Frequently asked questions
What's the cost?
Consultations last 50-minutes and are charged at the following rates.
$200 per session
Mental Health Social Worker:
$150 per session
What should I expect?
The thought of discussing your difficulties with a professional might cause you some stress. This is especially the case if you've never seen a Psychologist before!
In your first sessions, we will discuss the nature of your concerns and the impact they are having on your mood, behaviour, relationships or employment. We then identify your key goals and the things you would like to achieve. Later sessions focus on developing new strategies and techniques to help you cope better, reviewing these as we go.
You should ask your therapist how many sessions they think you might need if this is an important question for you. Generally, we ask clients to commit to six sessions, at which point you will talk with your therapist about your progress and decide on goals for further sessions. We work with clients for however long they feel they are benefiting from the sessions.
Will Medicare fund my sessions?
If you feel that you are experiencing mental health difficulties, visit your GP to discuss a Mental Health Care Plan. Once you have this, you will be eligible for medicare supported consultations.
A Mental Health Care Plan supports you to access up to 10 individual sessions.
The current medicare rebates are:
Clinical Psychologist $128.40
Mental Health Social Worker $77.10
Can I use my Private Health benefits?
Most private health funds provide support to see a Psychologist.
If you have private health insurance, you should ask your insurer directly whether they will provide funding, and how much, for your sessions.
Do you offer Telehealth services?
Short answer: YES!!!
All of our sessions are conducted through video-conferencing software which meets strict HIPAA privacy and confidentiality policies.
Telehealth is a new way of delivering health care. It provides the client and clinician more flexibility with regards to when they schedule appointments. Video-consultations also provide you the option to join the meeting from a place of your choice, without having to physically attend a clinic.
Medicare may provide rebates for Telehealth services, as do most private health funds. Please contact us for more information.
Do you only see Males?
MensPsych does not discriminate. We work with individuals from all walks of life. Don't let the name of our practice get in the way of engaging with our service!
Will I get a rebate for Telehealth?
Medicare rebates are currently available for all people who hold a valid Mental Health Care Plan. This means that Medicare will fund $86.15 of the session fee.
Private health funds are increasingly providing support for Telehealth services. We encourage you to contact your health insurer to check your own policy rules.
Can I use my current Mental Health Care Plan at your clinic?
Yes! Medicare allows patients to use their current referral for psychological services at the provider of their choice (such as MensPsych). You are not required to see the practitioner that your GP suggests. You may even find that after a few sessions with that provider, you are not getting what you need and wish to change.
Of course, we would encourage you to visit your GP and discuss you intentions. They are a critical part of your mental health care.
I'm a GP, how can I refer to your service?
Follow your normal procedures for the preparation, or review, of a Mental Health Care Plan. On completion, make the referral out to:
271 The Parade,
Beulah Park, 5067
PH: 08 7523 4597
FAX: 08 8490 5560
Your patient can then contact our clinic directly on to make an appointment, and provide a copy of their MHCP.