No. Anyone can see a psychologist without a referral. A referral is only necessary if you wish to receive the Medicare rebate. Please view this APS website to find out more information.
Your GP will be able to determine whether you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan. If you are eligible, s/he will complete a Medicare referral form (2700, 2701, 2715 or 2717) and provide you a copy.
Medicare can provide up to 10 bulk billed sessions for psychological therapy within in a 12 month period.
To qualify for this Medicare rebate you will need a referral from a GP or Psychiatrist and a valid mental health plan with Medicare.
If you have a referral and a valid mental health plan, and if you haven’t used all your 10 sessions within the 12 month period, then Cheree will bulk bill her sessions directly to Medicare at the time of your appointment. Which means that you do not need to pay and then claim it back.
If you do not have a valid referral/mental health plan, or if you have already claimed 10 sessions under Medicare within a 12 month period, then normal session fees are payable at the time of the appointment. Cheree’s fees are already discounted and no further discounts will apply.
Understandably, attending the first session may make you feel uncomfortable or even create feelings of anxiety. Meeting with someone you do not know and talking about difficult issues is generally the reason for this. However, the primary goal of the first session is to simply discuss with Cheree your current concerns and reasons for seeking help. You can expect Cheree to listen to your needs and goals for treatment and answer any questions you may have. She will do this in a non-judgmental and supportive manner. Demographic and consent forms will also be given at the first session for you to fill in
The number of sessions needed varies from one person to another and will largely depend on your individual needs and goals. Some people are helped within one to two sessions, whist others feel better supported by attending a greater number of appointments. This can be due to various reasons, such as longstanding difficulties, ongoing stressors, unresolved problems and so on. On average however, people attend between 6 and 12 sessions.
A Clinical Psychologist has completed a minimum of six years study at university and has completed either a Masters or Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and have obtained at least two years clinical supervision. Clinical Psychologists have a Clinical endorsement by the psychology registration board of Australia on their registration.
Psychologists have completed a minimum of four years study at university and at least two years of supervised practice.
All Psychologists are registered with the Psychology board of Australia and they must abide by a strict Code of Conduct.
Clinical Psychologists are experts in the study of human behaviour and are able to assess, diagnose and treat people with a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems. Almost anyone can refer to themselves as a counsellor/psychotherapist because their profession is largely unregulated and their qualifications are less easily defined.
Cheree is highly trained and experienced in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This evidence-based approach seeks to change what you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). Together, these changes work to improve the way you feel (often the main goal). CBT largely focuses on circumstances relevant to the ‘here and now’ and equips individuals to make meaningful and lasting changes by learning skills and strategies. CBT is evidence-based because it has been extensively studied and validated and can assist with many different types of problems.
As required, Cheree incorporates other evidence-based treatments, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy and strategies from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Yes. Cheree has been living in the mountains since 2010.
Yes. Given the Mountains is such a small community, if you are a teacher and would like to know this information before making an appointment, Cheree is more than happy to disclose what local high school her children attend. Please call and ask the receptionist and she will tell you.
However, please be aware that all clients, sessions and content (including files and appointment books) are kept in the strictest of confidence and Cheree takes confidentiality very seriously, and would never disclose your confidential information to anyone.
Yes. If you disclose that you are going to harm yourself, harm someone else or if you are harming children, then Cheree needs to disclose this information and seek assistance/report this to authorities. In addition, if Cheree’s file notes are subpoenaed by a court, then she needs to comply.
Yes and No. If your referral is addressed to “The Psychologist” with no one’s name on it, then YES, you can use it to see any psychologist. However, if your referral is addressed to another psychologist with their name/details on it, then NO. In this situation, you will have to return to your GP and discuss seeing a different psychologist with them and obtain another referral to the psychologist you wish to see.
No. Please email any correspondence that you wish to send.
You can phone, email or text. You can use whichever method you are most comfortable with and Cheree or her receptionist will get back to you using your preferred method.
No. All appointments are by prior arrangement only.
No. No reports will be provided for these purposes, no exceptions will apply.
No. Please contact NDIS or Victims of crime counselling services for a list of their providers.
If you are unable or don’t wish to bulk bill your session, then you can pay using either cash, debit/credit cards, NFC cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay at the time of the appointment.
Telehealth session payments that do not qualify for the rural rebate need to be paid prior to the session taking place, either at the time that the appointment is made or at the beginning of the session.
Please note: that for non-cash payments, a surcharge between 1.9% and 2.2% is payable depending on your card/payment type.
Many funds provide rebates for clients with “Extras” cover. Please check with your insurer as to what you are entitled to claim.
Anyone from the age of 12ys old upwards.