Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Fees and Rebates? 

Medicare Rebates are available to clients referred by a medical professional under a Mental Health Care Plan. Rebates can be processed at the time of payment into your designated account. Private health rebates are available for most private health funds. Session rates are $195 for a clinical psychologist, $170 for a general psychologist, and concession rates available for holders of current Health Care Cards. Bulk Billing is available at the discretion of the clinic to those in financial hardship.

Please be advised that we will be increasing our session fees from the 7th January 2019 in line with standard rates advised by the Australian Psychological Society.
Scheduled Fees will be as below:

Clinical Psycholgist:
Full Fee: $205
Concession Fee (with a health care or concession card) $180

General Psychologist:
Full Fee: $180
Concession Fee (with a health care or concession card) $140

Medcare rebates apply for 6 sessions with a GP Mental Health Care Plan and a further 4 per calendar year with a Review Plan. Receipts can also be provided for rebates by private health funds.

What is a Mental Health Care Plan?

Click the link below for a Medicare Fact Sheet provided by the APS:
http://www.psychology.org.au/Assets/Files/2012_Providing_treatment_under_BetterAccess_Psychologist_information_sheet_1March2012[1].pdf

Why consult with an APS Psychologist?

All psychologists are legally required to register with the Psychologist Registration Board in their State or Territory, in the same way medical practitioners must be registered. APS membership involves meeting standards in addition to this registration.

Consulting an APS Psychologist ensures you receive expert psychological services of the highest standard. APS Psychologists follow guidelines about professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality that are set and monitored by the Society in the APS Code of Ethics.

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a term used to describe a certain set of difficult experiences (symptoms) that some people have. The diagnosis of BPD is based on an assessment of these symptoms over time and across a range of situations.

Experiences of Borderline Personality Disorder include difficulties with...

People with BPD describe overwhelming, almost constant emotional pain. Strong emotions are easily triggered. Some people have learned to cope with this by putting a lid on most emotions. The need to dampen down emotions can result in feelings of deadness, unreality and boredom. Problems with anger are common and may include feeling angry a lot of the time, with the possibility of violent or aggressive behaviour when angry.

People can experience strong and changeable feelings of love and hate, and great sensitivity to signs of rejection or criticism. Along with this goes a tendency not to trust people and difficulty coping with losses and separations. Commonly there are problems with feelings of dependency either feeling very dependent or trying to avoid dependency or closeness.

This often involves deliberate self-harm or suicide attempts in response to feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Self-harm can bring some momentary, short-term relief from suffering, however it has other long term negative consequences. Abuse of drugs or alcohol, binge eating and problem gambling may also be attempts at coping with feelings.

This involves problems in experiencing or identifying a consistent sense of self or identity. Maintaining a clear sense of one's own feelings and thoughts can be difficult. When particularly stressed some people can withdraw, leaving them feeling vulnerable and alone. At times like this paranoia is common. This usually passes when the level of stress reduces.

Trauma and BPD

A history of trauma, abuse or deprivation is common. Many people have post-traumatic symptoms, such as nightmares, flashbacks, dissociative states (spacing out), panic symptoms and feelings of unreality. 

For some people the negative, very critical experiences they have had can come back as internal, punishing self-talk or sometimes as voices. It is as if there is an actual voice outside (in the real world), making nasty, destructive comments that can be difficult to ignore. This is likely to be worse at times of increased stress.

How common is BPD?

It is estimated that at any point in time, 1.8% of the general population experience BPD. About 75% of these are females (males are more likely to be diagnosed with other disorders).

Discrimination and BPD

When someone deliberately hurts themselves as a way of coping, others find it hard to understand. Unfortunately because so little is known or understood about BPD, many people will at some stage come face to face with the prejudice and discrimination that result from this. This can be extremely alienating. It is vital to remember that BPD is a genuine condition and that help is available.

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a form of psychological therapy which was developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) by Marsha Linehan. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques and Buddhist ideas to assist with mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. It has been shown to be an effective therapy for people with BPD, particularly those individuals with self harm and/or suicidal urges. DBT is used in the treatment of a range of other psychological disorders including eating disorders.