All our Psychologists at Brisbane City Psychologists are registered with Medicare. To see one of our Clinical or Registered Psychologists you don’t need a referral from a GP. A referral is only needed if you wish to claim Medicare rebates.
To know whether you are eligible to claim Medicare Rebates you need to make a long appointment with your GP. They will make an assessment about whether you are eligible and may refer you to a Psychologist under a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP).
Eligible clients with a psychiatrist referral or MHCP issued by a GP will be entitled to claim Medicare rebates at Brisbane City Psychologists as follows:
- up to 10 individual sessions claimable per calendar year.
- $126.50 rebate per session with a Clinical Psychologist;
- $86.15 rebate per session with a Registered Psychologist.
At the end of your appointment, you will be invoiced the full session fee. At the same time, your Medicare rebate can be claimed and Medicare will deposit the corresponding rebate into your nominated bank account.
Psychological Conditions Covered by Medicare
The Medicare program covers most commonly presenting psychological conditions, such as:
- Adjustment disorders
- Alcohol use disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention deficit disorder
- Bereavement disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Co-occurring anxiety and depression
- Conduct disorders
- Drug use disorders
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic disorder
- Phobic disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Sexual disorders
- Sleep problems.
Make an appointment to talk to your GP to find out whether you are eligible or call us on 1300 751 204 if you have any questions.
Private Health Insurance Rebates
All our psychologists at Brisbane City Psychologists are registered with private health insurance providers in Australia. If you have private health insurance you may be eligible to claim rebates for psychological sessions. The level of cover and any applicable waiting periods vary between providers and depends on your extras cover policy.
To find out if you are eligible and/or how much funding you are entitled to claim for psychological sessions, please contact your private health insurance. Your private health insurance may ask for the item code that will show on your invoice. Please see the psychological session item codes below for your perusal:
100 – Initial Consultation with Registered or Clinical Psychologist
200 – Follow-up Consultation with Registered or Clinical Psychologist
300 – Couples Therapy Consultation with Registered or Clinical Psychologist.
If you were eligible to claim private health insurance rebates for psychological sessions, we can process your rebates electronically at the end of your appointment and you only pay the gap fee, should you be covered by any of the providers listed below. Alternatively, you can claim any rebates directly with your provider after the session.
The Overall Investment:
Asking the Right Questions
Knowing the psychologist’s session fees is of course important. However, the session fee alone would not help you work out the overall investment required to achieve your goals for counselling and make positive long-lasting changes in your life. Other aspects may need to be considered as well, and the right questions need to be asked in order to find out.
How do I find the right Psychologist to help me?
By making sure your goals for counselling are matched with the best possible psychologist you are more likely to maximise your investment in counselling and prevent disappointment and inefficiencies such as having to change psychologists halfway through the process and start all over again. Matching your personal needs with the best possible Psychologist will result in a much more positive, efficient and successful experience for you.
Finding the right Psychologist who you will feel most comfortable with, who has the right personality, experience, and skills needed to help you overcome your challenges is our main objective at Brisbane City Psychologists.
Call us on 1300 751 204 for a confidential discussion to find out who would be the best psychologist to help you.
Are there ways to work around my time or financial limitations?
If time or financial investment are a concern to you, the number of sessions you will need to come in for can be discussed with your Clinical Psychologist at Brisbane City Psychologists. During your first consultation, your Clinical Psychologist will assess your situation and give you options that will work in a treatment plan for you. For instance:
- Very often much of the treatment can be done using a brief solution-focused approach, in a few sessions.
- Or the treatment can be broken into stages where you work on one set of goals, for instance improving sleep and anxiety levels, and leave the rest for later.
- Treatment can also be spaced out to every two or even three weeks if appropriate.
The best person to talk to about this is one of our psychologists at Brisbane City Psychologists. You can Make an Appointment or speak with our friendly Customer Service team.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
The First Appointment with one of our psychologists involves a comprehensive clinical assessment where:
- we discuss your goals for therapy and a tentative treatment plan is developed including the recommended type of therapy likely to produce the best outcome;
- a provisional diagnosis and initial strategies to start working immediately may be provided.