Practicalities

Arrival process

When you arrive at the rooms, please take a seat and wait for me to come out and greet you. There are tea and coffee making facilities available in the waiting area, so please help yourself.

Duration of sessions

The initial appointment duration is 90-minutes. This allows time for introductions, discussion about the therapy or counselling process and most importantly, allows sufficient time to commence a respectful and careful exploration of your loss and grief. Subsequent sessions are 55-minutes in duration. However, some people find that an extended consultation is more appropriate for exploring their grief and this can be accommodated if requested (e.g., 75 minutes).

Personal data and confidentiality

For information regarding how I manage personal data and confidentiality, please visit:

https://www.psychology.org.au/getmedia/4617b044-5b0d-43f8-9f1e-3821e0d8f50e/Privacy-Policy-for-Practitioners.pdf

Fees and rebates

The initial appointment fee for the 90 minute session is $290. If you have a Mental Health Care Plan from a General Practitioner (these apply in the case of bereavement), then there is a Medicare rebate of $126.50 per session. Private health fund rebates also apply if you have these with your particular fund. The fee for subsequent appointments of 75 minutes is $245 and 55-minutes is $200. Again, the rebates are applied to these amounts. If you are on a low income (e.g., unemployed; health care card) please ask about the possibility of a reduced rate. Full payment of the appointment fee is required at the completion of each appointment. Payment can be made in cash or via EFTPOS facility. Following payment, Medicare rebates can be transferred immediately into your account (savings only), providing you have your Medicare card.

Cancellation policy

Please provide a minimum of 24-hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. Cancellation for a scheduled appointment without providing this notice will attract a full-session cancellation fee of $200. This does not apply if there has been a medical emergency, or another unforeseeable situation that prevents you from attending (e.g., car breakdown on the morning of the appointment).

Professional accreditation and supervision

My accreditation as an Endorsed Clinical Psychologist is provided by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) which regulates the profession and practices of Psychologists in Australia. The PBA operates under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

AHPRA supports the 15 National Boards that are responsible for regulating the health professions. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and they set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. 

Emergency assistance

If you require 24-hour emergency assistance, then call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Crisis Care, on 9223 1111. Or, if you or someone has tried to harm themselves, then call the crisis assessment and treatment team, on 1800 676 822 (FREE CALL).