What is the difference between a Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist?
Both Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists have expertise in the field of human behaviour. They use non medication based therapies to help you achieve your goals and improve your wellbeing. They are often training in a therapeutic approach called Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), but also incorporate other treatment modalities. The approaches used have been well researched and evaluated and found to be very effective for a range of emotional and behavioural problems.
Both Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists are required to undertake supervised experience before they can register as a Psychologist. Clinical Psychologists are Specialist Psychologists who have studied as Postgraduate Level and received specific training and supervision in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of an extensive range of mental health disorders.
How do I make an appointment?
To book an appointment please contact our Principal Clinical Psychologist Danijela on 0416 274 105 or fill in our enquiry form below and we will allocate the most suitable practitioner to best assist you with your needs.
Do I need a referral to attend Elite Psychology Services?
No. A referral is not required and consultations are by appointment only. If you should require Medicare rebates, you will need to see your GP to obtain a Mental Health Care Plan and referral addressed to your Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required varies from person to person and identifies presenting concerns. Your Psychologist will discuss this with you after the first consultation. Simple issues can take up to 4-6 sessions and more complex ongoing issues may take longer. However, your ongoing progress will be regularly monitored to ensure that you're getting the best results.
What are your opening times?
We operate by appointment only.
How much will my consultation cost?
Generally, consultations with the Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist are bulk-billed up to 10 individual and 10 group sessions per annual year. Most third party insurers have pre-set fees which are charged directly to them. These fees can be accessed online. Please be aware, third party referrals require approval from the insurer before attending the clinic. If liability is not accepted, you will be required to pay the full medico-legal rate for your services unless you obtain an alternate referral. Private consultations range from $120 to $180 per 50+ minute appointments, depending on whether you see a Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist.
What happens in a psychological consultation?
The initial consultations aims to gather all the necessary information required to help you achieve your goals. The psychologist aims to understand your current concerns and difficulties, as well as gain some background information about your life in order to achieve the most effective assessment, diagnosis (if needed) and treatment plan. Initial sessions usually last up to 1 hour in duration. Subsequent sessions will usually be 50 minutes to 1 hour in duration.
Is my information kept confidential?
All information discussed in all sessions is kept confidential and treated with privacy and respect. Without your prior consent, your information would not be disclosed with any third party, including partners and family members. The only time a psychologist is required to disclose information about you is if it is demanded by law or if we have reason to believe that you, or someone else, may be at risk of harm. Wherever possible we would discuss any concerns of this nature with you before disclosing to another party.
Can Psychologists or Clinical Psychologists prescribe medication?
No. Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists do not have a medical degree and cannot prescribe medication, instead, general practitioners (GPs) including Psychiatrists can prescribe medication. However, Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists have a good understanding of the role of medications and work collaboratively with GPs and Psychiatrists.
What if I urgently need to speak to someone?
Elite Psychology Services is not a crisis mental health service. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or is at imminent risk of harm, please contact one of the following (24 Hour / 7 Days a Week Lines):
13 11 14
Men's Helpline (24 Hour Line): 1300 78 99 78
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention (24 Hour Line): 1300 363 622
Salvo Crisis Line and Suicide Prevention (24 Hours Line): (02) 9331 2000
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm please call 000 for an Ambulance or Police.
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