Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
You don't need a referral to see Kate unless you want to claim a rebate for your fees on Medicare. To be able to make a claim on Medicare you will need to see a GP to determine whether you are eligible for a Mental Health Plan.
How long is a session with a psychologist?
Sessions with a psychologist run for 50 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
That obviously depends on each client. It may only take a few sessions for you to feel better, but depending on the complexity of the issues and how long you have been coping with it, it may take more. That will be discussed in the first session, and will be monitored throughout your sessions together.
How much does it cost to see a psychologist?
A session is $220 with a potential Medicare rebate of $126.50 available. As a Clinical Psychologist Kate Cain is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and has Medicare provider numbers, enabling you to claim a Medicare rebate for your therapy. If you have a referral in the form of a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP you will be able to claim the rebate of $126.50. Once you have the referral you can receive 10 individual therapy sessions in a calendar year, with your doctor assessing progress after the first six sessions.
What should I expect when I see a psychologist?
Seeing a psychologist can feel quite daunting at first, but it’s their goal to try and make you feel as comfortable as possible. The psychologist will talk to you about the reasons you have sought help in order to understand the issues you are dealing with. Every client has their own story and their own values and goals. Being guided by those, the psychologist will work with the client to develop a plan to help make the changes they want in order to improve their wellbeing and have a happier life.
Is the information I share with my therapist treated confidentially?
We strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Australian Privacy Principles in line with the guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society. Knowing your privacy is taken seriously is critical to developing a strong, trusting relationship with your psychologist. We care about your privacy, and do everything we can to protect your private details.