referral. You can make an appointment with a psychologist without a referral from your GP or a psychiatrist. If you decide to do this you will need to pay the full amount for your sessions out of your own pocket.
How long are sessions with a psychologist?
At Urzi Psychology, treatment sessions are approximately 50 minutes long.
How does confidentiality work with a psychologist?
All information that you disclose in your session with Dino is confidential. However, there are two exceptions to this rule. The first exception is if you are at risk of harm to yourself or someone else and the second exception is in relation to court orders. If either of these situations become relevant your psychologist will discuss this with you before breaking confidentiality.
There may be many more questions you may have about seeing a psychologist. If you have a question that has not been answered here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 0477884908 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.