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Launceston Therapy Clinic

54 Canning Street / PO Box 3092, Launceston TAS 7250​

PH: (03) 6331 4664     FAX: (03) 6331 4662

EMAIL: admin@launcestontherapyclinic.com.au

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED //

​​​​​Do I need a GP referral?

No, you do not need a referral to see us at Launceston Therapy Clinic. However, many GP's and health-care workers are also likely to provide you with our details as a source of help. A GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician referral is required if you are seeking, and your service is eligible for the Medicare rebate.​

Is there a Medicare rebate?

Medicare rebates for up to 10 sessions per year are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists and approved occupational therapists under the Australian Government's Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. This scheme provides considerable assistance to people living with mental health problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare. Not all services are eligible under the Medicare rebate, further information can be obtained here.

How many sessions do I need?

Depending on your particular needs, the average number of therapy sessions ranges from 8 to 15. However, some clients only need 1 to 6 sessions, particularly if their issues are very specific. Others choose to have longer-term therapy with less frequent sessions over a longer period of time. The time you will need in therapy is discussed with you and there is no obligation to continue if you do not wish. Sessions for assessment vary according to the nature of the problem. Please feel free to discuss the number of sessions needed with your therapist if you have any questions.



How long are appointments?

First appointments are 1 to 1½ hours long to allow sufficient time for us to get a good indication of what is troubling you. Appointments after this are spaced at hourly intervals, and you will be seen for about 50 to 55 minutes, with the extra time devoted to making case notes, and other administrative matters.  If your therapist is running late, you will still receive full time, or some similar arrangement will be made, to be fair to you.

What should I expect at a first appointment?

TO BE DONE

How will information about me be treated?
Any information and records regarding you are kept strictly confidential, securely locked away in files and only disclosed to additional parties with your prior consent. There are some qualifications to this:

 

  • If you were referred by a medical practitioner under the Medicare rebate initiative we need to send them regular reports of your progress. It may also be appropriate to liaise with them regarding related medical issues and medication.

  • Where the cost of your consultations is covered by an insurance company, regular reports are required by them. You are welcome to a copy of any report that is written concerning you.  If there are particular issues that come up in your therapy that you do not wish to have written about, please indicate this to your therapist. 

  • If you are involved in a Court case and a clinician appears on your behalf, or if we are subpoenaed to appear in Court, our records have no special legal privilege.  We would not be allowed to withhold from the Court any information you have given us.

  • If there is reason to believe that someone is at serious risk of harm if we do not divulge the information to the appropriate authorities.

How many sessions do I need?

Depending on your particular needs, the average number of therapy sessions ranges from 8 to 15. However, some clients only need 1 to 6 sessions, particularly if their issues are very specific. Others choose to have longer-term therapy with less frequent sessions over a longer period of time. The time you will need in therapy is discussed with you and there is no obligation to continue if you do not wish. Sessions for assessment vary according to the nature of the problem. Please feel free to discuss the number of sessions needed with your therapist if you have any questions.



How long are appointments?

First appointments are 1 to 1½ hours long to allow sufficient time for us to get a good indication of what is troubling you. Appointments after this are spaced at hourly intervals, and you will be seen for about 50 to 55 minutes, with the extra time devoted to making case notes, and other administrative matters.  If your therapist is running late, you will still receive full time, or some similar arrangement will be made, to be fair to you.

What should I expect at a first appointment?

At the first appointment we aim to gain a detailed understanding of your concerns and difficulties, how they came about and your goals and expectations of treatment. We then work to develop a flexible treatment plan to meet your specific needs, preferences and circumstances.

How will information about me be treated?
Any information and records regarding you are kept strictly confidential, securely locked away in files and only disclosed to additional parties with your prior consent. There are some qualifications to this:

 

  • If you were referred by a medical practitioner under the Medicare rebate initiative we need to send them regular reports of your progress. It may also be appropriate to liaise with them regarding related medical issues and medication.

  • Where the cost of your consultations is covered by an insurance company, regular reports are required by them. You are welcome to a copy of any report that is written concerning you.  If there are particular issues that come up in your therapy that you do not wish to have written about, please indicate this to your therapist. 

  • If you are involved in a Court case and a clinician appears on your behalf, or if we are subpoenaed to appear in Court, our records have no special legal privilege.  We would not be allowed to withhold from the Court any information you have given us.

  • If there is reason to believe that someone is at serious risk of harm if we do not divulge the information to the appropriate authorities.

What’s the difference between a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists both work in the area of mental health and often work together. However, there are some significant differences between the two professions.

 

Clinical Psychologists treat psychological difficulties in a variety of contexts and have studied or specialized in areas of human behaviour. Psychiatrists are qualified medical practitioners and are therefore able to prescribe medication. While some Clinical Psychologists are doctors by research (e.g., PhD, DPsy), they are not able to prescribe you medication. Clinical Psychologists are, however, able to recommend medication (e.g., anti-depressants) as a treatment option.

How can I find out more about the work of Psychologists?
To find out more about Psychologists, you can contact the Australian Psychological Society or the Psychology Board of Australia. 

 

Access to the Australian Psychological Society's charter for clients of psychologists can be obtained here.