Psychology is a well-established scientific approach to the treatment of emotional, behavioural, and relationship problems. The legacy of many decades of psychological research allows Clinical Psychologists to cut through the fog of distress with efficient, effective, and persistent remedies.
Psychologists and Psychiatrists are different. Psychologists are not medical practitioners and do not prescribe drugs; they generally do not treat psychotic patients, nor do they engage in long term psychoanalysis. Where the most appropriate treatment for your problem would involve drugs, a referral will be made to your medical practitioner, who may then (if necessary) refer you to a Psychiatrist.
Generally, people wish to see a clinical psychologist to help treat or solve a mental health problem so that they can feel normal, healthy, happy, and/or in control of themselves and their lives. This often involves the desire to acquire skills or tools that will enable them to maintain the changes over the longer term. Also, sometimes they need advice from someone independent with whom they can talk, and who can understand their situation.
Consultations at Access Psychology are proceeding as usual for now. However, as you know, the situation with COVID-19 is frequently changing. I have taken steps to improve hygiene in the clinic and have touch-points and surfaces cleaned between appointments. I have also removed shared items such as magazines and suspended the sharing of food and drinks so, regrettably, I will no longer provide tea, coffee, or water (unless necessary), or even my cakes! … but nothing will stop me from sharing a joke :) . Please bring your own water or other beverage. Please follow the enhanced hand-hygiene instructions displayed outside and inside the Waiting Room on the laminated light-yellow signs.
Please attend alone unless prior arrangements are made to visit with a support person or driver, and do not bring children.
The Department of Health has announced that, from April 20th till September 30th this year, psychologists may provide Telehealth services and apply their usual billing practices (i.e. including a gap fee) for Telehealth consultations for all clients via videoconferencing or telephone.
If you are referred here and can show that you have been ‘stood down’ or retrenched after March 1st 2020 due to COVID-19, however, you will be Bulk Billed for Telehealth services through Access Psychology.
If you wish to proceed with Telehealth consultations, you will need to accept a Consent Form via email to allocate the rebate to the service provider, accept that Telehealth is not the same as Face-to-Face, and accept that non-attendance fees will be billed to your credit/debit card. Please advise as soon as possible if you wish to take-up the Telehealth option.
Of course, you may still prefer to attend Face-to-Face, and some services (e.g. relaxation training and hypnosis) may still be best provided Face-to-Face. The Australian Government has emphasised that it is important in providing Telehealth services that we do so only if it is “clinically appropriate” to provide the service through Telehealth. If attending in person, please follow the enhanced hand-hygiene instructions displayed outside and inside the waiting room on the laminated light-yellow signs.
You may attend Face-to-Face consultations if you are not a person who is:
I have placed several posts about this COVID-19 pandemic on my Facebook Page. 'Like' the Facebook Page to automatically receive social media updates. I have installed a hand sanitiser dispenser outside at the entry door to use before even touching the entry door handle.
Stay safe. Cheers. Ed Zahra.
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Ed Zahra is a qualified Clinical Psychologist and has had more than 30 years' experience at that level. The practice is located in a discrete, purpose-built, suburban clinic with convenient off-street parking. This service is most suited to those for whom experience, skill, and prompt help are of primary importance.
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The fees here are based on those recommended by the Australian Psychological Society and are revised annually. Rebates may be available through Medicare, Private Health Extras insurance, or Third-Party insurers. Eligibility for some rebates is dependent upon a referral from your GP. Please call on 0420 553 009 for further information about the required referrals, current fees and rebates, availability of treatment for your problems, or to make an appointment.