FAQs

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Can I bring my children when I am seeing a psychologist

Our receptionists have blue cards and we try hard to make sure we have something on hand for kids to do.  However, they are not able to give their undivided attention to children at all times, and our practice is located adjacent to a main road.

 

If you need to bring […]

Can I bring my children when I am seeing a psychologist2016-01-25T14:45:01+10:00

I am on medication. How does that affect therapy?

Clinical psychologists specialise in the treatment of people with diagnosable psychological disorders.  This means that it is commonplace for our clients to have been prescribed medications.  Your psychologist should be familiar with your drugs and how they affect you.  However, we are not medical doctors and therefore cannot give advice […]

I am on medication. How does that affect therapy?2019-03-26T20:10:36+10:00

Do I need a referral?

No. Anyone can seek treatment from a clinical psychologist.  However, a valid referral from a GP paediatrician or psychiatrist is needed if you would like to receive a Medicare rebate.

Do I need a referral?2013-11-20T21:41:34+10:00

What is average program length for therapy?

This is a difficult question to answer.  As a rough rule of thumb, the longer the problem has been present the longer therapy tends to take.  People who have only recently begun to experience psychological distress typically make rapid recoveries in therapy.  People with long-term histories of psychological problems often […]

What is average program length for therapy?2019-03-26T20:10:36+10:00

Costs

$205 per session with a psychologist

(Initial appointments are charged at $225)

 

A standard session is 50 minutes.

 

If a mental health care plan is in place Medicare will rebate $124.50 for a session with a clinical psychologist and $84.80 for a Clinical Psychology Registrar.

 

If you have high annual healthcare costs, you should […]

Costs2018-12-27T14:57:34+10:00

Mandatory reporting

In some states of Australia, all psychologists in private practice have a duty to report cases of child abuse or neglect.  It is important to note that in Queensland, psychologists in private practice DO NOT have a duty to report these issues, although psychologists employed in the education and health […]

Mandatory reporting2013-11-20T21:39:55+10:00

Peer reviews – how secure is my information?

In line with our code of confidentiality, the same is true of our peer review system.  At Benchmark Psychology, the progress of all clients is monitored through the data that is collected routinely.  When a client is not improving, the treating psychologist is encouraged to seek a second opinion. The […]

Peer reviews – how secure is my information?2019-03-26T20:10:37+10:00

Confidentiality and limits to confidentiality

Anything you say to a psychologist is confidential, and there are strict penalties for psychologists found to have breached this duty.  However, this confidentiality is not absolute, and there are a number of specific situations in which confidentiality can be breached by the psychologist. These include:
    •    Immediate threat […]

Confidentiality and limits to confidentiality2013-11-20T21:38:49+10:00

Can I get a Medicare rebate?

Since November 2006, psychology services have attracted a Medicare payment.  In order to access this payment a mental health care plan must be completed by a GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician.  This plan allows you to receive Medicare rebates for six sessions.  After six sessions the referring doctor must complete a […]

Can I get a Medicare rebate?2013-11-20T21:22:15+10:00