Why Select Psychology?
Our Clinical Psychologists are highly qualified, experienced professionals and have advanced training in treatments such as clinical hypnosis, EMDR, CBT, and emotion focused therapy. We also have advanced training in evidence-based couples therapy. We are committed to providing the best psychological services that are focused on your improved wellbeing. We offer appointments on Saturdays and out-of-hours by arrangement in our Subiaco clinic.
If you are unable to attend the practice, we also offer phone and teleconferencing sessions via the VSee telemedicine platform. Unlike other platforms such as Skype, VSee is secure and encrypted. It is Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA; Pub.L. 104–191, 110 Stat. 1936, enacted August 21, 1996) secure.
How can a Clinical Psychologist help me?
There are a range of reasons why a person might seek the help of a psychologist. Treatment can be of help to people who:
- Feel stressed out and anxious
- Are having relationship issues
- Are struggling with a problem at work
- Are experiencing sleep problems
- Have issues with their eating
- Feel stuck or have troubles with procrastination
- Feel that their confidence is lacking
- Are adjusting to an illness
- Have chronic pain management issues
- Have a feeling of sadness or depression
- Feel suicidal or are harming themselves
What qualifications do Clinical Psychologists hold?
Clinical Psychologists hold postgraduate tertiary qualifications in psychology with an additional two years of internship. The entire training process can take between 8 years, or for those with a Doctorate, up to 10 years. Clinical Psychologists have advanced training in the assessment of and treatment of mental health issues. In addition, we undertake continuing professional development which ensures we are able to provide you with the best and latest evidence-based treatment approaches. Clinical Psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and are members of different professional organisations such as the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Clinical Psychologists Association, and the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Does a Clinical Psychologist prescribe medications?
No. If medication is required, your medical practitioner (either your GP or Psychiatrist) will discuss this with you. Medication is sometimes required to help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, increasing the benefit from psychological treatment. Research has shown that in general, medication alone does not fix psychological difficulties and is best used in combination with a treatment such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Do I need a referral?
You can self-refer to see a Clinical Psychologist, so no, you do not need a referral. However, in order to access Medicare Rebates a General Practitioner or Psychiatrist referral is required and you will need to bring this with you to your first session. You should keep in mind that there may be implications to any insurance (such as income protection and so on) or to any legal matters that may arise in the future (if we were to be subpoenaed for your notes), if you are referred to see us.
If you are referred as a compensable patient, either under the Workers’ Compensation scheme or Motor Vehicle Insurance scheme, then we will require referral information before seeing you. You should ideally provide us with a referral letter, and we will also require a claim number and the name of your insurance claim manager.
If you are unsure about a referral, please do not hesitate to contact us on 6102 5815.
What should I expect?
Before your first session, you will be asked to complete an intake form and a questionnaire that assesses your level of depression, anxiety, and stress. This provides us with a baseline of how you have been functioning in the previous week.
During your initial session, you will be asked questions about your history, your current concerns, and what your goals are for Clinical Psychology treatment. This will help your clinician to begin to understand your concerns and plan treatment for you.
You will usually be asked to complete some tasks between sessions as the research has shown that those who engage in the treatment process outside of the therapy session, benefit more from the experience. You may be given something to read, or to think or write about something, or to try a new coping strategy.
What if I forget to attend my appointment?
You will receive automated text and/or email reminders for your appointment the day prior (or on Friday if you appointment is for the following Monday). You are encouraged to call to cancel your appointment if you are unable to make it. Generally, if you do not attend a scheduled appointment, you are invoiced for the session (and you are not able to get a rebate from Medicare or your Health fund). The reason for this is that the clinician puts aside an hour for your appointment, and without sufficient notice, we usually would not have time to book another person in to that time. Please refer to the Information Sheet provided to you for your first session should you have any questions.
Are the sessions confidential?
Select Psychology adheres to the Ethical Code of the profession. As such, any information disclosed to us (including case notes, email correspondence, text communications, letters and reports, and psychological test results) is confidential and cannot be disclosed without the client’s consent. If you have been referred to our service, then your clinician will need to disclose certain information to the referring professional. If there is any need to disclose information from files with another professional (for example a medical doctor, lawyer, or third party), you will generally be consulted first. In these cases we prefer that you sign a Release form to consent to the release of information. There are some legal limitations to confidentiality and we strongly recommend you read the Information Sheet you are provided with at the start of your treatment so that you fully understand the implications of this.
At Select Psychology we value your confidentiality. This extends to confidentiality with respect to social media. We recommend that you read our Social Media Policy so that you understand the implications of social media on your treatment with us.
How long are sessions and how many will I need?
Sessions are between 45 to 50 minutes long. The number of sessions, and how frequently you will need to attend, can depend on a number of factors including your schedule and how often you can attend, the difficulties you are struggling with, and how ready you are to make the changes discussed in session.