Answers to questions…
Answers to questions…
The initial session typically entails a detailed assessment. Your psychologist will focus on better understanding the issues/difficulties that bring you to therapy, triggers/stressors that may have contributed, and factors that are maintaining your symptoms. Your psychologist will also get a better understanding of your goals for therapy and can also assist you in clarifying this. If enough information is gathered in the first session, you and your psychologist may also discuss a treatment plan moving forward. This session is also about you getting to know whether your psychologist is a good fit for you.
You and your psychologist will discuss your individual needs for therapy, including the frequency of appointments. Typically, at the start of therapy, regular and frequent appointments are recommended to get started on your treatment plan and ensure early benefit from therapy.
As therapy progresses, the frequency of sessions is gradually reduced depending on your progress in treatment. For you to get the most out of therapy, we would recommend the following:
There are two main options to be eligible for a Medicare rebate for psychology sessions:
Yes. Prioritising psychological services for health professionals specifically allows for dedicated, tailored services. We work with health professionals from all disciplines and across all stages of their career paths, from students to those in the later stages of their career. We also work with health organisations to improve the wellbeing of their staff. Please contact us if you have any questions about whether our Clinic is suitable for your needs.
In our endeavour to support the mental wellbeing of health professionals, we very much appreciate the role of spouses in supporting their health professional partners. Health professionals are often under enormous strain due to the demands of their training, jobs and the carer role. The impact of these demands and stress on health care workers, of course, will have a flow-on effect to their partners. Looking after health professionals, means also ensuring the wellbeing of their primary support, their partners.
Given our work with health professionals, we are knowledgeable about the pressures and challenges individuals face when having a partner who is a health professional. Considering this, in April 2020 we opened our service to the spouses of health professionals. This action was always a plan for the future of our service, but we felt that this was a critical time where spouses are likely to need support for their mental health owing to the challenges faced by health professionals and their families as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As with our health professional clients, partners can seek assistance for the range of mental health difficulties people face in their everyday lives such as depression, anxiety, stress management, difficulties adjusting to life changes and stressors, confidence and self-esteem issues and coping with traumatic experiences. Spouses can access individual therapy via the same avenues as health professionals – privately, under a Mental Health Care Plan or Chronic Disease Management Plan, or under Work Cover/Third Party.
MINDCHECK HP will continue to remain dedicated to our mission of delivering accessible, confidential and high-quality services to our health professionals.
No, you do not need a referral to see a psychologist.
No. We understand that you often lead a busy life and are not always able to attend appointments in person for various reasons. At MINDCHECK HP, we offer psychological services in person, by phone, or via video conferencing. This provides you with flexible options for accessing treatment. Many health professionals work in rural or remote areas that are unable to access quality psychological services due to their location. The availability of phone and videoconference consultations greatly improves access to psychological care for these individuals. Furthermore, it enables MINDCHECK HP to provide services to individuals nationwide.
A cancellation fee of 50% of the full scheduled fee will apply if you cancel within 48 hours or do not attend a scheduled appointment, including the initial consultation. This fee will need to be paid before scheduling a further appointment.