- Counsellors & Psychologists are trained to improve psychological well-being and help humans lead happier and healthier emotional lives.
- In Australia, a Psychologist needs to be registered with the Australian Board of Psychology.
- A Clinical Psychologist is a Psychologist with a higher degree of training and qualifications.
- In certain circumstances, Medicare Rebates may apply to counselling services provided by a Registered or Clinical Psychologist.
Psychologists and counsellors have knowledge and training on how to improve negative behaviour patterns, minimise upsetting emotions, and encourage better mental health for individuals and couples.
What is a Registered Psychologist?
A Psychologist is someone who has met the requirements of the Australian Board of Psychology.
Generally, the Board of Psychology requires a person seeking registration as a Psychologist to have completed four years of study, usually at Honours level plus 2 years of supervised practice.
Psychologists in Australia are then required to maintain their registration status by maintaining a regular course of professional development and supervision (whereby a qualified senior Psychologist works with the Psychologist to assess, discuss and enhance their clinical work). Working Psychologists are also required to maintain professional indemnity insurance.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the professional body for psychologists, providing psychologists with professional advice, opportunities for educational and professional development, and high ethical standards.
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
Persons who have successfully completed a Masters or Doctorate Degree in Clinical, Forensic or Organisational Psychology, as well as undertaken between 1-2 yrs of supervised clinical practice, can seek registration as a Clinical Psychologist in Australia.
Psychologists who have met the requirements set down by the Psychology Board of Australia can seek endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist or as a Counselling Psychologist. Clinical Psychologist are also able to apply for membership to the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Read here for more information about registration as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist.
Medicare Rebates for Counselling & Psychology Services
Under the Commonwealth Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative, clients are entitled to claim rebates for psychology services in certain circumstances. Generally rebates are available for up to 10 counselling sessions undertaken with a Registered or Clinical Psychologist in a calendar year.
Please contact Associated Counsellors & Psychologists Sydney for more information about our claimable services or if you would like to access Registered Psychologist services in Sydney.