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This page gives an overview about how the therapy/counselling process at BMD Psychology Consulting generally works.
Your GP may have referred you to BMD Psychology Consulting, or you may have heard about us via a friend, the APS, googling or other means, and have decided to self refer.
You do NOT need a GP referral to see us, however you will need one if you want to claim Medicare rebates for the sessions.
You contact us on 0403 22 6963; or send an inquiry using the form on the Contact page here; or email BMD Psychology Consulting here, or you can book an appointment directly online here.
Once the first session is arranged, we will send you an Intro email, with links to some Intake forms we need you ro complete before the first session.
At the first session, the psychologist will explain how therapy works and answer your questions (more details below).
Together you and your psychologist will discuss your therapy goals and work out a suitable treatment plan.
The number of sessions you attend will be dependent on your needs and circumstances (more details below).
Depending on BMD Psychology Consulting's current client caseload, you may be placed on a waitlist before you are able to start your therapy sessions.
If all available caseloads are full at the time of your referral, BMD Psychology Consulting will advise you of the likely waiting time before your first appointment.
BMD Psychology Consulting maintains a cancellation list, and can sometimes offer new clients a session left unexpectedly vacant by a cancellation. Such bookings may be offered at short notice.
Frequency of sessions varies by client, and is based on a number and combination of variables, including the type and nature of the issues the client would like to work on and address, current functioning and well being of the client and their associated need for therapist support, and number of rebated sessions available to the client and how these would be most effectively utilised to provide optimum assistance, support and therapeutic progress for the client.
Sessions may be more frequent at the beginning of therapy, and frequency is often reduced toward the latter stages of therapy.
Every therapy session with a BMD Psychology Consulting psychologist is private and confidential. There are some limited and specific exceptions to this confidentiality, as set out in the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics (2007) here. These limitations to confidentiality apply if there is an immediate or specified risk of harm to an identifiable person’s safety (including the client), or if mandatory reporting applies, or if a client’s file is subpoenaed by law. Our Consent Form which is part of the Intake Forms process, explains this in more detail.
Not withstanding these exceptions, all the information shared during your sessions is for the sole purpose of your assessment, diagnosis and treatment and helps your psychologist provide you with the best possible treatment and support.
At your first session with the BMD Psychology Consulting psychologist, we will explain how therapy works and answer your questions.
The psychologist will use your responses on the intake forms to help assess and clarify your situation in the first session. By the end of the first session, you and your psychologist will have a more comprehensive understanding of your current situation and any relevant historic factors that may be impacting on you now.
Between you, you will start identifying the main goals of the therapy you will engage in together, and this will be further refined as your work together progresses.
Once you make contact with BMD Psychology Consulting and have arranged your initial appointment, we will ask you to complete some intake forms, using an online form-completion and submission process. If you do not have access to the internet or are unable to use the online process, please let us know.
The Intake Forms cover consent to treatment, obtaining background information and a standardised psychological assessment to help us understand your current situation and functioning.
The Intake Form helps you and your psychologist identify the current concerns you have and what you hope to achieve from therapy. It will assist your psychologist to ask the right questions at your first session, and will help the development of an appropriate treatment plan for you.
The therapy process is different for every individual and for different presenting issues and conditions. The number of sessions you will need therefore depends on your unique circumstances. Some people resolve their issues in small number of sessions, while others prefer or require more sessions.
Clients who would like to continue therapy after any Medicare rebate allowance for the calendar year has been used, can opt to continue to see their psychologist as a full fee paying client (paying the full session fee out of their own pocket), and acccess Private Health reimbursement during this time instead (if they have private health insurance).
Some clients prefer not to use their Medicare rebates for psychology sessions, and opt to attend as full fee paying clients from the beginning of their therapy.
It is entirely possible to obtain a new referral/plan from your GP when your current one has expired, if further therapy is indicated. Some criteria need to be met (such as a certain time lapse between plans) and you cannot be rebated for nore than 10 sessions in any calendar year, but other than this, it is just a case of visiting your GP.