Appointments

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You do not need a referral to see a psychologist. However if you visit a G.P. for diagnosis of a psychological condition you may be eligible for referral under a Mental Health Care Plan via the Medicare Better Access Scheme. This will provide you eligibility to receive a Medicare rebate of up to $84.80 per 1 hour session for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.

 

Additionally a number of private health funds provide a rebate if you have extras cover. Please check with your insurer in regards to eligibility and amount of rebate for psychological services.

 

Awakened Psychology is also a provider of services under the ATAPS Program (referred by your GP), allowing individuals of a low income on Centrelink payments access to psychological therapy at no cost. Services provided under these referrals are for General ATAPS programs, Perinatal ATAPS Programs and Indigenous ATAPS Programs providing a maximum of 12 sessions per calendar year. Awakened Psychology also provides services under the ATAPS SOS- Seek Out Support Program for individuals at low to moderate risk of suicide, providing intense support of unlimited sessions over a two month period.

 

Awakened Psychology is also a registered provider of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) via ASSURE PROGRAMS. These programs provide time limited (up to 6) sessions of 50 minute duration to employees whose companies are registered with ASSURE Programs for EAP support work (please check with your employer if your organisation is registered with ASSURE prior to making contact to make an initial appointment under this type of referral. You will also be required to contact ASSURE to register your details and obtain a referral prior to attending any sessions under this type of referral). Sessions are funded by the employee’s company with no gap payment for the individual seeking solution-focussed counselling.

 

Awakened Psychology is also sensitive to increasing access to psychological services for low income earning families and concession card holders, providing reduced rates. Please contact us for further information and rates.

 

 The Australian Psychological Society recommends a fee of $238.00 for a one hour session. However, to increase access to psychological services, Awakened Psychology’s fees are substantially less, set at $150.00 per session.

Fees are payable at the time of consultation and can be paid with cash or by electronic transfer using Visa, MasterCard or Bankcard/Eftpos. Awakened Psychology utilises the Medicare EasyClaim System to provide you with an on-the-spot Medicare rebate should you have a cheque or savings account and bring your GP Mental Health Care Plan (doctor’s referral) with you to the initial consultation. Alternatively you can lodge paperwork claims through your private health fund should you be eligible for a rebate under your current level of private health insurance cover (please check with your provider).