About Pyschology – Your Questions Answered

  • Do psychologists recommend medication?

    No, psychologists cannot prescribe medication. If you feel you require pharmaceutical support in addition to talk therapy you will need to consult with your GP or a psychiatrist.

  • How much does it cost to see a psychologist?

    The fee can vary dependent on the psychologist you see but on average it will cost between $170 - $210 per 50-minute session. In some cases you may be eligible for a rebate if you are in a private health fund or if you have a mental health care referral from your Doctor.

  • Are psychologist appointments covered by Medicare?

    Yes, providing you have a current Mental Health Care Plan in place from your GP you can claim a rebate through Medicare. It is important to note that there will still be an out of pocket payment as we do not offer bulk billing within our network. If you need a free service you can contact Lifeline for more information, or contact your local community mental health care team through your local hospital. You can also ask your Doctor for a bulk billing Psychology practice.

  • Do I need to see a psychologist or psychiatrist?

    If you are looking to alleviate symptoms of a mental health condition with medication then you will need to consult a psychiatrist. If you feel that you want to try and address issues with talking therapy you can see a Psychologist. If you feel that you are having very serious mental health concerns a good place to start can be with your local GP.

  • Can I see a psychologist without a referral?

    Absolutely, you do not need a referral to book an appointment. The referral is only required if you are looking to claim a rebate through Medicare. Some people choose to come to their first appointment with the Psychologist, before deciding on whether to seek a referral from their GP.

  • How often should I see a psychologist?

    Depending on the severity and/or urgency of the concerns bringing you to counselling, we usually recommend attending on a weekly or fortnightly basis. This ensures you are able to get consistent support and improves your chances of making progress.

  • What happens on your first visit to a psychologist?

    Your first appointment will be like an introductory session. It's an important opportunity for you to explain what has been going on for you. It's also a chance for you to check out whether you connect with the Psychologist at this first meeting. The psychologist will ask you questions to make sure she has a clear understanding of what is bringing you to counselling and what you are wanting to achieve from your sessions. This will help them determine the best approach for your treatment.