YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Do I need a GP referral?
No, you do not need a referral to see us at Launceston Therapy Clinic.
A GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician referral is required if you wish to claim a Medicare rebate.
Is there a Medicare rebate?
Medicare rebates for up to 10 sessions per year are available for psychological treatment by registered mental health professionals, under the Federal Government's Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative.
As of October 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Australian Fed Govt has indicated that a further 10 Medicare rebateable sessions per calendar year will be available until 2022. These sessions are available after the initial 10 sessions have been used up. Not all services are eligible under the Medicare rebate, further information can be obtained here.
How many sessions do I need?
The average number of therapy sessions ranges from 6 to 15. However, each situation is unique and will depend upon the presenting concerns.
Your therapist will discuss with you their estimate of the tamount of sessions you will need in therapy; there is no obligation to continue if you do not wish.
Sessions for assessments vary according to the nature of the problem, please call administration to discuss your particular situation.
How long are appointments?
First appointments are 60 - 75 minutes 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.
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 with you to develop a flexible treatment plan to meet your specific needs, preferences and circumstances.
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 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 we are also obliged to divulge information to the appropriate authorities.