Psychology Clinic Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who offers the services at the Psychology Clinic?
The clinicians at the Psychology Clinic are trainees completing their Master of Clinical Psychology at UNSW. The clinicians are all Provisional Psychologists registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and are supervised by senior Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists.
2. What happens at the first therapy session?
The first therapy session typically goes for 50 minutes, and is a time for your clinician to understand the difficulties you are facing or the issue you’d like help with. The clinician will guide the session and ask you different questions. By the end of the first session, the clinician will be able to discuss with you treatment options and how to proceed from there.
3. How many therapy sessions will I need?
People attend therapy for a variety of reasons so the number of therapy sessions required will depend on each person’s circumstances and the severity of the issues. At the end of the first session, your clinician will be able to give you an estimate of the number of sessions needed to see significant changes. During the course of therapy, your clinician will have regular reviews with you to make sure that you are progressing at a pace that is appropriate to you.
4. What if I’m feeling nervous or unsure about talking to someone?
It is very natural to feel nervous or unsure about seeing someone about your difficulties, especially if you’ve never attended a therapy session before. Your clinician will take the lead in this process and will explore these difficulties with you in a safe and supportive manner. By the end of the session, the clinician will give you some ideas for treatment and you can decide whether or not you’d like to continue with treatment.
5. What happens at a neuropsychological testing session?
For a neuropsychological or cognitive assessment, you will first be interviewed by your clinician. After this, you will undergo a set of standardised tests. Depending on the tests required, you might be asked to attend further testing sessions on a separate day. When all the testing is completed, your clinician will prepare a full written report and arrange a feedback session with you. You will be given a summary of the key findings from the tests and be presented with the written report at the feedback session.
6. Do I need a referral to the service?
You do not need a referral to the Psychology Clinic for therapy sessions. For neuropsychological or cognitive assessments, we recommend you to have a referral from a health professional with specific areas of query or referral questions.
7. Will I get a Medicare rebate for my fees?
There is no Medicare rebate for fees. The Psychology Clinic charges a significantly reduced fee and offer additional concession discounts for holders of government-issued concession cards.
If you would like to contact the Clinic, please complete the contact form here or call us on (02) 9385 3042.