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Medicare Rebates for My Sessions

Medicare Australia has a number of schemes that allow you to get a rebate for psychological services. The most common of these is the Better Access to Mental Health Care scheme. Under this scheme, a referral may be given to you by a general practitioner, psychiatrist, or paediatrician. They will assess your eligibility for a Mental Health Care Plan, and provide you with paperwork to bring to your first appointment.

The possible rebate for an appointment for a session is $87.45. You can access this rebate for up to 20 sessions per calendar year.

Please contact Medicare for further information.

Questions & FAQ's

What is your general approach to therapy?

My general approach to therapy is to work together to create a safe environment for the work to happen, and then collaborate so that you can learn to create safety and order in your life, to step into your power, to heal wounds and to free your energy to live a satisfactory life.

How do I prepare for my first session with you?

Please come with what is of concern for you in the present. It would be good but not necessary if you would have reflected about why you are seeking help now and what you would like to achieve. What is most important is that you come willingly, and ready to be open and honest.

What type of therapies will you use to treat my issues?

I love to work with what you present and also work to gain a deeper understanding of what is beneath those issues. I prefer to look at the spider in addition to the cobwebs the spider is building everywhere it pleases. Usually, I find that I work on two levels – relief of symptoms and healing of the underlying problems.

Can you explain a little bit about how that therapy works?

Relief of presenting symptoms requires building safety, addressing cognitive distortions, looking at defences that bring stuckness, learn boundaries, expression of feelings and better communication strategies, invest in self-care and healthy connections. Working with the underlying problems involves a longer journey of inner awareness, self-parenting, making choices that bring meaning and purpose in life by working through the pain of developmental trauma, unfinished business, grief, and creating resources that you need to live life on your own terms.

How will we track and measure my progress in therapy?

You will know you are getting better because in learning how to get in touch with yourself and rely on your own intuition you will come to understand and believe in yourself. I will give you feedback as we go along and you can ask for feedback too.

Can I get a Healthfund rebate for my session?

Your ability to get a rebate from a private health insurer will depend on your level of cover and your specific health insurer. We suggest you consult your private health insurer for more information.

Please note, you can only claim a rebate through either Medicare OR your private health insurer for any one session.

Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?

Every time we meet I would start by asking you what you bring to the session; throughout we will keep creating a functional professional relationship and work together through that connection. Sometimes you lead, sometimes I do, it’s a collaboration, and for that to happen we both have to be open and honest because that is how trust is created and that is how therapy can happen.

How does confidentiality work in the context of therapy?

I am bound not to reveal or discuss what you say to anyone else, unless there is danger or threat to your safety or that of others; and in such circumstances as required by State or Federal laws guiding my profession. Confidentiality is a sacred commitment because it fosters trust which is at the foundation of the professional therapeutic relationship.

What is group support and group therapy?

The difference between support and therapy is that support is more about an accompaniment in times of difficulty, and happens mostly through listening and empathic understanding, giving you holding to gain your confidence back and proceed with your life. Therapy involves working through deeper and long-standing issues and patterns. It requires healing and necessitates transformation and because change is harder, it requires the development of new ways and more professional expertise on the part of the therapist. This work can happen in group. The group brings in different assets to individual therapy, such as the feedback from a variety of people with different life experience, a group can give the experience of family and community, hearing the words coming from one who shares your experience can work wonders, the group experience can be challenging in a different way to being in an individual session, the group supports interpersonal development, the group tells you that you are not alone.

What if therapy doesn't work for me?

If our therapy does not work, we will let each other know and discuss fully. Like any relationship, the therapeutic relationship may not work out sometimes. It can happen that the fit is missing or that you feel you are not being as understood as you wish to be. It is ok if I am not the right therapist for you. In that case, I would be very willing to refer you to another or suggest other ways of getting your needs met.

What happens if I need to cancel my session?

If for some reason you need to cancel or postpone the scheduled appointment, you need to give me 48 hours notice in advance. If I manage to fill that appointment I won’t charge you anything. But if I don’t, cancellation fees apply. If you cancel up to 24 hours before the scheduled time, you have to pay the full fee. If you cancel from 24 to 48 hours before the scheduled time, the cancellation fee is 50% of the full fee.