1. Why should I see a psychologist?
Psy­chol­o­gists help peo­ple work through men­tal bar­ri­ers to reach­ing goals or mov­ing for­ward with their life in a pos­i­tive way. Psy­chol­o­gists can help peo­ple who are feel­ing stressed, sad, who are strug­gling with long­stand­ing issues or life changes, or who are hav­ing symp­toms relat­ed to men­tal ill­ness. Some peo­ple see psy­chol­o­gists to help them achieve cer­tain life goals, career or rela­tion­ship aspirations.
2. Do I need to be referred?
If you want to claim a Medicare rebate, you need to be referred. You will need to see a GP and cre­ate a Men­tal Health Care Plan, refer­ring you to see a psy­chol­o­gist at MyPsych NT. You can also refer your­self to see a psy­chol­o­gist with­out going through a GP, how­ev­er you will not be able to claim a rebate.
3. What is a Men­tal Health Care Plan and how do I get one?
A Men­tal Health Care Plan is a plan that is cre­at­ed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with your GP, these plans are designed to help peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems. Through your Men­tal Health Care Plan you are enti­tled to 10 free psy­cho­log­i­cal con­sul­ta­tions per year. To start your Men­tal Health Care Plan, you will need to book an appoint­ment with your GP.
4. Will I get a Medicare rebate?
Under your Men­tal Health Care Plan, Medicare will cov­er some of the cost of your session.
5. How long is a session?
Most ses­sions last around 40 – 50 minutes.
6. What should I expect to hap­pen in therapy?
We’ll spend your first ses­sion get­ting to know you, your cir­cum­stances and the cur­rent dif­fi­cul­ties you are deal­ing with. We’ll col­lab­o­rate with you about the dif­fi­cul­ties you want to work on. After all, this is about you. Fol­low­ing this, your reg­u­lar ses­sions will address these dif­fi­cul­ties and goals through evi­dence-based meth­ods of ther­a­py. We rec­om­mend that you are con­sis­tent with attend­ing ses­sions as this is proven to lead to the most pos­i­tive out­comes. Think about what you’d like to talk about before each ses­sion and come prepared.
7. Are our ses­sions confidential?
Yes. All of our ther­a­py ses­sions are com­plete­ly con­fi­den­tial, as Reg­is­tered Psy­chol­o­gists we are bound by the Pri­va­cy Act 1988 and the Men­tal Health Act 1996, which means that you have full doctor/​patient con­fi­den­tial­i­ty. We may only break this con­fi­den­tial­i­ty agree­ment if we believe that some­one is at risk of harm­ing either them­selves or some­one else. This is a Duty of Care that we are also bound to, to ensure your safe­ty and others.