• What does MAPS and FCCLP mean?

    These postnominals indicate that a psychologist is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychology (FCCLP).

  • What is evidence-based treatment?

    Clinical psychology is founded on the ‘scientist-practitioner’ model, where science is used to inform practice, and vice versa. This relies on evidence-based treatment, where the interventions, skills, processes, or therapies offered have been scientifically tested and demonstrated to provide benefit. This is blended with clinical judgement and expertise to provide an informed service to clients. Evidence based treatment is therefore different to counselling, which is more focused on talking and the therapy relationship.

  • Do I need a referral to access sessions?

    No- having a referral simply means you can have session costs reduced through Medicare or another scheme.

  • Am I eligible to receive a Medicare rebate for sessions?

    If you obtain a referral from your general practitioner or psychiatrist, you will be able to access a Medicare rebate for sessions.

  • Should I use Medicare rebates or private health insurance rebates for session?

    This is your choice; rebates from both schemes cannot be accessed together (i.e., you can’t double dip for the same session). Medicare rebates are typically higher than those from private health funds (although this does depend on your insurer and level of insurance).

  • How long will treatment take?

    Sessions last for 50 minutes. Overall duration of therapy will vary according to a range of factors, such as the type of problem you are experiencing, as well as your personal resources (such as supports and strengths). You should have an estimate regarding the number of sessions likely to be required at the start of treatment.

  • How will my personal information be managed?

    Your information is stored electronically and securely in a two-part file. Your personal details are stored by the practice, and the content of sessions is stored separately and only accessible by Emma. In the unlikely event of adverse event to Emma, these files may be transferred to a clinical guardian to meet legal requirements.

  • Is my information confidential?

    Yes. Your details are held by the practice for the purpose of scheduling sessions, but the content of sessions is only accessible to Dr. Emma. This is held securely in electronic software designed for this purpose. It is important to note however, that confidentiality is limited in some circumstances. For example: if there are imminent safety concerns for someone, or a legal requirement to provide information (for example, if notes are subpoenaed), then information is required to be shared with appropriate parties to ensure ethical and legal obligations are met.

  • What is the difference between a psychologist and a clinical psychologist?

    All psychologists are trained in human behaviour, and use this knowledge to help people with problems and improve their lives. The main points of difference concern the level of training and specialty. Psychologists have a minimum of four years of study, with an internship involving supervision from a psychologist, or postgraduate degree. Clinical psychologists have a minimum of six years of training, followed by a registrar program involving supervision from a clinical psychologist; there are four years of training and study devoted to clinical psychology. Clinical psychologists are considered experts in mental illness, and can assess symptoms, diagnose disorders, and treat difficulties with a range of evidence-based treatments.

  • What is the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist?

    A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating mental illness, and can prescribe medication. A psychologist is trained in the science of human behaviour, and uses talking therapies to help.

  • How much do sessions cost?

    This will depend on the type of referral that you have, and if you have one. Some services are offered with no out-of-pocket costs. Session costs are detailed here.