FAQ

Can I claim any rebates?
All clients with a current Go MHCP are entitled to a Medicare rebate for 10 sessions per calendar year.  Many private health funds provide rebates for seeing a Psychologist.  However, you cannot use your private health cover to top up the medicare rebates for psychological services.  You will need to decide if it is more cost effecive for your to receive a rebate from Medicare or use your private health insurance.
What is a Mental Health Care Plan and how do I get one?
A MHCP is written by your GP and is for people with a mental health conditions that is having a significant impact on their daily functioning.  Your GP can determine your eligibility for this.
How long do appointments go for?
A standard consultation is 50 minutes with your psychologist having 10 minutes to write notes at the end of the appointment.  It is essential that you arrive on time as your psychologist will not generally be able to extend your session if you arrive late.
What is a Psychologist?

A psychologist is someone who explores people’s emotions, thoughts and behaviours.  Through a broad range of therapeutic strategies, they aim to reduce current stress and improve emotional wellbeing.  Psychologists can assist those people who are feeling overwhelmed and having difficulty managing their emotions.  This includes assisting people with mental health problems including anxiety, depression, addiction, and childhood behavioural disorders.

Just Psychology employs both Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists.  Clinical Psychologists are specialist psychologists with a minimum of six years university training, including approved postgraduate clinical studies and placements.

What is a Registered Psychologist?

It is legally required that all psychologists are registered with the Psychologist Registration Board in their State or Territory.  When a psychologist is registered it means that they must abide by a strict Code of Conduct.  Not all counsellors or therapists are registered psychologists. By seeing a psychologist, it ensures that you receive high quality, ethical treatment by a highly trained mental health professional.

All psychologists employed at Just Psychology are registered psychologists and clinical psychologists. If you are interested in confirming a psychologist’s registration, you can do so at the Psychology Council of New South Wales

What is the difference between a Psychologist, counsellor, and a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors (like a GP) who have taken additional study in psychiatry.  This means that they are able to prescribe medication.  Generally, Psychiatrists work with individuals who have serious mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, although Clinical Psychologists are also trained to work with these groups of people.

In Australia, people are only allowed to call themselves Psychologists if they are registered with their state registration board and/or the Australian Psychology Society (APS).  A Psychologist will work with a broad range of people with mental health concerns.  While some psychologists are doctors by research (DPsych, or PhD), they are not able to prescribe medication.  However, psychologists can recommend medication as a treatment option, by way of a referal to their GP.

The qualifications of a counsellor or a psychotherapist are not as easily defined.  Good therapists will have a significant period of study and membership of a professional body/ies.  However, anyone may use the term “counsellor” without having any formal qualifications or experience.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on the notion that there is a link between how individuals think and how they subsequently feel and behave.  It deals with the ‘here and now’, recognising that past life events have shaped the way people see themselves, other people and the world around them.  CBT works with individuals to modify their thoughts and behaviours so that they are better able to cope with the present and future situations.

At Just Psychology, CBT is the primary therapeutic approach used in treating a broad range of mental health conditions including certain anxiety disorders, depression, anger, chronic pain, eating disorders, and substance misuse.  However, CBT may not suit all people and as such, we offer a range of other therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  ACT focuses on people learning to manage difficult emotions whilst continuing to move forward towards their goals.

What is involved in an initial consultation and why is it more expensive?
The initial consultation is an ‘information-gathering’ session.  It involves discussing what has brought the person to therapy, their previous history, life background, and treatment options.  They may also be asked to complete some questionnaires that will be used to assess their current situation.  The first consultation is longer in duration and therefore costs more than subsequent session.
How many sessions will it take?
It is difficult to predict the exact number of sessions that all clients will require as treatment is usually individually tailored.  This means that at the initial session, the psychologist will collaborate with the client in order to determine the type of therapy that best suits their particular needs.  Usually between 6 and 18 sessions is the goal of most courses of treatment, though some people require a longer-term approach.