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General Questions

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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]
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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 […]

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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. […]

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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:
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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 […]

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