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  • Do I need a GP referral?
    You are able to see any clinician without a referral. However if you want to access the Medicare rebate you will need a GP referral and a Mental Health Care Plan. You may also attain a referral from your psychiatrist or paediatrician. For groups you will need a referral to claim the medicare rebates.
  • What are your fees?
    We have a variety of clinicians on our team each with their own trainings and experience. Our individual sessions range from $200-260 and our group sessions range from $70-140. You may receive medicare rebates for both individual and group therapy sessions. Please contact our staff for more information.
  • What is involved in the first appointment?
    During the assessment, the clinician will discuss what your treatment goals are and what brought you in for treatment. The clinician will discuss the different types and modalities of treatment with you to create a plan. The clinician doing the assessment may not be your ongoing therapist as this depends on availability and what may be most beneficial for you.
  • Do you offer other therapies other than RO DBT and DBT?
    Yes we offer trauma therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness based treatment and supportive therapy.
  • What can I expect in the skills classes or groups?
    Each skills class and group is structured to include mindfulness, homework review and the teaching of a new skill from the RO DBT or DBT manual. The skills classes and groups are not process groups.
  • What's the difference between individual sessions and skills classes or groups?
    During the individual session you will work with your therapist to achieve specific goals and process individual experiences. The skills classes or groups are structured to teach the RO DBT and DBT skills more broadly. Both together are researched to be most effective.
  • Do I need to see an individual therapist at the Centre to attend skills classes or groups?
    You do not need to see an individual therapist at the Centre, however if your therapist is not trained in RO DBT or DBT you will need to attend coaching sessions to help you through the program. We are able to work with individual therapists outside the Centre to ensure you receive the most benefit.
  • What is Telehealth?
    Telehealth is offered as an option for treatment at the Centre. Telehealth is provided for individual and skills classes when it is beneficial for the treatment. Medicare has approved Telehealth permanently and you are able to use the 10 rebatable sessions through Telehealth with a GP referral and a current MHCP.
  • What is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician?
    A DBT Certified Clinician is the highest recognition a DBT clinician can receive through Linehan Board of Certification and the only certification process available for DBT. The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification is a non-profit organisation that reviews applications and codes clinicians for adherence to DBT. You may learn more about the certification process and the difference to a certificate in DBT at https://dbt-lbc.org/.
  • What is the difference between a psychologist, accredited mental health social worker, provisional psychologist, and clinical psychologist?
    Psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological theories that relate to understanding, managing and changing the behaviour of individuals and groups. A psychologist's training also involves expertise in administering and interpreting psychological tests, and in psychological research. Some psychologists have post-graduate training (Master’s and PhD degrees), and some do not hold post graduate qualifications. In order to practice as a psychologist in Australia, by law you need to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority. You can check out the Registration Board's website at www.ahpra.gov.au Accredited Mental Health Social workers (AMHSW) are covered under Medicare to provide focused psychological treatment and are similar to registered psychologists and clinical psychologists in providing individual and group therapy using a variety of trauma informed and evidence based treatments. An AMHSW is required to have a four year university degree though many also have their masters or PhD's in social work. AHMSW's are required to demonstrate two years worth of supervised clinical experience to be eligible for medicare and register with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). They are also covered under the Medicare Eating Disorder treatment plan and some private health funds. Like registered psychologists and clinical psychologists, AMHSW are required to obtain yearly clinical supervision, professional development and training to maintain their AMHSW status. Medicare make a distinction between generalist psychologist and clinical psychologists based on the pathway taken to obtain registration and / or endorsement. Clinical Psychologists complete a Master of Clinical Psychology and engage in a registrar program for endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. Some general psychologists have also completed a Masters level degree and engaged in further training in their interest areas without undertaking the pathway to endorsement. All psychologists are subject to the same stringent criteria for registration, professional development, and ongoing training. If you see a psychologist with "MAPS" after their name, this means that they are a member of the Australian Psychological Society. If you see a psychologist with MAAPi after their name, this means that they are a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists. These are the two main professional associations for Psychologists in Australia. Provisional Psychologists are psychologists who are in their final stages to full registration. A provisional psychologist is supervised by Board Approved Supervisors and receives supervision for all aspects of their work. They are subject to the same high professional and ethical standards that registered psychologists are. They receive extensive supervision internally and externally and are a wonderful addition to our team. They demonstrate strong commitment and interest to our areas of passion and interest.
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